The Best Boutique Hotels and Apartments to Book in Hamilton, New Zealand

Lake Karapiro Lodge is a place of pastoral luxury
Lake Karapiro Lodge is a place of pastoral luxury | Courtesy of Lake Karapiro Lodge / Expedia
Claire Dodd

The North Island city of Hamilton may be landlocked, but its central location, midway between attractions such as Hobbiton, Rotorua and Taupo makes it a great base from which to explore. Wander the banks of the Waikato River or simply head to Hamilton Gardens. Sound good? Here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels and apartments in Hamilton, New Zealand – bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Huntington Stables Retreat Accommodation, for semi-rural serenity near Cambridge Golf Club

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A view of the outdoor pool area at Huntington Stables Retreat Accommodation, with rolling green hills in the distance
Courtesy of Huntington Stables Retreat Accommodation / Expedia

If you like your city with a side of countryside, this cosy eco-retreat is the perfect compromise. On the doorstep of the Waikato region – barely 20 minutes south of Hamilton by car – stay in self-catering former stable blocks and lofts with pretty bedding and scenic views. Relax in the swimming pool, hot tubs or sauna, admiring the hills of Maungakawa. Don’t miss Bird Rescue Cambridge, which looks after wild birds, as well as surrendered domestic birds.

2. Lake Karapiro Lodge, for period-style perfection near Little Waipa Reserve

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel, Lodge

A rolling countryside view through the balcony of a room at Huntington Stables Retreat Accommodation, containing a sofa and two cushioned chairs
Courtesy of Lake Karapiro Lodge / Expedia

High on a ridge overlooking Lake Karapiro and the Waikato River, make the most of scenic sunset views across the water. Styled on a traditional English country home, this hotel’s grand drawing room has a Victorian fireplace and an opulent plastered ceiling. Rooms – including vast suites with balconies – are furnished similarly, with antique dark wood beds and gilded mirrors, all with views worth getting out of bed for. Dine well on house-smoked salmon.

3. The Narrows Landing, for country chic near the Mystery Creek Events Centre

Bed and Breakfast

The exterior of the two-storey Narrows Landing; numerous wooden chairs and tables are placed on wooden decking
Courtesy of The Narrows Landing / Expedia

This boutique bolthole, a three-minute drive from Hamilton Airport, was established in the 1800s for riverboat crew on the Waikato River. The current B&B, built using a framework recycled from old electricity pylons, has nature-hued rooms in soft greens and yellows. Book the bright and airy Tree Tops apartment in the eaves, where glazed walls – some in coloured glass – frame far-reaching views over the canopies of the Tamahere area and the Acacia Reserve.

4. Quest Hamilton, for home comforts near the Waikato River


A double bed in a white-and-gold-coloured room at Quest Hamilton; a small soft chair sits beside it
Courtesy of Quest Hamilton / Expedia

Sometimes when you’re travelling, you want the convenience of a hotel, but the comforts of home. So try these nicely styled, serviced-apartment-style rooms in the centre of Hamilton. Ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments, all come with a fully equipped kitchenette for easy self-catering. Fresh whites and greens create a calm feel while you’re away from home.

5. The York Apartments, for long-stay luxury near Garden Place


The exterior of the York Apartments, focusing on the drivers exit; a car sits between several apartment buildings
Courtesy of The York Apartments /

In a leafy area, across the road from the University of Waikato’s tree-lined, lake-filled grounds, you can stay as long as you like in these smart three-bedroom townhouses, rentable for up to 42 nights. Sleek kitchens will have you refurbishing yours when you get home, while coastal blues create a soothing atmosphere along with the cosy fire.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Thalita Alves.

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