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.

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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...
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...

Sprung Spring

Sprung Spring Spring is definitely amongst us, with our first spuds through and hoed up. Tulips are looking a picture, and daffodils as well. But some things are a bit out of kilter. I haven't noticed any clematis, but the bush lawyer  is flowering quite...
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.

Sails Ulva Island Kiwi Tours

Kiwi Summer

The Summer of the Kiwi This past summer has truly been one for Kiwi sightings, both on Ulva Island and around the village. I liberated some of the first kiwi to be let lose on Ulva Island back when I was ranger in '69/70, but never really saw them there again until a...

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees An odd combination in this post. New Zealand Land snails are nationally a threatened group of species, and although Bumble Bees are quite common in New Zealand, some species in the United Kingdom are also threatened, to the point that...
Sails Stewart Island Tours

Hiking Trails around Stewart Island

Hiking Trails around Stewart Island When I came to Stewart Island back in 1969 as Ranger one of my projects was to complete the North West Circuit hiking trail. This is an 8 day hike which takes you up the east coast of the Island past Christmas Village,...
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...

Stewart Island Drought

Stewart Island Drought There is an old Stewart Islanders definition of a drought …. 5 days without much rain,

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

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 Ashore Lodge stewart island

Stewart Island Sizzles

Stewart Island Sizzles This has been the driest summer I have seen in 49 years of living on Stewart Island. We really started to notice our reduced rainfall and high temperatures in early December, and by mid December realised that if we wanted to save our...
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...

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...

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 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 Lodge Stewart Island

Durned Kaka

Sails Ashore has a bird table and small bird house just in front of our guests lounge, which can easily seen in our web cam

Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future In hindsight one of the things I have most benefited from was the parts of my Forest Service training which focused on planning and management. And also how great outcomes have come out of what can only be seen as an act of faith in...
Sails Tours, Stewart Island

Northern Stewart Island Scenic Flight

North Stewart Island Scenic Flight Last year in late February we chartered Stewart Island Flights for a scenic journey around Stewart Island. see blog post here.  We took good friends from Switzerland with us. While we had intended to circumnavigate the...

Stewart Island Vacation, A guests photo essay

A Week on Stewart Island Recently we hosted a group of friend for several days.  They certainly never let the grass grow under their feet while here. As well as our packaged Ulva Island Tour they did most of the local walks, including Ackers Point, Little...
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

Kingfisher, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Kingfishers at Mill Creek

King Fishers at Mill Creek The sheltered tidal area at the mouth of Mill Creek is home to a pair of Kingfishers, and these colorful birds can often be seen perched on a suitable vantage point as they search the waters for food. Generally there will only be...
Sails Ashore, Stewart Island

Stewart Island Big Dry

La Nina Continues to Impact My posts of December 2 and December 11 about our dry summer are still relevant. The 24 mm of rain I mentioned in my second post was the last significant rainfall we've had. Since then just "dribbles". And just before Christmas...
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.

Saddleback, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Saddleback Nesting

Spring is of course nesting season for many of our Ulva Island Birds, and Saddleback are no different.

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