Comfort, class and beauty… no matter where you stay in New Zealand, the experience comes with a spectacular view. Visitors from all over the globe flock to the white-sheet bed and breakfasts, lodges and boutique hideaways speckling the North and South Islands, trading in the familiarity of home for something entirely unforgettable. They say New Zealand inspires envy in its Southern Hemispheric cousins, delivering the kind of accommodation and service everybody wants – and they’re right. Take a look at our top 9 luxury lodges in New Zeland and get your booking fingers ready.
- The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Ranked a very braggable number 39 internationally, Kauri Cliffs is nestled against the hills of Northland, delivering wow-views of the always photogenic Cavalli Islands. How’s your swing? It doesn’t matter if you’re a keen golfer or you’ve never touched a putter before, the championship golf course is a masterclass in combing views with man-made function, as the beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest, and farmland.
- Huka Lodge
Huka Falls tumble heavily in the background, lending a majestic gravitas to the already renowned Huka Lodge, perched on the banks of the stunning Waikator River. Watersports aplenty await, as Lake Taupō is only a stones throw away, hosting views, chills and thrills for young and old. Are you ready for a different perspective? Mix in a scenic helicopter flight, departing from the lodge, and get a birds eye view of New Zealand.
- The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Rustic charm is the order of the day, with a good dose of rural serenity. Sitting atop 6,000 acres of rolling pasture-land in Hawkes Bay with 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, it’s easy to see why The Farm has garnered an impressive stack of international awards. Wine lovers will be in raptures over the well-stocked cellar and tasting room.
- Hapuku Lodge
The architecturally designed lodge and tree houses near Kaikoura are refreshingly contemporary, while fitting perfectly with the landscape. Facing out towards the coast with the mountains behind, the tree houses sit 10m above the ground in the canopy of a native kanuka grove – this is luxury with a touch of whimsy.
- Whare Kea Lodge
The building was inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design, and with its clean lines and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, seemingly floats on the edge of Lake Wanaka. Indulge in the limitless outdoor adventures on offer in the area, and retreat to the intimate comfort of Whare Kea. Available exclusively for group use, this is the ultimate private hideaway.
- Azur Lodge
Only five minutes from vibrant Queenstown, the nine private villas of Azur Lodge are perched on a hilltop and surrounded by the natural beauty of the alpine environment. A bathtub has been set into a bay window in each villa, for unobstructed views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains while you soak.
- Aro Hā
Ancient traditions merge with new technology at this progressive accommodation that offers Zen-inspired luxury. A focus on holistic wellbeing and working with nature provides a rich experience.
- Blanket Bay
This multi award-winning lodge sits solidly on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Venture outside the gates for fly-fishing, hiking, heli-skiing, horse riding, art trails, vineyards, and much more; or enjoy the peace and solitude of the lodge – a true sanctuary of comfort.
- Fiordland Lodge
In a private setting only minutes from Te Anau, the lodge is ideally located for exploring one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Experience Fiordland National Park (including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound), an untouched wilderness of over three million acres and part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
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