It used to be to find something of a similar high standard would mean travelling out of the country or to somewhere exclusive and remote.
But now it's easier to find somewhere that is in a warm spot of New Zealand, such as Nelson, which can provide you with all the extras this type of accommodation is known to offer, and at a price that is in the reach of many.
So what makes the difference between this type of place and a standard hotel or motel? Well to begin with it's about what's on offer in the grounds.
Whether you are in the area to spend your time exploring the region and don't want to be scrounging around for the basics on top of that during the day, or you are there on business and just don't have the time or inclination to add the extra jobs onto your already busy schedule, it's good to know everything you may need is right there close by.
This can include the obvious, such as a place to dine (and options for room service), excellent service for your rooms and when wanting local information about the goings on outside the boutique resort in NZ then that's a great start.
But that's a common feature for many hotels, so what else can be on offer? You may need to buy gifts for family, or for future business clients.
Does the place you are staying offer a gift shop or gallery from which to purchase high quality pieces? This can be a great place to wander around in at the end of a full day to help unwind as well.
If you have somewhere nice to go you will want to look your best.
A hairdresser on site means you can get a trim, set your hair or have a blow wave before a special event.
This makes it perfect if you've got to speak in public, or if you are attending a special event.
In the end though, it's often the setting that makes a boutique resort in NZ a good choice.
Find a place that's steeped in history, that's able to supply you with a real sense of age and splendour in a country that is still quite young.
No matter whether you are there for rest, recreation or business, there is no reason why you can't choose a place you know you are going to love.