10 of the Finest Scenic Special Stays

As if our luxury escorted tours weren’t memorable enough, Scenic Special Stays give you the opportunity to stay in some of Australia and New Zealand’s most unique hotels and accommodation — iconic properties renowned for their heritage, character and extraordinary location.

Whether deep in the Outback or clinging to the bracing Pacific Coast, these extraordinary hotels are unlike any other, and guarantee a wonderful stay you’re sure to never forget. Look for the Special Stays symbol on the breakdown of your tour itinerary, indicating the locations of these outstanding properties.

To give you a taste for the incredible travel experiences offered by this exclusive accommodation collection, here we showcase 10 of the finest Special Stays available to you during a luxury tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa


Discover a slice of paradise within a stone’s throw of the Great Barrier Reef at the Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa. Flanked by a lush, ancient rainforest, this tranquil hotel enjoys a spectacular beachfront location, so you can make the very most of the white sands and turquoise swell. Add to that your very own bungalow-style suite situated in 30-acres of private woodland, and a stay at the Kewarra Resort promises a night you’ll never forget.

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The George


A proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, The George is a stylish boutique hotel located in the centre of Christchurch, offering an intimate and luxurious stay in the heart of this cosmopolitan city. The hotel itself is multi-award winning, having claimed a string of accolades at the World Travel Awards including Leading Boutique Hotel and New Zealand’s #1 City Hotel, and its location just steps from the cultural precinct makes it one of the best places to stay for exploring this enchanting city.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain

Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is considered one of the world’s great wilderness experiences — allowing you to experience the rugged beauty of Tasmania whilst enjoying all the extravagant trappings of a luxury hotel. Stay in a traditional mountain lodge, relax on your own private terrace and watch the sunset on another extraordinary day. And with nothing but nature for miles around, you’re all but guaranteed a peaceful and tranquil night’s rest in this extraordinary location. 

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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The Te Waonui Forest Retreat embodies all that makes New Zealand such a wonderful destination; think effortlessly rustic surrounds punctuated with traces of culture and traditions, and characterised by an awareness of the environment, nature and personal wellbeing. Every aspect of this unique forest hideaway has been meticulously designed to ensure a safe, comfortable and luxurious environment for guests, with an organic, rural ambience marrying perfectly with first-class service. In short, the perfect place to relax and unwind during a tour of this mesmeric country.

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Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet National Park

Creating the perfect balance of luxury accommodation and an inspiring natural setting, the Freycinet Lodge is the perfect Special Stay for those looking to inject their escorted tour with a tangible sense of adventure. The complex features a number of timber eco cabin scattered across a patch of land at the heart of the Freycinet National Park, with native vegetation littering the landscape for miles around. Each cabin is connected to the main Lodge by a series of raised walkways, so making it easy to venture to this communal area to enjoy a decadent evening meal with new-found friends amid truly spectacular surroundings. 

Hotel St. Moritz


The city of Queenstown is renowned for its colonial elegance and connection to the dramatic Southern Alps, lending it a charming alpine appeal. This is reflected beautifully in the Hotel St. Moritz, which is widely considered one of the finest establishments in Queenstown thanks to its upscale mountain lodge ambience. The hotel boasts a stunning location close to the banks of Lake Wakatipu, and benefits from a range of luxury amenities, including an outdoor hot tub and sauna — for the perfect restorative stay.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Thala Beach

Situated on a private headland between the tropical oasis of Port Douglas and the cosmopolitan city of Cairns, the Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an outstanding place to stay to take in the captivating beauty of Australia’s sun-kissed east coast. The property sits idyllically between rainforest and seashore, with spectacular ocean views that will quite simply take your breath away. The hotel is nestled amid 145 acres of private reserve land, to make the most of the scenery and head out to explore.

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Milford Mariner

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is one of the highlights of visiting New Zealand, and now you can take your experience of this wonderful place to the next level with a Scenic Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner. This charming ship offers chartered overnight sailings on this majestic fjord, so you can experience the dramatic scenic splendour at your leisure. Waking up amid the beauty of Milford Sound promises to be an experience you’ll never forget.

Four Seasons Hotel


While Sydney is home to dozens of hotels, few can best the Four Seasons for its luxury and comfort. Situated close to many of the city’s highlights, including the Botanical Gardens, Opera House and Rocks neighbourhood, this beautiful hotel offers an elegant home-from-home during your visit to Australia’s second city.


Hermitage Hotel

Mount Cook

The beautiful Hermitage Hotel is located in Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village, on New Zealand’s mountainous South Island. Surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, and with views to die for from every room, this is the perfect Special Stay for those longing to marvel at New Zealand’s most exceptional scenery. The hotel’s beautiful, double-height restaurant and bar boasts a magnificent floor-to-ceiling window offering panoramic views across the valley, whilst the alfresco terrace is the ideal spot to sit and drink in the scenery on a clear day.

Planning a holiday to Australia or New Zealand? Don’t forget to check out our complete collection of Special Stays first, to make your trip even more unforgettable. For more information, visit the Scenic Tours homepage or call us now on 0808 231 4582.

Dominic Keely
Dominic Keely
Dominic is Scenic's Marketing Exec. His favourite river is the Seine, because of the rich history of the region. Dom's a huge football and Manchester United fan, and plays on a team himself.