Best hotels and hostels in North Island

  • Lodging in Napier

    Kennedy Park Resort

    Less a campground and more an entire suburb of holidaymakers, this complex is top dog on the Napier camping scene. It’s the closest campsite to town (2.5km out, southwest of the centre) and has every facility imaginable (including a karaoke machine!), plus a swathe of cabin and unit configurations.

  • Lodging in Raglan

    Solscape

    With a hilltop location fringed by native bush, Solscape’s ecofriendly accommodation includes tepees, bell tents, rammed-earth domes, railway carriages and stylish eco-baches. There’s room for tents and campervans, and simpler cottages are also available. Environmental impact is minimised with solar energy, and organic produce from the permaculture garden is used for meals in the Conscious Kitchen cafe.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Great Barrier Island

    XSPOT

    Great Barrier's most spectacular accommodation option is also one of its more remote. A 25-minute drive from Tryphena – rent a 4WD vehicle – XSPOT is a spacious and stylish one-bedroom apartment with expansive windows offering jaw-dropping 270-degree views of the ocean. Equipped with a full kitchen and modern bathroom, it's the kind of place to linger amid spectacular marine vistas.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taupo

    Acacia Cliffs Lodge

    Three of the contemporarily and artfully designed suites at this luxurious B&B, high above Acacia Bay, have the best bed views in Taupō – you'll probably be tempted to sleep with the curtains open – while the fourth has a curvy bath and serene garden view. Gourmet breakfasts are served at a heated table, and predinner drinks, canapés and Taupō Airport transfer are included.

  • Lodging in Rotorua

    Kings on Peace

    Rise far above the surrounding motel pack with these five-star apartments, built in 2018. Large studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments feature modern styling, full kitchens, dishwasher, laundry and dryer. The one-bedroom apartments also have a BBQ and spa deck. All rooms have an electric-car charging station, and there’s a wash-down station, tools and bike storage for cyclists.

  • Lodging in Turangi

    Tongariro Lodge

    Famed angler Tony Hayes established Tongariro Lodge in 1982 on the Tongariro River three kilometres north of Tūrangi. Across the 9-hectare property are 10 chalets with sunny decks and en suites, plus a dozen two- to four-bedroom villas. The fantastic restaurant is open daily for dinner (mains $34 to $42). Check out the celebrity wall of fame to see who's used the helipad.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Rotorua

    Prince's Gate Hotel

    This grand building constructed from NZ's most cherished wood, kauri, sits directly outside the Government Gardens’ main Prince’s Gate, and began life in 1897 as a pub in Waihi before being dismantled and moved board-by-board to Rotorua in 1917. Options range from the well-named Snug rooms to the opulent Duchess Suite with balcony overlooking the three pools. Surprisingly good value.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taupo

    Waitahanui Lodge

    Ten kilometres south of Taupō, these five 1920s-style beach shacks are beautifully modern inside and ideally positioned for swimming, fishing and superb sunsets. Pick of the bunch are the two absolute-lakefront units (rooms 3 and 4), but all have lake access, sociable communal areas and free use of rowboats, SUPs and kayaks. All units have kitchenettes, or you can fire up the shared barbecues.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Rotorua

    Koura Lodge

    Secluded on swanky Kawaha Point, this upmarket lodge features spacious rooms and suites, and a two-bedroom apartment. Decks and balconies provide lake views, and the hot tub and sauna are right at the lake edge. Gourmet breakfasts around the huge wooden table are perfect for meeting other travellers, while kayaks are on hand for lake exploration.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ohakune

    Ruapehu Country Lodge

    Around 5km west of Ōhakune on the road to Raetihi, this B&B is the perfect combination of country elegance and classy decor. Large bedrooms have beautiful garden outlooks, and there's an outdoor hot tub for an après soak. You'll get a friendly welcome from hosts Heather and Peter, as well as from the alpacas beside the driveway that's like a hedge maze.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taupo

    The Lake

    Step onto the set of Mad Men at this retro-fitted boutique motel crammed with furniture from the era's signature designers. There are four one-bedroom units sleeping between two and four people, and two studios (maximum two people). Each one is individually styled, but all fit the theme with funky clock radios, shaggy cushions and paintings of well-known musos by the owners' son.

  • Lodging in Owhango

    Blue Duck Station

    Overlooking the Retaruke River 36km southwest of Owhango (take the Kaitieke turn-off 1km south of town), this ecosavvy place is actually various lodges, offering accommodation from dorms in old shearers' quarters to a self-contained family cottage sleeping eight. The owners are mad-keen conservationists, restoring native-bird habitats and historic buildings. Activities include bush tours, horse riding, kayaking and mountain biking.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Napier

    Kiwiesque

    Located in rural Eskdale, around 18km north of Napier, superstylish Kiwiesque overlooks apple trees and expansive vineyards. For freewheeling travellers, the best options are the four suites in the property's modern woolshed-influenced lodge (there's also a luxe private villa, sleeping 10). Breakfast is packed with seasonal produce; bathrooms are oh-so elegant. Eco-aware design includes double glazing and sheep-wool insulation.

  • Lodging in Taupo

    Te Moenga Lodge

    As you drive to the very end of the street and park on top of the hill, two friendly border collie–golden retriever crosses will welcome you to Te Moenga. There are two studios, two separate chalets and an apartment for six. With Lake Taupo in front of you, it's possible you won't notice the stylish, homey decor. Best enjoy the view from the pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

    Franklin 38

    Four gloriously sophisticated suites fill this spacious and sunny two-storey villa that was undoubtedly one of Ponsonby's finest homes in earlier times. Now the focus is a seamless blend of heritage and contemporary with stylish bathrooms, wraparound wooden verandas with city views, and a lovely shared guest lounge. Look forward to combining freshly baked croissants and Sky Tower views for breakfast.

  • Lodging in Great Barrier Island

    Trillium Lodge

    Uniquely constructed of giant logs milled on the island, Trillium Lodge is one of Great Barrier's more distinctive accommodation options. All of the six luxury rooms enjoy a combination of forest, mountain and sea views, and are enlivened by interesting art from local artists. Excellent breakfasts include locally sourced honey. Check the website for packages including flights and a rental car.

  • Lodging in Kingsland & Mt Eden

    Eden Villa

    Accommodation in pretty wooden villas is what Auckland's leafy inner suburbs are all about. This one has three comfortable en-suite bedrooms, a pleasantly old-fashioned ambience and charming hosts who prepare a good cooked breakfast. We prefer the room at the rear, which has the original bath tub and views straight over the garden to Mt Eden itself.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Katikati

    Warm Earth Cottage

    The ultimate in rustic romance, this rural idyll has two pretty, electricity-free cottages and a lovely lounge-library for guests. Soak in the wood-heated bathtub, or head across the manicured lawns to clear swimholes in the Waitekohe River, where part of NZ's first Bachelor season was filmed. Big breakfast hampers are included. It's 5km south of Katikati, then 2km west of SH2.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Waiheke Island

    Fossil Bay Lodge

    Three cabins face the main building, which houses the communal toilets, kitchen and living area, and a compact self-contained upstairs apartment. 'Glamping' tents each have a proper bed and their own toilet, and one also includes a private outdoor kitchenette. Apart from the occasional squawking duck – or toddler from the adjacent Steiner kindergarten – it’s a very peaceful place.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in New Plymouth

    One Burgess Hill

    Completely exceeding motel expectations, lovely One Burgess Hill is a complex of 15 stylish units on a green hillside, about 5km south of central New Plymouth (en route to Mt Taranaki). Slick interior design, nifty kitchens, wood heaters and private valley views offer a departure from the usual drive-in motels. Upstairs rooms have baths by the bed overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River.