10 of New Zealand’s cosiest winter getaways

Outdoor picture of Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown

Winter is here! And that means it’s the perfect time to explore some of the cosiest places around NZ, a country that’s practically MADE for a cosy getaway! ⛄ From geothermal pools to castles and treehouses, we’ve found some totally perfect spots to snuggle up and escape the winter chill 🏔🔥 Here are 10 of our fave winter getaways across the ditch.

1. Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel, Auckland

Picture of the hotel room

This art deco boutique hotel welcomes you in from the hustle and bustle of the city with warm rooms complete with luxury touches. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to be in the heart of this fun city.

2. Abel Tasman Hotel, Marahau

Outdoor spa tub

Set in a valley near the beach, the timber-roofed lodges at Abel Tasman Hotel offer cosy accommodation for the whole family. With lots of natural beauty to explore and discover nearby, there’s so much to do. Oh, and feel free to relax in the outdoor spa at the end of the day. You know that’s where I’d be 😉

3. Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown, Queenstown

Outdoor picture of Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown

Sit by the fire in your room and look out over Lake Wakatipu or The Remarkables after an action-packed day. With warm modern rooms not far from everything this town has to offer, what’s not to like?

4. The Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Bay of Islands, Russell

Balcony overlooking water at the hotel

The Duke of Marlborough is a historic homestead that sits on the shores of the Bay of Islands. If that sentence didn’t sell it, this next one might help: imagine reclining into one of the leather seats in the on-site bar with a drink in hand at the end of a long day of doing an awful lot of pretty much whatever you like. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? 😉

5. Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Rotorua

Geothermal pool at hotel

The chances you’re in Rotorua to visit the hot springs is pretty high, so get this – The Novotel Rotorua Lakeside hotel has its own geothermal mineral pool to enjoy – just saying! Hop in… it’s nice and warm!

6. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Hapuku

Fireplace and lounge chairs at hotel overlooking mountains

Nestled in the beautiful Canterbury countryside, the Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses form part of a deer breeding farm, close to the Kaikōura Coast and famed Mangamaunu Bay. Book a treehouse for a treat among the treetops and enjoy the warm fireplace or hot tub.

7. The Tree House Lodge – Bed & Breakfast, Canterbury

Hotel on a cloudy day surrounded by grass

The quaint stone and timber Tree House Lodge, which was built by hand 😱, stands proud amongst the hills and Kaikōura Mountains. Its structure contains two massive 9m tree trunks and a huge open-stone fireplace. Sounds like the perfect place to curl up this winter 🌳

8. Bolton Hotel, Wellington

Bedroom overlooking greenery

Named after one of the first immigration ships to arrive in New Zealand, the Bolton Hotel offers accommodation that’s a lot more luxe than its namesake. This five-star hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Wellington and has some pretty spectacular views to match!

9. The Oyster Inn, Waiheke Island

Hotel is palm trees on a sunny day

Now THIS is one cute little hotel. There are just three rooms in this boutique stay, which forms part of a lovely beach home. The Oyster Inn also includes a restaurant, shop, and a good old-fashioned fish and chippery. Yum!

10. Larnach Lodge, Dunedin

The incredible Larnach Lodge rises high above the surrounding landscape and looks on to the Dunedin volcano. It’s surrounded by 35 acres of gardens and the accommodation forms part of the Larnach Castle, which looks like something plucked straight from the Scottish Highlands. Don’t worry, the Lodge features modern amenities as well as classic charm 🏰

Heads up! Due to COVID-19, government restrictions are in constant review and travel guidelines may change. We strongly recommend that all travellers seek further information about destinations and attractions before scheduling trips or making bookings, take extra care and follow all rules.
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