Hotel File: A to Z of new hotel openings in New Zealand for 2020/21

Beds, beds and more beds ... new hotels, luxury and small boutique accommodations. 

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New Zealand has seen significant growth in its accommodation offering over recent months with many new openings, so we've created this handy A to Z guide to what's new.

(We’ll also keep adding to this list as any new developments come to our attention.)

As these are new openings, some of the star ratings are self-awarded and are yet to be confirmed (TBC) by verification from Qualmark, New Zealand’s official quality assurance organisation. 

Qualmark provides a trusted guide to quality travel experiences in New Zealand, and works to help tourism businesses become more sustainable from a people, planet and profit perspective.  Note: Qualmark star ratings are awarded according to accommodation category.

A is for ….

Airedale Boutique Suites, Auckland – 4.5-star, Qualmark Silver 

Airedale Boutique Suites, occupying an art deco heritage building on Queen Street in Auckland’s theatre district, has 100 stylish rooms, Trocadero restaurant and bar. 

Atura Wellington – 3.5 star, Qualmark Silver 

For a smart city break, Atura Wellington in the historic Thorndon Parliamentary precinct is Wellington’s bright new kid on the block, offering 108 rooms, a fleet of e-bikes and a community art gallery.

B is for …

The Hotel Britomart Auckland – 5-star, Qualmark TBC

New Zealand’s first 5-Green Star Hotel, Hotel Britomart (99 rooms) is a classy addition to the urban lane ways, boutiques and hospo icons of the Britomart heritage precinct.

C is for …

(The) Central Private Hotel by Naumi, Queenstown – 5-star 

The Central Private Hotel is a cool, art-filled sanctuary in Queenstown’s city centre with spacious rooms and lots of welcoming touches.

Cosa Christchurch – 4-star, Qualmark Bronze 

Cosa Hotel is a modern family-owned comfortable Christchurch city hotel, with 88 rooms and a café, and all within easy walking distance of the new city centre, lane ways and gardens. 

D is for …

The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi, Queenstown – 5-star 

Once a corner store, The Dairy Private Hotel (curated by boutique hotel specialists Naumi) has transformed with an exquisite 15-room refurbishment styled cosy alpine chic.

E is for …

Ebb Dunedin – boutique hotel

Ebb Dunedin’s austere Modernist architecture wraps thoughtful luxury and contemporary New Zealand artworks with relaxed hospitality. The 27 rooms open into an atrium overlooking covered internal gardens, and downstairs Ebb Café serves seasonal, local food. 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Queenstown – 4-star, Qualmark Silver 

First of the brand in NZ, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Queenstown offers a cool alpine chalet style with easy access to ski fields, 227 rooms and savvy sustainable features throughout.

F is for … 

Fable Dunedin – 5-star, Qualmark Bronze 

Built in 1862, formerly Wains Hotel of Dunedin, Fable Dunedin is a glorious heritage renovation offering a high-tech guest experience with 50 guest rooms and suites, The Press Club restaurant and an extensive whiskey menu.

Falcon Brae @ Stonefly Lodge, Nelson – Private villa / NZ Luxury Lodge

On a private estate set between three national parks and with spectacular 360° views of mountains, rivers and the night sky, Falcon Brae is a contemporary architectural masterpiece, an exclusive-use villa accommodating up to six adults and four children in absolute luxury.    

Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable, Auckland – 5-star, Qualmark Silver 

Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable is a boutique luxury stay in Ponsonby (Auckland’s hip hospo and retail neighbourhood) – a landmark Victorian villa reborn with contemporary star quality and 10 gorgeous guest rooms.

G is for …

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa – 5-star, Qualmark Gold 

Nestled amongst the vines of Central Otago’s oldest winery, Gibbston Valley’s 24 private villas are an exclusive accommodation experience offering relaxed luxury, a world-class cellar and fine dining, dedicated wellness spa and direct access to some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. 

H is for …

Hidden Lake Hotel & Apartments, Cambridge – 4.5-star, Qualmark Silver 

Cambridge’s Hidden Lake is a contemporary 4.5-star hotel (33 rooms and apartments) with a gourmet restaurant and bar, a day spa and a ‘keep-it-local’ eco-conscious focus. Close to Hamilton, Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves.

I is for …

Mt Isthmus, Lake Hawea – Luxury villa, Qualmark TBC 

Luxe private villa Mt. Isthmus -- an alpine hideaway between lakes Wanaka and Hawea -- is New Zealand's latest secret gem. With spectacular 360° views, the villa comprises four suites, central kitchen (optional chef service), spacious entertaining areas, movie theatre, and spa pool.

The Intrepid Hotel, Wellington – boutique hotel

Opened May 2021, The Intrepid Hotel in Wellington's Te Aro neighbourhood is a small luxury hotel in a restored heritage building once the home of Cadbury Bros. chocolates. The three-storey hotel offers 18 individually designed rooms with complimentary mini-bars, Puffin natural wine bar and Seller Door design boutique.

K is for …

Kamana Lakehouse Queenstown – 4.5-star, Qualmark Silver 

High on a hill above Queenstown, Kamana Lakehouse (73 rooms) has stunning lake and mountain views, including a series of rooms with steaming hot tubs on a private deck to soak in the views from.

L is for …

The Landing Suites, Auckland – NZ Luxury Lodge 

New Zealand's newest luxury lodge - The Landing Suites is a series of five sophisticated rooftop retreats, urban outposts of the spectacular Landing Residences in the Bay of Islands. Atop the smart new green Hotel Britomart, the suites bring a new level of discreet luxury and style to Auckland's hip waterside Britomart precinct.

M is for ...

Maruia River Retreat, Nelson – 4-star, Qualmark Silver 

Set on a wilderness estate between mountains and forest, Maruia River Retreat is a boutique lodge, nature and wellbeing destination, with seven private self-contained villas, spa, sauna and outdoor tubs.  A beautiful 2-hour scenic drive from Nelson (3 hours ex-Christchurch), luxury transfers and guided tours are available, or fly in.

The Muse Christchurch Art Hotel – TBC

Culture, art and designer chic dazzle at The Muse Christchurch Art Hotel -- a stylish stay with premium amenities, conveniences and hi-tech facilities. The 40-room hotel occupies a restored 5-storey mid-century heritage building.

N is for …

Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington – 4-star, Qualmark Silver

Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington has transformed a heritage landmark in the colourful Cuba St quarter with an outrageous boho makeover of 116 rooms, a grand bar, sumptuous parlour lounge and Lola Rouge restaurant (opening later in 2021).

O is for …

Oaks Wellington – 4.5 star, Qualmark Bronze

In the heart of the city's entertainment precinct, Oaks Wellington offers contemporary accommodation with 226 rooms over 9 floors, spectacular views from the top floor, restaurant and bar, car parking and gym.

P is for …

Park Hyatt Auckland -- 5-star, Qualmark Silver

Park Hyatt Auckland is an outstanding addition to the Auckland waterfront and front seat on the Waitemata Harbour with its lavish Māori artworks and style inspiration, and waterside hospitality zones. Seven storeys with 195 generous guest rooms, 23 suites and the rooftop Presidential Suite. 

Pipinui Point, Wellington – 5-star, Qualmark Silver

Wellington’s new secret hideaway Pipinui Point is a romantic clifftop cottage with dramatic ocean views on a sprawling hill country farm. Soak in the heated outdoor bath or snuggle up beside the fire in the private two-bedroom retreat.

Pullman Rotorua – 5-star, Qualmark Silver

Near the downtown lakefront, Pullman Rotorua is the perfect base to explore this active geothermal paradise. The hotel offers 130 luxurious rooms and suites, a gym, vibrant dining and a chic bar. 

Q is for …

QT Auckland – 5-star, Qualmark TBC

Defined by signature QT quirk and opening into the Viaduct Marina, QT Auckland is a delicious new Auckland waterfront destination with 150 guest rooms, Esther restaurant and the Rooftop bar with stylish tipples and the best view in town.

R is for …

Ramada by Wyndham Wellington – 4-star, Qualmark TBC

Opened May 2021 and within easy walking distance to many city attractions, Ramada by Wyndham offers 72 studios and rooms with kitchenette and in-room laundry facilities. (website tbc)

Rydges Formosa Golf Resort Auckland – 4.5-star, Qualmark TBC 

On Auckland's southern Pohutukawa Coast and newly integrated into the Rydges brand, Rydges Formosa Golf Resort has had an extensive refurbishment. The 50 one-bedroom villas - convertible into 2-br units, many with expansive vistas across the Hauraki Gulf - are coupled with a world-class championship golf course, restaurant and bar.

S is for …

Sojourn Apartment Hotel, Wellington – 4.5-star, Qualmark Silver

Sojourn boutique apartments, in Wellington’s historic Newtown quarter, offer relaxed urban accommodation in 43 stylish apartments sized ranging from studios for singles to 2-bedroom family units.

Sudima Auckland City – 4.5-star, Qualmark TBC

An oasis in the city heart -- within easy walking distance of shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts -- Sudima Auckland City boasts 194 ‘u-concept’ rooms, designed to promote guest wellbeing featuring natural materials, muted colours, a floor plan that puts the bed in central place with maximised views. Rooms are provisioned with healthy snacks, a yoga kit and little pamper luxuries. The 100% plant-focused East restaurant is a first for New Zealand.

T is for …

The Convent, Auckland – boutique hotel

A one-off live-like-a-local urban stay in Auckland’s upmarket Grey Lynn/Ponsonby neighbourhood, The Convent is a sympathetic restoration of a Spanish mission era, former nunnery. The 22 rustic rooms offer deliberately shabby chic accommodation – a stylish experience without the price tag. Eat in or enjoy the bar in the lovely Ada restaurant.

Travelodge Wynyard Quarter, Auckland –

Conveniently located near the water in the Wynyard hospitality precinct, Travelodge Auckland Wynyard has 154 rooms, a metro supermarket right on the doorstep and multiple-choice waterside dining venues.

W is for ...

Rydges Wellington Airport – 4.5-star, Qualmark Silver

With 134 rooms, a bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Rydges Wellington Airport is the first hotel in New Zealand fully connected and integrated with an airport terminal. 

Whitimanuka Retreat, Martinborough – private holiday villa, Qualmark TBC

Private and off-the-grid, tucked against native bush with panoramic views and a star-studded night sky, Whitimanuka Retreat has been designed as the ultimate, self-contained get-away-from-the-world experience – for a couple, friends or a private escape.

Y is for  …

YHA Lake Tekapo – 5-star, Qualmark Gold 

Setting a gold standard in budget accommodation, the YHA Lake Tekapo has unobstructed views across the turquoise blue lake and the dark sky sanctuary. There are 128-beds – ranging from private rooms with ensuite to small comfortable dorms with shared bathrooms – along with an onsite gourmet burger bar, TV lounge, kitchen and laundry, and award-winning sustainability features. 

Zzzzzz … that makes so many places to sleep!

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