Discover the delights of New Zealand’s North Island, from its stunning coastlines, sprawling farmlands, and geothermal wonders to its rich Māori culture and cosmopolitan cities. The North Island’s variety means that whatever you’re in to — outdoor adventures, beaches, wining and dining, or romance — you’ll find the perfect getaway to match. To help with your planning, we’ve handpicked 8 gorgeous luxury retreats on NZ’s North Island that are destinations in their own right. Each promises to make the perfect base for your NZ luxury getaway.
8. The Farmhouse at Mission Estate, Napier
Get ready to unwind at The Farmhouse at Mission Estate, an elegant three-bedroom holiday home set within the private vineyards and manicured grounds of Mission Estate Winery. A spacious open-plan living area and multiple outdoor spaces make this luxury farmhouse ideal for a group of friends or a small family. Enjoy its location only a short 10-minute drive from Napier and a 5-minute stroll from the renowned Mission Restaurant.
7. Donkey Bay Inn, Russell
Nestled in the lush hillsides of Northland, Donkey Bay Inn commands wide ocean views from its four exceptionally designed suites. This vibrant and unique retreat was built to merge with the landscape and to offer a holiday packed with charm and surprises. Located a short walk from the quaint, historic sailing town of Russell, Donkey Bay features a private beach area, a bar and lounge, courtyard, and a library.
6. Te Whau Lodge, Waiheke Island
Enjoy a much-needed holiday at Te Whau Lodge, a luxuriously modern accommodation set among lush rolling hills and featuring unparalleled bay views. Everything about the lodge has been designed with your comfort in mind — four sumptuous guestrooms, access to the island’s acclaimed wines, and a prime location just a 15 minutes walk from a secluded beach.
5. Solitaire Lodge, Lake Tarawera
Relax and enjoy the fresh air and sensational views at Solitaire Lodge, a premier lakeside accommodation only 20 minutes from downtown Rotorua. Featuring nine luxurious suites boasting private balconies with breathtaking views of Lake Tarawera and the volcanic peaks of Mount Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge is the perfect place to take a break from the city bustle.
4. Villas Waiheke, Waiheke Island
There are only 5 luxury villas at Villas Waiheke, so expect serenity, privacy, and the ultimate relaxation while you’re here. This hilltop escape feels remote but it’s only a 15-minute drive to the bustle of Oneroa or Onetangi. With a 12-metre mineral pool, spa pool, gym, and private villa decks from which to enjoy the stunning views, you’ll find it hard to leave unless you’re lured by the amazing wineries, parks, and white-sand beaches nearby.
3. Eagles Nest, Russell
Drink in the spectacular views of the Bay of Islands at Eagles Nest. Set atop a ridgeline and 75 acres of lush gardens, this multi-award winning retreat offers five ultra-luxurious villas with private jacuzzis and gourmet kitchens. Schedule a spa treatment, enjoy superb dining, or if you’re feeling adventurous, arrange for fishing trips, sailing, bush trail walking, or helicopter rides.
2. Plume Villas, Matakana
A tranquil vineyard retreat, wrapped up in lush, landscaped gardens an hour from Auckland, Plume Villas offers 12 exceptional villas, a cellar door, and a world-class restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate in a serene country setting, enjoying the swimming pool or savouring a meal at the Plume Cafe. For the rest of the day, explore the Matakana Region via boat, horse, or helicopter.
1. The Kinloch Manor & Villas, Lake Taupo
Make yourself at home at The Kinloch Manor & Villas, a contemporary luxury accommodation set on a 254-hectare property overlooking the mesmerising Lake Taupo. Embark on an adventure, whether it be to celebrate food, to play on the nearby Jack Nicklaus golf course, to discover Lake Taupo on a cruise, or to explore the hidden trails of the New Zealand countryside.
With a blend of modern sophistication, casual elegance and style, each property in our collection provides breathtaking views, privacy, tranquillity, and a prime location perfect for whatever activity you have in mind.
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