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


Below are some of our Featured Quality Inns throughout New Zealand.
Click on any to see more information.

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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Chathams Holiday Conclusion

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

Moths and Fantails

Moths and Things Summer is moth time of year and growing up on my parents farm certainly reinforced that. Leave an inside light on and a window open and you could be assured of returning to find the room inches deep in dying Porina Moths and literally shovels full of...

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

Moggy Island, Sails Tours

History Revealed

Threads of History As well as being our accommodation and tours business's public face, our web site is also a place for us to indulge our interest in our Island home. The obvious sections on birds, orchids and fungi and Ulva Island are easy to spot....

Chathams Holiday Day 6

Last day for two Stewart Islanders Chatham Islands Holiday

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...

Chathams Holiday Day 5

Our last day on Pitt. But Brent had a full days exploration set up for us, and after breakfast we climbed aboard his Polaris. This little 5 seater 4 wheel drive ATV is touted as a “go anywhere”, and it did.

Fantail, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring ??? Spring does not officially arrive until 1st September, but things are looking distinctly spring like around Sails Ashore. Fuchsia has been in flower for 2 or 3 weeks, and this morning I checked the lawn and garden soil temperature, and...
Sails Ulva Island Tours

Ulva Island Spring Romance

across on Ulva with a couple from Auckland almost the first birds we saw was a Saddleback couple busy home building

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.

Sails Stewart Island Guided Tours

Stewart Island Drought Broken

Stewart Island Drought Broken. Well at least for a few days at least. Over the last couple of days we have had 24 mm of rain.

Island Haven From a Winter Storm

It Started with a Weather Forecast For several days the news has been full of predictions of a severe winter storm hitting New Zealand, Snow to low levels, gales, high seas ..... the whole 9 yards. And the weather folk appeared to get it right, except for...
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...

Ulva Island Critters

Ulva Island Critters My knowledge of insects is minimal to say the least, and apart from tiny moths, we don't often see them as we walk through the forest. But then again with so many hungry insect eating birds that is probably not so surprising. But we do...
Winter Morning, Sails Ashore, Stewart Island

First Winter Frost

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

Winter Daffs

Garden Preparation

July Chores at Sails Ashore A few days ago the weather forecast looked pretty good for several days, so we decided to start the vegetable garden preparation for spring planting. Current soil temperature is 6.4 deg C. Generally we'll plant at 10 to 11 deg C...
Yellowhead, Sails Tours, Ulva Island

Yellowheads & Yellow Crowned Parakeet

Yellow Heads (Mohua) and Yellow Crowned Parakeet Behavior. At first glance all these two quite different species have in common is the colour yellow, in both cases on the head. But observation shows something else that they share with no other bird species on Ulva....
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...

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...
Lewis Acker, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Lewis Acker

Lewis Acker, an early Islander A very popular local walk, and one most of our guests will enjoy, is out to Ackers Point. This easy walk winds along the south shore of Halfmoon Bay, and a short side walk takes you down to Jensens Bay, where Lewis Acker...
Sails Stewart Island Tours

Stewart Island Autumn Fungi

I’ve never seen so many puff balls in our lawn, and although not there yet, Ulva Island looks as if we may have another “Fungi Year”. The last being in 2003, when the forest was alive with species.

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...
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

Chatham Islands A Busmans Holiday

Chatham Islands Holiday Some 500 miles to the east of New Zealand lie the Chatham Islands. Iris & I have always wanted to visit and this year we've managed to spend a week there. So this and the next 6 posts will be a daily resume of what we saw and...

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,

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