UNWith winter LITERALLY just around the corner, many Kiwis are searching for the best ways to escape and indulge a little as the weather turns. on this special weekend. But we’re not looking for just anywhere to enjoy a little break – according to our pals Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable research report, 56% of Kiwi travellers would feel better about staying in a particular accommodation if they knew it had a sustainable certification. So whether it’s indulging in high tea, spa treatments, or breathtaking landscapes, take a chance to recharge at these Travel Sustainable certified properties that strike the perfect balance with their sustainability efforts that don’t compromise on relaxing and recharging! Here are our five best places for winter escapes!
Naumi Studio Wellington, Wellington
Nestled between green hills and a sparkling harbour, Wellington, is a little city with a big heart. Travellers and Wellingtonians alike can explore hidden laneways to discover street art and follow the sculpture walks along Wellington’s waterfront.
Featuring charming architecture and colourfully loud decor, Naumi Studio Wellington can be found amidst the electric Cuba Street where you’re never too far from Wellington shenanigans. From late-night cocktail bars and historical gems, to fashion boutiques and the most ‘gram-worthy spots in the neighbourhood, guests are spoiled with the breadth of exciting places to visit when staying at this unforgettable hotel.
With its towering mountains and lakeside location, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, bursting with adrenaline and fun. Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, an outdoor lover or an epicurean seeking gourmet experiences, Queenstown has it all.
Stoneridge Estate is only a 15 minute drive from central Queenstown and boasts spectacular views and mouth watering buffets and breakfasts. With their earthy and warm architecture, this estate is definitely an aesthetically comfy stay. If your way of relaxing includes stunning scenic surroundings and cosy interiors, Stoneridge Estate is the right spot for you.
Glenorchy offers scenic accommodation ranging from eco lodges, lake houses, and backpackers where you can find your slice of peace and tranquillity.
Settled in Glenorchy, a stretch out from Queenstown, EcoScapes is a Travel Sustainable certified property that has a view taken straight out of a painting. This find is the perfect spot to take your family or your partner. What sets the property apart from others is that the accommodation – walls, gardens, blinds and textiles – have been built and maintained by local Glenorchy businesses. This is especially a huge highlight as 69% of Kiwi travellers want the money they spend when travelling to go back to the local community.
The Marlborough region is about world-famous Sauvignon Blanc, delicious fresh seafood and diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways.
In the centre of the famous wine country surrounded by vineyards and marvellous gardens for you to stroll, The Marlborough is for anyone who enjoys having a glass of wine before bed as a little treat. Designed in 1901, the interior and architecture combines rustic and cottage-like qualities into one.
Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track. Those who crave home comforts can stay in luxurious lodges, but sleeping under the stars is regarded as one of the best ways to experience the spirit of the Abel Tasman.
Located in the top of the South Island, Abel Tasman Lodge harmonises beautifully with its natural surroundings. Serving you comfort with their homelike interior in their private chalets, the rooms are clean and well designed for a satisfying stay. If you’re a mum who loves taking in great sights, book a lush Abel Tasman National Park Helicopter Tour to enjoy aerial views over the park’s pristine waters and sandy beaches.