Pen-y-bryn Lodge stars on Kiwi Living

Pen-y-bryn Lodge - a New Zealand Luxury Lodge Oamaru


Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel rates Number One on Trip Advisor


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Think –  chic, designer, boutique and service. This gorgeous small  hotel is in a great location just a few minutes walk to buzzy downtown Queenstown. Friendly professional staff offer a warm personalised service and the rooms are designed with flair offering so much more than traditional hotel rooms.  And each evening all guests are invited to complimentary drinks and canapes. Add to this the kitchenette in each room, complimentary Wi-Fi and underground parking. 


Recent Trip Advisor Comments 


Personal and intimate with great location – so friendly.

Awesome stay, amazing rooms and service

Beautiful hotel with exceptional service


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Touring The Coromandel Peninsular through to Rotorua

970 Lonely Bay gardens and lodgePlan your itinerary to visit the beautiful Coromandel region with its pristine beaches, marine parks and walkways. Dig a hot pool at Hot Water Beach, or take an exciting zodiac trip out to the marine park from Hahei. Relax in the beautiful surroundings at 970 Lonely Bay Lodge. Located near the seaside township of Whitianga and Cooks Beach, this 4 suite lodge offers warm and caring service from your host Kym.  The rooms are big and airy  with views to the sea. Nothing is too much trouble, the food and wine are superb and the setting magical. Aimee, a journalist from TypeATrips has written a stunning review – Best Luxury Lodge in Whitianga – 970 Lonely Bay Lodge At Cooks Beach


black swan conservatoryEveryone wants to visit the fascinating city of Rotorua with its thermal attractions, lakes, fishing and more. A must stay is Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel & Spa. Located right on the edge of Lake Rotorua and offering 8 spacious rooms overlooking the lake or the pool, this is the perfect location as it’s so close to the city, yet it feels like a hidden paradise. Simply unwind here in the beautiful gardens, take a swim in the pool, or relax in the Jacuzzi. Enjoy a luxurious massage or spa treatment at the onsite spa. There’s a helicopter pad making it so easy to whizz off over famous volcanoes and beyond to New Zealand’s live volcanic White Island. Take the complimentary transfers and dine at the hotel’s sister restaurant, Bistro 1284. TypeATrips has simply enthused about this hotel – read it here – Tranquility Beyond The Tourism

Condé Nast and Hotel DeBrett

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Condé Nast Top 15 Hotels in Australia & New Zealand: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015


Hotel DeBrett, a unique luxury boutique hotel experience in the heart of Auckland city has been named as the only New Zealand property and boutique hotel in the Top 15 Hotels in Australia & New Zealand aReader’s Choice Awards 2015.  


The Manse looking from pool to lodge copyWe are delighted to advise that The Manse, Hawke’s Bay has been awarded Qualmark’s highest accommodation accreditation – New Zealand Luxury Lodge

This intimate country retreat is located near the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels wine region providing opportunities to visit local vineyards to taste these award-winning wines. Warm and welcoming hosts and owners Dietske and Gary speak English, Dutch, French and German.

Two elegant suites accommodate up to 4 guests. Beds draped with fine Italian linen from Frette, ensuite bathrooms with monsoon showers and underfloor heating. Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities with homemade cookies, fresh fruit and bottled water.  Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lodge.

Gary is a professional chef and creates delicious meals from produce and livestock sourced from the farm. Take the opportunity to wander through the farm to view the orchards, chickens, pigs, cattle and sheep.

Gary is a golf pro with 35 years of golfing experience, played as a professional and was a teaching pro at The Royal Hague Golf & Country Club. He’s the ideal companion if you are looking for challenging golf on some of Hawke’s Bay’s leading golf course, or even personalised coaching.

Other activities include 4WD adventures, fly fishing, cooking lessons, clay bird shooting and Whisky & Cigar tasting in the lodge library.

A feature is the heated salt-water pool wrapped by large decks and entertainment areas, and shaded decks which allow you to escape the sun and enjoy al-fresco dining.

It’s easy to get to The Manse and the most popular way to arrive is by car to provide flexibility when exploring this beautiful region.  Or, arrive by helicopter – there’s a landing pad on site. Dietske and Gary do provide complimentary transport to Napier Airport, Havelock North and Hastings.


The Beach House – Kawau Island

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A fabulous review for this hidden gem  – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

IMAGINE – a sub-tropical island just a 50-minute drive from downtown Auckland. Or, arrive by floatplane with Auckland Seaplanes – land in Vivian Bay and simply relax…..




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Do you have something to celebrate? Let our boutique hotel create luxurious memories of your special event….


2 nights all inclusive for 2 people –


includes a bottle of Central Otago Methode Traditionelle with chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival and a delicious a la carte breakfast for 3 people


GONDOLA ROOM            $360 per night – includes GST

REMARKABLES ROOM  $460 per night – includes GST


heliworksFor that ‘once in a lifetime experience’… add the –



Heliworks will fly you to an ultimate location in paradise where you get to relax unwine and have time to take in all the beautfy that only the Southern Lakes region can offer 


ENJOY a gourmet picnic with the finest New Zealand produce including Wine or Bubbles. What a perfect place to propose, for honeymooners, that special anniversary or just taking time out in a spectacular location 


$460 per person (this price is additional to the Celebration accommodation package)


Available through to 30 June 2015








This year marks Pen-y-bryn’s 125th birthday.


Pen-y-bryn Lodge is celebrating by offering their guests a special two night package


Stay 2 nights between 01 October 2014 and 30 April 2015 – enjoy


  • Daily Cooked or Continental Breakfast
  • Pre-Dinner drinks and canapes
  • A Gourmet meal on both nights
  • Free entrance to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony’s premium evening viewing
  • A ride to the penguin colony in a vintage automobile (subject to availability)
  • A bottle of Waitaki Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris either to enjoy duirng your stay or take with you
  • A selection of teas or freshly ground coffee with lodge baked biscuits, New Zealand chocolates or fresh fruit from your butler’s tray
  • Complimentary Ultra High Speed Wireless internet


This is $2150 value for just $1889 inc GST

Note – this offer is not available 24 December 2014 – 01 January 2015 inclusive















rhododendron_impeditum_0939It’s late spring and Rhododendrons are bursting into magnificent blooms at the world-renowned Pukeiti, a 360ha rainforest property located between Mt Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. But there a re plenty of other reasons to visit this arts city with its many sculptures by Len Lye and the magnificent coastal walkway.

The eclectic boutique Nice Hotel is just perfect for a romantic weekend away or a haven after a day exploring this diverse region. Seven luxury individually designed bedrooms and bathrooms with double spa baths and massage showers. Or choose to stay at Best Suites – spacious, luxurious and designed with flair; each has a designer kitchen and open out to decks.Nice Hotel Exterior 1

Award winning Table restaurant offers an extensive menu and wine list. On a warm evening Table opens to the spacious tropical courtyard. Nice hotel offers outstanding person service from a dedicated team of professionals.

Slow down, relax and enjoy this unique charming hotel.




We’ve discovered new boutique hotel in Central Otago – The Arrow Private Hotel – tucked away on the edge of woodland just outside historic Arrowtown.the-Arrow-3-920 x320

Best described as romantic, boutique, chic, luxurious – The Arrow has been designed with flair. Five spacious designer suites filled with light from floor to ceiling windows. King-size beds draped with luxury linen, and a stunning ensuite bathroom – imagine relaxing in your double-ended bathtub just taking in the mountain views. Or shower for two in the double shower. Polished concrete floors, underfloor heating and a private outdoor courtyard for those balmy evenings, relaxing over a glass of wine. Your ‘secret cupboard’ opens to a cooked breakfast delivered to your suite each morning. And, unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi is included.

The historic stone cottage, with its crackling fire is the perfect start to your evening; enjoy a glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir and canapés withyour hosts Tim and Paulette.The Arrow historic cottage

A five-minute walk alongside a meandering stream and past the heritage Chinese village where goldminers once liver brings you into the township. You’ll need to take a torch to guide you home through the woodland as night falls and it’s a fun way to end an evening.

Arrowtown has some amazing restaurants such as Saffron for fine dining, and the latest Spanish Tapas bar, La Rumbla. Or search out The Blue Door and experience an intimate bar in the rustic charm of this historic building.

Just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, close enough to experience all the tourist activities and far enough away to enjoy the slower pace of life Arrowtown offers



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Waiheke makes the New York times place to go in  2013 list

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Pen-y-bryn LodgeWe’re excited about Oamaru – an iconic historic township located in
North Otago on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island and just a
1hour 20min drive north of Dunedin. Mt Cook is a two-hour drive through the
lovely Waitaki Valley.


International visitors are finding this little gem of a town and
experiencing a luxurious stay at Pen-y-bryn Lodge. This beautiful historic
homestead is located a few minutes from the township and offers unrivaled
visitor accommodation, fine dining and warm friendly host – many guests just
wish they could stay longer!


We would love you to know more about what the North Otago region has to
offer your international clients. Take a look at the following link and see
for yourself.


AND if you want to know more about Pen-y-bryn Lodge – you can view their
website …..    


Autumn/Fall is quickly fading as the trees shed their beautiful colours to prepare for the winter to come. Snow has arrived in both the North and South Islands and the ski fields are open and ready for a great season.


This is a great time to visit the little seaside township of Kaikoura as the fur seals arrive for the winter. Sunning themselves on the rocks while their pups frolic in nearby streams, racing around like otters and terrifying the ducks as they chase them from the water.


We would love to introduce you to four of our luxury hotels and lodges in Kaikoura, Queenstown, Wanaka and Oamaru


Lodge Autumn (1)Manakau Lodge is located just 11kms north of Kaikoura Township, away from the main highway and on a rise overlooking the distant ocean with a background of the spectacular Kaikoura mountain range.  Enter into a warm guest lounge with its roaring log fire; a great place to relax after a days touring. Four elegant guest rooms lead off the main hallway  – two deluxe rooms offer luxurious freestanding deep bathtubs and all rooms feature spacious walk-in rain showers. Fluffy bathrobes, heat pumps, Apple technology and the use if an iPad to download your photos, plan your ongoing travel or watch movies from their extensive library. Choose to dine here and enjoy the exquisite cuisine of Neil the owner, who is also a Chef. Winter Dine and Stay Experience –


QPH-Remarkables-suiteQueenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a great place to stay for your winter break. Located within an easy walk to the main shops, cafés and departure points for excursions and activities in the region. Offering 17 luxurious designer rooms with a choice of views to the Gondola or out to The Remarkables. Renowned for its warm friendly atmosphere, you can relax in the evening with a complimentary pre-dinner drink and canapés with your hosts and other guests. And take advantage of their stay pay rates during the winter season –



Tin Tub Luxury Lodge in Wanaka is perfect for a winter escape. Imagine a roaring log fire indoors in the luxury guest lounge, or choose to sit outdoors by an Tin Tub Luxury Lodgeopen fire on a starry night.  Return after a days skiing to a sauna and return to your spacious lodge room opening out to stunning views to Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond. Heated outdoor slipper baths are tempting to relax in after a days skiing, with a glass of pinot and gazing up at the stars. Tin Tub has a ski drying room and mountain bikes for the adventurous.  Stay/Pay rates available –



 For all foodies out there, visit the luxury 5* heritage mansion Pen-y-bryn Lodge, located in the township of Oamaru in North Otago. Just an hour’s drive north from Dunedin and an easy drive from Queenstown and Wanaka. Your hosts – the ‘Jameses’ – will charm you. Relax in the ambience of this wonderful lodge and relish the superb cuisine here, and at award winning restaurants nearby. Stay over a weekend and join a cooking school  – stay/pay rates available. Make a plan to visit the wonderful Oamaru Farmers Market.  Visit – dining


We are having a fabulous summer here in New Zealand with record temperatures encouraging our visitors to get out and enjoy all those wonderful outdoor activities.


Swimming, kayaking, diving, walking along a deserted beach at sunset, playing golf at world renowned courses, trout fishing, watching the penguins and other wildlife, or just relaxing with an alfresco lunch at one of the many stunning wineries which you will find throughout New Zealand.

Our little country downunder is packed full of interesting places to see and things to do and Boutique Hotels & Lodges brings you a collection of luxury boutique properties in which to relax and enjoy. All offer complimentary wi-fi, many offer superb cuisine and all have fantastic hosts.


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 Follow the road north to Kerikeri and head east to Huntaway Lodge at Te  Ngaere Bay – this contemporary lodge is barefoot luxury with stunning  sea views and gorgeous golden bays –



Take a Ferry from downtown Auckland or a helicopter transfer directly from Auckland International airport to Waiheke Island – the New York times list of top places to go in 2013. Relax a few days at The Boatshed, a hip luxury hotel set above the sun-drenched bay of Oneroa. Take a mini-moke for a tour of the island and return to a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean –

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Drive South to New Zealand’s largest lake – Lake Taupo. We can show you two luxury lodges at Lake Taupo.

Play golf at world-renowned courses, walk the famous Tongariro Mountain Crossing, go heli-fishing, fly over volcanic craters


You choose –  Acacia Cliffs Lodge – think chic boutique – designer decor,  fabulous hosts and divine cuisine. Fabulous lake and mountain views –

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Acacia Cliffs Lodge – views across Lake Taupo






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A two hour drive east takes you to one of New Zealand’s iconic wine growing regions. Nestled in the beautiful Glen Aros- pool copycountryside is the luxurious Glen Aros Country Estate; Michelin experienced on-site Chef, Wine library, golf courses nearby and helicopter landing pad for those who wish to arrive in style. Enjoy wine tasting during a personalised tour of local vineyards, or a safari to Cape Kidnappers, home to colonies of gannets. Relax and enjoy world class cuisine in the evening –





And that’s just North Island…. next month we’ll take you on a tour of South Island.



So many guests staying at 5* luxury boutique Pen-y-bryn Lodge have remarked that a single night does not give them a chance to enjoy the attractions of Oamaru and the delights of Pen-y-bryn itself.

So, to help visitors spend a bit more time in this wonderful part of New Zealand, Pen-y-bryn is offering a two-night special. 

Just $1200 including GST – a saving of over $200!

Two nights in a standard room complete with full breakfast each morning

Complimentary premium tickets to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony’s spectacular evening viewing

A four-course gourmet dinner on of your nights at Pen-bryn Lodge (your other night in town is free to enjoy the excellent dining at Riverstone Kitchen or Fleur’s Place in nearby Moeraki, or choose to dine at Pen-bryn a second night for an additional charge.

Bookings to be made directly with Pen-y-bryn Lodge – telephone +64 3 434 7939 or email quoting “Two Night Special” in the subject line.








Photographers, looking for a unique experience?  Manakau Lodge in Kaikoura has opened. Neil, the owner and host, is an avid photographer and offers photography workshops, taking guests to places off the beaten track.


Guest quote on Trip Advisor –

 “Stunning setting, fantastic food, ultimate relaxation”



This boutique lodge is located in a tranquil rural setting at the base of the Kaikoura Mountain range, with views to the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Four spacious guest rooms, each with its own verandah and views. King-size beds, ensuite with walk-in showers; the Deluxe rooms offer deep freestanding bathtubs.


Manakau Lodge is the first accommodation provider in New Zealand to offer complimentary use of an iPad to guests, for the duration of their stay. Pre-loaded with links and guides to local restaurants, visitor attractions, and other services, access to email and the internet will literally be at guests’ fingertips. The iPad will also deliver a selection of newspapers from around the world each morning, a library of current-issue, multi-lingual magazines, real-time weather forecasts, driving maps and onward travel advice. It will also come in handy as a remote control device for streaming music and movies from the lodge’s digital library, directly to the 32″ TV in guest rooms.


A hearty breakfast is included in the rate, together with complimentary Wi-Fi.


Dinner is available on request – guests have commented  ‘easily the best rack of lamb I’ve ever eaten


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Lonely Planet Raves about Oamaru and Pen-y-bryn Lodge


The new Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand, recently released, has a vastly expanded section about North Otago and the Waitaki District, reflecting the increase in tourist attractions and facilities in the area. After visiting the region in late 2011, the writers of the newest 16th edition realized that there was much more to do and see than previous editions had listed, and have given the area multiple pages. Now, in addition to the long-standing coverage of the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, there is also a listing for the Yellow-Eyed Penguins, the numerous gourmet attractions of the area, skiing, and of course the wineries of the Waitaki Valley.

In the accommodation section, Pen-y-bryn Lodge remains the lead property, with glowing reports about the work they have done to revitalize their 123-year house and to establish their reputation for exquisite hospitality and gourmet cuisine.

Pen-y-bryn Lodge has recently revised their pricing structure and has introduced three-tier pricing. Offering two “lodge” rooms in the main part of house at NZ$625, the two larger “annex” rooms at $550 and the smaller “annex” room at $475. These rates all include pre-dinner wine and canapés and full cooked breakfast, and include NZ taxes. Dinner is available with prior notice at $125 per person

Pen-y-bryn Lodge Celebrates its Second Anniversary with a Special Offer

Oamaru’s renowned hospitality duo is celebrating their second anniversary at Pen-y-bryn Lodge by offering a gift of their own to mark the special occasion.

‘Foodies’ and local personalities James Glucksman and James Boussy re-opened  this luxury 5-star lodge September 1 two years ago. 

A Celebratory Package includes accommodation for two people for two nights, an exquisite dinner for two one night, and 20% discount on an evening viewing at Oamaru’s famed Blue Penguin Colony. To top it all off, this also includes a special gift from the Pen-y-bryn kitchen – two jars from its range of delectable  homemade jams and preserves. Priced at $1200 per couple, representing a saving of 20% off the normal rack rate.

James says – “a two night stay is the perfect length of time to give to this amazing region. Too often our guests regret not allowing more time to explore the sights of Oamaru, particularly the penguin colony”.

The Pen-y-bryn Celebratory Package is available from 1 September to 30 November 2012 and is subject to availability. Reservations are essential by calling Pen-y-bryn Lodge or by emailing the lodge –

Something New – Something Historic

Boutique Hotels & Lodges is delighted to welcome the luxurious, and elegant The Point Villas to our portfolio.  The Point Villas is a member of the prestigious Condé  Naste collection


Located at The Point on the edge of Lake Taupo, The Point Villas is a private estate comprising two extremely spacious villas designed to blend harmoniously with their environment. Expansive windows open out to spacious decks and your private swimming pool with views to the lake and mountains.

Large bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms with floor to ceiling glass walls bring the outdoors in. Choose a lodge experience with all-inclusive full catering and servicing, or enjoy a self-catered break in your villa’s superbly equipped kitchen. Award winning chef Prue Campbell can be hired to prepare exceptional private gourmet meals.

Peg – your host – knows everyone and can arrange a private helicopter trip up the Rangitekei River to hidden fly fishing havens (a helipad is on site). 

Fish for trout in the lake or take a champagne sunset cruise

Play golf on world-class 18 hole courses or trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

If this sounds too strenuous- just relax and book a private spa treatment in the privacy of your villa

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Take a break to the historic township of Oamaru and a weekend at Pen-y-bryn Lodge. Built in 1889 Pen-y-bryn is rich in history and is owned by the Jameses – Americans who have travelled and lived around the world and know how to look after their guests. James Glucksman is an accomplished chef with a wonderful repertoire of cuisine. As members of the Slow Food Movement the Jameses use local produce wherever possible and delight with an amazing repertoire of cuisine.

There is so much do in Oamaru and the Waitaki Valley – where to begin?

Tear yourself away from the breakfast table laden with the freshest juices, granolas, home baked light feathery croissants, locally sourced bacon and free range eggs then stroll around the beautiful gardens surrounding the lodge to walk it off.

Then take a drive down to Oamaru’s historic Victorian precinct and visit quirky and interesting shops selling antiques, books, and clothing.

A reviving coffee at Steam café – the only coffee roastery in Oamaru, then visit the Whitestone Cheese Factory and sample their award winning cheeses – the gooey Lindas Pass Brie is our absolute favourite and will match any French Brie

Drive south to the mystical Moeraki Boulders strewn along Koekohe Beach and lunch at Fleurs – the famous fish shack built on the edge of the sea

And you really must visit the Little Blue Penguin colony in the early evening to watch the penguins– you may see up to 80 making their way in from the sea and up the craggy rocks to their nests – soo cute and quite a spectacle. Oh – and Pen-y-bryn Lodge even provides a soft cushion for your comfort!

Sunday morning the local Farmers market is an absolute must – such a wide variety of local produce. Pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread,  fresh terrine and a selection of Whitestone cheese and drive out to the Waitaki Valley for a picnic lunch accompanied by a glass or two local wine from this newly developing wine region.

Return to Pen-y-bryn in the evening to a pre-dinner drink and canapés, explore the vast library with a section dedicated to cookery books or maybe a game of billiards on the Italian slate billiard table. Dine at the lodge or at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in the township.


An easy 3 hour drive from Christchurch, 1.30 drive from Dunedin and a a 3.5 hour drive from Queenstown.