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Wake up somewhere new: 7 beautiful places you’ll lay your head with Trafalgar in New Zealand

Recently updated on November 24th, 2023 at 06:24 pm

From dramatic coastlines to endless fields of green as far as the eye can see; and a foodie scene that will whet absolutely any appetite, there’s no denying it – New Zealand is a travel lover’s dream! 

With so much natural beauty (accompanied with only the finest of wines, of course), it comes with little surprise that there are an abundance of beautiful New Zealand hotels just waiting for you to continue your Kiwi adventures in. Imagine waking up to astounding views from your luxury place of rest – it sounds like you could still be dreaming, but we can assure you; you’re definitely not! Unsure of where to begin when it comes to choosing the right beautiful New Zealand accommodation? We’ve put together a list of 7 of our favourite beautiful New Zealand hotels that are so intimate, you might even feel like you’ve found yourself in your own private oasis retreat.

Huka Lodge – Taupo

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Set on the banks of the Waikato River and just metres upstream of the famous Huka Falls is the beautiful Huka Lodge; one of the world’s most revered and inspirational luxury accommodations.

Once the site of a simple fishing lodge in the 1920s, the lodge, which now spans 17 acres with 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite and two exclusive cottages, attracts travellers seeking a stay at one of the world’s best retreats from all around the globe.

Peppers Bluewater Resort – Lake Tekapo

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Set amongst the purest natural landscape, near the edge of Lake Tekapo, is the magical Peppers Bluewater Resort

Offering the best of both exploration and rest, Peppers Bluewater Resort is the perfect New Zealand accommodation for enjoying the local natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie Region, with a romantic and secluded accommodation awaiting your return.

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The Matakauri Lodge – Queenstown

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Situated right in one of the world’s most spectacularly beautiful landscapes, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and just seven minutes from Queenstown, ‘the adventure capital of the world’ is the Matakauri Lodge

Comprised of 12 luxurious alpine-style bungalows, each lodge offers jaw-dropping views of the big three – The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak – from every room. If the unparalleled panoramic views weren’t enough to convince you of a stay, Tatler Magazine recently named Matakauri Lodge as one of the world’s 101 Best Hotels, citing the lodge’s dining facilities, exquisite food and wine, exemplary service and of course, stunning views amongst many of the facilities highlights.

Trinity Wharf – Tauranga

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Built on three piers that stretch over the water’s edge, Trinity Wharf Tauranga is owned by a local family who had a dream to highlight the beauty and spirit of the Tauranga Harbour with an over-water hotel.

With floor to ceiling glass walls, the outside world is welcomed in at this beautiful New Zealand hotel, which is a one-of-its-kind in the region. Special for its story, on a clear day, you can also spot marine life cruising around the shallow waters that surround the hotel, and seals sunbaking in the private pontoon.

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Minaret Station – Wanaka

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Set in a remote glacial valley, surrounded by the towering peaks that border the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aspiring National Park and accessible only by helicopter, Minaret Station is nothing short of amazing.

From the private luxury lodges, guests can make the most of nature’s playground, with guided heli-skiing, cycling and fishing on offer. Or, if you prefer to enjoy the elements from inside, the chalet is also home to fabulous fine dining…. With an incredible view!

Punakaiki Resort – Punakaiki

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If waterfront abodes, just steps from the water are your kind of ideal holiday accommodation, you’ll love Punakaiki Resort. Situated in Paparoa National Park on the west coast, this beautiful New Zealand hotel is just a 2 minute walk to Punakaiki Beach, and is metres away from the magnificent Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.

For a holiday stay where the waves lap at your feet, and you can enjoy both rainforest and ocean views, Punakaiki Resort is the perfect New Zealand hotel for you.

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Helena Bay Lodge – Whangarei

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In need of rest and seclusion, but don’t want to miss out on magnificent views and verdant greenery? Helena Bay Lodge is your solution!

Situated in the northeast corner of the North Island (about a 3-hour drive from Auckland) is the beautifully intimate Helena Bay Lodge. Home to more than 2 miles of pristine coastline, including four private beaches and a countless number of intimate coves, Helena Bay Lodge is the ultimate accommodation choice when it comes to romantic escape options. Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific, while you listen to the melodic crashing of waves… all from the comfort of your luscious home away from home.


At Trafalgar, we hand-select the best accommodation for each trip. We believe that each unique property has a story to tell, allowing you to become part of the legacy – much more than just a place for you to rest your head at night! Head to our website and discover some of the incredible places to stay in New Zealand when you travel with Trafalgar.

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