Matua Gardens Retreat is 5 star boutique accommodation overlooking Robinsons Bay. 10 minutes from Akaroa and 75 minutes from Christchurch it’s an ideal start or end to a South Island tour or for celebrating a special occasion.
High quality New Zealand accommodation.
Generous hospitality given graciously in luxurious surroundings.
Fine food to make your stay an experience that you will treasure.
Each Inn is inspected and accredited to ensure guests receive the highest standards of excellence for a truly memorable stay.
Special emphasis is placed on the personal interaction between the guest and the host.
Heritage & Character New Zealand Portfolio Inns are in the Qualmark ‘Boutique and Lodge’ 5 Star or ‘Bed and Breakfast’ 4+ Star / 5 Star categories. Qualmark® is New Zealand Tourism’s Official Quality Mark.
Our boutique and Lodge accommodation includes bed & breakfasts, farm and home stays, guest houses, boutique lodges, inns, country hotels or similar New Zealand lodge accommodation, providing a “home-like” or “character” aspect.
You will receive an impressive welcome from all of our boutique New Zealand lodge accommodation providers.
As ambassadors for New Zealand and their local regions, our hosts will happily help with your travel planning, guiding you to the best their region offers. They can provide you with advice on getting around, what to do, cultural insights, where to see nature’s most dramatic landscapes, and what adrenalin adventures you can do.
VIP Club Card
As a Heritage & Character VIP Club cardholder you will be recognised as a valued guest whenever you stay with us. Membership is available free of charge upon your first stay at a Heritage & Character member property.
Each member will recognise your membership and loyalty to the Heritage & Character group of Inns in individual ways. You may be given a room upgrade, a small gift, a discount on the tariff or whatever the member wants to do to recognise your status as a holder of a VIP Club card.
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Featured Heritage And Character Inns
Below are some of our Featured Quality Inns Throughout New Zealand.
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Queenstown Country Lodge..... a unique, welcoming and personalized country experience, combining superb comfort and luxury with the peace and tranquility of a stunning rural setting
Luxury Lodge Hawkes Bay, Napier Bed & Breakfast
A Luxury Lodge near Twizel, South Canterbury.
Luxury Lodge Northland, Kerikeri Bed & Breakfast
Capture the essence of yesteryear when you stay at Tairoa Lodge. One of Hawera's oldest standing residences,
The three cottages sit on a hillside property in the country and about a mile from the village. The gardens are extensive. The original garden was laid out when the main house was built in 1914.
Experience the finest bed and breakfast accommodation Christchurch has to offer. RECOMMENDED on TripAdvisor.com -Stay in Christchurch at this Urban Lodge.
The rimu timbers of this colonial homestead seem to whisper history. Built in 1926 for the Paganini family Holly Homestead is an excellent example of "Arts & Crafts" architecture mixed with casual country chic.
Experience the comfort, warmth and privacy of our new contemporary styled home. Our four exquisite ensuite rooms have been specifically designed to maximise views of the lake and mountains of Fiordland National Park, and to provide all the comforts of home.
Fletcher Lodge is located just a few minutes walk from the Dunedin City centre.
Stewart Island/Rakiura National Parkis everything that is excellent about natural New Zealand.
Opened in January 2007, Dock Bay Lodge has established a reputation of excellence at the very top end of the accommodation market, impressing guests from all corners of the globe.
Fyffe Country lodge -RECOMMENDED on TripAdvisor.com -STAY IN KAIKOURA at this bed & breakfast lodge
The house was built in the early 1920’s as a two storeyed home. It stood on 12 acres. In 1946 the owners (the original owners) decided that the house was then too big for them and so they had the upper floor removed.
Picton luxurious accommodation
You Deserve the Best - Sumptuous....Marlborough luxury accommodation
Muritai Manor, your Nelson Bed and Breakfast, is a charming Edwardian villa with expansive sea and mountain views.
Imagine a place so pristine, beautiful and peaceful that you will be immediately struck by the absolute silence and the sheer majesty of your surroundings
Five star luxury Invercargill accommodation!
Indulge yourself in a Luxury Invercargill Heritage Bed and Breakfast surrounded with Edwardian charm, in one of Invercargill’s finest stately homes built in 1902 by C.H. Howorth a civil engineer and prominent artist.
Luxury boutique accommodation overlooking the beautiful high alpine basin at the foot of the Southern Alps.
Villa Toscana is a slice of Italian luxury, nestled in a quiet hilltop location just outside of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand.
Clearview Lodge offers: Peaceful, private, convenient location, easy parking; Luxurious facilities - 3 spacious bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, private balconies, guest lounge (internet, Wifi). Heated Pool and Spa.
- "We have had the most wonderful stay at Breckenridge Lodge. The food was superb - the best we have ever experienced. Matched with exceptional wines, we we're truly spoilt. Thank you Malcolm"H&M Northwest – England
- Sails Ashore "Brilliant!!!!!"
Everyone knows that I don't like B&B's; however, Iris and Peter run the best damn accommodation we've stayed in - in a long time. Nothing was a problem, from booking a table at the pub so we had somewhere to dine, to dropping us off and picking us up after. Their knowledge of the islands ( Stewart and Ulva ) and also knowing the people ( and in the case of Ulva the owners - who were so welcoming ) was second to none. The room was well appointed and clean - bed was comfy, heated floors in bathroom. Breakfast was great as was afternoon tea on arrival.Oopsadaysey – Townsville, Australia
- "Whoever said Invercargill was dull - this is a gem"
We recently stayed at Safari Lodge for 3 nights while my husband raced his car at Teratonga. ….. This is a lovely old home - restored from the ground up over many years by Trish and Ray. Each guest room is extremely comfortable and well equipped - everything you could possibly need and more. The garden is a picture and the locality is quiet yet central. The very best part though has to be the helpfulness, knowledge and generosity of the owners . I had a major issue with a damaged tyre - on a Sunday (!!) - but with Ray's help and his contacts (he knows everyone in this town) we were sorted and on our way north with the minimum of delay. They are a truly amazing couple who make Safari Lodge the star of the South. Many,many thanks for a brilliant stay and returning my makeup mirror which I left behind.Heritage1 – Auckland Central, New Zealand
- "Wonderful Stay"
Our stay at the Fletcher Lodge was wonderful. Ewa met us at the door and was so gracious - inspite of our traveling clothes and hiking shoes. The lodge was spacious and comfortable and the grounds were amazing. The view from our room (Edinburgh) was of Dunedin's DBD and harbor. Ewa made dinner reservations for us and even called a taxi so we wouldn't have to walk (and get lost!); we were able to walk back to the lodge once we got our bearings. Ewa and Keith were friendly hosts and we truly enjoyed our stay with them. The furnishings were exquisite and we felt like a lord and lady in an English manor.Bernie D – Evergreen, Colorado
- "Perfectly Placed B&B"
My husband and I just stayed at Dock Bay Lodge for three nights in November. Dawn and Mark are the most gracious hosts! Our fabulous room (the Honeymoon Suite) overlooked the gardens, the golf course, and the lake. The accommodations are luxurious, with a beautiful and spacious room, sitting area and lovely bath. There is absolute quiet and privacy! The delicious breakfast was cooked to order with fresh fruit, croissants and most anything we desired. Our hosts were so helpful in planning the best use of our time in exploring the fjordlands. The Lodge is only a 5-minute drive into charming Te Anau for dinner or shopping. I highly recommend Dock Bay Lodge and would hope to return again someday!Bandras5111 – Carmichael, California
- "Beautiful B&B"
Holly Homestead is a beautiful old home full of character and history. The smell of baking bread greeted me at the door, along with Bernie, who was a wonderful host who really went the extra mile to ensure that my stay was a pleasant one. She was very informative and made sure I didn't miss the "must sees" in the region. She also noticed that I had been overcharged and contacted the booking company immediately to get it rectified. The room was lovely with a beautiful bathroom complete with a deep claw-footed bathtub to soak in. Highly recommended!Carol B – Darwin, Australia
Helen and Peter were the perfect hosts. The lodge is so comfortable. We arrived mid afternoon and left early the next morning but we all wished that we could have stayed longer. Our rooms were immaculate with very comfortable beds and great facilities. We had a glass or two of wine with our hosts who then recommended Stumpers in town for dinner - a great recommendation! We woke to clear blue skies and a great breakfast - eggs Benedict and fruit picked fresh from the garden. We would definitely highly recommend Rimu Lodge.Greenfingers1966 – Worcestershire, UK
My wife and myself have just spent 4 nights at Dyers House celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Picture a boutique 6 star hotel with a personal butler and dedicated chef with all trappings of the use of a high spec club room only with a much more homely feel. Just love the house and views and the most wonderful hospitality money can buy. This place is a bargain for an unforgettable luxury holiday. Do yourself a favour and just book it, Thanks Bazz and Angela we'll be backRichardBrisbane – Brisbane, Australia
- "Highly recommended"
We stayed 2 nights at Clearview Lodge prior to our return flight to Japan. The lodge located less than 10 minutes drive from Christchurch airport, so it was convenient for international tourists like us. It was a wonderful B&B. Sue and Robin were quite warm and open. They helped us arranging local tour, diner, taxi and so on. The Lodge was beautiful and quiet, surrounded by vineyard, orchard and flower garden. Sue kindly guided us around her garden telling a lot about her plants. We wish we could stay again with Sue and Robin!aeh02151 – Tokyo, Japan
- "Simply Wonderful"
We stayed our 1st 2 nights in Stoneleigh Lodge. The room was huge and the jacuzzi tub was very nice, the kids enjoyed it! Breakfast was excellent and the opportunity to get close to the alpacas was always there.Timothy L – Singapore
- Amuri Estate Retreat "Chris and Lisa were fantastic"
Highly recommend staying here if you are staying near/in Hanmer. Located in a quiet location just east of town with great vistas of the valley and mountains this B&B did not disappoint! Chris and Lisa were attentive and generous to our needs and breakfast was great. Best hosts and breakfast of our four B&B trip!ne14cycling – Carlsbad, California
We stayed two nights with Alex and Julia at Muritai Manor. A beautiful home, scrupulously clean and warm hospitality. Alex and Julia gave us great suggestions for dinners and activities for during our two day stay. Breakfasts were a definite highlight, with homemade granola, produce from the garden and the hens making even the healthy options feel sinful!Msturat_13 – Sydney, Australia
Chris and Colin are most gracious hosts. The grounds and Fyffe lodge are beautiful. Our room was quiet and very well appointed. Ask Chris about hooting a wedding for one of the All Black players. She is rightly proud of it. There is much to do in Kaikoura with the whale watch topping our list. I liked that the lodge is 5K outside the village. Very quiet.Partwo – Loudon, Tennessee
- McCormick House
“Simply beautiful, will need to come back many more times, before we can confirm this is the best B&B ever.”Bev and Andrew – Sydney Australia
- "Highly Recommended"
We celebrated our anniversary with a 2 night stay in Tairoa Cottage. What a lovely place to stay and the little extras were really appreciated - thanks Linda. We have already recommended the Cottage to our family & friends and would love to stay again sometime.Vicky C – Palmerston North, New Zealand
- "Would go back to New Zealand just to stay at the Lake House"
We stayed 2 nights at the Lakehouse and wish we had booked an extra night just to be able to relax in such a beautiful place. We couldn't have asked for more: lovely hosts, delicious food, all our needs taken care of. Especially loved the hot tub overlooking the lake. Be sure to take a dip in the lake....something about the water made it a mystical experience. Felt like I was swimming in silk.Eileen K – Marshfield, Wisconsin
- Villa Toscana"
Thank you for such a magnificent time at "giallo castello". A home away from home in paradise, definitely one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Thank you again for making my experience extra special: I cannot leave!"Caroline, Vogue Australia
- Bed of Roses "Our Third Stay"
It's just over two years since our last visit and we enjoyed our stay every bit as much as the previous times. Cliff and Louisa are superb hosts, offering help and advice without being at all intrusive. There have been many comments about the breakfasts which are delightful both in taste and the way in which the table is presented. Each morning it's a little bit different, always extremely tasteful and elegant. The gardens are beautiful and the whole ambience is one of good taste and restfulness.FussyVoyager – Sydney, Australia