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New Zealand Nature Explorer

A Small-Group Nature Adventure Amid the Scenic Splendors of the South Island

Hotel Montreal

Overlooking Cramner Square and situated on the edge of Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel. The hotel's aesthetic is an eclectic mix of refined elegance...

Hotel Montreal

Location
Christchurch, New Zealand

Overlooking Cramner Square and situated on the edge of Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel. The hotel's aesthetic is an eclectic mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Twenty-five spacious guest rooms have private balconies and are furnished in a neutral palette with beautifully appointed beds, separate sitting areas, kitchenettes, complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room iPad, 50-inch plasma television, iPod dock, safe, large wardrobe, and a lavish bathroom with double vanities, walk-in shower and luxury bath amenities. The hotel’s chic Polo Bar delivers a superb seasonal menu focused on unique Argentine small-plate dishes complemented by excellent wines. Outdoors, relax in the gardens or enjoy a game of croquet.

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge, owned by ecologists who are part of a historic New Zealand sheep-farming family, is designed to harmonize with its setting on a high-country nature reserve...

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge

Location
Arthur's Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge lies in a glorious natural setting midway between Christchurch and Greymouth. The lodge was built in 1996 and designed to fit naturally into an open forest clearing. Run by a husband-and-wife ecologist team, the lodge is owned by the McSweeney family, which traces its New Zealand farming roots back to 1860. Surrounding the lodge is a nearly 6,000-acre conservation reserve and high-country merino sheep station, a land of mountain beech forest, tussock clearings and moss-fringed streams and waterfalls. Gerry McSweeney serves on the New Zealand Conservation Authority and Nature Heritage Fund and is committed to demonstrating that protecting nature and running a successful wool farm are compatible projects. Accommodations include 20 mountain view rooms and four alpine lodges. Mountain view rooms, all with en-suite facilities, enjoy a splendid panorama over the Waimakariri River Valley and Southern Alps, with full-length glass doors that open to survey the view across to Arthur's Pass National Park. Special touches like flowers, fresh fruit and complimentary tea and coffee facilities enhance a comfortable stay. 

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

A sister property to Arthur's Pass, Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge sits beside the Moeraki River, surrounded by rainforest near the pristine Tasman sea coast...


Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

Location
Lake Moeraki, New Zealand

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, a sister property to Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge, sits beside the Moeraki River surrounded by untouched lowland rainforest near the pristine Tasman sea coast. From the comfort of this stylish nature lodge, join resident naturalist guides to explore the lakes, rivers, forests and shoreline to discover unique birds, seals, and fiordland crested penguins. Few places on earth can match the natural setting of the lodge, situated in the heart of the 6.7 million-acre South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, Te Wahipounamu. Guests are accommodated in 26 spacious double rooms built between 2003 and 2006, most of which look onto the natural rainforest. All rooms have private bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities, fresh fruit, flowers, and a telephone. Free satellite broadband Internet is available for guests' use, and complimentary guest washers and driers are available to do laundry. The lodge serves outstanding home-cooked meals, including a full cooked breakfast and four-course gourmet dinners. A network of rainforest trails and lodge canoes are available for guests to enjoy during their free time.

Edgewater Resort

On the shores of Lake Wanaka at the foot of Mt. Aspiring National Park, rooms at Edgewater Resort have private balconies to capitalize on the fabulous views...


Edgewater Resort

Location
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

On the shores of Lake Wanaka at the foot of Mt. Aspiring National Park, rooms at Edgewater Resort have private balconies to capitalize on the fabulous views over the water and mountains beyond. Hotel rooms feature twin, triple or double bed configuations. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with flat screen TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities. Updated decor features crisp, tailored bedding and furniture for a contemporary feel. 

Distinction Te Anau

Surrounded by extensive gardens and overlooking Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, the recently renovated Distinction Te Anau Hotel offers stylish contemporary accommodations...

Distinction Te Anau

Location
Te Anau, New Zealand

Surrounded by extensive gardens and overlooking Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, the recently renovated Distinction Te Anau Hotel offers stylish contemporary accommodations in one of the world's most breathtaking natural regions. Located on the lakefront, the hotel is just a short stroll from the Te Anau town center. 112 rooms enjoy lake or garden views, all with modern en-suite bathrooms and a host of amenities including air conditioning, flat screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and armchairs to enjoy the panorama outside the large windows. The MacKinnon Room restaurant features fine Fiordland cuisine, while the Explorer Bar and Lakefront Terrace are a great place to enjoy acclaimed New Zealand wines. A heated outdoor swimming pool is open from December through February, and a sauna and spa, with massage available, are always available for guests' relaxation. Room service, Internet access, business services and a guest laundry round out the range of amenities.

Southern Cross

The Southern Cross is Dunedin's oldest and most well-established hotel. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin’s distinctive character and heritage...


Southern Cross

Location
Dunedin, New Zealand

The Southern Cross is Dunedin's oldest and most well-established hotel. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin’s distinctive character and heritage with the modern-day comforts that discerning guests demand. While the exterior retains the charm of old, recent renovations inside have a decidedly contemporary flair. The Southern Cross has 178 rooms and suites, all with satellite TV, wireless Internet, telephone, clock radio, fridge, mini-bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Decor throughout the hotel evokes a sense of 'tailored elegance' with bold, solid colors and sleek lines reminiscent of mid-20th-century modernist design. Four different restaurant and bar venues throughout the hotel offer varied dining and drinking options, from light cafe snacks to brasserie-style full meals. Twenty-four hour room service is also available. An on-site fitness center offers gym facilities for guests wishing to get in a bit of exercise.

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