Unique New Zealand Stays
Hotels are great and all, but isn’t it refreshing to stay somewhere that’s a little bit different sometimes? With options like these, you can pick a place to stay that’s as unique as Aotearoa itself. It’s time to check out the quirkier side of New Zealand accommodation…
“Live outside the box” is the PurePods motto, custom built glamping boxes designed to let you marvel at the beauty of nature while sheltered in luxury. The focus here is on secret, sustainable spaces in stunning countryside locations. PurePods provide uninterrupted tranquillity, relaxation and privacy. The pods themselves are constructed almost entirely from glass, including the roof and floor, meaning you can stargaze at the Southern Cross while in bed, or birdwatch over breakfast. There are multiple locations within a couple of hours drive of Christchurch: on the stunning Banks Peninsula, in the Waipara wine region, and at Kaikoura, NZ’s whale watching capital.
No North Island holiday is complete without a visit to the shining lights of Waitomo glow worm caves. Woodlyn Park is THE unique place to stay in Waitomo, a world innovation award winner just 2 minutes from the caves. Hobbit themed rooms, a repurposed ship, plane or train? Yep, they’re all options. A stay here is bound to be a hit with kids, with rustic grounds to explore and easy access to local activities like abseiling, black water rafting and boat rides.
The treehouses at the Hapuku Lodge aren’t like the ones you built as a kid. These are fully kitted out houses offering a unique twist on hotel luxury in the seaside paradise of Kaikoura. Plush rooms are available in the main lodge, or in the iconic tree houses, 10 metres above ground in the native Kanuka canopy. The fit out is smart, with heated floors, fireplaces, spa baths and of course, balconies to enjoy the incredible view. Did we mention the food yet? Three course meals are served every night, with amazing local seafood, locally-farmed lamb and beef, and a range of New Zealand’s best wines. What more could you want?
New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle is the jewel of the Otago Peninsula. Rich with history and surrounded by immaculately kept gardens, kids will love exploring the grounds while you indulge in high tea and learn about the castle and its fascinating history. Accommodation choices are plentiful, from luxurious lodge rooms to the rustic charm of the stables. There’s tons to explore, whether it’s the Albatross colony on the peninsula, a walk down Sandfly bay, or a visit to Dunedin, a favourite with travellers for its mixture of history and culture – check out the cool shops, great coffee and vibrant restaurant scene.
Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises
Take a magical journey into Fiordland with an overnight cruise on either Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound. These cruises are perhaps the most highly regarded experiences offered anywhere in New Zealand and offer the best way to experience the incredible natural wonders of Fiordland. An overnight cruise on the custom-built boats lets you relax in comfort and take in the jaw-dropping sights that just don’t stop coming. So, which one will you choose?
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