Breckenridge Lodge – Napier, Hawkes Bay

If superb kiwi hospitality, a peaceful location and gourmet food & wine are amongst your pleasures in life then you have come to the right place…
Your host, renowned Chef Malcolm Redmond, invites you to truly relax and enjoy private, luxury lodge accommodation, nestled in the picturesque valley of Omarunui in the sunny Hawke’s Bay.
Experience Malcolm’s exquisite cuisine using only the best, fresh seasonal produce from his organic garden and local markets. Malcolm hand picks reserve Hawke’s Bay and other excellent New Zealand wines, so you can take pleasure in an unforgettable fine dining experience.
The Lodge is conveniently situated only minutes drive from Napier, Hastings, Taradale and the Napier Airport.


Stewart Island Orchids, Morepork and a happy Galley Slave

Tours to Ulva Island Staying at Sails Ashore on Stewart Island includes a guided discovery tour of Ulva Island with Peter … your host. The changing seasons and attendant flowers, ferns and birds is the focus of many of my posts. Orchid Season draws to a close Yesterday I found a clump of Autumn (Easter)…


Endsleigh Cottages – Havelock North, Hawkes Bay


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. The garden has been enlarged over the years and now extends to the areas around the cottages.

Small Cottage
The small cottage consists of an enchanting double bedroom, an elegantly styled old fashioned bathroom and a wide veranda. It is surrounded by lovely old trees and cottage plantings. It is extremely popular with honeymooners.

Middle Cottage
The middle cottage is a restored 1920’s home with French doors leading to verandas on three sides with views down the valley and across the plains to the mountains. There is a spacious double bedroom, large sitting room with open fire, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and laundry.

Two Bed Roomed Cottage
The two bed roomed cottage has been constructed in recent times mainly out of older components. There are two double bedrooms, two bathrooms (one of which is an ensuite) verandas on three sides, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, a large living room with open fire and again the cottage enjoys extensive views.


Holly Homestead – Franz Josef Glacier, South Westland


The rimu timbers of this colonial homestead seem to whisper history. Built in 1926 for the Paganini family you can sense that the people who lived here lived well.

Your NZ born hosts Bernadine and Gerard have tenderly refurbished and extended the original farmhouse, staying true to the Arts & Crafts architecture while creating a boutique B&B.

Start your day early with a panoramic view of the Franz Josef neve from the breakfast table. Go exploring at your own pace and come home to a glacial sunset. Enjoy the guest lounge and a glass of port before retiring to your welcoming bed.

1 Deluxe Suite with super king bed
1 Superior rooms with super king/twin bed/s
2 Standard rooms with queen sized bed
All with private ensuite bathroom facilities.

Children 12+ welcome.


Fletcher Lodge – Dunedin, Otago


  • Just minutes walk from Dunedin city centre and yet set in secluded gardens, this luxury accommodation in a historic New Zealand mansion combines elegance with the finest of modern facilities.
  • Detailed stained glass windows and richly ornate plaster ceilings abound throughout the property an echo of more refined times Fletcher Lodge is a worthy registered Historic Places Trust building
  • You are welcomed into our guest rooms which are richly furnished with antique French and period furniture and all feature superbly appointed tiled ensuite bathrooms all with underfloor heating.

Sails Ashore – Stewart Island

Sails Ashore “Sails Ashore” perfectly complements the Stewart Island experience. Finished in native Rimu timbers and overlooking Halfmoon Bay, guests enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Rakiura, Land of the Glowing Skies, in comfort and quiet style. And what better way to learn about the Island than over breakfast, chatting to Iris & Peter while enjoying a glorious sunrise and Kaka feeding on our balcony as a distraction. Sails Ashore is packaged with a guided eco-exploration of world renowned Ulva Island open sanctuary and the first night tariff includes this. Our road tours explore the human story of Stewart Island, while visiting beautiful beaches and lookouts. We have lived and worked on the Island for over 38 years as Ranger in Charge, Fishers, District Nurse, Charter Boat owners and professional guides. It is our privilege to share our home and our love of the Island with our guests.


Dock Bay Lodge – Te Anau, Fiordland


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.

Large, superbly appointed suites soundproofed to ensure peace and privacy, have proved very popular for those seeking a touch of class in an ambience of complete serenity. Luxurious beds, wireless broadband, high quality furnishings plus bathrooms to behold complete the opulent experience.

The guest lounge has a large open fire and an entertainment centre and for those who enjoy the spectacular views that only nature can provide, a living and dining area offers extraordinary scenes of the golf course, lake and mountains of the Fiordland National Park.

A secluded reading library, well equipped gym, sauna room and large spa pool ensures all guests have a leisure choice to meet their needs.

Your hosts deliver the very best in warm hospitality, a consummate blend of useful help and advice to access and book the activity you seek yet respecting solitude when sought.

Just five minutes drive from Te Anau and ten minutes walk to Fiordland National Park and the world renowned Kepler track and for recreational fishermen the Waiau River is only a fly cast away from the Lodge.

The word ‘luxury’ is often used with reckless abandon when describing accommodation but not so here – Dock Bay Lodge defines it.


Fyffe Country Lodge – Kaikoura, Canterbury

back-of-fyffesFyffe Country Lodge is a stunning Kaikoura landmark accommodation, a boutique lodge offering both luxury accommodation and a licensed NZ award-winning restaurant. Set in the Elms Estate, the lodge’s construction features hand made mud blocks, imported Canadian cedar and recycled native New Zealand timbers. At this luxury lodge accommodation in Kaikoura, you can expect to find spacious en suite rooms, beautiful linens. The suites at this luxury lodge accommodation in Kaikoura are appropriate for those caught up in the activities of Kaikoura and are looking for a character retreat. Our luxury lodge accommodation in Kaikoura offers: Kingsize Beds with ensuite Continental or full Breakfast Use of all Lodge Facilities Licensed Restaurant & Bar Off road secure parking Courtesy airport/railway transfers Laundry Facilities Security Safe available Internet access – Wireless and broadband Retail- Possum and merino products


Hillington – Havelock North, Hawkes Bay


Hillington was built in the early 1920’s as a two storeyed home.
The house is a large single storeyed structure. There are five double bedrooms and three bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms open to brick terraces with sweeping lawns beyond.There is a lovely outlook from the front terrace. The rear courtyard which includes the barbecue area and outside furniture looks out to the swimming pool.

The property accommodates up to 10 resident guests in great comfort and style. There is the expectation that residents will entertain day visitors in the house which has large dining and living areas or on the verandahs and in the gardens. There is ample outdoor garden furniture and a barbecue area. There is a large fully fenced swimming pool.

Hillington has a wonderful location:

Hawke’s Bay wineries nearby
Close to Havelock North private schools – Woodford House, Iona College and Hereworth School.
Bridge Pa Golf Course – 10 mins
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course – 25 mins
Ocean Beach – 20 mins
Close to Havelock North village with cafes, restaurants and boutique shopping
Easy access to walking tracks like Te Mata Peak and rural reserves


McCormick House – Picton, Marlborough

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You are invited to join them for a pre-dinner glass of world famous Marlborough wine and aperitifs, by a roaring fire or alfresco on the sunny terrace.

Luxurious Bedrooms……..
The three ensuite bedrooms are incomparably different in style, but all boast sumptuous 100% Egyptian cotton linen throughout. Features include double Jacuzzi, large antique claw foot bath and huge double showers.
Choose from:

  • The Palm Room with double spa bath
  • The Captain’s Room with large claw-foot bath
  • The Boatshed Room with New Zealand Pacific theme