I’ve written before about some of the adventurous and beautiful aspects to New Zealand tourism. It’s one of the most sought after destinations on the planet for good reason. Honestly, it’s hard to find a country packed with more natural wonder. There are gorgeous beaches, stunning mountains, and large expanses used to film Middle Earth on the Lord Of The Rings films.
For some people the best way to experience New Zealand is to get out among these natural attractions. It’s not a bad idea to design a trip around campgrounds, or even to rent an RV and drive around, sleeping in the vehicle. These options can also save you some money! If you’re looking for more traditional accommodations on a trip to New Zealand, we wanted to point to some of the more interesting places to stay.
Museum Art Hotel
This is a one-of-a-kind destination in Wellington, marked by its own art collection, which is spread throughout the hotel. There are taxidermy pieces, oil paintings, and extravagant (and eccentric) room designs that all come together to form an incredibly unique total picture. One publication doing its own write-up of places to stay in New Zealand aptly described it as a somewhat madcap masterpiece. It’s definitely odd, but it’s also very comfortable, and the location right on the harbor in Wellington is tough to beat. One or two nights here can be a great experience in the midst of a tour through the country.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Near Lake Wakatipu and sandwiched between two natural reserves, the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a great spot for nature lovers to spend a few nights. It’s built right into the lush surroundings so that it almost looks like stone buildings are protruding from the greenery. Rooms aren’t cheap, but that’s to be expected of the better hotels in such a hot destination. This is one spot where they’re worth it—particularly for the eco-conscious traveler.
If you’re looking for something more gaudy and you want to experience Auckland, you might consider checking out SKYCITY. Despite the fact that New Zealand has embraced online gaming through the emergence of loads of popular sites, SKYCITY feels like a little slice of Las Vegas or Macau right in the middle of Auckland. It’s a full-fledged entertainment city with a vibrant casino floor, on-site accommodations and just about anything else you might expect from a resort of its kind. It also puts you in close proximity to all the wonderful attractions of the surrounding city.
Villa Del Lago
This is another Queenstown option, but one that we just have to include. It’s an exclusive place, but it’s wonderful for extended vacations or specific holidays, because you can essentially book a self-sustaining apartment, rather than just a room. You’ll have a living space and your own kitchen, as well as a gorgeous view of Queenstown, which is hard to beat. It’s a slightly more upscale version of what you might be interested in at the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel.
Things are looking up at the Eagles Nest
If you really want to splurge, or you’re in New Zealand for a special occasion (like a honeymoon), Eagles Nest is something to think about. It can cost upwards of $1000 a night, so this isn’t a casual vacation—but it may just be worth it. The whole facility consists of five luxury villas across 75 acres, all with views of the Bay of Islands. It’s been described as somewhere between seven stars and heaven as an accommodation, combining remoteness and privacy with all the luxury amenities you could hope for. Again, it’s extremely pricey, but the more you research it the more you begin to understand why.