Old Saint Mary's Convent: It's hard to believe that nuns once lived in this artfully restored five-room lodge in Marlborough, New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc capital, but it remains perfectly heavenly today. Rates start from $163 a night; convent.co.nz.
Bridge to Nowhere: This basic but blissfully secluded lodge sits beside the stunning Wanganui River. Owners Joe Adam and Mandy Jackson, their six children and a host of farm pets make you feel wonderfully at home as soon as you enter the six-room lodge. Rates begin from $75 per person per night; www.bridgetonowhere-lodge.co.nz.
The Station: Academic turned ceramic artist John Wi Neera and his wife, Helen, run a pottery and hotel in this converted 1940s railway station, an hour's drive from Wellington. Among the attractions near the 1.5-hectare property is the sacred Kapiti Island, a nature reserve that allows no more than 50 visitors daily. Rates start from $78 a night; thestation.net.nz.