100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


North Island

Virgin forests, volcanic mountains and geysers, and New Zealand’s largest lake. The further north you are in New Zealand, the more tropical it gets.


Palliser Bay, New Zealand

Modeled on an Edwardian country mansion, it has breathtaking views of Palliser Bay. Set on a 5,000 acre working sheep ranch.

T: +64 630 77581. 10 guest cottage suites. US$ 450-

Wine Country, North Island

With a climate warmer and sunnier than the South Island, the North Island’s Hawkes Bay wine region is able to produce some of the best Bordeaux varietal red wines.

Mangapapa Lodge

Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Surrounded by orchards, Mangapapa is a small elegant country house hotel located between the art deco town of Napier and the transplanted English village of Havelock.

T: +64 6 878 3234. 12 rooms. US$ 510, includes dinner.


The capital of New Zealand, this North Island harbor city is known as the “City of Sails”. It includes the lovely residential district of Posonby filled with waterside bars, cafés and outside dining places as well as low-key Waiheke Island, a 30 minute ferry ride away.

The Boatshed

Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

Rooms are decorated in teak and rattan “Hamptons beach chic”. Dine on a terrace overlooking the sea view. The hotel is a short walk to both the town and Little Oneroa Beach.

T: +64 9 372 3242. 5 rooms and 2 bungalows. US$ 600-

South Island

White sand beaches, semi-tropical rainforests, snowcapped mountains and mile-deep fjords.

Lake Rotoroa Lodge

Nelson Lakes National Park, Gowan Valley Road, Murchison, New Zealand

Lakeside location with views of the South Islands alps. Edwardian elegance. The lodge’s location is famous for its fly fishing streams.

T: +64 3 523 9121. 9 rooms. US$ 350-

Wine Country, South Island

Good food and wine thrive in the temperate climate of New Zealand’s South Island wine provinces; some of New Zealand’s most famous Sauvignon Blancs are produced in Marlborough Province.

Hotel d’Urville

52 Queen Street, Blenheim, Marlborough

Stylish themed rooms in a converted neoclassic bank building in downtown Blenheim. A winemaker and wine-lover’s hang-out, the friendly Hotel d’Urville is known for its food & wine. Banks Peninsula The most prominent volcanic feature of the South Island, Banks Peninsula contains the only French settlement in New Zealand – the tiny harbor village of Akaroa. Akaroa retains its French street names, cafes and seafaring Gallic charm. This sheltered bay is located 84 kilometers from Christchurch.

T: +64 3 577-9945. 11 rooms. US$ 160-

Southern Lakes Region, South Island

Crystal clear lakes, glaciers and majestic Southern Alps landscapes. Located in the southern part of South Island, the region includes Queenstown, Fiordland, Central Otago and Wanaka.

Queenstown House

69 Hallenstein St., Queenstown, NZ

Elegantly appointed bedrooms with garden views as well as a breakfast room with a view of the lake, this boutique b&b is just a ten minute (steep) walk to central Queenstown. Owned by a well-known New Zealand restauranteur.

T: +64 3 442-9043. 8 room b&b. US$ 155-

Matakauri Lodge

Queenstown, NZ

Panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and its mountain peaks are viewed through expansive glass windows. This luxury lodge sits on ten acres of pine forest, just minutes from Queenstown.

T: +64 3 441 1008. 11 rooms. US$ 500-, incl. breakfast & dinner.

Stewart Island

New Zealand’s little known third island is located 15 miles beyond the South Island. With a population of less than 500 people, this unspoiled island is inhabited primarily by brown kiwi, deer and rare birds found in its acres of lush national park.

Stewart Island Lodge

P.O. Box 5, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island

They’ll meet you by car as you arrive by ferry or plane and take you to their hill-top lodge boasting great bay views.

T: +64 3 219 1085. US$ 320-