Heritage & Character Boutique Accommodation

Luxury Boutique Lodges, Hotels And B&Bs Accommodation New Zealand

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Featured H & C Boutique Accommodation

Quality Accommodation

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Below are some of our Featured Quality Inns throughout New Zealand.
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The Heritage & Character New Zealand Portfolio is a collection of hosted luxury lodge accommodation, located throughout New Zealand in Historic Homes, Intimate Inns, Quaint Cottages, Boutique Lodges and Small Character Hotels.
High quality New Zealand accommodation.
Generous hospitality given graciously in luxurious surroundings.
Fine food to make your stay an experience that you will treasure.
Each Inn is inspected and accredited to ensure guests receive the highest standards of excellence for a truly memorable stay.
Special emphasis is placed on the personal interaction between the guest and the host.
Heritage & Character New Zealand Portfolio Inns are in the Qualmark ‘Boutique and Lodge’ 5 Star or ‘Bed and Breakfast’ 4+ Star / 5 Star categories. Qualmark® is New Zealand Tourism’s Official Quality Mark.
Our boutique and Lodge accommodation includes bed & breakfasts, farm and home stays, guest houses, boutique lodges, inns, country hotels or similar New Zealand lodge accommodation, providing a “home-like” or “character” aspect.
You will receive an impressive welcome from all of our boutique New Zealand lodge accommodation provide

With Heritage & Character members the tariff advertised is the tariff you will pay and normally includes breakfast and GST (tax).
There are no add ons or levies such as resort taxes, booking fees, government taxes etc.

Properties may offer optional extras such as dinners, laundry, tours etc. and some may retain the option of a credit card surcharge These will be clearly stated on each property website as per their Terms & Conditions.

“We have had the most wonderful stay at Breckenridge Lodge. The food was superb – the best we have ever experienced. Matched with exceptional wines, we we’re truly spoilt. Thank you Malcolm”
H&M Northwest – England
Sails Ashore “Brilliant!!!!!”
Everyone knows that I don’t like B&B’s; however, Iris and Peter run the best damn accommodation we’ve stayed in – in a long time. Nothing was a problem, from booking a table at the pub so we had somewhere to dine, to dropping us off and picking us up after. Their knowledge of the islands ( Stewart and Ulva ) and also knowing the people ( and in the case of Ulva the owners – who were so welcoming ) was second to none. The room was well appointed and clean – bed was comfy, heated floors in bathroom. Breakfast was great as was afternoon tea on arrival.
Oopsadaysey – Townsville, Australia
“Whoever said Invercargill was dull – this is a gem”
We recently stayed at Safari Lodge for 3 nights while my husband raced his car at Teratonga. ….. This is a lovely old home – restored from the ground up over many years by Trish and Ray. Each guest room is extremely comfortable and well equipped – everything you could possibly need and more. The garden is a picture and the locality is quiet yet central. The very best part though has to be the helpfulness, knowledge and generosity of the owners . I had a major issue with a damaged tyre – on a Sunday (!!) – but with Ray’s help and his contacts (he knows everyone in this town) we were sorted and on our way north with the minimum of delay. They are a truly amazing couple who make Safari Lodge the star of the South. Many,many thanks for a brilliant stay and returning my makeup mirror which I left behind.
Heritage1 – Auckland Central, New Zealand
Heritage & Character Boutique Accommodation New Zealand

Because such a wide range of standards, hospitality and facilities existed, we believed it was timely to introduce a high quality group of boutique accommodation properties, all dedicated to providing generous hospitality in gracious homes and memorable experinces for each guest.
We established a very select group of members located in special places all around NZ.
We continue to review and renew our membership, as worthy potential members appear on the accommodation scene.

H & C Locations
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White Heron, Sails Tours

White Heron and Royal Spoon Bills

White Heron and Royal Spoonbills A couple of days ago I took some friends up Paterson Inlet, and called into Prices Inlet to show them the old Whalers Shipyards. And was very surprised to see a flock of Royal Spoon Bills on the small islet just off the...

Ulva Island Winter Tour

Ulva Island Winter Tour
This time of year is usually quiet for us, with most of the Islands visitors coming over the spring/summer/autumn seasons

Sails Ashore Met Station

Winter Solstice at Sails Ashore

Winter Solstice on the 21st June for us at Sails Ashore in the Southern Hemisphere is our shortest day and longest night.

Summer Has Arrived, Sails Ashore, Stewart Island

Summer has Arrived

Summer Has Arrived, Sails Ashore, Stewart Island. and with summer I look forward to the more orchids appearing, both on Ulva, in our garden and around the road sides. But this year the various “Spider” have been a big disappointment.

Stewart Island Air Transport

When I first shifted to Stewart Island in 1969 ZK-AVM was on service between Invercargill and Halfmoon Bay, as well as almost anywhere around the Fiordland and Stewart Island Coasts, and onto any inland body of water big enough.

A Cuckoo in the Nest

By far and away the two most elusive of our local birds are our two Cuckoos.

Hookers Sealion, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Cycle of Life

Cycle of Stewart Island Life
Walking around Ulva Island with our guests at this time of year we are continually reminded that spring is traditionally when the next cycle of life gets underway

Is it Summer ??

Just so we remember The last several summers have been remarkably settled ... last summer I never got wet while guiding on Ulva, and I had only had to lift the inflatable onto the davits a couple of times due to high wind. This year has been a reminder of what the...
Sails Ulva Island Tours

Signs of Spring on Stewart Island

Signs of Spring Yesterday I checked our garden soil temperatures (see post July 31st) and already the cultivated and covered garden is 10.2 deg C, and the lawn... which is our "base" level is at 9.2 deg C. So even though technically still winter ... a...
Sails Ashore Stewart Island

Twas the Week Before Christmas

Twas the Week Before Christmas This year Iris & I seem to have all our Christmas Ducks well in line, and without too much stress. We've been quite busy with guests, and the weather has been warm and dry. In fact very dry at 39.1 mm to date for...
Hookers Sealion Pair, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Big and Little

Hookers Sealion Pair A couple of days ago we discovered a pair of Hookers Sealions on Sydney Cove .   Now that on it's own is not really all that unusual, but these two were male and female. We don't see females that often here. At a guess the male might have been 5...
Kaka, Sails Ulva Island Tours

Kaka Baby

Kaka Orphan Re-United with Mum Kaka are pretty much everywhere we go, both around the village and on our Ulva tours. And always a favorite with our guests. A couple of days ago we found a very young bird a bit off the path just as we were leaving Ulva....
Pohutukawa at Sails Ashore

Pohutukawa at Sails Ashore

The natural range for Pohutukawa are the coastal regions of the upper half of the North Island, so Stewart Island is well south of where we would expect to find them.

Winter Morning, Sails Ashore, Stewart Island

First Winter Frost

A couple of days ago we woke to a beautiful clear still Stewart Island morning.

Sails Ashore Lodge, Stewart Island

A Very Busy February at Sails Ashore

A Very Busy February at Sails Ashore My apologies for my lack of posts this month. We have been very busy with guests and tours, and I've just not been able to find the time to post. But finally today I can do a little catch up. It's raining steadily, so I...

Chathams Holiday Conclusion

God must have made the Chathams last. He had a wheelbarrow full of everything left over, and used them up here.

AWL- Absent with leave

AWL- Absent with Leave No, I haven't dropped off the planet, but I have been away for several weeks in Dunedin, undergoing follow up treatment from surgery I had 18 months ago. Home again, and all seems to be well, and my grateful thanks to the staff at...

Indian Summer and Garden

Indian Summer These last few days have been stunning, not a breath of wind and wall to wall sunshine. It's mid afternoon and looking at our met station the outside temp is 14.6 deg, and wind 3 knots from the NNE. There is a little high cloud, but it's no where near...
Sails Ulva Island Tours

Ulva Island Tours and Guests

A few days ago I took guests to Ulva Island for the 4 hour guided tour packaged with both Sails Ashore & Kowhai Lane Lodges. I sometimes feel more than a bit guilty, as I’m sure I have the best office in the world

Sails Guided Stewart Island Tours

The Rakiura Track as a Day Walk

The Rakiura Track as a Day Walk We have a two night minimum stay policy at Sails Ashore, and 14 years ago we seldom had longer stays. But the last couple of years we've noticed guests booking for 3 or 4 nights, and once 8 nights. We've never had (or I hope...
Parakeet, Sails Tours Stewart Island

What My Camera Sees

What My Camera Sees I carry my camera with me when I'm guiding on Ulva Island, and many of the photos I take end up on the DVD we give our guests, either on the video itself, or in the large library of photos that is included.  Quite apart from the DVD the photos...
Dolphins, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Dolphins on a Sails Road Tour

Yesterday was wet, a good day for staying inside … or for doing a road tour. I had a request from an English mum and daughter for a road tour,

Sails Stewart Island Tours

Royal Spoonbill in Paterson Inlet

I first noticed the occasional Royal Spoonbill around Prices Inlet in Paterson Inlet many years ago

Sails Stewart Island Tours

Roadside Orchids

Roadside Orchids As spring progresses our roadside orchids start to appear, and become another point of interest for our "Sails" Road Tour" guests. Currently we have Corybas Iridescens appearing in quite good numbers above Butterfields Beach and...

Spring Sunshine

Spring Sunshine
Recent visitors to the Island have enjoyed some of the best spring weather I can remember for many a long year. Wall to wall blue skies, little wind and lovely warm temperatures.

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