5 Must-Stay Hotels on New Zealand’s South Island

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May 05, 2016

by KATE PHILLIPS, Digital Producer

Visiting New Zealand’s South Island? Renowned for its natural beauty, we’ve rounded up the best luxurious stays throughout the island for to you unwind after an adventurous day of exploring.

The Spire Hotel, Queenstown 

Awarded Australia and Oceania’s Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in 2015, The Spire Hotel sets the bar high. Located centrally in Church Lane, The Spire Hotel features 10 spacious suites each with fireplaces, multimedia systems, wi-fi and iPod connectivity. Those with an eye for design will also be impressed with Bang & Olufsen and Philippe Starck furnishings. Our tip? Request room 8 or 9 for striking mountain views. After a drink? Pop down to the No5 Restaurant and Bar for a cocktail (or two!) where mixologist Jake Page will sort you out. Standouts include the Belle Rouge and the Secret Garden.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled among the rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat exudes seclusion and relaxation. Comprised of environmentally sustainable architecture, the retreat gives meaning to immersing yourself in nature. Rooms are spacious and feature a private balcony or courtyard. Luxurious touches such as organic cotton sheets and a personal pillow menu aren’t overlooked, either. For dinner, be sure to indulge in the five-course degustation at The Canopy restaurant where executive chef Andrew Hayward-Swain showcases the finest seasonal New Zealand produce. After exploring the Franz Josef Glacier, stop by the retreat’s Amaia Luxury Spa. Opt for the Lomi-Lomi Massage, or the just-as-relaxing Warm Bamboo Massage.

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Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Christchurch’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Montreal, is situated perfectly between Christchurch’s Cathedral Square and Botanic Gardens. Suites are generously sized, stylishly furnished and amply accessorised with 50-65-inch televisions, iPads, iPod docking stations and complementary wi-fi access. Downstairs, the Polo Bar & Restaurant offers Argentinian-inspired small plates and a selection of locally crafted beer. Order the choripán or the chilli squid. Be sure to admire the array of antiques and art throughout the hotel, and if you simply need to make it yours? Too easy, you can purchase the item and have it shipped home. Talk about taking your holiday home with you.

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Distinction Dunedin, Dunedin

Formerly the Chief Post Office (built in 1937), the Distinction Dunedin is a trendy accommodation option located in the city’s historic business precinct. The hotel contains 121 stylishly appointed suites and studio rooms, suitable for singles, couples and families. Guests will find themselves in close proximity to the bustling George Street for a spot of shopping and a short drive to the immaculate Dunedin Botanic Garden. Oozing class and comfort, all rooms and suites are well appointed and feature well-equipped kitchenettes, luxurious bathrooms and a tucked-away laundry. Guest can take advantage of complimentary access to Air Fitness, open 5am to 10pm daily, offering both group fitness classes and personal training.

Split Apple Retreat, Motueka

Perched above the Tasman Bay with uninterrupted ocean views, Split Apple Retreat is the perfect sanctuary to well and truly switch off. The Japanese-inspired retreat is bursting with Asian-influenced architecture and features selected antique furnishings from a Japanese temple. With such a focus on relaxation, it’s no surprise that massage, acupuncture and meditation guidance are all on offer. Feeling although you’re a world away is almost guaranteed. Counting the Abel Tasman National Park as a neighbour, explore the surrounds with bushwalking, kayaking, fishing and horseriding all on offer. Oh, and did we mention it has private beach access? Heaven.

Images: The Spire Hotel

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