New Zealand Holidays

There is perhaps nowhere in the world more enchanting, nor more naturally beautiful, than New Zealand. From the dramatic mountains and forested valleys to the majestic ice floes and glacial lakes and from dormant volcanoes to rolling vineyards, your camera has never been so busy. You may even recognise some of it from the Chronicles of Narnia as well as doubling as Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings.

To experience all the beauty and culture that New Zealand has you should take your time and plan out your holiday before you even think about booking it as there is so much to see and experience over two islands you will have to be organised to make sure you get it all in.

Here are a few tips, hotels and villas to help you plan the ultimate New Zealand holiday.

New Zealand North Island

New Zealand’s North Island has lush pastures, vineyards, rolling hills, dense rainforests, wild coastlines and glorious white beaches - topped off with boiling mud pools and gushing geysers. Old and new mix in port cities including its capital, Wellington, and Auckland - the 'City of Sails'; while Napier’s Art Deco splendour is much admired. 

Hotel DeBrett, Auckland - Mr & Mrs Smith (More Information & Booking)

In the heart of Auckland’s CBD, deluxe Hotel DeBrett is delightfully art deco, imparting the solidity of the era but with an abundance of warmth, vibrant modern design, pampering touches and a smattering of Kiwi-kitsch collectables. With a seductive bar and fashion- and art-filled laneways to explore nearby, it's a sexy sensory indulgence.

Intercontinental Wellington - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Voted ‘New Zealand’s Leading Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2016, the InterContinental offers superb service and a central location. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from attractions including the National Museum of New Zealand-Te Papa Tongarewa and the historic cable car which takes you up to Wellington Botanic Garden. Nature lovers won’t want to miss the chance to discover native wildlife such as the little spotted kiwi, takahe and Wellington green gecko at the tranquil Zealandia Ecosanctuary, which is just a ten-minute drive away.

Visit a geothermal wonderland with bubbling sulphur pools and erupting geysers at Wai-O-Tapu in the Rotorua, Taupo & Central Region.

Crown Hotel Napier, Rotorua, Taupo & Central Region - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Destroyed by earthquakes in 1931, the charming town of Napier was rebuilt and is famous for its elegant Art Deco style buildings as well as its picturesque coast and pretty vineyards. 
This welcoming hotel overlooks the waterfront and offers boutique accommodation with a choice of elegant suites in the original 1932 Crown Hotel Building or modern rooms and luxury apartments in the contemporary wing. Enjoy fresh local produce and seafood accompanied by fine wines at the restaurant and soak up the sun in the courtyard of the bar.

Witness incredible views on the Tongariro Crossing, repeatedly voted one of the world's Top 10 one-day treks.

Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Rotorua, Taupo & Central Region - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Set within Whakapapa Village, in the heart of Tongariro National Park, this classic hotel is perfectly placed for hikers doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Famed for its neo-Georgian magnificence and stunning mountain views, this 1920s' hotel is bursting with old-world charm.
Catch a film at the in-house cinema and enjoy the hot plunge pool, sauna and fitness room. The Tongariro River and Great Lake Taupo are famous for trout fishing – even the Queen Mother has cast a line here! The signature restaurant Ruapehu serves delicious Pacific Rim cuisine.

Search for dolphins and whales cruising the beautiful Bay of Islands & Coromandel.

Grand Mercure Puka Park, Coromandel Peninsula - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

This peaceful hideaway is set in 25 acres of native bushland on the eastern shore of the Coromandel Peninsula, close to Pauanui Beach. Historically known for its kauri logging and gold mining, the area’s dramatic coast is fringed with white sand beaches. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, sauna, tennis court and bicycle hire.

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands from this award-winning hotel which overlooks a beach in the charming seaside town of Paihia. Enjoy facilities including an outdoor pool, restaurant and spa. Local activities include kayaking and swimming with dolphins or take a boat across to the historic town of Russell or the Waitangi Treaty grounds.

Eagles Nest, Bay of Island - Mr & Mrs Smith (More Information & Booking)

A luxurious estate atop a private peninsula overlooking New Zealand's Bay of Islands, Eagles Nest hotel has five ultra-contemporary, individually designed villas with spectacular views. This North Island boutique retreat is the ultimate in exclusivity and beyond-five-star hospitality, encompassing 75-acres of sub-tropical native bush with secluded beaches and more than 144 islands to explore. With private chefs, infinity pools and even a Porsche at your disposal, you can do as much or as little as you like.

New Zealand South Island

The enchanting English-feeling city of Christchurch and the South Island’s adrenalin capital, Queenstown, are two wonderful bases from which to explore the surrounding regions.

Experience a magical morning swimming with wild dolphins or whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura in the Christchurch & Kaikoura region. Take a sea taxi from Kaiteriteri to a secluded beach in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, then trek your way back to your starting point.

Beaufort House, Akaroa, Christchurch & Kaikoura - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Dating back to 1878, this historic home has been lovingly restored and offers a peaceful retreat with stunning views of Akaroa. Set in pretty gardens, it is wonderfully secluded yet just a short stroll from the shops and restaurants of Akaroa Harbour. Canapés are served in the evening accompanied by a glass of wine grown in the house’s boutique vineyard.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikoura - Mr & Mrs Smith (More Information & Booking)

Take to the treetops at Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses hotel where canopy-level rooms offer views of mountains, sea and the hotel's own deer park. Set in seaside Kaikoura, on New Zealand's South Island, it's a top spot for whale-watching.

In the West Coast & Glaciers region, take a helicopter ride to the top of the mighty Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and walk on the face of the glacier, through crevasses and ice caves. 

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

This friendly hotel offers a peaceful setting and modern guest rooms just a short stroll from Fox Glacier village. It is ideally located for guided glacier walks or helicopter tours as well as hikes to Lake Matheson. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast all year round and the lounge offers a fireplace and views of the mountains.

Choose from a thrilling range of activities in the adrenalin capital of Queenstown - jet boat down the Dart River, go horseriding around The Lord of the Rings country, parasail, bungee jump or even river surf. 

Edgewater - Lake Wanaka - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Set on the serene shores of Lake Wanaka, this hotel offers comfortable accommodation within walking distance of the town centre and is an ideal base for those looking for an adventure holiday or a tranquil escape. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and Southern Alps and al fresco dining accompanied by fine regional wines.

Eichardt's Private Hotel - Mr & Mrs Smith (More Information & Booking)

Queenstown's most historic haven, Eichardt's Private Hotel has bagged the best spot on the lake for shoreside romance, offering super-chic interiors and no-holds barred luxe. Quintessentially boutique, there's an air of refined exclusivity here (thanks to the sumptuous interiors by Virginia Fisher, apartment-style boudoirs and cult-status Eichardt's Bar), yet this genteel cocoon is just a hop from the heart of the action.

Visit the Southern Alps & Fiordland and cruise or sea kayak in stunning and dramatic Milford Sound, dominated by the imposing Mitre Peak and home to abundant wildlife.

Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

Perched on a hill with mesmerising views over rolling grass lands, sparkling waters and rugged mountain peaks, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more stunning setting for experiencing the iconic Milford and Doubtful Sounds. Fiordland is a dream destination for nature lovers and the architectural style of this welcoming lodge reflects the natural surroundings. The high ceilings and huge panoramic windows showcase the incredible views, while the earthy tones, tree trunk pillars, beautiful timber interiors and river stone fireplace bring the outside in. The warm staff go out of their way to make your stay as memorable as possible, and there is a fantastic choice of excursions available.

Sample delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines on a vineyard tour of the Marlborough region.

Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park - Kuoni (More Information & Booking)

This charming eco lodge is inaccessible by road and offers a tranquil retreat and the chance to totally immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings. Facilities include a fine-dining restaurant, a café and a bar. Follow short walks from the lodge including the Wetland Walk and Sky Track or complete the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Other local activities include kayaking and sailing.

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