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Best Rural Hotels in New Zealand

We’re suckers for the urban charms of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin but we’re also not blind to the fact that trips to New Zealand that exclude the countryside and wilderness are inherently incomplete. Consider this top ten an incentive, then, to lure you to brilliant Kiwi fjords, glaciers, forests, vineyards, mountains and coastal enclaves.


Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand – Photo credit

Millbrook Resort Queenstown
Malaghans Road, Arrowtown, Queenstown

Millbrook is a five star golf and lifestyle resort and a pioneer in the luxury lodge industry of New Zealand. Set across 200 hectares, the property offers a variety of options, from studio rooms to villas, cottages to exclusive three and four bedroom Fairway Homes.

Queenstown City Guide

Fiordland Lodge Te Anau
472 Te Anau-Milford Highway, Te Anau

The perfect gateway to explore Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and the rest of UNESCO World Heritage Fiordland National Park, Fiordland Lodge Te Anau sits on a lush rural grassland site that proffers extraordinary views across Lake Te Anau.

Te Anau Guide

Treetops Lodge & Estate Rotorua
351 Kearoa Road, RD1 Horohoro, Rotorua

A member of the Healing Hotels of the World, Treetops Lodge is the ultimate in world-class luxury accommodation in Rotorua. For the workaday weary, there is no better way to commune with the heart of New Zealand’s singular forest and thermal wonderland.

Solitaire Lodge Rotorua
16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

Set on a private isthmus with exclusive lakeside grounds, the Solitaire Lodge Rotorua has a tidy ten luxury accommodation suites and a wide range of outdoor activities on offer, from world-class trout fishing and scenic flights to White Island, to natural geothermal bathing and gourmet beach picnics.

Rotorua City Guide

Wanaka Springs Lodge
21 Warren Street, Wanaka

This fine Wanaka accommodation combines the meticulous service of a luxury property with down home charm. Run by fifth-generation Kiwis, the lodge has spacious, furnished decks that open up to unparalleled mountain vistas and natural springs that hydrate a gorgeous on-site garden.

Wanaka City Guide

Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
State Highway 6, Franz Josef

UNESCO World Heritage Franz Josef Glacier may be chilly but the reception at the sublime Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel is far from it. The five star lodge is nestled amid some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and boasts luxury appointments and local, gourmet cuisine.

Franz Josef Guide

The Waterfront Suites – Heritage Boutique Collection
100 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay Of Islands

The Waterfront Suites in the historic town of Paihia is one of the best accommodation alternatives in the Bay of Islands. The oasis of tranquillity makes the most of the special area in the Northland Region.

Bay Of Islands Guide

Vintners Retreat Hotel Blenheim
55 Rapaura Road, Blenheim

Private luxury villa accommodation in Marlborough, the wine mecca of New Zealand, is on tap at the Vintners Retreat Hotel Blenheim. Oenophile holiday bliss incarnate, the stylish villas sit in the famous ‘Golden Mile’ of Marlborough vineyards.

Blenheim City Guide

Select Braemar Lodge & Spa Hanmer Springs
Medway Road, Hanmer Springs

The bellwether luxury property in the holiday lodestar of Hanmer Springs, the Select Braemar Lodge & Spa offers open-plan suites, fine dining and a full range of spa treatments.

Hanmer Springs Guide

Peppers Parehua Hotel
52 New York Street West, Martinborough

A simple one hour drive from Wellington, the coastal wine region of Wairarapa is rife with bucolic vineyards, pastoral farms and undulating green hills. On the fringes of this lies the achingly beautiful Peppers Parehua Martinborough – a picture-postcard luxury country estate.

Martinborough Guide

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