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New Zealand's Best Boutique Hotels

Some of New Zealand’s loveliest lodges have less than ten rooms. Here are four tiny stunners that make a huge impression with food, location and charming owners.

Edenhouse, Tasman, South Island

A country retreat in the English manor tradition that Beatrix Potter, Martha Stewart and Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary would fight over, Edenhouse is owned by a lovely couple who bend over backwards for their guests.

  • Accommodations: Two suites in the main lodge and a beautiful two-story cottage
  • Amenities: Stunning gardens, proximity to national parks, delicious food

Otahuna Lodge, South Island

Set in the rolling hills outside Christchurch, Otahuna is an elegant country house retreat. It is also foodie paradise, blessed with an extraordinary chef who, together with his talented team, spends his days dreaming up new delights.

  • Accommodations: Seven suites
  • Amenities: Gardens, large bathrooms, top cuisine

The Boatshed, North Island

The casual-cool Boatshed is set on a hillside above Little Oneroa Beach in Waiheke. Its suites are housed in different wooden structures, including a boat shed, as well as a romantic lighthouse-style tower.

  • Accommodations: Five suites and two bungalows
  • Amenities: Excellent cuisine and proximity to Waiheke beaches and wineries

Acacia Cliffs Lodge, North Island

Perched on a hillside high above Taupo, with glorious views of the massive lake, the contemporary-style Acacia Cliffs Lodge has just four rooms and a shared living room and kitchen. The enthusiastic owners have lived in the town for years and have great local recommendations.

  • Accommodations: Four guest rooms
  • Amenities: Contemporary design, lake views, an owner/chef who whips up dinners on request

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