Hotel Guide

Hotels in South Island

Monaco Resort

6 Point Road
Nelson, South Island,
+64 3 547-0797
Rooms start at $85 US

This idyllic and laid back Nelson resort located on the Monaco peninsula appears from a distance to float on the surface of the water. The rooms inside each brick cottage have a homey English countryside feel, with their rose paintings, wooden beams and rustic furniture and the whole complex mimics a village, complete with stream and village green. The Kiwi-French restaurant The Orangerie makes for a comfortable spot for afternoon tea, should you feel the need to stay within the Brit theme during your stay.

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Museum Hotel

90 Cable Street
Wellington, South Island,
+64 4 802-8900
Rooms start at $141 US

Museum Hotel in central Wellington flanks the city’s harbor and New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. Rooms are comfortably modern, with rich chocolate browns and bronze color schemes. Some are available with an attached kitchenette so you can prepare yourself a morning cup of coffee or tea without leaving your room. In-room washer-dryers, a 42-inch TV screen, and high-speed internet access are among the other touches that makes the hotel a user-friendly option. The recently rennovated Hippopotamus restaurant serves very competent French-Kiwi cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac.

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Azur Lodge

23 MacKinnon Terrace
Queenstown, South Island,
+64 3 409-0588
Rooms start at $642 US

Private lodges of beechwood and stone overlook the mountains as the sun rises at this Queenstown retreat, making for a serene and restful stay at this spa-like resort. Relax by the fire in your modern room, or explore the local wild-life with a hike or horseback ride. A helicopter tour of the area can even be arranged by Azur upon request.

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