Accommodation Hot Spots "Our Pick":
This five star lodge is 7 kilometres from State Highway 1 midway between Orewa and Warkworth, a 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Set on 5 acres with native trees, abundant birdlife, small tidal coves, harbour and estuary views.
657 Pukapuka Road, RD3, Warkworth +64 9 422 0156
Arthotel The Great Ponsonby
Eleven individually designed guestrooms with Pacific and New Zealand artworks in 1890 Victorian villa. Quiet location, just a stroll away from Ponsonby cafes and restaurants.
30 Ponsonby Tce, Ponsonby -- +64 9 376 5989
Owhanake Bay Estate
Two suites located on a working boutique vineyard overlooking the secluded Owhanake Bay, with swimming pool and spa pool for guests. Just a short walk to beaches and Onoroa village.
68 Korora Road, Waiheke Island-- Phone: +64 9 372 2220
Five star boutique lodge set in the Hawkes Bay wine country, a 15 min. drive from town. Evening meals on request, using fresh seasonal produce from his organic garden and local markets by Chef/Owner Malcolm Redmond.
1 Breckenridge Lane, Taradale, Napier
Room in the Breckenridge +64 6 844 9411
Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, offers day tours, cruises and TV free retreat with range of accommodation, cafe and restaurant.
Lochmara Bay (by water taxi) -- Phone: +64 3 573 4554
Five star eco-friendly straw-bale B&B lodge with 2 vineyard suites and a vineyard cottage, located on Barrow's organic vineyard in the heart of Marlborough's Wairau Valley wine region.
17 Fareham Lane, RD1 Blenheim -- Phone: +64 3 572 9767
Boutique retreat set in a 2 acre park-like setting, a 10 minute walk from the town centre. Tennis court, sauna and spa, optional dinners
34 Eely Point Road, Wanaka -- Phone: +64 3 443 1856