Find the ultimate escape in New Zealand, where you can enjoy a range of activities from laid-back city tours to action-packed air and water adventures. Here, no matter where you go, your backdrop is always picture perfect. Complementing this impressive destination are some of the very best boutique hotels in New Zealand, where you can choose a luxurious sea-facing property surrounded by breathtaking mountain and water views, or a hidden oasis in the city where you can have access to everything you need to work and play. Wherever you decide to stay, one thing is for sure, these are not just hotels — they’re amazing experiences just waiting to be discovered.

The Hotel Britomart has beautiful warm minimalist timber-lined rooms with hand-made ceramic accents and ambient lighting.

11. The Hotel Britomart, Auckland, North Island

Find your getaway in the city at The Hotel Britomart, a striking and beautifully designed hotel that offers serene and contemporary rooms and easy access to the delights of vibrant Auckland. Each beautifully designed room features hand-made ceramics, plush beds and sofas, and mini-bars filled with local treats.

Champagne with views of the mountain while in the outdoor spa tub at the Dairy Private Hotel.

10. The Dairy Private Hotel, Queenstown, South Island

With its rich history and modern farmhouse vibe, The Dairy Private Hotel in downtown Queenstown offers warm hospitality and exquisitely designed rooms with mountain and lake views. The Dairy Private Hotel is a Queenstown luxury hotel that offers uncomplicated comfort in a glamorous alpine chic setting.

Mangapapa Hotel is one of the boutique hotels in North Island with a more intimate and exclusive feel.

9. Mangapapa Hotel, Hawkes Bay, North Island

Located in New Zealand’s premier wine and food region, and surrounded by verdant orchards and landscaped gardens, Mangapapa Hotel offers a tranquil luxury experience in its 12 well-appointed suites. Booking a stay here means being treated to luxurious private estate lifestyle that would make you never want to leave.

Hotel Debrett's colourful art deco style interiors and combination of textures makes it one of the most recognizable boutique hotels in the city.

8. Hotel DeBrett, Auckland, North Island

Nestled within the happy bustle of Auckland’s High Street, just minutes from Britomart and the city’s famous waterfront, is Hotel DeBrett, a colourful art-deco boutique hotel perfect for the hip urban adventurer. Its vibrant interior design livens up classic art deco pieces, giving it an interesting and pleasing visual effect. Its streetside Cornerbar is a great place to enjoy the buzz of Auckland.

Matauwhi Bay Manor's facade easily makes it one of the most charming boutique hotels with its classic country style set on 12 acres of bushland.

7. Matauwhi Bay Manor, Bay of Island, North Island

Set on 12 acres of native bush and manicured gardens and just three minutes’ drive from downtown Russell, Matauwhi Bay Manor is a boutique country hotel with unparalleled hilltop views of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy private access to the bay, complimentary kayak use, the billiards table, and bar for relaxed nights with family or friends when you stay in this beautiful boutique hotel.

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass windows giving guests beautiful mountain views.

6. Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, South Island

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel’s 22 guestrooms are just minutes away from the city centre, making this hotel an ideal spot if you’re up for exploring local attractions and nearby cafes and restaurants. The interiors have furnishings and accents by local and international designers, giving the hotel its unique personality and chic luxurious vibe. The light-filled rooms have a contemporary style, and the suites have living areas and kitchenettes making them ideal for extended stays in town

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QT Hotel Queenstown is an artsy lakeside retreat with fun modern interiors that give it that vibe boutique hotels are known for.

5. QT Queenstown, Queenstown, South Island

Settle into a relaxing holiday at QT Queenstown, a lavish lakeside retreat just 10 minutes from downtown Queensland and featuring spectacular views over the glittering Lake Wakatipu and majestic peaks of the Southern Alps. The murals and combinations of vibrant colours lend QT Hotel Queenston that true blue vibe of boutique hotels.

Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable's rooms have sophisticated rooms with predominantly monochromatic colour palettes accented with warm splashes of colour.

4. Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable, Auckland, North Island

Immerse yourself in the old-world charm and contemporary living offered at the Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable, a carefully restored landmark hotel in the middle of Auckland’s hip and trendy district. With just 10 rooms, enjoy an exclusive and luxurious feeling when you book a stay in one of its luxe rooms equipped with under floor heating and tablet-controlled compendium. Dyson hair dryers are in each room and Dyson Air Wraps are even available upon request. Nice!

Hotel St. Moritz has bespoke furniture that makes it one of the boutique hotels with a really unique character.

3. Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown, South Island

Offering breathtaking views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, Hotel St Moritz is a stylish and elegant Queenstown boutique hotel located close to shopping spots and a plethora of dining, and local adventures. The hotel has bespoke furnishings carefully chosen to accentuate this alpine and lake view residence. A stay in one of the beautiful rooms with mountain, lake, or garden views will make you fall in love with the area even more.

Enjoy lakeside and mountain views from an elevated vantage point at Donkey Bay Inn, one of North Island's lakeside boutique hotels.

2. Donkey Bay Inn, Northland, North Island

Located a short walk from the quaint, historic sailing town of Russell, Donkey Bay Inn is vibrant, unique, and a breath of fresh air. It features a private beach area and just four exceptionally designed suites with panoramic views of the bay.

Eichardt's Private Hotel's deck has sublime views of the lake and mountains.

1. Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown, South Island

On the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu is one of Queenstown’s most iconic boutique hotels. Eichardt’s Private Hotel offers ultra-luxe suites with stunning interiors and unparalleled lakefront views. This Queenstown luxury hotel has 7 lake view suites, 4 lakefront apartments, and the deluxe Residence and Penthouse. Make sure to treat yourself to Vault Spa and some drinks at the bar too!

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Image credit: Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown

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Fascinated by the human mind, Stoewie is a globetrotter who enjoys immersing himself in different cultures and observing the world around him. He has a love for language and experimenting with flavours, and experiences his Zen moments while creating new culinary delights in the kitchen. Anywhere quiet and "away from crowds" is Stoewie's happy place.