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10 best hotels in New Zealand you shouldn’t miss out on your trip

Cruising through the long winding roads of New Zealand is a whole lot of fun if you happen to stay in the right place. Based on the location, amenities, design, and the services, here are the 10 best hotels in New Zealand you shouldn’t miss out on your trip.


1. Hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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Overlooking the Waitemata Harbour is the upscale 5-star property of Hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Styled all-French, the chic hotels of Sofitel are known for their elegance and it is no different in Auckland. But, Hotel Sofitel Auckland stands out in the way it represents the New Zealand culture in the French way. The rooms are contemporary and come with a lot of catchy features which includes private balconies, floor to ceiling windows, spacious bedrooms & bathrooms, Bose sound systems, and Espresso machines.

And in case you are visiting the hotel on a special occasion do let the management know so you get free chocolate cake, macaroons, and fruits.

Where: 21 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
What’s special: Beautiful views of the harbour, Spa with indoor pool, Boutique restaurant with a custom menu, Lounge bar
Who’s it for: Families, Business travellers, Couples
Attractions nearby: New Zealand Maritime Museum, Sky Tower, Victoria Park, The Big Wheel

Interesting read: Why New Zealand is ideal for family road trips

2. Whangaparaoa Lodge Motel

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Set in close proximity to the Little Manly Beach, Whangaparaoa is an award-winning motel in Auckland. The studios in here are airy, modern, and offer a ‘home away from home’ experience. Actually, the staff in Whangaparaoa Lodge Motel are so friendly and accommodating that you are more likely to extend your stay and make this your new home. For room options, you can choose between designer studios and one-bedroom suites equipped with kitchenette, whirlpool baths, ocean-view terrace, and flat TVs.

If you are looking for a casual luxury accommodation at an affordable price, then Whangaparaoa Lodge Motel is the right place for you. And there is also a welcome drink, you are wondering.

Where: 874 Whangaparaoa Rd, Manly, Whangaparaoa 0930, New Zealand
What’s special: Ocean-view terrace, Whirlpool baths, Conference rooms, Flat TVs
Who’s it for: Solo travellers, Families, Couples
Attractions nearby: Snowplanet, Shakespear Regional Park, Estuary Arts Centre, Little Manly Beach

3. Ramada Auckland – Federal Street

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Looking for a great place to stay in the heart of the city that is accessible to all the action but at the same time relaxed? Then Ramada Suites in Auckland is a wonderful pick. Housed in an apartment style hotel, Ramada Auckland has studio apartments, 1 bedroom apartments, and penthouse apartments to choose from. And the most interesting part is almost all the rooms come with a washing machine/dryer, kitchen, SKY TV, and floor to ceiling windows.

With all the attractions at a walkable distance, you can get the best of the nightlife while staying at Ramada, one of the best hotels in Auckland New Zealand.

Where: 219 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
What’s special: Central location, Washing machine/dryer, Parking, Tour desk
Who’s it for: Families
Attractions nearby: Sky Tower, Sky City Casino, Auckland Civic Theatre, Britomart, Viaduct Harbour

Interesting read: Everything you need to know about exploring New Zealand on road


4. Baileys at the Beach Motel

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Operating over 50 years, Baileys at the Beach Motel is a set of low-rise buildings that have stood the test of time and offer some of the best experiences to the visitors. Frequently renovated to keep up with the modern times, the motel sports solar rooftop panels and provides unparalleled views of the Mercury Bay. Interested in trying something new? Then try Barbecuing in the open, ask for customized boat trips, rent a kayak, and go for a walk along the beach.

Bonus Tip: Order a continental breakfast to the balcony and soak in the wonderful views of the sea as you munch on. Baileys at the Beach Motel is one of best hotels in Coromandel New Zealand for the price.

Where: 66 Buffalo Beach Rd, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
What’s special: Barbecue facilities, Customized Boat trips, Sea views, Full kitchen, Flat TV & CD’s
Who’s it for: Families, Friends
Attractions nearby: Whitianga town centre, Mercury Bay

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5. Cranbury Court Apartments Queenstown

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Situated in the adventure capital of New Zealand, Cranbury Court Apartments is for the adrenaline junkies who want to go on an amazing adventure while in the country. Styled in a modern decor, the 4-starred Cranbury Court Apartments are positioned in such a way that you get picturesque views of the mountains. The rooms range from 1 to 3 bedrooms which are warm, spacious and comes equipped with kitchen, dishwasher, laundry, car park, DVD player, and free Wi-Fi.

Plus, the hotel management also helps arrange wine tasting, white water rafting, skiing, and fishing tours. So you have amazing alpine views along with adventure which makes it one of the best hotels in Queenstown New Zealand.

Where: 19-23 Gorge Rd, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
What’s special: Fully equipped kitchen, Laundry, Car park,
Who’s it for: Families, Friends
Attractions nearby: Lake Wakatipu, Central Otago Vineyards, Skyline, Queenstown Hill Recreation Reserve

Te Anau

6. Bella Vista Motel Te Anau

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Placed just within walking distance to the Lake Te Anau, Bella Vista Motel Te Anau is a laid-back accommodation with bright, contemporary rooms. Barbecue out in the open, take a walk along the lake, plan a day out to the Fiordland National Park, go on a drive to Milford Sound, or try out Jet boating in the Waiau River. Based on your preference you can choose between single/compact/superior studios, and 1 bedroom apartments.

The location of Bella Vista Motel Te Anau also makes it easier for you to go out on entertainment and shopping. This is what makes it one of the best hotels in Te Anau New Zealand.

Where: 9 Mokoroa St, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
What’s special: BBQ area, Conference rooms, Laundry,
Who’s it for: Solo travellers, Families
Attractions nearby: Lake Te Anau, Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Ivon Wilson Scenic Reserve

Franz Josef

7. Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef

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In the midst of the thick forest of the Westland National Park and Snow-capped alps is the quaint & charming 4-star property of Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef. At first glance, the property might not be appealing enough because of its simplistic design. But, when you actually step inside the motel, you will appaled by the pleasant rooms. Barbecue in the open, gaze at the stunning views of the glacier and unwind in the surreal landscape.

Some of the other things you can do also include kayaking, rafting, quad biking, and skydiving.

Where: 34 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
What’s special: Kitchenette, BBQ area, Laundry, Parking, TV, DVD library,
Who’s it for: Solo travellers, Families, Friends
Attractions nearby: Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools, Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast Wildlife centre

Interesting read: Top 10 offbeat things to do on a New Zealand vacation

Lake Tekapo

8. Tekapo Heights

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Tekapo Heights is a rural bread-and-breakfast accommodation in the namesake city of Tekapo. Neatly decorated, the rooms in Tekapo Heights are so cosy that you will actually forget everything about going out and spend time dozing off. But don’t really do it, please! Enjoy a continental breakfast as you soak in the wonderful views of the lake & the Alps, try your hands at star gazing & tramping, and go for a walk in the beautiful garden.

Updated rooms, outdoor seating, complimentary breakfast, and the breath-taking views are an added advantage.

Where: 2 Sams Pl, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
What’s special: Wonderful views, Outdoor seating, BBQ area, Laundry, Parking, TV
Who’s it for: Families, Couples, Friends
Attractions nearby: Lake Tekapo, Cairns Golf Course, Lake Pukaki, Tekapo Springs


9. Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

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Located in the midst of the city, Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square is a contemporary hotel with spacious rooms, stocked bar, fully equipped fitness centre, conference, and a game room. Wondering about the food on offer? The restaurant here serves both buffet and la carte meals made with local produce. The rooms here range from superior to executive to suite and come with cosy beds, mountain views, and double-glazed beds.

The convenient location of Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square makes it easier for you to try out Christchurch’s activities.

Where: 52 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
What’s special: Views of the Southern Alps, Restaurant & Bar, Fitness centre, Conference & a game room
Who’s it for: Families, Business travellers
Attractions nearby: Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Casino, Hagley Park, Cathedral Square

10. Silostay

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So you are in New Zealand and are interested in staying in a unique kind of place? Say ‘hello’ to Silostay. Industrially designed in a silo-theme, Silostay is eco-friendly and is quirky enough to make you stay for long. The 2-level cylindrical silos come with Mp3 stereo, kitchenette, iPod docks, electric blankets, and balcony.

The award-winning design and the convenient location of Silostay make it one of the best hotels in Christchurch New Zealand.

Where: Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Little River 7591, New Zealand
What’s special: Eco-friendly design, Bike hire, Parking
Who’s it for: Couples, Solo travellers
Attractions nearby: Little River, Lake Forsyth, Mount Herbert, Little River rail trail, Little River art gallery

Interesting read: 10 best places to stay in Australia

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