New Zealand has no shortage of indulgent accommodation, from the classic luxury hotel, to the boutique guesthouse, to the elegant eco-lodge. Here’s 10 of this charming country’s most exclusive and unique resting stops.
1. Huka Lodge, Lake Taupo
Whether it’s fishing, food or simply the great outdoors you’re after, this North Island retreat has it all. Tucked into lush greenery alongside the Waikato River and the impressive Huka falls, it even makes a base camp in winter months, with the island’s premier slopes just a short hop away.
Rooms start at around $AUD3,200 per night
2. Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate, Wairarapa
An hour and a half out of Wellington lies this prestigious country estate and grounds. A 5,500-acre working sheep and cattle farm, it’s set on the dramatic coastline of the Wairarapa wine-growing region.
Rooms start at around $AUD1,800 per night
3. Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands
This modern haven is both minimal and magical. Situated atop a private peninsula, you can explore the Nest’s 75 acres of sub-tropical bush land and secluded beaches, or simply kick back and enjoy the host of private chefs, spa treatments and infinity pools. You’ll even have a Porsche at your disposal.
Rooms start at around $AUD2,900 per night
4. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay
Soak up panoramic Pacific vistas from this elegant country manor. It boasts three serene beaches, a spa and its own championship golf course perched atop striking cliffs.
Rooms start at around $AUD 2200 per night
5. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay
The sister lodge to the Kauri Cliffs, The Farm is situated in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country. With seasonal produce sourced from its own gardens and a world acclaimed gold course, it represents farm-luxe at its finest.
Rooms start at around $AUD2000 per night
6. Azur Lodge, Queenstown
With the unrivalled backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and the shimmering Lake Wakatipu, the Azur Lodge’s nine private villas make for an unforgettable experience. Each is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and spa baths designed to make guests feel as though they are bathing in their natural surroundings.
Rooms start at around $AUD1600 per night
7. Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch
This Christchurch oasis epitomises exclusivity with just seven opulent suites on offer. Each retains architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows, as well as all luxury mod-cons.
Rooms start at around $AUD1300 per night
8. Blanket Bay, Glenorchy Otago
Nestled amidst the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu lies Blanket Bay. The area boasts countless ways to entertain yourself, from horse-riding to heli-skiing, fly-fishing to golfing.
Rooms start at around $AUD1050 per night
9. Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet, Wanaka
Perched on the shores of Lake Wanaka, this elegantly designed lodge boasts outstanding vistas, a range of leisure activities and an award-winning chef. It also offers the unique experience of renting a private alpine chalet which can be reached by a short helicopter flight.
Rooms start at around $AUD1500 per night
10. Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown
Located in the heart of Queenstown’s restaurant precinct, Eichardt’s offers lake-front living without the isolation. There are five luxury suites, four lakeside apartments and a private villa known as The Residence, which boasts unsurpassed views of Queenstown Bay, Queenstown Gardens and the Remarkables.
Rooms start at around $AUD1100 per night