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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