We reckon getting a good night’s sleep is a key part of a great holiday! A lot of thought goes into choosing where you’ll stay and we listen closely to feedback. We mix and match a bit, generally between 3 and 4-star lodgings on most trips, with a night or two in back-country huts (Kiwi Classic), or camping when we’re *really* in the boonies (Kiwi Classic and Short South), when the location warrants it. If having a private ensuite each night is important to you, our World Heritage Walking Tour has you staying in 4-star lodgings throughout. You’ll have a private ensuite bathroom every night on the World Heritage Walking Tour, with the exception of a single night in a fully serviced lodge in a remote corner of Fiordland National Park. It’s not quite roughing it as the lodge has hot showers, a drying room and a full kitchen and bar, but bathrooms are shared (separate for men and women) that night.
All of our trips focus on giving you the best and most authentic experiences available but rest assured we never take our eye off the ball when it comes to your comfort. We also avoid rushed mornings and always try to make sure you start every day peacefully wherever we wake up.
Punakaiki Resort Punakaiki
Surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and set right on the beach, Punakaiki Resort is our home for the first two nights of our trip. The hotel sits right beside the famous Punakaiki Blowholes and has been designed in harmony with the local environment. This is the perfect spot to unwind surrounded by rainforest while taking in the views of the ruggedly beautiful West Coast.
Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier
After your day exploring the West Coast and kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, we spend the night at Distinction Fox Glacier in the Fox Glacier Village and it is a real treat. Tucked into the foothills of the Southern Alps, rooms here feature their own balcony, spacious bedroom and lounge area. Spend the evening relaxing in the guest lounge with new friends or browsing through the many books in the hotel library.
Edgewater Resort Wanaka
Nestled right on the edge of beautiful Lake Wanaka, step out from your room and you’re right on the water’s edge with spectacular panoramic views of the Southern Alps as well as the lake itself. The hotel’s spa and sauna facilities are a great way to relax before or after dinner.
Novotel Lakeside Queenstown
Sitting on the crystal-clear shores of Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Gardens Queenstown is a five minute walk along the lakefront to prime restaurants and boutique shopping. The beautiful Botanical Gardens are right next door, making this 'the' place to stay. You'll love your three nights in this incredible spot!
Milford Sound Lodge
Topping off our magical Fiordland day of hiking, boating, flying and wildlife, nothing beats the incredible feeling of arriving at our haven - step inside to meet your friendly hosts, put your feet up, watch the sunset while enjoying your pre dinner platter and drinks. Fully serviced and with hot showers, local wines and gourmet food, you’ll love the way the lodge effortlessly com in one of the most remote and beautiful corners of New Zealand.
Martins Bay Lodge
Topping off a fantastic day of hiking, boating, flying and wildlife, nothing beats the incredible feeling of arriving at our private lodge, exclusively for our use. Meet your friendly hosts then put your feet up and enjoy a delicious pre-dinner platter and if you fancy, a glass of wine or beer as you watch the sunset over the Tasman Sea. Martins Bay Lodge offers total comfort in one of the most beautiful remote corners of New Zealand, including the luxury of hot showers and gourmet food.
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
After a magical time discovering the Hollyford valley, our lakefront hotel in Te Anau is the perfect spot to relax and reflect on our unforgettable experiences in Fiordland National Park. Look forward to a lakeside stroll after breakfast as we've got a nice relaxed start to our day.
Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook
The final two nights of our 'World Heritage Walking Tour' are spent at the famous Hermitage Hotel, located at the foot of Mount Cook. The Hermitage is steeped in New Zealand history, and on-site is the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Here, you can learn more about this famous New Zealander – the first person to climb Mount Everest – as well as the history of the Mount Cook region and its colourful pioneering past. This inspiring alpine location is the perfect place to enjoy the last few nights with you new friends.