If you are an avid traveller, and you like exploring all corners of the world, then New Zealand should definitely be on your list of places to visit. It seems remote, and it might be for some, but it is one of the most beautiful and spectacular destinations you could ever hope to visit.
Majestic snow-capped mountains, rugged glaciers, pristine sandy beaches, and lush rolling hills, New Zealand is a feast for the senses, and truly unlike any other. For those planning to visit, here are some of the best regions and luxury lodges to stay in to experience this amazing country.
Queenstown & Otago
Set in the dramatic landscapes of the Otago Region, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is the resort town of Queenstown. Although known for adventure sports like bungee jumping, jet-boating, and skiing, it is also a great base for exploring the region’s many vineyards and historic mining towns.
Breathe in the fresh air and stunning scenery at this luxury lodge and eco-sanctuary in Wanaka, only an hour drive to Queenstown. Boasting 55,000 private hectares, this exclusive country retreat is ideal for weddings and corporate events and consists of a homestead, a family bunk room, and two cottage suites. It also offers plenty of activities for you to enjoy, including hiking and biking, picnics, and conservation tours. You can also arrange to go skiing, fishing, and hunting nearby. Or simply relax by the outdoor swimming pool while savouring Mahu’s scrumptious meals and refreshing drinks.
Azur Luxury Lodge
There’s plenty to love about this luxury lodge in Queenstown. The amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Range from your free-standing villa are one. There is a private sundeck, spa bath, and open-plan layout that shows off the jaw-dropping surrounds. Another is its prime location which is just five minutes to downtown Queenstown, meaning you can enjoy shopping, dining, and fun outdoor activities quickly. And couples will love the exclusivity and tranquillity since there are only nine villas tucked away on 3.5 acres of land.
Mt Michael Lodge
Featuring an elevated location overlooking Lake Dunstan, Mt. Michael Lodge is a modern luxury retreat featuring a large outdoor pool, spa bath, and kitchenette in the picturesque Southern Lakes region of Central Otago. Get away with your loved one or celebrate special occasions by indulging in a myriad of activities, including wine tasting and dining at world-class vineyards and restaurants. If you love the outdoors, you can take the Otago Central Rail Trail, Heliview Flights, or Goldfields Jet Boat tours, or simply grab a bicycle to explore the property and nearby areas.
Canterbury and Nelson
Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island showcases grassy plains, clear lakes, and snow-capped mountains. It’s centred around Christchurch, which is known for its art scene and green spaces like the riverside Botanic Gardens.
Nelson, a city facing Tasman Bay, is known for its local arts, galleries, and crafts stores. It is also a popular base for those interested in caving, wines, and hiking as the Abel Tasman National Park is located in Nelson.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Surrounded by lush flora and mountains, this contemporary country hotel is located on a secluded deer farm in Kaikoura. The epitome of rugged luxury, this exceptional accommodation features treehouses on stilts, an onsite restaurant, and a lap pool. It is only a short walk to Mangamaunu Bay where you can surf, whale or dolphin watch, or spot fish. About 10 minutes drive from the lodge, you’ll find Kaikoura Town where you can dine, shop, explore, or arrange a day trip out on the water.
Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the white peaks of the Southern Alps, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat offers a European farmhouse-style villa plus a 2-bedroom homestead. Enjoy a game of tennis or croquet on the lawn, or relax at the onsite private Spa. Days can also be spent hiking the forest tracks that surround the property, exploring the nearby Tasman and Mueller Glaciers, or going on a Lord of the Rings tour in the Twizel area.
Tucked among the verdant hills of the Canterbury region, Otahuna Lodge is a historic estate with more than 30 acres of lush gardens. It boasts seven luxurious individual suites in a Victorian mansion style, which are set against a majestic ancient volcano. You’ll enjoy a host of amazing experiences and sites that you can explore by foot, bike, or horseback. Take in the beautiful vistas on one of the world’s greatest train journeys aboard the TranzAlpine. It’s bound to be memorable.
Split Apple Retreat
Experience pristine living and complete relaxation at this award-winning health and wellness retreat at the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. With only three luxe suites, Split Apple Retreat has been designed with wellness and healthy living in mind. It offers spa services, saltwater infinity pool, healthy gourmet menu, and private beach access. For the adventurous, there’s sailing and dolphin spotting on the Tasman Sea, and scenic helicopter rides to enjoy.
New Zealand’s North Island is known for its verdant national parks, pristine beaches, active volcanoes, and modern cities. Explore magnificent landscapes of The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, and Helena Bay among others. Or stop by Auckland, the largest city in the country.
Helena Bay Lodge
Featuring five luxurious suites and a stunning waterfront location, Helena Bay Lodge offers unparalleled indulgence and privacy. This exquisite retreat sits on 750 acres and offers an array of holiday experiences onsite. Hike or bike down the trails that lead to coastal headlands and secluded beaches. Grab a kayak and some fishing gear, or enjoy the nice weather and go on a picnic.
Live wild and free at Poronui, a top-notch sporting lodge sitting on 16,000 acres in the foothills of Kaimanawa Mountains. Enjoy a range of exciting outdoor activities including fishing, trekking, biking, and hunting. Explore the expansive property while hiking over rolling hills and rivers. After a day of adventures, relax in one of seven luxury cabins, or go glamping in one of only two safari tents.
Te Arai Lodge
Expect to be pampered at Te Arai Lodge. Personal and bespoke service from the hosts and meticulously appointed suites affords you comfort in a beautiful setting surrounded by acres of ancient podocarp forest and native bush. And with four luxurious cottages and suites, onsite restaurant, and superb spa services, Te Arai Lodge promises to be the ideal holiday in New Zealand for couples or groups of friends.
Plan a visit to extraordinary New Zealand and be sure to have a holiday of a life-time.
Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a boutique travel agency featuring handpicked, luxury accommodation across Australia & New Zealand.