Enjoy a blissful night’s rest in outstanding laid-back luxury accommodations throughout your World Heritage Walking Tour. We’ve handpicked a range of impeccable lodgings in incredible locations for our discerning guests to enjoy for the duration of their Trails journey. You’ll relax in a variety of beautifully appointed hotel rooms, lakeside resorts, beach houses and exclusive wilderness hideaways, as well as our most famous mountain hotel, the Hermitage at Mount Cook.
Throughout the trip, you’ll stay in a range of stylish and spacious rooms all with ensuite facilities, with the exception being one night in a stunningly remote Fiordland lodge which has shared single-sex bathrooms. We believe the beautiful location more than makes up for it and our group will have exclusive access to this lodge for the night. If you would prefer, you can certainly choose to stay another night in Milford Sound in an ensuite room.
At the end of each day, you can look forward to a relaxing evening and a sound night’s sleep in fine accommodation with all the comforts of home, as well as a few additional luxuries and of course, the most incredible New Zealand views.
Punakaiki Beach Resort
Nestled into the forest and enjoying stunning ocean views, the Punakaiki Beach Resort offers a welcome hint of luxury to offset the rugged nature of the wild West Coast. Situated in Paparoa National Park and just a stone’s throw from the beach, you’ll stay in a smart studio unit with ensuite, and ocean or rainforest views. Designed in harmony with the local environment to offer a sense of privacy, the warm colours and clean, modern styling combine to create a welcoming atmosphere. A wonderful place to watch one of the West Coast’s famous sunsets over the Tasman Sea.
Okarito Beach House
Located in the sleepy little settlement of Okarito on the West Coast, we enjoy exclusive use of this large and secluded beach house. As the name suggests, it’s just a short walk from the beach and offers a taste of the traditional ‘Kiwi’ bach (or holiday home) with additional finishing touches to ensure that your stay is both comfortable and stylish. You’ll stay in a clean, bright room with ensuite facilities and enjoy relaxing in the cosy lounge by the fire or on the long deck that wraps around the house. There’s also a newly installed cedar wood hot tub if you’d like to soak any tired muscles. As the sun dips below the ocean, we’ll light a beach bonfire and tell stories around the flickering flames before retiring to our comfortable rooms for the night.
Edgewater Resort Wanaka
The only accommodation in Wanaka which is directly on the lakefront, this excellent resort enjoys incredible views of the surrounding mountains and across the majestic waters of Lake Wanaka. Well-located close to the township and ‘that’ Wanaka tree, a foreshore trail is also right on our doorstep if you’d enjoy an early morning walk with a fresh coffee in hand. You’ll stay in a well-equipped ensuite room with either an outdoor patio or balcony to make the most of the superlative views. A tranquil spot to enjoy the various delights available in beautiful Wanaka.
Lakeside Queenstown Novotel
Right in the heart of Queenstown, this laid-back luxury hotel is one of the best-located accommodations on offer. Right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and enjoying views of the mountains, lake and botanical gardens, it’s less than a minute walk to Queenstown’s many boutique shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. You’ll enjoy excellent service and a quiet stay in a tastefully decorated ensuite room with crisp white linen. The perfect base to enjoy Queenstown’s endless opportunities for adventure or just simply relax in style in this idyllic location.
Milford Sound Lodge
Most visitors only get to stay in Milford Sound for the day, so you’ll be one of the fortunate few with a chance to overnight in this incredible location. The only accommodation available in Milford Sound, the lodge is usually fully booked well in advance and for good reason. We’ve secured contemporary mountain chalets for our guests, enjoying views of this outstanding World Heritage area. You’ll stay in a stylish self-contained room offering all the comforts and privacy of home. Relax with a good book or listen to the birdsong right outside your window as you reflect on adventures past and those yet to come.
Martins Bay Lodge (Fiordland National Park - Hollyford Track)
Our most remote accommodation, accessible by helicopter to the lucky few, we enjoy exclusive use of this wilderness lodge in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Located on the lowland flats near the mouth of the Hollyford River, it’s a delightful hideaway far away from anyone and everything. The lodge offers a level of hospitality, comfort and indulgence you might not expect so far from civilisation. Your welcoming lodge hosts will treat you to a delicious dinner and perhaps introduce you to the cheeky kaka - a large forest parrot often found frolicking in the trees outside the lodge. Cosy up on the large sofas next to huge picture windows and enjoy the remarkable scenery surrounding you, before falling asleep to the sounds of crashing waves from the nearby coast. A truly unique and memorable New Zealand experience.
Due to its remote location, Martins Bay Lodge is the one exception to our ensuite rule. Facilities in the lodge are shared single-sex, with male and female bathrooms. If you would prefer an ensuite room, you can opt to stay an additional night back in Milford Sound.
Distinction Te Anau Lakefront Hotel
Gateway to World Heritage Fiordland National Park, Te Anau is home to the South Island’s largest lake. Situated on the lakefront with views over the water and across to the surrounding peaks, this clean and comfortable hotel offers welcoming service and spacious, modern ensuite rooms. Comfortable armchairs and warm furnishings allow you to relax and soak in the views in the peace and quiet of this perfectly located hotel.
The Hermitage Mt Cook Hotel
Arguably New Zealand’s most famous hotel, the iconic Hermitage is nestled at the foot of our tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Under its imposing shadow, the hotel is ideally situated for exploring the National Park’s many walks, hikes and adventures. The Mount Cook village itself is lovely spot to enjoy the views with a barista-made coffee or visit the Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre museum and planetarium. An internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve, the night sky here is truly outstanding with myriads of stars visible to the naked eye. You’ll sleep well tonight in a comfortable ensuite room.
Please note that accommodations listed are based on availability and on occasion are subject to change. Rest assured that any alternatives used will meet our exacting standards and offer the same level of comfort and amenities.