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Recommended accommodations on New Zealand's South Island


Abel Tasman National Park
Bronte Lodge, Bronte Road East, near Mapua, Nelson
Far and away, the best place to stay in the area, Bronte Lodge has two luxurious suites and two sensational villas 45 minutes from Abel Tasman National Park.
There's a pool and tennis. Golf is ten minutes away. And the waterfront location on the Bronte Peninsula is great for quiet strolls.
Phone:  64.3.540.2422
Fax:  64.3.540.2637
Email:  margaret@brontelodge.co.nz
Web:   www.brontelodge.co.nz/
Suite from:    440NZD
Villa from:  540NZD

Blenheim
Hotel d'Urville, 52 Queen Street, PO Box 977
This small hotel in the historic Public Trust Building is an absolute charmer. Each of the ten rooms is decorated differently - several have showers only. And the Wine Bar & Brasserie is popular with both guests and locals. Overall, this is a very stylish, attractive, and welcoming option in Blenheim.
Phone:  64.3.577.9945
Fax:  64.3.577.9946
Email:  hotel@durville.com
Web:   www.durville.co.nz
Doubles from:   322NZD

Le Grys Vineyard Homestay, Conders Bend Road, Renwick
For the ultimate in privacy, reserve the Waterfall Lodge, a private, mud-block cottage surrounded by Le Grys beautiful vineyards. A lovely breakfast is included in the tariff and delivered to your door. A wine-tasting and welcome platter are also included.
Phone:  64.3.572.9490
Fax:  64.3.572.9491
Email:  cottage@legrys.co.nz
Web:   www.legrys.co.nz
Cottage from:   250NZD

The Marlborough, 20 Nelson Street, PO Box 999
This contemporary luxury hotel has tennis, petanque, and in-door health facilities including a pool nearby. The restaurant is good and the property is attractive and inviting.
Phone:  64.3.577.7333 or 0800.115.533 (within New Zealand)
Fax:  64.3.577.7337
Email:  info@marlboroughhotel.co.nz
Web:   www.marlboroughhotel.co.nz/
Doubles from:   195NZD

Timara Lodge, Dog Point Road, RD2
Set on 600 acres outside Blenheim, Timara is one of New Zealand's most luxurious lodges. You'll share the tennis court, swimming pool, lake, and magnificent gardens with just eight guests. This is an absolutely world-class property where food, service, and accommodations are exemplary.
Phone:  64 3 572 8276
Fax:  64 3 572 9191
Email:  timaralodge@xtra.co.nz
Web:   www.timara.co.nz
Doubles (including breakfast and dinner) from:   1,400NZD

Christchurch
Charlotte Jane, 110 Papanui Road
With its gorgeous fireplace and beautiful furnishings, our "luxury double" here was one of the nicest rooms we've ever stayed in -- anywhere. The bathroom was unsurpassed in its luxury and comfort. There's a terrific restaurant on the property, which is about a 15-minute walk to town. There are only ten rooms at this former girls' school, so book well in advance.
Phone:  64.3.355.10.28
Fax:  64.3.355.88.82
Email:  office@charlotte-jane.co.nz
Web:   www.charlotte-jane.co.nz
Doubles from:   355NZD

Hambledon Bed and Breakfast Inn, 103 Bealey Avenue, 8001
This splendid bed and breakfast is in a magnificently restored 8,000-square-foot mansion dating from 1856. The guest suites are huge and well-appointed, the public areas are gorgeous, and the hosts are very welcoming. There's no restaurant, but it's a 15-minute stroll to town.
Phone:  64.03.379.0723
Fax:  64.03.379.0758
Email:  hambledon@clear.net.nz
Web:   www.hambledon.co.nz
Doubles from:   250NZD

Millennium Christchurch, 14 Cathedral Square
Located right on Cathedral Square, this hotel which opened in 1996 offers stylish comfort and polished service in the heart of town. Many of the city's best restaurants are within a few blocks.
Phone:  64.3.365.11.11
Fax:  64.3.365.76.76
Email:  millennium.christchurch@millenniumhotels.co.nz
Web:   www.millenniumchristchurch.co.nz
Doubles from:   155NZD

Riverview Lodge, 361 Cambridge Terrace
Located on the Avon River in an Edwardian house ten-minutes' walk from town, the Riverview Lodge is one of Christchurch's best B&Bs. The beautiful home is well-tended and has many interesting architectural details. Breakfast is good, and the host is gracious.
Phone:  64.3.365.28.60
Fax:  64.3.365.28.45
Email:  riverview.lodge@xtra.co.nz
Web:   www.riverview.net.nz/
Doubles from:   170NZD

The George, 50 Park Terrace, 8001
For clients accustomed to world-class service and amenities, the George is a great choice. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, this boutique hotel is beautifully located facing Hagley Park. It received the Conde Nast Traveler (US) Gold List - # 1 New Zealand Hotel in 2007, along with many additional accolades. One of its restaurants - Pescatore - is one of the ten best in New Zealand. Guests may use the facilities at the Clarendon Health Club.
Phone:  64.03.371.0251
Fax:  64.03.366.6747
Email:  reservations@thegeorge.com
Web:   www.thegeorge.com
Doubles from:   385NZD

The Worcester, 15 Worcester Boulevard
Nicely located across Worcester Boulevard from the Arts Centre, this colonial mansion was built in 1893 and beautifully restored. The rooms here are large and furnished with antiques. And the hosts are cordial.
Phone:  64.03.365.0936
Fax:  64.03.364.6299
Email:  info@worcester.co.nz
Web:   www.worcester.co.nz/
Doubles from:   380NZD

Hokitika (West Coast)
Kapitea Ridge Country Lodge & Cottage, Chesterfield Road, RD 2
Built in 1998, this lovely retreat has seven rooms with magnificent views overlooking the Tasman Sea. Four have balconies. There's a Jacuzzi and the property is handy for beach walks.
Phone:  64.3.755.6805
Fax:  64.3.755.6895
Email:  stay@kapitea.co.nz
Web:   www.kapitea.co.nz
Doubles from:    265NZD

Villa Polenza Boutique Lodge, 143 Brickfield Road, RD 2
This Mediterranean-style villa sits atop a hill overlooking the Tasman Sea and Southern Alps. The nicest accommodations in the area, Villa Polenza offers many special touches - complimentary liqueurs, velvet robes, and two gas-heated outdoor bathtubs tucked into the bush.
Phone:  64.3.755.7801
Fax:  64.3.755.7901
Email:  villapolenza@xtra.co.nz
Web:   www.villapolenza.co.nz/
Doubles from:   400NZD

Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park)
Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge, Marahau Beach, RD 2
Across from the entrance to Abel Tasman National Park, the Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge has six studios and two 2-bedroom motel suites. There's a sauna and spa, but the real attraction here is access to the park, which is serviced by water taxi from the property. For clients willing to trade luxury for natural surroundings, this is a great choice.
Phone:  64.3.527.8250
Fax:  64.3.527.8258
Email:  robyn@abeltasmanmarahaulodge.co.nz
Web:   www.abeltasmanmarahaulodge.co.nz/
Doubles from:   169NZD

Abel Tasman Ocean View Chalets, Marahau, RD2 Motueka
On 50 acres overlooking Tasman Bay, the Ocean View Chalets have six private timber frame chalets and two studio units a short walk from the beach. Strictly for those willing to rough it for great access to the park.
Phone:  64.3.527.8232
Fax:  64.3.527.8211
Email:  info@accommodationabeltasman.co.nz
Web:   www.accommodationabeltasman.co.nz/
Doubles from:   108NZD

Motueka River Lodge, Highway 61, Ngatimoti
Fly fishing heaven. For those who can afford it, this lodge offers the good life, New Zealand style, in spades. With just five large rooms, it's difficult to get into. And once there, you'll be in no hurry to leave. The rather steep tariff includes breakfast and dinner prepared by the Cordon Bleu trained owner. Food, hospitality, and ambience are world class.
Phone:  64.3.526.8668
Fax:  64.3.526.8669
Email:  enquiries@motuekalodge.co.nz
Web:   www.motuekalodge.co.nz
Doubles (including breakfast and dinner) from:   1,000NZD

Mount Cook
Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook, Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village
Now that the Mount Cook Travelodge is the Glencoe Wing of the Hermitage, all decent accommodations in the area are under the same umbrella. The Hermitage is the star, and a $15 million NZD renovation has recaptured a little of the luster this once great property had lost. The views are as spectacular as ever, particularly from the bench of your balcony. Not all rooms have views, so confirm at booking. Rooms 601 to 613, 701 to 713, and 830 to 839 are good. Book as far in advance as you can - space is at a premium, particularly in summer.
Phone:  64.03.435.1809
Fax:  64.03.435.1879
Email:  reservations@hermitage.co.nz
Web:   www.mount-cook.com
Doubles from:   220NZD

Punakaiki (West Coast)
Punakaiki Rocks Hotel, State Highway 6, P.O. Box 17
This beachfront eco-tourism hotel is walking distance from the Pancake Rocks and Punakaiki Blowholes. All rooms have beach or ocean views. And there's a restaurant and lounge.
Phone:  64.9.731.1168
Fax:  64.3.731.1163
Email:  info@punakaiki-resort.co.nz
Web:   www.punakaiki-resort.co.nz/
Doubles from:   190NZD

Queenstown
Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy Road, PO Box 35, Glenorchy
A member of the Small Luxury Hotel group, Blanket Bay is outside Glenorchy at the north end of Lake Wakatipu. This is the spot for those who seek peace and quiet - and are willing to pay for it. The lodge-style décor would not be out of place in the American West, but there's no roughing it here. The 700-square-foot suites and chalets have their own fireplaces and terraces. The tariff includes breakfast, dinner, cocktails, and use of all facilities, including fishing and horseback riding.
Phone:  64.03.442.9442
Fax:  64.03.442.9441
Email:  information@blanketbay.com
Web:   www.blanketbay.com
Doubles (including breakfast and dinner) from:   1,290NZD
Chalets (including breakfast and dinner) from:  1,990NZD

Evergreen Lodge, Sunshine Bay, 28 Evergreen Place
Just two miles from town, Evergreen Lodge won the New Zealand Tourism "Best Hosted Accommodation" award in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Its four rooms are beautifully appointed and have private balconies with breathtaking mountain and lake views. There's a small gym and sauna. The Evergreen is for adults only. Rate inclusive of a full cooked breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, complimentary mini bar, pre dinner drinks and NZ's 12.5% goods and services tax.
Phone:  64.03.442.6636
Fax:  64.03.442.6637
Email:  reservations@evergreenlodge.co.nz
Web:   www.evergreenlodge.co.nz/
Doubles from:   645NZD

Matakauri Lodge, PO Box 888, 569 Queenstown/Glenorchy Road
On 9 lake-front acres ten minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge has 700-square-foot villas with private terraces, fireplaces, and two-person tubs.
Phone:  64.3.441.1008
Fax:  64.3.441.2180
Email:  relax@matakauri.co.nz
Web:   www.matakauri.co.nz
Doubles (including breakfast and dinner) from:   1,170NZD

Millbrook Resort, Malaghans Road
If you are golfers, you?ll want to stay at Millbrook Resort. The 18-hole Par 72 course is bordered by villas, cottages, and a lodge with rooms. There are pools, spas, a health club, tennis courts, and three restaurants at this stylish resort between Queenstown and Arrowtown.
Phone:  64.03.441.7000
Fax:  64.03.441.7007
Web:   www.millbrook.co.nz/
Doubles from:    390NZD

Millennium Queenstown, Corner of Frankton Road & Stanley Street, PO Box 551
The Millenium Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Only a ten minute walk to restaurants and shops.
Phone:  64.03.441.8888
Fax:  64.03.441.8889
Email:  millennium.queenstown@millenniumhotels.co.nz
Web:   www.millenniumhotels.com
Doubles from:   220NZD

Nugget Point Resort, Arthurs Point, PO Box 677
Nugget Point is about ten minutes outside Queenstown at Arthur's Point. Recognized for excellence by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazine in 1999, the resort has a spectacular location overlooking the Shotover River. The resort, which has tennis and indoor and outdoor pools, is a good choice for those who want to be close to Queenstown, but away from the noise and traffic.
Phone:  64.03.441.0288
Fax:  64.03.442.7308
Email:  reservations@nuggetpoint.co.nz
Web:   www.nuggetpoint.co.nz
Doubles from:   413NZD

Remarkables Lodge, State Highway 6, PO Box 2144
Ten minutes from Queenstown, Remarkables Lodge a member of the prestigious Heritage & Character Inns Association. It's also a 1999 Travel & Leisure magazine "World's Best" award winner. You'll share the pool, Jacuzzi, and tennis court with only eight other guests. The food is superb.
Phone:  64.03.442.2720
Fax:  64.03.442.2730
Email:  info@remarkables.co.
Web:   www.remarkables.co.nz
Doubles (including breakfast and dinner) from:   950NZD

The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, 10 Isle Street
Housed in a converted 1920s general store, the Dairy Private Luxury Hotel provides very nice bed and breakfast accommodations right in town. Thirteen rooms, many have nice views and the house is smoke free. A great choice for those who want to walk to restaurants and nightlife. Book well in advance.
Phone:  64.3.442.5164
Fax:  64.3.442.5166
Email:  info@thedairy.co.nz
Web:   www.thedairy.co.nz
Doubles from:   390NZD

Trelawn Place, Gorge Road, Arthurs Point, Box 117
Spectacularly located overlooking the Shotover River, this is a quiet bed and breakfast five minutes from town. There are three rooms in the main house, two with balconies. But the real draw here is the honeymoon cottage, a two-bedroom stone house surrounded by apple trees and rose bushes. They recently added a Jacuzzi spa pool at the rivers edge. The other big plus here is the owners' two Welsh Corgis. This is the place for travellers who miss their dogs.
Phone:  64.03.442.9160 or 0800.429.160
Fax:  64.03.442.9167
Email:  trelawn@ihug.co.nz
Web:   www.trelawnb-b.co.nz
Doubles from (includes breakfast):   295NZD
Cottage from:  275NZD

Takaka (Abel Tasman National Park)
Awaroa Lodge and Café, Abel Tasman National Park, P.O. Box 163, 7172
Located 300 yards from Arawoa Beach, this casual lodge is reached by water taxi. There are a variety of accommodations and a café/bar. This is a great spot for sea-kayakers, hikers, or others who want to get away from everything and enjoy the beauty of the park.
Phone:  64.3.528.8758
Fax:  64.3.528.6561
Email:  stay@awaroalodge.co.nz
Web:   www.awaroalodge.co.nz/
Doubles from:   210NZD

West Coast
Lake Brunner Lodge, Mitchells R.D. 1, Kumara, 7871 Westland
This is a paradise for fly-fishers and a joy for almost everyone else. Those taking the Tranz Alpine Express can embark the train at Brunner. The lodge will transfer them to the station. Luxurious accommodations, great food included in the tariff, outstanding service, and beautiful natural surroundings.
Phone:  64.03.738.0163
Fax:  64.03.738.0173
Email:  lodge@lakebrunner.co.nz
Web:   www.lakebrunner.com
Doubles (including breakfast and dinner) from:   520NZD

Westport (West Coast)
Chelsea Gateway Motor Lodge, 330 Palmerston Street
Rated four stars by Qualmark, this clean, attractive motel is the best bet in Westport.
Phone:  64.3.789.6835
Fax:  64.3.789.6379
Web:   www.nzmotels.co.nz/chelsea.gateway/index.html
Doubles from:   120NZD

River View Lodge, State Highway 6, Buller Gorge Road
Those who enjoy bed and breakfasts will like River View Lodge, on a sheep and deer farm outside Westport that overlooks the Buller River. The gardens here are especially attractive and there are paths through the bush to the river. Lunch and dinner are available by prior arrangement.
Phone:  64.3.789.6037
Fax:  64.3.789.6037
Email:  info@rurallodge.co.nz
Web:   www.rurallodge.co.nz/
Doubles from:   190NZD