This postcard country has seen many visitors in awe of its breathtaking landscapes; with mountains like Mt. Cook to
reflection lakes like Lake Matheson; Sheep farms & mystical cloud formations, a by lane to a waterfall in the middle of nowhere to the full of life & enigmatic town of Queenstown; New Zealand has it all. BUT, what surpasses all and definitely is the most beautiful part of this country, are its people and the home like B&B’s they run.
Before our trip to New Zealand (Dec’14), I and my husband had traveled to 12 different countries but never did we experience staying at a Bed & Breakfast. When we decided and gave “Breakers Boutique Accommodation, Greymouth” our first shot at Bed & Breakfast, we were completely floored. A beautiful lodge overlooking the Tasman Sea, a garden at the edge of a hill, a short trail to the beach, sunset at horizon and red wine in hand our stay at breakers boutique etched memories in our mind forever.
June, our host, had it all planned for us; things to see, places to eat and things to do en-route South of Greymouth. She simply took care of everything. So after a delicious breakfast next morning, we left with fond memories of our first stay at bed & breakfast etched in our mind.
After that we travelled south stopping at different places, some resorts like Millennium (Taupo) , The Hermitage (Wanaka) and few other hotels but the experience of staying at a Bed and breakfast kept revisiting.
Finally we reached our last destination: “Queenstown”. Queenstown is a resort town in Otago, built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu and a place with spectacular views.
This place hosts many tourists and has things to offer for all age-groups. Many places have direct flights to this resort town and the place is always buzzing all around the year. Its summers are fun and winters are famous for skiing. So all in all its a must destination in New Zealand.
Of our 15 days trip covering New Zealand, we had decided to stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Out of 4 nights, we stayed 3 nights at Amour Queenstown Bed & Breakfast”. Our stay at Amour felt like second home. It was comfort with luxuries. Delicious morning breakfast and spectacular views; great dinner and enlightening conversations with our host, Rose, made each day memorable. Her two cute little dogs, Lucy and Austin, would try their best to grab her attention. Overall a warm stay!
For our anniversary and last day in Queenstown, we had planned to relax and chose the much talked about Azur Lodge. At the back of our mind we thought that our stay would be similar and how different could it be than the other B&B’s.
BUT, within a few hours of staying there, all that came to my mind was: “Is it for real??”.
In true sense I felt like staying at a 7 star hotel, picturesque views from the room overlooking the mountain range, Lake Wakatipu, a Champagne bottle, Strawberry dipped chocolates and so many other tid-bits awaiting
our anniversary celebrations; Food to choose from the best of restaurants in Queenstown, a cold breeze on the deck, an open Jacuzzi overlooking the quiet lake and my own calm self this in its true sense was a fairyland stay for me and definitely our best stay in New Zealand.
Though these were the only B&B’s we stayed in and our reviews are greatly biased towards them but it would be unfair to say that these are the only good ones! For most of the B&B’s in New Zealand I am sure that the experience one gets by staying with the host would be more or less the same for a simple reason:
“An untouched New Zealand and its beautiful people!”