New Zealand is famous for its beautiful landscape, the rolling hills and beautiful blue lakes that seem to be plucked right out of a movie set. It’s not the only thing that New Zealand offers, though. The lovers of fine architecture will find an array of impressive hotels to enjoy during their trip.

1. Hotel D’Urville

Those who are wooed by classical, Greek columns and white stone facades, will love the beauty of Hotel D’Urville. It is a small hotel, close to the heart of Marlborough. The crisp lines look like they belong more to a government building among a piazza, rather than in the centre of a city. The accommodation inside, however, will give you the home-away-from-home feel you are hoping for, with 4-poster beds and beautiful room decor.

They also have an award-winning restaurant that’s waiting for your reservation and plenty of additional boutique hotel accommodations creating a perfect place to unwind after a day spent enjoying everything Marlborough has to offer. It’s a small hotel, with 11 large, well-decorated rooms, so if you plan on staying here, be sure to book your room(s) well in advance!

2. The Boot

You will reminisce on the days of your childhood past reading “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.” In the nursery rhyme, the old woman lives in a shoe that is often depicted as a boot. That boot has come to life in a romantic, fairytale getaway in New Zealand called, appropriately, The Boot. This unique, stand-alone cottage features everything you could need for a quiet, and unique getaway. There is a cosy fireplace and a spiral staircase leading to the bedroom with a Juliet balcony. As a part of the estate you can also head down to the cafe or explore the region for local activities.

It’s a great spot for couples on holiday looking for a romantic weekend away from home or celebrating a special occasion. The Boot is situated in a grove of hazelnut trees and gives its guests access to a private courtyard that is surrounded by a thriving garden.

3. Hapuku Lodge

Coming from a family of architects and builders, you will not fail to be impressed by the lodge and tree houses at Hapuku Lodge. This is an exquisite, contemporary-country hotel that not only fascinates, but also impresses. You have the option to stay near the pool with a room in the lodge or choose a private apartment suite with a kitchen, fireplace and spa tub. If you want to try something a little different, head to the newly constructed Tree Houses that are nestled a comfy 10m above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove. From that vantage point, guests will have unhindered views of Kaikoura’s mountains and the Pacific coastline.

Unlike many hotel accommodations that rely on outside furnishings, the owners and family behind Hapuku Lodge built and furnished a wide majority of the furniture throughout the Lodge—including the custom-designed beds!

4. The Criterion Hotel—Oamaru

The Criterion Hotel gives us a taste of English sophistication right along the coast of South Island. This beautiful piece of architecture looks more reminiscent of a parliament house than a hotel, but the beautiful exterior will inspire awe and delight for the architecture nut. A report from 1877 described the Criterion hotel as “One of the most ornamental of the many recent additions to our street architecture. Indeed, there isn’t a prettier building in town.”

In the years that have passed since that statement, local opinion of the Criterion Hotel hasn’t changed much, though funding for maintenance disappeared during the Prohibition and for decades after. The interior was refurbished and restored to its former glory in the late 1990s and when you walk through the hotel’s hallways and rooms the beautiful decor will make you feel welcome right away.

5. Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Contemporary architecture lovers, rejoice! You will find stark lines and high-low buildings that bring together a feeling of oneness with nature. Guests at the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel will be treated to views of Queenstown’s majestic mountains from every single room or suite. Night owls will have easy access to the lively nightlife on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This 5-star accommodation doesn’t skimp on any creature comforts and is always available to guests to make sure all their needs are met. Set between a scenic and recreational reserve, you will not only have the breathtaking views of the scenery, but a feeling of sleek, city sophistication in the designer accommodations.

Once you find your dream accommodation—whether you are an architect nut or not—in New Zealand, book your rooms and then consider travel insurance for protection against cancellation fees. You never know what will happen before you depart for your trip and in the off-chance you need to cancel your trip, or you arrive and the hotel doesn’t have your reservation, having a travel insurance policy with Cover-More will protect you from unwarranted financial stresses.

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