Kiwi travellers often thirst to escape mundane life when on holiday and what escape is better than a luxury hotel getaway? For those looking to feed their wanderlust (and themselves!) food can play a pivotal role in a traveller’s experience. If you want to explore the culinary gems of New Zealand, Booking.com suggests these luxurious hotels with great restaurants where you can wine and dine until your stomach is content.
In the heart of the City of Sails and a sanctuary from the bustling streets, Cordis Auckland is one of the finest metropolitan hotels in the city. Make the most of your visit by enjoying an interactive dining experience at Eight where you can take your taste buds on a flavourful journey as you taste your way through eight international kitchens in one space.
Perfectly positioned on Auckland’s waterfront, Park Hyatt Auckland offers the perfect retreat for those who love to be by the water. Toasting to the country’s rich coastlines and abundant landscapes, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Onemata, serves to bring people together by celebrating and savouring the best of Aotearoa’s traditional cuisines with a modern twist.
Where contemporary art meets luxury and leisure, art connoisseurs will revel in QT Wellington’s unique and eclectic ambiance. While the space is a visual indulgence, wait until you peek at what’s behind the doors of Hippopotamus Cafe! Hippopotamus offers a Parisian chic space where everyone raises a colourful cocktail to a night of liberté and vogue. Sit back and enjoy a decadent degustation where locally grown produce is partnered with French flavours to bring you the ultimate dining experience.
Whether it's a quick trip or a week-long staycation, get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at the Bolton Hotel. What's the main attraction of this handsome property? Their in-house restaurant, Artisan, serves authentic Kiwi cuisine crafted by award-winning chef Maclean Fraser. Whether it's feasting on their Sunday roast choices or enjoying pastries during high tea, Artisan caters classic flavours for all to enjoy.
If you’re after a heritage city escape, the Fable Dunedin is housed in a beautifully renovated and elegant Victorian-era building just a stone’s throw away from the Octagon city centre. The hotel’s bespoke bar and restaurant, The Press Club, pays homage to Dunedin’s original haunt for editors and publishers in the 1870s. Inspired by the city’s rich heritage and influenced by the abundance of local produce, the restaurant’s cuisine reflects the distinct flavours of the region.
As you stroll through the city’s historic streets, don’t forget to put Ebb-Dunedin on your bucket list. Inspired by all the people, places and things that make Dunedin special, this boutique hotel provides relaxed luxury for their guests. The hotel houses Ebb-Cafe, serving locally grown ingredients and seasonal eats that will definitely make it on your holiday highlight reel. With inclusive choices and an impressive beverage list to match, the Ebb-Cafe is every brunch-lover’s paradise.
Deeply passionate about taking care of their guests, their community and the environment, the Sofitel Queenstown has a Booking.com Travel Sustainable badge for eco-conscious travellers. When not enjoying the hotel’s amenities, wine and dine at the authentic Jervois Steakhouse. Sustainably sourced from the best beef and lamb producers, quality cuts are carefully selected from the highest pedigree and defined by breed and feed. Essentially, it's your go-to place if you’re on the hunt for hearty food and big flavours.
For a hotel experience that will leave you breathless, Sherwood Queenstown offers beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu. This is another eco-friendly hotel boasting a Travel Sustainable badge for those wanting to leave a smaller carbon footprint. Guests at Sherwood can enjoy a garden to table experience at the hotel’s restaurant, dining on fresh organic produce hand-picked daily, onsite from the biodynamic vegetable gardens. Wine and beer lovers will enjoy the extensive range of local craft libations available on tap.
Centrally located in Christchurch, overlooking Hagley Park and the River Avon, is the George, a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel. If you find yourself craving a delicious meal during your stay, dine in at the award-winning 50 Bistro which serves contemporary cuisine and also offers al fresco dining on the terrace. It’s the perfect place to meet any time of the day for coffee, cocktails or a meal.
Capturing the vibrant energy of the city centre is the Christchurch Fable, where you can explore the flavours of the region from the comforts of the hotel’s onsite restaurant. Serving fresh, locally-sourced and delicious cuisine, the restaurant offers a tailored menu from award-winning chef Jinu Abraham, all in a relaxed bistro atmosphere. If you’re after a late night tipple, The Gin Bar features artisanal cocktails and an extensive wine-list to match.