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The Postmasters Lodgings

Rawene
The Postmasters Lodgings
3 Parnell Street
           http://thepostmasterslodgings.co.nz          Phone: 09 405 7676           Tripadvisor
Nestled on the point above Rāwene township, with a panoramic view of the Hokianga Harbour from the balcony which runs around the building, the Postmasters Lodgings is a quaint, boutique B&B with a truly unique and unforgettable character. From the sumptuous bedrooms to the eclectic range of furniture and fittings evoking a bygone era, you will never forget the time you spent here. To see how idyllic this accommodation is just check out the gallery on the website and read Trip Advisor reviews. All Queen rooms with ensuite from $120 per night.

The Postmasters Lodgings
The Postmasters Lodgings
The Postmasters Lodgings
The Postmasters Lodgings

Auckland
Whatipu Lodge

Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)
www.whatipulodge.co.nz
          Phone: 09 811 8860     *** Facebook

Whatipu Lodge was built over 100 years ago and additions have been minimal. There are communal cooking and bathroom facilities but you need to take your own bedding. The lodge is a good option for groups - minimum charge $250 per day. You can also camp from $7.50 per night or stay in Whatipu Bach from $120 per night (discount for mid week stays). Note: The last 7 kms of road to Whatipu Lodge is unsealed and narrow in places, take care. More information about Auckland Council accommodation options.


The Old Church Cottage

Auckland
The Old Church Cottage
1 Hastings Parade, Devonport
Phone: 09 445 9826

The Old Church Cottage was formerly a Sunday School, it sits behind the owner's accommodation which prior to renovation was Devonport's Salvation Army Citadel. The cottage has been renovated to include an ensuite bathroom and a small room that's suitable for a child or third guest. From $220 including continental breakfast (there is a $20 surcharge for one night stays). The cottage is walking distance to Devonport village and the ferry to downtown Auckland.


Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation

Cambridge
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation

815 Maungakawa Road (12km from Cambridge)
www.cassiesfarm.co.nz           Phone: 021 231 6473          *** Facebook

The original woolshed on Cassie’s Farm has been converted into secluded and self-contained accommodation using largely recycled materials. The aim was to maintain the original character of the building, the history and essential Kiwi-ness of it, as well as making it as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. All of the fixtures, fittings and furnishings are recycled or pre-loved – except for the new bathroom, and bedroom carpet. The result is a quirky, cosy, country cottage, ideal for romantic getaways or families who enjoy being surrounded by nature. Comfortably accommodates four. Two night Meditation Retreats are also offered.

Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Kitchen
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Bathroom
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed Accommodation
Cassie’s Farm Woolshed View

 


Robertson House

Rotorua
Robertson House

70 Pererika Street
     www.robertsonhouse.co.nz/          Phone: 07 343 7559

Robertson House is a Victorian Bay Villa and was built in the early 1900’s. The historic villa has been renovated but retains its colonial charm and many of its original features. Four spacious rooms, each with ensuite are available and the room rate includes a delicious continental breakfast and free internet access. After a day of sightseeing relax on the verandah or in the English cottage garden. Rotorua city centre is a two minute drive or 10 minute walk away, and your friendly host John is more than happy to help you discover the many attractions Rotorua has to offer.

Robertson House
Robertson House
Robertson House
Robertson House

 


Princes Gate Boutique Hotel

Rotorua
Princes Gate Boutique Hotel
1057 Arawa Street
www.princesgate.co.nz          Phone: 07 348 1179

Offering style & sophistication that depicts a bygone era & a time honoured commitment to service, the Princes Gate Boutique Hotel is not just a hotel but also a Rotorua attraction in its own right. Built in 1897 and masterfully restored through passionate attention to detail, the 4.5 star property is situated in the heart of the city and on the doorstep of the picturesque Government Gardens.
The beautifully appointed accommodation includes 50 hotel rooms, suites and apartments that are individually decorated blending timeless elegance and modern luxury. Complementing the hotel are two restaurants which host live cabaret shows, thermal pools, and guest lounge.

Princes Gate Boutique Hotel
Princes Gate Boutique Hotel
Princes Gate Boutique Hotel

 


The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea

Galatea
The Old Shearers Quarters

3848 Galatea Road
     www.theoldshearersquarters.co.nz          Phone: 021 131 7867

Built in the 1960s, the shearers quarters was designed to house the shearing gangs that would come to shear sheep on the part dairy, part dry stock farm in Galatea. The Old Shearers Quarters has since been renovated to provide guests with all the modern comforts whilst maintaining its original character. The bright and airy living space encompasses a kitchen, dining and living area and has picturesque views of the mountains and dairy farm. Lake Aniwhenua is a short stroll through the adjoining paddock and is abundant in Rainbow and Brown trout and can be fished all year round.

The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea - Living/Lounge Area
The Old Shearers Quarters, Bedroom
The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea - Kitchen/Living Area
The Old Shearers Quarters, Galatea - Trout Fishing

 




Ormlie Lodge

Napier
Ormlie Lodge
17 Omarunui Road
Taradale, RD 3
www.ormlielodge.co.nz         Phone: 06 844 5774

Ormlie was built in 1899 as a wedding present from the "Father of Hawkes Bay" (Sir William Nelson) for his daughter Gertrude. Six luxury suites provide a home away from home with that little bit extra. Our restaurant is open 7 days for breakfast through to dinner with everything in between. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy our locally focused wine list, craft beer and artisan cocktails. Ormlie is an experience. See you soon.

Te Poutapeta

Tokomaru Bay
Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B
8 Waimana Street
www.tokomarubayaccommodation.co.nz          Phone: 06 864 5411

Built over 100 years ago, the restored Post Office offers three room options - The Post Master's room (suits couples), The Mail Sorting room (suits a small family), and The Mail Clerk's Office (has two single beds). All rooms share bathroom facilities. You're a few steps away from the beach, meals can be arranged or head up to Te Puka Tavern. Enquire direct for rates.


The Ruins

Tokomaru Bay
The Ruins

109 Wharf Road
Phone: 021 0376 948

Two old caravans have been turned in to The Ruins, two cute and rustic cabins on part of the site of the old Tokomaru Bay Freezing Works. Abandoned since the 1950's, the majority of the Work's site is over grown, graffitied and derelict, a real scene for photographers. (Note: The only way to contact this property is by phone).



Mt Taranaki
The Camphouse

Egmont Road, Mt Taranaki
www.doc.govt.nz           Phone: 06 756 0990

Crisp mountain air is part of the package at the historic camphouse situated over 900 metres from the base of Mt Taranaki. You can self cater or get breakfast and lunch from nearby Mountain Cafe. The Camphouse was restored and upgraded in 1999 and there are modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. From $25 per night.


Rutland Arms

Whanganui
The Rutland Arms Inn

52 Ridgway Street
Phone: 06 347 7677

The Rutland Arms Inn is a heritage accommodation option in the town centre. The eight suites upstairs are furnished in Victorian style and down stairs is an English pub. Suites from $155 double per night including continental breakfast.


Wellington City Cottages

Wellington
Wellington City Cottages

5 & 7 Tonks Grove
     www.wellingtoncityaccommodation.co.nz          Wellington City Cottages Facebook      Wellington City Cottages Tripadvisor Reviews

Built in 1880, fully renovated in 2010 and located in the heart of the city's vibrant Cuba Quarter. Self-contained accommodation, each cottage sleeps 4. Book both cottages for a larger group. Free parking & Wifi. Baby cots available (charges apply). Other Wellington City Accommodation includes the Wellington City Townhouse at 130a Abel Smith Street. The two storey historic workers cottage was built in 1880, and fully renovated in 2016. The City Townhouse is available for single group bookings 1-10 people.

Wellington City Cottages - Kitchen
Wellington City Cottages - Bedroom
Wellington City Cottages - Entrance
Wellington City Cottages - Garden

 


Sennon House

Picton
Sennen House
9 Oxford Street
www.sennenhouse.co.nz          Phone: 03 573 5216

Stay in one of Picton's original colonial villas, built in 1886. Fourteen children were raised in the once seven bedroom property, these days visitors can stay on the first floor in studio and apartment accommodation. The Queen Charlotte studio has a carved four poster bed, the Sir Joseph Banks apartment has its own lounge and kitchen for those wanting to self cater. From $279 including continental breakfast provisions.

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages

Blenheim
St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1
Phone: 03 577 8328

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages are a short drive (or bike ride if you're keen) from many of Blenheim's wineries. The accommodation options - Old Dairy, Shearers Quarters, Cottage, Stables and Woolshed are all former farm buildings. The onsite chooks provide free range eggs for breakfast. Wifi, laundry facilities and bikes (first come, first served) are included in the tariff, there's also a solar heated pool. From $120 per night including continental breakfast provisions.


The Shady Rest, Takaka

Takaka
The Shady Rest

139 Commercial Street
     www.shadyrest.co.nz          Phone: 03 525 9669      The Shady Rest Tripadvisor Reviews

Welcome to Shady Rest in beautiful, sunny Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South Island. Shady Rest offers boutique, luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a 100 year old historic doctor's residence on Takaka's main street. Set back from the road amongst tall and beautiful native trees, Shady Rest has three double ensuite rooms, and two double rooms - each with a private bathroom. A generous continental breakfast is served, and there is also a fully equipped kitchen, guest BBQs, and a pizza oven. Free wifi is provided and you can relax in the cozy TV lounge.

The Shady Rest - Lounge
The Shady Rest - The Green Room
The Shady Rest - The Grand Room
The Shady Rest - Outdoor Bath

 


Reefton
Reef Cottage Bed & Breakfast
51-55 Broadway
Phone: 0800 770 440

Reef Cottage was built in 1887 and was originally a barrister's office, the old office vault has been turned in to an en suite for one of the bedrooms. There is a guest lounge, kitchen, and garden. The Reef Cafe next door serves breakfast for guests and is open for lunch, evening dining seasonal. B&B from $90 single, $100 double.


Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

Greymouth
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

15 minutes south of Greymouth
     www.airbnb.co.nz          Phone: 027 222 9064      Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage Facebook

Built in 1907 and crashed at Moana in 1963, Te Pahika guards van has been sympathetically restored into unique accommodation which includes a purpose built ‘station’ housing a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. If you are looking for somewhere a little quirky and different to stay, in a quiet and peaceful location where you are surrounded by native bush, can enjoy the setting sun and wake up to bird song, you won’t be disappointed. Rates from $140 for 2 people. Te Pahika is conveniently located 15 minutes’ drive South of Greymouth, close to Shantytown and the Wilderness cycle trail.

Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage
Te Pahika Guards Van/Train Carriage

 


Teichelmann's B&B

Hokitika
Teichelmann's B&B
20 Hamilton Street
Phone: 03 755 8232

In the heart of Hokitika and opposite the museum, Teichelmann's B&B offers ensuite rooms. The house was built in 1910 for Dr Teichelmann, a mountaineer, photographer and conservationist; as his home and medical rooms. Trip Advisor reviews are excellent and many reviewers enjoy learning about the history of the house, and about the life of Dr Teichelmann. From $145 single, Teichy's Garden Cottage from $255.

Hapuku Carriages

Kaikoura
Hapuku Carriages
3 Hapuku Road, Hapuku
www.hapukucarriages.co.nz          Phone: 03 319 6963

Stay in a restored railway carriage opposite the beach in the Hapuku settlement, a few minutes drive from Kaikoura. There’s an outdoor bath and sun deck - see the gallery of images on the website. From $250 per couple including cooked breakfast.

Hapuku Carriages
Hapuku Carriages
Hapuku Carriages

The Factory

Kaikoura
The Factory
5 Hapuku Road, Hapuku
     www.hapukufactory.com      Phone: 03 319 3034     The Factory Facebook      The Factory Tripadvisor Reviews

The Factory is just north of Kaikoura and offers luxury accommodation in an old dairy factory with dramatic views of snow-covered mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. In a separate wing of the building, the exclusive, self-contained accommodation has three king bedrooms and a bathroom with open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge. With luxurious furnishings and linen, a log burner fire and heated flooring throughout, as well as a private courtyard with outdoor spa and barbecue, The Factory offers a uniquely decadent stay in a historic beachfront building.

The Factory
The Factory
The Factory
The Factory

 

Jailhouse

Christchurch
Jailhouse Accommodation (formerly Addington Prison)
338 Lincoln Road
Phone: 0800 524 546

Addington Prison closed in 1999 and after renovation it re-opened in 2006 as Jailhouse Accommodation. Have a secure stay in the former cell block from $32pp.


The Eco Villa - Front of house at Twilight

Christchurch
The Eco Villa

251 Hereford Street
     www.ecovilla.co.nz          Phone: 03 595 1364      Eco Villa Facebook      Eco Villa Instagram      Eco Villa Twitter      Eco Villa Tripadvisor Reviews

Eco Villa is a new boutique eco accommodation that wonderfully combines different accommodation categories to create a home from home in the centre of Christchurch City. The Eco Villa features a beautiful upcycled fully equipped shared kitchen, dining room, a shared lounge, expansive edible garden, private twin outdoor baths, free bikes, large deck, a games/meeting room. The private rooms are tastefully decorated featuring headboards and hand crafted furniture from timber salvaged during the renovation. A delicious organic homemade vegan breakfast is available. It’s the perfect place to meet like-minded travelers and get your sustainable imagination brewing!

The Eco Villa - Edible Garden & Deck
The Eco Villa - Shared Lounge
The Eco Villa - Triple Room - The Matai
The Eco Villa - Outdoor baths

 


XCHC Christchurch

Christchurch
XCHC – The Zeiser Room Loft Apartment

376 Wilsons Road
     www.xchc.co.nz/accommodation/          Phone: 027 828 3757      XCHC Facebook      XCHC Instagram      XCHC Twitter      XCHC Tripadvisor Reviews

The Zeiser Room loft apartment, named for the first artist to exhibit there, is above XCHC and is ideal for visiting creatives and adventurous visitors that are keen to experience the creative scene in our city. XCHC hosts art exhibitions and regular creative events making it an exciting place to stay. The upstairs apartment includes a private bedroom with en-suite, full kitchen and lounge area with desk-space, and free and unlimited wifi. In addition to featuring works by resident artists, we feature local products wherever possible. The CBD is 30 minutes walk away or we have a bike with lock and helmet free for guests to use.

The Zeiser Room loft apartment bedroom
The Zeiser Room loft apartment kitchen & living area
XCHC Gallery
XCHC Gallery

 


Criterion B&B

Oamaru
The Criterion Hotel
3 Tyne Street
www.criterionhotel.co.nz           Phone: 0800 259 334

The Criterion Hotel was built in 1877 and is located in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. Check out the gallery of photos on the website to see the interior. Accommodation is on the upper floor and downstairs is a popular bar. The Blue Penguin Colony is a waddle away.


St Bathans Cottage

St Bathans
St Bathans Jail & Constable's Cottage
1648 Loop Road
Phone: 0800 555 016

The former gaol (jail) and constable's cottage were built in 1884. The jail sleeps two and the self contained constable's cottage sleeps six. From $145 per night including continental breakfast. For other meals and beverages you can take a short walk to the Vulcan Hotel. Historic St Bathans.


Olivers, Clyde

Clyde
Olivers Lodge

Holloway Road (or Fache Street on some maps)
     www.oliverscentralotago.co.nz          Phone: 03 449 2600      Olivers Central Otago Facebook      Olivers Central Otago Tripadvisor Reviews

Olivers Lodge has undergone an authentic restoration, reflecting its significant place in the chronicles of the Central Otago region and its category one NZ Heritage listing. Located in Clyde’s historic precinct, the stone-walled complex was built in the 1860s to service prospectors during the Otago gold rush. The accommodation has been modernised; choose between five Stables rooms, with a rustic character reminiscent of pioneering days; or the six Lodge rooms that showcase elegant contemporary interiors. Alongside the historic lodge and stables, the iconic landmark originally named the Victoria Store, now includes the award-winning Olivers Restaurant and Bar, the Victoria Store Brewery and the Merchant of Clyde cafe.

Olivers Lodge - Courtyard
Olivers Lodge - Bedroom
Olivers Lodge - Bedroom
Olivers Restaurant and Bar

 


Chapel Apartments

Dunedin
Chapel Apartments

81 Moray Place
www.chapelapartments.co.nz/          Phone: 027 205 0163      Chapel Apartments TripAdvisor Reviews

Chapel Apartments are housed in Dunedin's oldest church, built in 1863. Our seven self-contained, modern apartments are located one block from the heart of Dunedin – the Octagon. All apartments feature full kitchen and laundry facilities, and TV. Each apartment makes use of the historic church building in a unique way, whether it's stained-glass windows, architectural features, or skylights that allow you to view the beautiful vaulted ceiling. Two apartments have all facilities on one level. Four apartments come with onsite parking. We reimburse parking for those apartments without a car park. Guests enjoy free WiFi and housekeeping service.

Chapel Apartments - Living Room
Chapel Apartments - Living Room
Chapel Apartments - Mezzanine
Chapel Apartments - Bedroom

 


Historic Stables

Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle

145 Camp Road
Phone: 03 476 1616

Spend a night in the Historic Stable at Larnach Castle. Enjoy a cooked breakfast the next morning and entry to the Castle for $155 for two adults. You can also stay in the 4 star rated Larnach Lodge from $280 per couple and Camp Estate from $320.


Gunn's Camp

Te Anau
Gunn's Camp
Hollyford Valley, Te Anau
     www.gunnscamp.org.nz     Gunn's Camp Tripadvisor Reviews

Get away from it all at Gunn's Camp - there is no phone coverage or wi-fi, but a generator provides electricity in the evenings and mornings. Some cabins date from the late 1930's when they housed men working on a roading project. There is a modern communal kitchen with gas cookers but you need to take your own crockery etc. Visit the onsite museum to learn about the camp's history and the legend of Davey Gunn and his son Murray. Ideal base for day walks and longer tramps like the Hollyford Track. Camping from $20 per person, backpacker accommodation from $30 per person.

Gunn's Camp
Gunn's Camp
Gunn's Camp

 


Te Anau Lodge

Te Anau
Te Anau Lodge
52 Howden St
www.teanaulodge.com          Phone: 03 249 7477

Built in 1936, and relocated to Te Anau from nearby Nightcaps, this former convent has been lovingly restored with many unique architectural and design features. Unwind in the library, with wonderful views of the lake, our lovely garden and the surrounding mountains. Tea, coffee and cakes are always available. Leisurely breakfast is served in the former chapel, with its stained-glass windows. An atmosphere which is homely, and warm awaits all.


Victoria Railway Hotel



Invercargill
Victoria Railway Hotel
corner Leven & Esk Streets
Phone: 03 218 1281

The Victoria Railway Hotel is a boutique hotel and was built in 1896, it is located opposite the Invercargill Railway Station. Gerrard's Restaurant is onsite and serves locally brewed beer and New Zealand wine. Rooms from $130 per night.