Whether you plan to visit New Zealand or you live here and want to see more of the country, this book will help you decide where to go, and where to stay. It's a photographic celebration of 21 of our most remarkable hotels, and a record of the diverse and often impressive landscapes surrounding them. The places to stay shown are some of New Zealand's most interesting and unusual. Grand or simple, large or small, contemporary or traditional, the only things they have in common are that each one is original, and character-full. Here's a preview of just three of them. Many people have a house in the country, but hardly anyone in this country has a castle. This is one of the very few in New Zealand. The locals began calling it the Castle when it was being built and the name stuck. Just an hour's drive north from Auckland, our largest city, the Castle Matakana is a very glamorous retreat from urban sprawl, city noise and the nearness of neighbours. High on a hill above the southern city of Dunedin is truly cosmopolitan Corstorphine House. Once inside its doors, you can enter several different parts of the world, or go back in time. All of the rooms are cleverly themed, from Art Deco nostalgia to French, Indian, Egyptian, Scottish, Japanese, Scandinavian or Moroccan decor. And the restaurant, in a historic glass conservatory, will suit the most sophisticated of palates. Wharekauhau Country Estate, in the Wairarapa, is a classic New Zealand sheep station, on a grander scale than most. This is a deluxe farm-stay. Although the homestead is impressive, the guest lodgings more comfortable than most farm cottages ever were, and the food superior to what most farm cooks put on the table, it is still a working farm, with sheep and cattle that must earn their keep.