GO NZ: The very best hotel places to eat, bars, spas all-around New Zealand’s towns

Emporium Eatery and Bar sits inside Napier’s artwork deco Masonic Resort, and is worthy of a pay a visit to, even if you are not keeping the night time. Image / Equipped

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Our 1st pubs had been tough ‘n’ all set affairs, featuring guests tiny much more than a lumpy mattress – maybe shared with passing strangers, and not in a superior way – mutton stew and a bottle of dwelling-brewed hooch for the evening.

Fortunately, we have moved on. And up: the nation can now lay declare to a bevvy of upmarket city accommodations with premier chefs in their eating places, elegant bars with achieved mixologists, quirky can take on substantial tea, dreamy working day spas or rooftop bars with magical views.

Best detail about them? You never have to continue to be the night. Or the weekend. This is a variety of some gorgeous city accommodations all around the state that will be only far too delighted to see you for meal, a Manhattan or a therapeutic massage.


Escape to the Mediterranean at Esther restaurant in QT Resort, where by Sean Connolly provides flavours of the French Riviera, Morocco and Sicily to Auckland. Carry on at the hotel’s Rooftop bar with classic treats, up to date cocktails or a under no circumstances-ending wine checklist.

At the Park Hyatt, indulge at the signature restaurant, Onemata, the place produce is domestically sourced utilizing seasonal components from farmers and fishers at the Dwelling Home, unwind with a gentle meal or indulge in the afternoon tea mix of nostalgic and fashionable preferences. The Pantry is an all-day pit quit for coffee or to unwind with a craft beer or wine settle in for an afternoon or night with sweeping harbour views at Captain’s Bar. The Spa curates a variety of remedies.

kingi restaurant at The Hotel Britomart, Auckland. Photo / Supplied
kingi cafe at The Hotel Britomart, Auckland. Photograph / Equipped

For Lodge Britomart, Orphan’s Kitchen area founders Tom Hishon and Josh Helm have designed kingi, employing sustainably and locally caught seafood, amid one of a kind decor.

Honourable mentions to additional mature favourites: looking at the sunset at Bellini bar in the Hilton Auckland, cocktail, craft beer or wine in hand the magic formula corners and developed-up treats of DeBretts’ initially-floor bar, bathed in light-weight from its glass-roofed atrium. Truly feel like escaping the town? Bersantai Day Spa at Castaways Resort in Karioitahi claims Balinese-design and style treatment options – and a soak, surrounded by nature, in outside stone bathtubs.


Cambridge’s attractive Henley Hotel reopened late last calendar year with a new tennis court docket, eating choices, chef’s orchard and sustainable herb and vegetable gardens. The boutique 5-star lodge has an indoor swimming pool and day spa. Henley Social is open for breakfast, lunch, significant tea and meal and a new dining practical experience, Arbory Terrace, will launch before long.

Formerly the Times Lodge and Suites by Wyndham, the Hamilton CBD lodge has gone through a significant redevelopment and has been rebranded to Ramada Hamilton. The cafe, cafe and bar has been absolutely refurbished and renamed Sisterfields.


Kiwis are rediscovering the lakes and geysers, lifestyle and experience options in this article. The Regent of Rotorua’s Regent Area is one of the city’s very best dining establishments regardless of whether your style is complete-provider, white-tablecloth type or meal and a cocktail beside the pool.

Barrel & Co. brasserie at the new Pullman Rotorua delivers all-working day eating, farm-to-desk cooking centred around an open kitchen area.

Return to bygone eras at two of the city’s very best establishments: Peppers on the Point is a 1930s mansion beside Lake Rotorua that is now an distinctive retreat. Deal with yourself to lunch or their everyday four-course supper, accompanied by NZ wines from the lodge’s cellar, in the glamorous eating home or outside overlooking the lake.

Prince’s Gate Resort is celebrating its centenary – it was initially a Waihī tavern, dismantled and railed to Rotorua and reopened following to the Govt Gardens in 1921. Duke’s Bar & Cafe feels like a London gentleman’s club (without the need of the snob variable) wherever Digraj Singh serves an impressed mix of contemporary dishes and classic favourites.

Pullman Rotorua is the city's first five-star hotel, and has on-site restaurant Barrel Co. Photo / Tessa Chrisp
Pullman Rotorua is the city’s initially five-star resort, and has on-website cafe Barrel Co. Photo / Tessa Chrisp


The art deco city’s legendary Masonic Lodge properties Emporium, a assortment of distinctive areas. The vivid Eatery & Bar presents menus to go well with the time of working day the Cocktail Lounge is dressed in loaded furnishings, a relaxed area for a light-weight chunk, craft cocktail or Hawke’s Bay classic and the Emporium Lounge captures an era of elegance and grace for intimate dining.


New Plymouth’s historic White Hart Lodge has had an … um, interesting earlier but it is been wonderfully restored as the coronary heart of the West Conclude Precinct. Within are the Snug Lounge, General public Catering and Ms White eateries and drinkeries, as very well as the luxurious King and Queen Boutique Hotel. The Awesome Hotel has a calm cocktail bar, award-profitable Desk restaurant and an expansive deck surrounded by tropical plants in summer. Top rated of the city is the Great Home’s new rooftop bar with sea views.

New Plymouth's historic White Hart Hotel has had an interesting past but has been wonderfully restored as the heart of the West End Precinct. Photo / Supplied
New Plymouth’s historic White Hart Lodge has experienced an intriguing past but has been splendidly restored as the heart of the West End Precinct. Photograph / Supplied


If we can only pick out a person … QT Wellington’s Hippopotamus is not only one of the country’s very best hotel restaurants, it can be one of New Zealand’s greatest dining activities. Are not able to do justice to the decor in words, so we are going to steal theirs: “the eclectic environment of a fabby French grandma who knows how to drink. Pops of color on plush textures and a bevvy of bedazzled chandeliers.” Jiwon Do’s degustation menus marry French tactics to nearby generate the outcomes are extravagant and unanticipated. The cocktail bar is excellent but we’d much better go somewhere else: the Copthorne Hotel’s A person80 is a high-quality eatery and its lounge bar is just the spot to look at the sunshine go down on Oriental Bay.


Nelson’s most outstanding lodge, the Rutherford is in a prime spot only minutes’ walk from the CBD its Port o’ Contact Bar and remarkably-regarded Oceano Panorama Restaurant repay a go to. Consume evening meal by the h2o at the Trailways Hotel’s The Tides restaurant, multi-award-successful good-dining with Maitai River views from the balcony.

The Tides is a multi-award winning restaurant at Nelson's Trailways Hotel - fine-dining with Maitai River views from the balcony. Photo / Jessica Shirley
The Tides is a multi-award profitable restaurant at Nelson’s Trailways Hotel – fantastic-eating with Maitai River views from the balcony. Image / Jessica Shirley


Not only is The George a single of the country’s most-awarded boutique hotels, its 50-Bistro is a person of the city’s ideal restaurants, modern-day NZ cuisine served in 3 rooms, together with out of doors dining in a conservatory with a dwelling wall and a elegant indoor “neo-bistro”. We’re heading to stretch a point and endorse the OGB bar mainly because it is really in the identical web page as the Heritage Hotel, the gloriously restored Outdated Authorities Building on the Sq.. Voted the city’s best bar for the past 4 decades, it has a Chicago speakeasy feel, staff members in white shirts, black trousers, braces and caps. Girls (and invited gentlemen) might enterprise into Parlour, its opulent cocktail lounge.


The Criterion re-opened in November just in time for the town’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations, inviting people for lunch, a drink or dinner. Elegantly refurbished, the lodge consists of a Gentleman’s Lounge and a Temperance Area in which 1 may partake of non-alcoholic beverages. A hotel since the 1800s, friends have seemingly listened to mysterious footsteps when on your own on the premises and felt pushes though standing on the top of the stairs. Absolutely really worth a visit even if you’re cautious of keeping right away.

Herbert and Marise Martin, the new lessees of Oamaru's Criterion Hotel which reopened in November in time for the annual Victorian Heritage Celebrations. Photo / Cindy Mottelet
Herbert and Marise Martin, the new lessees of Oamaru’s Criterion Lodge which reopened in November in time for the once-a-year Victorian Heritage Celebrations. Image / Cindy Mottelet


Exactly where to begin? On the way into town from the airport, the Sherwood is the place for a yoga class, a meal making use of develop from the onsite backyard garden or a person of the several activities, gigs or workshops.

At QT Queenstown, check out Reds Bar for a cocktail class or consume with breathtaking views, then get pleasure from dinner at Bazaar, a market practical experience that normally takes “checking out the menu” to a new plateau.

Kamana Lakehouse’s Nest Cafe is the best alfresco lounge and eatery in city, with a Mediterranean-motivated sharing menu.

On the lakefront, the famous Eichardt’s Non-public Hotel has a new spa, The Vault, and (at least) a person drink at Eichardt’s Bar is a must-do.

Out of town, get pleasure from a massage, practise yoga or sign up for a wellness retreat at Camp Glenorchy, built from recycled and higher-high-quality components and a work of artwork in alone.

Mainly because it’s Central Otago take a vinotherapy procedure at lavish Gibbston Valley Spa, voted New Zealand’s Most effective Vacation resort Spa in the 2020 World Spa Awards.

Dinner at the Sherwood is a must in Queenstown, even if you're staying elsewhere. Photo / Jono Parker
Meal at the Sherwood is a must in Queenstown, even if you might be remaining somewhere else. Photo / Jono Parker


If you can find a New Zealand town better than Dunedin at preserving, re-engineering and repurposing its excellent selection of heritage properties, we might be gobsmacked. The Difference is a primary illustration: the 1937 Chief Submit Workplace has been reworked into an exquisite luxurious institution in the lively, rejuvenated Warehouse Precinct. You can drop in for beverages in attractive Publish Bar or consume at Parcels Restaurant but we endorse supper with a exclusive twist the authentic vaults have been transformed into stately non-public dining rooms.

Significantly the very same goes for Fable Dunedin, developed as Wains Lodge in 1862 and relaunched as a present day 5-star boutique resort. The Press Club cafe and bar is a tribute to the 1870s club the place poet Thomas Bracken (he wrote a thing termed God Defend New Zealand) hosted debates. It can be a present day, personal dining home where by the menu leans closely on Otago deliver or sip and nibble high tea on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Press Club, the restaurant of Dunedin's new Fable hotel. Photo / Tessa Chrisp
The Push Club, the restaurant of Dunedin’s new Fable resort. Photo / Tessa Chrisp

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