Hotels and Resorts in New Zealand
New Zealand offers something for everyone. The temperate climate makes it an ideal year round destination, and whether you travel solo, with a loved one or with the entire family, its versatility caters to every taste imaginable. And with opposite summers and winters, one can easily escape and rejuvenate the spirit with a fresh season. Whether you choose to visit the North or South Island, you’ll discover startling natural beauty at every turn.
Nature lovers who seek adventure and thrills will find that this magical land delivers tenfold. Filled with rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, and fascinating animal and plant life, this destination provides the ideal setting to enjoy a dizzying array of water, air and land activities.
Fun Fact: New Zealand's parks and expansive areas of pristine wilderness are ideal places to widen your appreciation of the great outdoors.
Cultural purists will find Mecca in New Zealand’s unique and dynamic civilization. Its indigenous Māori people touch the language, arts, and accents of all its citizens. Historic sites and treasures date back almost a thousand years, offering enlightening experiences to be discovered everywhere.
Those with cosmopolitan tastes will find pleasure in New Zealand’s cities. Although small by most standards, they offer all conceivable amenities. A wide variety of nightlife, restaurants, theater, art, along with fantastic shopping, is yours for the taking.
Auckland's waterside location has fostered the locals' love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname "City of Sails."
Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills, dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf. Two of the best island getaways are Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island.
Auckland's heart beats to a Polynesian rhythm, its people a melting pot of European, South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong indigenous Maori heritage. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences.
Auckland is the perfect place to recharge your batteries with some pampering, see a huge variety of scenic landscapes in a compact region, or to experience the buzz of urban bustle or adventure activities. Auckland’s cosmopolitan city center is complemented by great escapes - to vineyards, forests, islands and beaches - within half an hour of downtown.
Auckland's temperate climate, easy access to the coast and variety of activities earn the city consistent top five rankings in international lifestyle surveys. Discover for yourself why it is one of New Zealand's best destinations.
Fun Fact: The strong presence of Maori, European, Polynesian and Asian cultures is represented in Auckland’s plentiful arts, cuisine and leisure activities.
Bay of Islands
On the east coast of Northland a length of sand and rock coastline circles a sea pierced by 150 islands. The unique and colorful history of the Bay of Islands is an unusual backdrop to a place renowned today as a naturally beautiful ocean playground.
Enjoy country cafés, gourmet restaurants, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, touching history, walking coastal tracks, seeing Maori war canoes, game fishing, cruising, resting and more. Bay of Islands has an abundance of different kinds of experiences to connect with the people and culture, ocean and land.
Visit Cape Brett Lighthouse (c1906) by walking track or take a boat to Grand Cathedral Cave or “the hole in the rock.” Be guided through historic sites with story telling. Feel the roar of noise at Haruru Falls, a rare horseshoe-shaped waterfall that flows to the legendary “taniwha,” or water monster in the lagoon below.
Walk along a red pohutukawa tree blossom-strewn golden sand beach. See whales, penguins, seals and listen to the songs of seabirds. Have a round of golf on the most majestic of courses. Ride a jet-ski in the hot sun, or sit in the shade with an iced tea. In the Bay of Islands, you can feel the past close behind while anticipating the pleasure of what’s to come.
Fun Fact: Not so long ago, this land saw the throng and bustle, blood and tears of ship deserters, whalers, sealers and sailors.
Napier Area Hawkes Bay
Long hot summers and mild sunny winters make Hawkes Bay the perfect year round holiday destination. Whether it's a romantic break, family fun in the sun, action and adrenalin, or a backpack adventure, you'll find it in Hawkes Bay and its wine country.
Napier, the capital of the Hawke's Bay province, is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, vibrant cafe culture, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national attractions. Napier oozes fun and adventure and a visit to the attractions of Marine Parade, home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony, is a must.
Ranging from Mahia in the North through to Porangahau in the South, the region boasts more than 70 vineyards, fabulous fresh produce and gourmet delights. Hawkes Bay also offers a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all ages, plus stunning landscapes with a unique wildlife, distinct architecture, a vibrant arts community and a rich cultural heritage.
Hawkes Bay also offers a diverse range of events to tie in with your visit throughout the year ranging from food and wine festivals, premier equestrian competitions, agriculture shows and open air concerts.
Once your day is over, retire to romantic cottages, elegant country houses and hotels, motels, urban and self-contained apartments, camping grounds, holiday parks, farm-stays and hosted accommodation. Relaxation and adventure await in Hawkes Bay!
Fun Fact: Supported by a Mediterranean climate, this region boasts over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year!
Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
The largest of the lakes in the Okataina caldera, Lake Tarawera was formed about 5,000 years ago when drainage to the east was blocked by lava flows. Holiday houses line the only road, along the western side of the lake. Elsewhere, bush reaches the shore.
The natural features of Lake Tarawera with its crystal clear waters, abundant with Rainbow Trout, and the surrounding native New Zealand bush covered walks, offers a range of lakefront activities to suit every visitor to Rotorua.
Various options and activities to explore the region including luxury cruises, fishing charters, water taxi services, self drive boats, kayak tours and pedal boat hire. Enjoy lakeside dining experiences with the magnificent backdrop of Mt. Tarawera towering above a beautiful sandy beach front.
At the southern end of Lake Tarawera, Humphries Bay is a pleasant picnic and camping spot accessible by boat or along the Northern Tarawera Track, a moderate tramping track from the Tarawera Outlet. Natural hot springs under the sand provide a relaxing, warm swim. Hot Water Beach, on the northern arm of Lake Tarawera, is accessible by boat. Picnic areas are numerous and include a beautiful spot beside the Tarawera River.
Become one with nature at this peaceful retreat.
Fun Fact: A 1886 eruption raised the lake surface and further shaped the Tarawera landscape. The lake drains eastward through the Tarawera River over spectacular falls.
Lake Rotorua, Rotorua
Geothermal activity still continues below and around the beautifully peaceful Lake Rotorua, the largest of 11 surrounding bodies of water. Clouds of steam drift around the shore and the water has a high sulphur content, resulting in a magical green-blue coloration for you to behold. Formed by cataclysmic volcanic activity in times past, many are steeped in Maori legend and history.
Mokoia Island, in the center of the lake, is a rhyolite dome formed by slowly oozing lava. This island was the setting for one of New Zealand's greatest love stories - the tale of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, which you are likely to learn about on your journey.
For the angler, the lakes and rivers teem with trophy sized rainbow trout. Professional guides are available to reveal the best spots to you - and many will guarantee you a catch. In fact, you're likely to find Rotorua the easiest place in New Zealand to hook a trout!
Fun Fact: One of several large volcanoes in the Rotorua region’s underlying magma chamber collapsed after a massive eruption around 200,000 years ago, creating a circular caldera which filled with water to form the North Island's second largest lake.
Rotorua is a great destination if you like fishing and water sports. There are many beautiful lakes in the area - the largest being Lake Rotorua, Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotoiti. It's an easy 20-minute drive from Rotorua's city center to the lakes. This city (on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua) is renowned as the heartland of Maori culture.
Visitors flock to the 16 stunning lakes that offer cruising, swimming, waterskiing, kayaking and fishing galore. Considered by adventurous visitors to be one of New Zealand’s top adrenalin destinations, Rotorua is home to a host of thrilling activities, many of them world firsts. Options include white water rafting and sledging, four wheel driving, sky diving, bungee jumping, jet boating and Zorbing. Or, just drift lazily around a sparkling lake in a boat or kayak and let the sun warm on your face as birds chirping merrily in the native bush.
There are myriad walking tracks, playgrounds for the kids, and secluded beaches where visitors can soak in natural hot water pools. Camping sites are dotted around the lakes, as are barbecues for public use. Geysers, mud pools and thermal springs have been attracting visitors to Rotorua since the 1800s and the living, breathing landscape never fails to amaze.
Fun Fact: Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city’s past and present.
Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbor and surrounded by rolling hills, it's a metropolis waiting to be explored.
Explore the great outdoors, shop till you drop, sample the culinary delights, and wander picturesque vineyards. Experience the best New Zealand has to offer – all right on its doorstep.
Close by is Lower Hutt, the gateway to the great outdoors of the Wellington region attracting walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Upper Hutt is a destination for lovers of the outdoors, where you’ll find the pristine Hutt River, stunning native forest and riverside trails suitable for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Golfers will enjoy a round at one of its picturesque golf courses. Also quite close is Porirua, offering culture and breathtaking rural scenery. Its rugged coastal setting provides a natural backdrop for water-sports, including windsurfing, sailing and diving.
Wairarapa is Wellington’s wine region and offers the perfect escape, with a strong focus on gourmet flavors and experiences. While there, discover the boutique wine village of Martinborough, or the charming antique and crafts stores of Greytown.
There is so much to see and do in Wellington. From action-packed adventure activities to picturesque walks around the beautiful harbor and hills - it has something for everyone!
Fun Fact: Nearly all Wellington residents live within miles of the coastline, and the city has 102 parks and playgrounds.
Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island, the Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand's largest fresh water lake, fascinating geothermal areas and the famous Huka Falls. The powerful beauty of the volcanic landscape will provide a dramatic backdrop to everything you do. Lake Taupo's central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the attractions of the Central North Island.
Highlights include Turangi the North Island's trout fishing capital, Tongariro National Park and Orakei Korako Geyserland. Trout fishing should be on your menu of things to do, because this region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries in the world. Local guides will soon get you hooked, and there are plenty of restaurants happy to cook your catch.
Visitors mainly come for the scenery and action packed adventure, with the largest tandem skydiving drop zone in the world. This atmosphere is accompanied by a genuinely friendly local culture, and the lakeside community is alive with great places to eat, drink and party.
Lake Taupo's geothermal attractions include geysers, steaming craters, boiling mud pools and some of the largest silica terraces in the world. Other special experiences include the walk to Huka Falls, a game of golf at Wairakei and kayaking to the Maori carvings at Mine Bay.
Fun Fact: Lake Taupo was created by a gigantic volcanic eruption in 181AD.
In South Island, enjoy a diverse range of activities all year round, whether your passion is for the outdoors, culture, or simply relaxation. Nature lovers will delight in its spectacular glaciers, dense forests, pristine beaches and unique wildlife, while city sophisticates will find joy in its metropolises.
Kaikoura offers visitors a unique combination of ocean and mountains. The stunning coastal alpine scenery includes a host of eco-tourism activities including whale watching, dolphin swimming and seal snorkeling. Walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and discover seal and bird colonies along the coast.
Visit the South Island’s largest city of Christchurch, known as the “Garden City” because of its many stunningly beautiful gardens. Other central city attractions include great shopping, beautiful Neo-Gothic Arts Centre, the historic tram which loops the city center, the Christchurch Gondola and the International Antarctic Centre.
Queenstown provides year round action packed thrills, such as white water rafting, parapenting, and bungee jumping. And if you love wine, you’re in luck - wine tasting is fast becoming one of the more popular ways to see the greater Queenstown region.
Now is the time to experience this land of diverse beauty. You can rely one of our Travel Specialists to plan the perfect getaway…
Fun Fact: The South Island is the larger of the two main islands of New Zealand, and is a destination of picture postcard beauty together with a past steeped in history.
The Canterbury NZ region incorporates Christchurch, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Timaru, Lake Tekapo, Methven and Darfield. From the silvery beaches of the East Coast to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, its landscape is impossible to ignore. Big scenery is the order of the day—huge panoramas of ocean or mountains, great sweeps of pastureland, and massive amounts of sky all lay in wait for your arrival.
Why not take a hot air balloon ride and float across the Canterbury Plains with the majesty of the Southern Alps behind you. The experience will ingrain itself on your memory forever.
The highest point of the region is the highest point of New Zealand from the spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook. At the other end of the scale, the submarine trenches off the coast of Kaikoura are thousands of feet deep providing an ideal environment for the whales, dolphins and seals that live there permanently – in summer you might even get the chance to swim with the world's rarest dolphin.
Step back into New Zealand's past in Akaroa, Canterbury's oldest village. You'll hear about Maori, whaling, French and British history. Natural history is another topic to explore. Canterbury is the ideal location to experience it all!
Fun Fact: Coastal and mountain experiences combine to make Canterbury a place where there's something for every traveler.
Christchurch city is not only a fantastic place to visit, but from there you can easily access the heart of the South Island. Travel north for hot pools, vineyards and oceanic wildlife encounters. A journey west could mean a train trip over the Southern Alps, to discover rainforest and glaciers. Head south and discover our beautiful high country, topped off by Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain.
Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch - just like the rest of New Zealand - is a city of contrasts. It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world renowned for its beauty. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement.
Christchurch has a lively entertainment scene, strong cultural heritage, gorgeous parks and gardens, lots of sports facilities and good shopping. Among the must sees are the weekend Arts Centre market, Christchurch Cathedral, Botanic Gardens and International Antarctic Centre. The Floral Festival held in February each year is certainly one of the most popular festivals on the annual calendar...it’s a time when the city is ablaze with color.
Culturalists will enjoy its numerous museums with countless fascinating exhibitions. Visit Christchurch for a comprehensive vacation experience!
Fun Fact: Internationally famed “The Garden City,” Christchurch's well established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city's founding fathers.
This region offers rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air, and just so much to do. From bungee jumping to wine trails, jet boating to tramping, dining out to skiing, the tricky part is trying to fit everything in. Whether you enjoy adventure for fun or relaxation, Queenstown has it. Yet, it is also a sophisticated holiday resort set in the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
The area has captured hearts and imaginations since the first Maori came in search of pounamu (greenstone) and the giant Moa bird. More recently, gold miners, adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and U.S. Presidents have been drawn to this magical region and its intense alpine energy.
Born as an 1860’s gold mining camp, 140 years later Queenstown has a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, there are amazing views from everywhere. There’s also a permanent buzz in the downtown area where you’ll find a lively café/bar scene and excellent shopping.
Sophisticated wine bars, live jazz, top DJ’s, long summer nights in a garden bar serving locally brewed beer or après ski in front of a roaring log fire, there’s more than 160 licensed bars and cafés in downtown Queenstown, offering the social butterfly choices any night of the week.
Fun Fact: The 45th parallel provides four distinct seasons, and the locals don’t let any go by without a fitting celebration or two!