New Zealand is home to some of the finest hotels and lodges in the world. Maori Trails' aim is to find the perfect 'match' for your style and budget. We have carefully selected unique properties all over New Zealand with an emphasis on unique, special accommodations. We only contract what we personally know and only publish what we know works. This section features some of the best New Zealand has to offer in terms of luxury lodges, boutique hotels, B&B and farm stays.



Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau

May 29, 2019

Fiordland Lodge is set on rural grassland overlooking picturesque Lake Te Anau, opposite the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Here style, comfort and privacy meet with great views across Lake Te Anau. Fiordland Lodge’s open architecture reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park, high ceilings, full trunk pillars and a massive riverstone fireplace provide a warm spacious environment with a sense of solidity and style. 


Lime Tree Lodge, Wanaka

May 25, 2019

Set on 10 acres of lush grounds, Lime Tree Lodge is a luxury, boutique style lodge with a personal touch by the fantastic owners & staff. Tucked away on a hilltop in a quiet suburb of Wanaka, this is the perfect hotel for couples, honeymooners or extended families. The rooms and suites are tastefully decorated and feature extensive garden- and mountain views. The lodge also offers optional gourmet dinners prepared by their in-house chef


Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown

April 08, 2019

A true Queenstown icon in a historic building, Eichardt's Private Hotel reflects contemporary provincial elegance designed by Virginia Fisher. The small luxury hotel is situated on a premium lakefront position in the heart of Queenstown. The 7 Suites, 4 Apartments and the Penthouse are super-chic with an air of refined exclusivity


The Spire, Queenstown

May 22, 2019

Situated at a prime location near Queenstown's waterfront, surrounded by some of the best restaurants and bars. The Spire is an elegant, beautiful luxury boutique hotel within Queenstown's vibrant shopping district. The 10 Suites are tastefully decorated with either (partial-) Lake View or Church/Garden Views


Mahu Whenua, Wanaka-Queenstown

May 14, 2019

High above Lake Wanaka lies Mahu Whenua Lodge, 20 mins from Wanaka by car or 10 mins by helicopter from Queenstown. Set on 55'000 hectares (or 550 square kilometers!) of private farm  land, Mahu Whenau is one of New Zealand's most impressive  luxury lodges. Originally built as the Homestead for the owners, the lodge has been completely transformed into a luxury 'home away from home' with a rustic design and modern features, offering total privacy and impressive views of majestic beauty


The Lindis, Canterbury

May 07, 2019

Nestled in the pristine Ahuriri Valley, 2.5 hours from Queenstown and 4 hours from Christchurch on the South Island, lies the recently opened The Lindis, an exclusive luxury lodge surrounded by 24 square kilometers of privately owned land. This gorgeous modern lodge features 5 Master- and Lodge Suites with a unique architectural design


Helena Bay

November 07, 2018

Helena Bay lies on the Northeastern corner of New Zealand's North Island, just 45 minutes by helicopter from Auckland or 40km North of Whangarei.

Set on 800 acres with 3 kilometers of pristine coastline, this is the epitome of 'super luxury' yet surprisingly casual. The main lodge features a magnificent Russian Banya (Spa), a 25 meters heated lap pool, a library, three lounge areas, formal and informal dining areas and an outdoor fire pit. The 5 Villa- and Junior Suites, for a maximum of only 10 guests, are spacious and have full ocean views with waterfront balconies. 


Kauri Cliffs Lodge, Northland

July 11, 2018

Kauri Cliffs is located on an active working farm with over 6,000 acres of coastal land with panoramic coastline views in Matauri Bay, just 30km from Paihia. This elegant, tastefully designed luxury lodge is part of the 'Robertson Lodges' and was designed by Virginia Fisher. The 22 suites are set away from the main lodge and among native New Zealand forest are thoughtfully designed with spacious bathrooms and east-facing balconies. Kauri Cliffs is home to a par-72 championship golf course which is currently ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest. Kauri Cliffs has recently been named by Travel & Leisure magazine as "Number One resort in Australia & New Zealand"


Solitaire Lodge, Rotorua

May 05, 2018

Nestled on the edge of a private peninsula with unobstructed views of Lake and Mount Tarawera lies this secluded luxury lodge. Enjoy breathtaking views and the volcanic landscape backdrop, relax, unwind and take in the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting. Alternatively, join one of the many authentic activities offered by the team of Solitaire Lodge, including Maori Heritage tours or a helicopter flight to White Island. Solitaire Lodge is also home to one of New Zealand's best fine dining restaurants.


Chateau Tongariro, National Park

April 30, 2018

Surrounded by the sacred peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro lies this 'Grand Old Hotel', preserving history and tradition. The elegant Chateau Tongariro is located within Whakapapa Village in the heart of the Tongariro National Park and was constructed in 1929. Nowadays it is the best hotel option within the National Park and suitable for those coming to Tongariro for skiing in winter or for hiking in summer as well as for those travelling overland from Wellington to Auckland or vice versa.


Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

March 28, 2017

Spectacularly located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu with stunning views of the mountain panorama, Matakauri is one of the world’s extraordinary top luxury lodges, only a short drive from the resort town of Queenstown. Matakauri was named by “Tatler” as one of the “World’s 101 Best Hotels” – we believe absolutely deserving!
The Main Lodge offers accommodation in twelve luxurious suites, spacious lounges, dining and living areas, all with lake views and various indoor- and outdoor dining options. Matakauri’s facilities include a full-service luxury spa, infinity pool and a fully equipped gym.
Each suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobes and a bathroom, all elegantly designed and furnished by acclaimed New Zealand Interior Designer, Virginia Fisher.
The Owner’s Cottage features four suites in a freestanding residence, private jacuzzi, lounge, kitchen and grand courtyard, ideal for families, couples or friends travelling together.


Peppers on the Point, Rotorua

March 26, 2017

With the remaining charm and casual elegance of the 1930’s, Peppers on the Point is an immaculately designed mansion overlooking the beautiful Lake Rotorua, only five minutes from Rotorua City. This historic property was a family home until 2004 when it became an exclusive lakeside retreat. Nowadays it is carefully refurbished by a leading New Zealand interior designer, Peppers on the Point retains an antique feel while using contemporary luxury furnishing. The Main Suite and Suites all offer inspiring views of Lake Rotorua, large ensuite bathrooms with spa baths and plush King size beds. The standalone Cottages and Villa are ideal for families with their own lounge room, separate bedroom and open air hot tub on deck with panoramic lake views.  


Akaroa Cottages, Akaroa

March 22, 2017

Nestled in New Zealand native bush overlooking picturesque French-influenced Akaroa, sits romantic Akaroa Cottages. Set on 12 acres of private bush land, this is private and serene holiday retreat is only 1hr away from busy Christchurch. Accommodation consists of lovely cottages and studios crafted from local timber and stone, most with scenic views over Akaroa Bay. All cottages are well appointed with a romantic log fire and fully equipped kitchenette. The star of the show is the 3 bedroom Seaview cottage nestled in the trees and spreading over 2 floors, complete with a BBQ and deck, housing a large family or group of friends of up to 8 guests. Historic Akaroa can be reached by a short 10min walk.


Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch

March 22, 2017

Imagine a beguiling Victorian Mansion set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient Volcano – this is Otahuna Lodge, New Zealand’s largest private historic residence. The property has been rebuilt and restored with lots of love and attention to details and revitalized with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. Each of Otahuna’s seven suites is an enclave of refined comfort. Classical ambience is created by ornate fireplaces, carved inglenooks and luxurious fabrics and lavish bathrooms. The included five course chef’s degustation menu is a celebration of the best seasonal New Zealand produce with an emphasis on fresh Otahuna estate-grown offerings. 


Regent Boutique Hotel, Rotorua

March 21, 2017

An oasis of understated contemporary elegance in the heart of Rotorua. This centrally located luxury boutique hotel is exquisitely designed, featuring contemporary décor with a touch of glamour. Regent Rotorua is also home to “Regent Room Restaurant, Wine & Cocktail Bar”, serving a fine selection of Pacific Fusion food, elegant cocktails and a superb boutique wine list. Noteworthy is the incredible transformation the owners did with the 1960’s built ‘Classic Building’ – from a dull ‘motel architecture’ to a jaw dropping luxury boutique hotel where no expenses have been spared. This is truly a one of its kind property in Rotorua.


Breakers Boutique B&B, Greymouth

March 12, 2017

Breakers is a beachfront haven – a retreat from the world, where you can relax, revive and indulge in sheer tranquility. Stunningly located on the Great Coast Road overlooking the Tasman Sea, Breakers is a boutique B&B, offering true Kiwi hospitality with its beachfront location and amazing panoramic sea views. The four guest rooms have all two things in common: fantastic sea views and tasteful decorations with local arts, personally selected by the owner. Each room has its own unique charm with light warm colorings and native NZ recycled timbers, bathrooms are very spacious with walk-in showers. The small town of Greymouth is just a 15-minute drive away and a local, truly authentic Kiwi pub is just down the road.


Lake Tekapo Lodge, Tekapo

March 08, 2017

This luxury and charming lodge sits above the village of Tekapo and offers magnificent views over Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains. Under the personal and very attentive management of the owners, both former Chefs and winemakers, this is as close to true and authentic Kiwi hospitality as it can get. The lodge has been decorated with lots of attention to details and features an amazing collection of New Zealand art throughout the dining room, hallways, guest lounge and the 3 lake view rooms. The center of the lodge is the beautiful dining room with a 3m black lacquer table and of course the views over Lake Tekapo. The 3 rooms are very tastefully decorated and each has its own, distinctive feel and décor. This is not just a ‘room for the night’ but a very special and unique experience where owners share their hospitality and spirit.


Edgewater, Lake Wanaka

March 05, 2017

This charming, independently owned resort is located beside one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Wanaka and is nestled within the spectacular Southern Alps on the South Island, only 2km from the charming town of Wanaka. The property offers stunning lake views from its hotel rooms, suites and apartments. Edgewater offers a restaurant and coffee shop, Spa, sauna and tennis courts. All 104 rooms, 1 bedroom suites and 2 bedroom apartments are tastefully decorated and offer lake views either from a balcony or patio. The suites and apartments also feature kitchenettes, ideally for families or group of friends.  


Pete's Farm stay, Rangiora

March 01, 2017

Enjoy a typical Kiwi experience on a working sheep- and cattle farm, located in Canterbury, 30min from Christchurch airport. Watch a sheep shearing and sheep dog demo, feed the animals and visit new lambs (July-October). Kids are encouraged to hand feed sheep and calves and pet the friendly alpacas and visit the herd of over 500 cows and see them milked. A true Kiwi experience for the whole family while taking in the magnificent panorama of the Southern Alps. The farm offers accommodation in modern and spacious guest rooms (in the main house) or in comfortable and spacious one- and two bedroom cottages (adjacent to the main house). A hearty, homemade breakfast is included and someone from the owner family is always around for a friendly chat!


Heritage, Christchurch

February 28, 2017

This truly ‘heritage’ luxury hotel is located in the Old Government Building and first opened in 1913. The Italian High Renaissance Palazzo style building has just won the ‘World Luxury Hotel 2016’ award in the Historical Hotel category and is also listed as a category one building on the Historic Places Trust Register, reflecting its status as a building of national significance. The hotel features 42 high ceiling, 2 story suites, elegantly decorated with a full kitchen, open-plan lounge and separate dining area. Unlike many other CBD hotels, Heritage offers a fully equipped gym, covered swimming pool and sauna. The hotel is in the very heart of Christchurch, right at Cathedral Square which forms a popular shopping district. Elegant Hagley Park is 800m away and the unique ‘Re:Start’ mall can be reached within 10 walking minutes.


Azur Lodge, Queenstown

February 27, 2017

Tucked away on a hilltop in a quiet suburb of Queenstown called Sunshine Bay, Azur Lodge is set on 3.5 acres of native bush land and offers amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges, the property feels completely secluded and private yet is only 5 minutes by complimentary transfer from downtown Queenstown. Azur’s nine villas are designed to let guests absorb the incredible views in chic luxury and total privacy. Each identical 75m2 villa has a private deck and lounge area and a fireplace. The bathrooms include dual vanities, rain forest shower heads and spa tubs positioned in the window and can be enjoyed either indoor or outdoor. Rates include daily breakfast, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks and canapes.


Hulbert House, Queenstown

February 26, 2017

One of Queenstown’s ‘Grand Old Ladies’ of the gold rush era, Hulbert House is now a beautifully restored Victorian Villa dating back to 1888. Nestled in a quiet residential area overlooking Lake Wakatipu, this boutique hotel offers a luxury, intimate stay for the discerning traveler only 500m from the center of Queenstown. The six uniquely designed suites offer views over Lake Wakatipu, Skyline Hill or the beautiful garden. No expenses have been spared on lavish chandeliers, French antiques and wrought out iron balustrades. Those looking for a luxury boutique stay will enjoy superb New Zealand hospitality mixed with colonial history.


Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa, Martinborough

February 15, 2017

Set on 14 acres of farmland and only 5 minutes from Martinborough town center, Brackenridge offers a relaxed rural setting with stylish cottages. The 18 rooms feature a private patio, fully equipped cottage kitchenette and entertainment system with Flat TV with DVD. In addition to the rooms, Brackenridge also offers a two- and a four-bedroom cottage with fully equipped kitchen and an open fire place, making it perfect for those larger families or group of friends. The in-house Spa offers a complete range of therapeutic and beauty treatments for her and him. A well-equipped gym is available to all hotel guests.


Breckenridge Lodge, Hawkes Bay

February 12, 2017

Nestled amid vineyards in close proximity to Napier and Hastings, this luxury lodge is one of our favorites when it comes to personalized hospitality coupled with superb fine cuisine by renowned Chef Malcom Redmond. 5 spacious, tastefully decorated rooms, all with balconies/patios overlooking a vineyard, make for an intimate stay with that ‘belong’ feel to it. The heart of the lodge is the guest dining room, with a stunning rural aspect over the vineyard, where guests enjoy a daily gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Malcolm. Maori Trails recommends a min. of 2 nights at Breckenridge to make the most of your stay in sunny Hawkes Bay and discover some of the more than 70 wineries.


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

February 07, 2017

Set on 6,000 acres of sheep and cattle farm, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers encompasses land reminiscent of the American West but plunges 800 feet into the sea. The Farm is one of the world’s extraordinary top luxury lodges with breathtaking views over the Pacific. The lodge consists of 22 luxurious and spacious cottage suites plus a spectacular 4 bedrooms’ owner cottage, all with unrivalled panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean. The main lodge features a lounge, private dining spaces, open fire places and a wine cellar with tasting room. The adjacent par 71 golf-course was designed by Tom Doak and has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf.


Wharekauhau Lodge, Wairarapa

January 26, 2017

Overlooking the dramatic Palliser Bay, this luxury lodge is at the heart of one of the most spectacular farms in the world on 5,500 acres of land. Built along the lines of an Edwardian country manner, Wharekauhau consists of a main lodge with a large country kitchen, wood-burning open fireplaces and a spectacular wine cellar. Accommodation is provided in 15 individual Cottage Suites dotted around the main lodge. All rooms offer panoramic vistas over the Pacific Ocean. This is truly a ‘one of a kind’ lodge for those seeking a luxury country escape!


Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

January 26, 2017

The ‘Grand Old Dame’ of Martinborough has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is now a sophisticated, elegant boutique accommodation right at the entrance of The Square in the wine region of Martinborough. 9 Heritage Suites are located at the top of the grand flight of stairs in the original 1882 building, all tastefully decorated and furnished. In addition, there are 4 suites at the Petit Hotel, an adjacent building located through a private gateway, as well as 7 spacious and more contemporary Garden Suites in a restful simple country style. This is our top pick for those looking for a historic hotel right in the heart of Martinborough.


Huka Lodge, Taupo

January 25, 2017

Elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style. Huka started in the 1920's attracting guests from around the world and today lures the most discerning travelers seeking one of the world's very best retreats.

The Lodge is set on 17 acres of land on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, just some minutes from Taupo and 10 walking minutes from Huka Falls. Huka Lodge offers 18 Junior Lodge Suites, 1 Lodge Suite and 2 exclusive Cottages. 

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Ohtel, Wellington

January 23, 2017

True ‘Urban Chic’ – this 10-room boutique hotel is located adjacent to Wellington’s principal entertainment precinct and close to major attractions such as Te Papa and Oriental Bay. Ohtel’s 10 rooms are individually designed and decorated in ‘Mid Century’ furnishings that adorn the interior spaces. From chairs to ceramics, tables to clocks, the owner has filled the rooms and lobby with treasures he collected over many years. A true ‘jewel’ in the heart of Wellington!


Wellesley Boutique, Wellington

January 22, 2017

Set in a 1929 neo-Gregorian- style brick building, this charming boutique hotel is located in the heart of Lambton Quarter, in walking distance to the Parliament Building and shopping malls. The 13 rooms are spacious and elegantly designed with neo-Georgian details. This is a hotel with a history and until this day it is home to the Westminster Lodge of the Freemasons of New Zealand. Wellesley is also a member of New Zealand’s Heritage Hotels.


Bolton Hotel, Wellington

January 21, 2017

An elegant, independent city boutique hotel in one of the best parts of the city, close to coffee shops and restaurants and within walking distance to the waterfront. Even the hotel is located within the CBD, it has a distinctive inviting boutique feel. All apartment style suites are spacious and feature full kitchens with washer/dryer units, ensuites with separate shower and bath and an independent living area with flat screen televisions. Gym and a spa pool are accessible for all in-house guests.


Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

January 20, 2017

Set among the vineyards with sweeping gardens this charming boutique property is a romantic hideaway in walking distance to the many local wineries. The property features 28 villas and cottages, all decorated in a distinctive 'country retreat' style and furnished by New Zealand designers. Each cottage and villa includes a fireplace, open-plan living spaces and a fully equipped kitchen. Peppers Parehua is also home to a fine dining restaurant serving the finest Wairarapa produces and local wines 


Martinborough Villa

January 18, 2017

This privately-owned villa is located adjacent to the golf course, surrounded by lots of green space and located only 5 min from the village center and in walking distance to wineries. The villa consists of 4 bed rooms and 3 bath rooms and a modern, open plan kitchen. The design is strictly contemporary and the whole villa is luxuriously and tastefully furnished. This is an ideal option for a group of friends or larger families preferring to spend their time in a luxury private home with a huge lawn and swimming pool.


Aylstone Retreat, Martinborough

January 16, 2017

Aylstone is a privately owned country-retreat style boutique hotel right within the ‘golden mile’ of Martinborough vineyards. All 7 rooms are tastefully and individually furnished and decorated, most with super king size beds and private patios surrounded by a very well maintained garden. This is the ideal place for couples or anyone looking for a restful, romantic environment while enjoying the days wandering from vineyard to vineyard, either by car or bicycle.


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