Historic & Conversions

Postmasters Lodgings

The Postmasters Lodgings
3 Parnell Street          Phone: 09 405 7676

Look out over Hokianga Harbour from the balcony of the Postmaster's residence located in the heart of Rawene village. See how idyllic this accommodation is by looking at the gallery on the website - Trip Advisor reviews. Queen rooms with ensuite from $100 per night.

Old Post Office

The Old Post Office Guesthouse B&B
corner State Highway 12 & Oakleigh Road           Phone: 09 431 6444

The former Paparoa Post Office (circa 1903) has been turned into a country style B&B and can accommodate single travellers, couples and groups. It's located on the Kauri Coast and is 1.5 hours drive from Auckland and 7kms from the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Single room with shared bathroom from $60 including continental breakfast. Dinner and picnics by arrangement.

Whatipu Lodge

Whatipu Lodge
Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)          Phone: 09 811 8860

Whatipu Lodge was built over 100 years ago and additions have been minimal. There are communal cooking and bathroom facilities but you need to take your own bedding. The lodge is a good option for groups - minimum charge $250 per day. You can also camp from $7.50 per night or stay in Whatipu Bach from $120 per night (discount for mid week stays). Note: The last 7 kms of road to Whatipu Lodge is unsealed and narrow in places, take care. More information about Auckland Council accommodation options.

The Old Church Cottage

The Old Church Cottage
1 Hastings Parade, Devonport          Phone: 09 445 9826

The Old Church Cottage was formerly a Sunday School, it sits behind the owner's accommodation which prior to renovation was Devonport's Salvation Army Citadel. The cottage has been renovated to include an ensuite bathroom and a small room that's suitable for a child or third guest. From $220 including continental breakfast (there is a $20 surcharge for one night stays). The cottage is walking distance to Devonport village and the ferry to downtown Auckland.

Princes Gate

Princes Gate Hotel

1057 Arawa Street          Phone: 07 348 1179

The Princes Gate Hotel was built in Waihi in 1897, Prohibition and a decline in gold mining led to it being moved to Rotorua in 1917. The hotel retains its historical charm with creaking floor boards, a winding staircase, chandeliers and an open fire. There are a variety of room types - Classic Rooms from $155. In 2013 the hotel became part of the Distinction Hotels Group.

Ormlie Lodge

Ormlie Lodge
17 Omarunui Road
Taradale, RD 3         Phone: 06 844 5774

Ormlie was built in 1899 as a wedding present from the "Father of Hawkes Bay" (Sir William Nelson) for his daughter Gertrude. Six luxury suites provide a home away from home with that little bit extra. Our restaurant is open 7 days for breakfast through to dinner with everything in between. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy our locally focused wine list, craft beer and artisan cocktails. Ormlie is an experience. See you soon.

Te Poutapeta

Tokomaru Bay
Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B
8 Waimana Street          Phone: 06 864 5411

Built over 100 years ago, the restored Post Office offers three room options - The Post Master's room (suits couples), The Mail Sorting room (suits a small family), and The Mail Clerk's Office (has two single beds). All rooms share bathroom facilities. You're a few steps away from the beach, meals can be arranged or head up to Te Puka Tavern. Enquire direct for rates.

The Ruins

Tokomaru Bay
The Ruins

109 Wharf Road           Phone: 027 267 6561

Two old caravans have been turned in to The Ruins, two cute and rustic cabins on part of the site of the old Tokomaru Bay Freezing Works. Abandoned since the 1950's, the majority of the Work's site is over grown, graffitied and derelict, a real scene for photographers. Tokomaru Bay is one of our favourite spots on the East Coast.

Mt Taranaki
The Camphouse

Egmont Road, Mt Taranaki           Phone: 06 756 0990

Crisp mountain air is part of the package at the historic camphouse situated over 900 metres from the base of Mt Taranaki. You can self cater or get breakfast and lunch from nearby Mountain Cafe. The Camphouse was restored and upgraded in 1999 and there are modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. From $25 per night.

Rutland Arms

The Rutland Arms Inn

52 Ridgway Street           Phone: 06 347 7677

The Rutland Arms Inn is a heritage accommodation option in the town centre. The eight suites upstairs are furnished in Victorian style and down stairs is an English pub. Suites from $155 double per night including continental breakfast.

Sennon House

Sennen House
9 Oxford Street          Phone: 03 573 5216

Stay in one of Picton's original colonial villas, built in 1886. Fourteen children were raised in the once seven bedroom property, these days visitors can stay on the first floor in studio and apartment accommodation. The Queen Charlotte studio has a carved four poster bed, the Sir Joseph Banks apartment has its own lounge and kitchen for those wanting to self cater. From $279 including continental breakfast provisions. Many reviewers appreciate the quality of the accommodation and the warm welcome.

Hotel D'Urville

Hotel d'Urville
52 Queen Street          Phone: 03 577 9945

Hotel d'Urville is an art deco luxury boutique hotel in the town centre. The building was formerly the Public Trust Office and has retained some vaulted doors. There are 11 rooms, all individually themed and decorated. Low season tariff from $195. You can also enjoy a fine dining experience in the restaurant.

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1          Phone: 03 577 8328

Highly rated on Trip Advisor, St Leonards Vineyard Cottages are a short drive (or bike ride if you're keen) from many of Blenheim's wineries. The accommodation options - Old Dairy, Shearers Quarters, Cottage, Stables and Woolshed are all former farm buildings. The onsite chooks provide free range eggs for breakfast. Wifi, laundry facilities and bikes (first come, first served) are included in the tariff, there's also a solar heated pool. From $120 per night including continental breakfast provisions.

Reef Cottage Bed & Breakfast
51-55 Broadway          Phone: 0800 770 440

Reef Cottage was built in 1887 and was originally a barrister's office, the old office vault has been turned in to an en suite for one of the bedrooms. There is a guest lounge, kitchen, and garden. The Reef Cafe next door serves breakfast for guests and is open for lunch, evening dining seasonal. B&B from $90 single, $100 double.

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark Backpackers
16 Chapel Street          Phone: 03 768 4868

Noah's Ark is a refurbished monastery with dorms, single, double and twin animal themed rooms. Facilities include spa pool, piano, complimentary mountain bikes and fishing rods. There are three tent sites from $17 pp, dorms from $27pp.

Theatre Royal Hotel

Theatre Royal Hotel
81 Seddon Street

Theatre Royal Hotel re-opened on 24 November 2012 following a major refurbishment. The hotel offers quality accommodation in rooms named after Kumara personalities from yesteryear. The King Dick (Richard Seddon) room honours the one time Kumara mayor and NZ Prime Minister, he no doubt would have appreciated the impressive bedside lamps. For more information see thecuriouskiwiblog - Curious in Kumara. (Kumara is located 25 kms from Greymouth).

Teichelmann's B&B

Teichelmann's B&B
20 Hamilton Street          Phone: 03 755 8232

In the heart of Hokitika and opposite the museum, Teichelmann's B&B offers ensuite rooms. The house was built in 1910 for Dr Teichelmann, a mountaineer, photographer and conservationist; as his home and medical rooms. Trip Advisor reviews are excellent and many reviewers enjoy learning about the history of the house, and about the life of Dr Teichelmann. From $145 single, Teichy's Garden Cottage from $255.

Albatross Backpacker Inn
1 Torquay Street          Phone: 0800 222 247

At Albatross Backpacker Inn you can book a bed in the Turkish themed dorm from $29 per night. Relax with a free cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate on the verandah. The hostel is TV free but in the lounge you'll find all you need to have a jam session.


Jailhouse Accommodation (formerly Addington Prison)
338 Lincoln Road          Phone: 0800 524 546

Addington Prison closed in 1999 and after renovation it re-opened in 2006 as Jailhouse Accommodation. Have a secure stay in the former cell block from $32pp.

The Eco Villa - Garden view from deck

The Eco Villa

251 Hereford Street          Phone: 03 595 1364

The Eco Villa is a new sustainable concept for travel accomodation. Inspired by the property’s rich history and looking for a way to contribute to the Christchurch rebuild post- earthquake, the owners have restored this 1910 home, and transformed it into a boutique hotel. At The Eco Villa guests can enjoy a fully-equipped shared kitchen, dining area, lounge, edible garden, outdoor baths, and free bicycle hire.

Criterion B&B

The Criterion Hotel
3 Tyne Street           Phone: 0800 259 334

The Criterion Hotel was built in 1877 and is located in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. Check out the gallery of photos on the website to see the interior. Accommodation is on the upper floor and downstairs is a popular bar. The Blue Penguin Colony is a waddle away.

St Bathans Cottage

St Bathans
St Bathans Jail & Constable's Cottage
1648 Loop Road          Phone: 0800 555 016

The former gaol (jail) and constable's cottage were built in 1884. The jail sleeps two and the self contained constable's cottage sleeps six. From $145 per night including continental breakfast. For other meals and beverages you can take a short walk to the Vulcan Hotel. Historic St Bathans.

Dunstan House

Dunstan House
35 Sunderland Street          Phone: 03 449 2295

Clyde is a well preserved little town and those looking for accommodation to match have a surprising number of options. Dunstan House is on the main street, it's a character stone and timber hotel dating back to 1900. Trip Advisor reviews rate Dunstan House highly. Other accommodation options include The Workshops and Post Masters House.

Cardrona Hotel
Crown Range Road, RD 1          Phone: 03 443 8153

Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand's oldest hotels and it is located 20 minutes from Wanaka, and close to five major ski areas. B&B accommodation is available from $185. There are bar and restaurant facilities, indoor and outdoor open fires, and a lovely cottage garden for summer dining.

Albatross Inn

Albatross Inn
770 George Street          Phone: 03 477 2727

Albatross Inn is an Edwardian guest house and has a dining room with an ornate plaster ceiling and polished rimu floor. Guest rooms are furnished with antiques and collectibles and they all have private bathrooms. From $100 per night including continental breakfast.

Hulmes Court

Hulmes Court Bed & Breakfast
52 Tennyson Street          Phone: 03 477 5319

Warm up around the marble fire place in the Victorian drawing room of Hulmes Court. The 1860's mansion is located close to the city centre and there is plenty of parking if you are travelling on wheels. Stay at Hulmes Court from $75 per night including continental breakfast. Next door to Hulmes Court B&B is Hulmes Too, it has six bedrooms and rates start at $110 including breakfast.

Chapel Apartments

Chapel Apartments
81 Moray Place          Phone: 027 205 0163

Chapel Apartments are housed in Dunedin's oldest church (built 1863). The seven fully self contained modern apartments are located one block from Dunedin's hub - the Octagon. The apartments are wheel chair accessible and off street parking is available. Minimum two night stay applies. One bedroom luxury studio from $195 per night, two bedroom from $295.

Historic Stables

Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle

145 Camp Road          Phone: 03 476 1616

Spend a night in the Historic Stable at Larnach Castle. Enjoy a cooked breakfast the next morning and entry to the Castle for $155 for two adults. You can also stay in the 4 star rated Larnach Lodge from $280 per couple and Camp Estate from $320.

Gunn's Camp

Hollyford Valley
Gunn's Camp
Hollyford Valley, Te Anau

Get away from it all at Gunn's Camp - there is no phone coverage or wi-fi, but a generator provides electricity for a few hours at night. Some cabins date from the late 1930's when they housed men working on a roading project. There is a modern communal kitchen with gas cookers but you need to take your own crockery etc. Visit the onsite museum to learn about the camp's history and the legend of Davey Gunn and his son Murray. Ideal base for day walks and longer tramps like the Hollyford Track. Camping from $15 per person, backpacker accommodation from $25 per person.

Te Anau Lodge

Te Anau
Te Anau Lodge
52 Howden St          Phone: 03 249 7477

Built in 1936, and relocated to Te Anau from nearby Nightcaps, this former convent has been lovingly restored with many unique architectural and design features. Unwind in the library, with wonderful views of the lake, our lovely garden and the surrounding mountains. Tea, coffee and cakes are always available. Leisurely breakfast is served in the former chapel, with its stained-glass windows. An atmosphere which is homely, and warm awaits all.

Victoria Railway Hotel

Victoria Railway Hotel
corner Leven & Esk Streets          Phone: 03 218 1281

The Victoria Railway Hotel is a boutique hotel and was built in 1896, it is located opposite the Invercargill Railway Station. Gerrard's Restaurant is onsite and serves locally brewed beer and New Zealand wine. Rooms from $130 per night.