Among the world’s greenest places, New Zealand is – without the cliche – a breath of fresh air. Discover its incredibly diverse natural wonders while lounging in the lap of luxury as we bring you to extraordinary locations around the country with our Ultimate NZ Luxury Destinations for 2016. Each of these stunning properties is special for its own reason, however one thing that all of these retreats have in common is that each offers a picture perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway, a honeymoon or a special occasion.
LOCATION: Russell, North Island | GETTING THERE: 3.5 hour drive from Auckland | RATES FROM: NZD$1,295 p/n
Atop a 75-acre private peninsula in North Island, New Zealand lies Eagles Nest, where spectacular views of the Bay of Islands surround you. This multi-award winning luxury escape leaves nothing to be desired with its sumptuous cuisines, pampering services, and indulgent amenities.
There are only five villas in this property, and all offer superlative comfort with private Jacuzzis, home theatre system, air-conditioning, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. Four of the villas even come with their own heated, infinity edged lap pools. Choose to stay at the ultra-luxurious Rahimoana villa and you’ll get access to a Porsche Cayenne.
Everything here is exclusive, customised, and indulgent. There is a personal concierge to take care of the day’s entertainment, which can range from laid-back and relaxing pastimes to adventure-laden activities. You can have a personal chef prepare your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or have a private butler welcome you and any guest you may have during your stay. Feel like a star with your own security, chauffeur services, and private beach access. Because if there’s one thing Eagles Nest is particular about, it is your greatest pleasure.
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LOCATION: Eskdale, North Island | GETTING THERE: 4 hour drive from Wellington | RATES FROM: NZD$295 p/n
Step into Kiwiesque and into the serene, romantic ambience of the preeminent vineyard accommodation in Hawke’s Bay, North Island. Nestled within the picturesque Linden Estate Vineyard, this luxury villa offers the perfect setting for indulging in the good life–including a little bit of adventure and lots of wine.
The architecture is inspired from the red corrugated Van Der Linden wool shed and reminiscent of countryside farmhouses, only more refined and grander in scale. Meanwhile, the spacious interiors take on a contemporary approach with high ceilings and large windows that let in lots of natural light.
This expansive property also provides a number of accommodation options that can range from a romantic couple’s getaway to a large group or family outing. Each boasts a private balcony where you can further marvel at the breathtaking scenery. There is an outdoor swimming pool, three BBQ areas, and a fully equipped kitchen too.
Delectable food and an even more superb selection of wine is an everyday affair. And the great outdoors of this wine region is a vast playground where you can go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, or simply enjoy the sun and sand on the beach.
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LOCATION: Kaiteriteri, South Island | GETTING THERE: 1 hour drive from Nelson | RATES FROM: NZD$1898 p/n
Take a deep breath and relax. Delight in the ultimate wellness experience that Split Apple Retreat has in store for you. This tranquil, luxurious hideaway is located in one of South Island’s most secluded locales: on the fringes of Abel Tasman National Park. Built into the cliff-face and overlooking the sea, Split Apple offers every indulgence and the promise of good things to come.
Start, continue, and end each day with an assortment of scrumptious but healthy delights. Menus are personalised to take into consideration any dislikes, favourites, and dietary requirements. Then catch a cooking lesson that can help inspire you to start eating healthy, indulge in a relaxing massage, revitalise with a Pilates or acupuncture session, or take a calming dip in the saltwater pool.
For the intrepid traveller, there are a number of activities to revel in, such as kayaking, dolphin watching, or beach hopping. See a bird’s eye view of the National Park and the surrounding area from a helicopter that Split Apple can arrange for you.
At the end of the day, retreat into lavish rooms furnished with everything you may need to make winding down the best reward you can ever have.
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LOCATION: Tai Tapu, South Island | GETTING THERE: 25 min drive from Christchurch | RATES FROM: NZD$1,380 p/n
Put a bit of old world charm in your next destination at Otahuna Lodge in Christchurch, New Zealand. This grand Victorian mansion is the country’s largest historic residence, redesigned to become an exceptional accommodation that seamlessly fuses the romantic ambience of the past and the convenience and pleasures of the present.
Surrounded by 30 acres of amazing gardens that produce fruits, nuts and vegetables, and offering superb cuisine that can be enjoyed inside an opulent dining room, as well as delivering a refined and dedicated service that create delightful moments, Otahuna Lodge simply is among New Zealand’s finest.
This indulgent escape offers only seven suites, each as sumptuous as the next and flaunting dramatic architectural features reminiscent of the English country style of yore: stained glass windows, carved inglenooks, and intricate chimney-pieces.
While it exudes that nostalgic vibe, the Lodge is not without its modern creature comforts. Within each room is a dedicated sitting area or sitting room, ensuite bath with tub and separate rain shower. There’s also access to the Internet, gym, swimming pool, and spa therapist.
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LOCATION: Arrowtown, North Island | GETTING THERE: 20 min drive from Queenstown | RATES FROM: NZD$1,600 p/n
Just a short walk to the Millbrook Golf Resort, Range House is an idyllic, rural retreat that belies its grand and lavish interiors. It features high ceilings, four elegant bedrooms, a host of indoor amenities to keep guests entertained for the duration of their stay, and a prime location close to spa facilities, restaurants, and bars. Even while it enjoys proximity to local conveniences, this luxury accommodation is private and tranquil, offering a true escape from the bustle of daily living.
Boasting an upscale, polished interior and an open-plan living area, as well as a billiard room, TV and playstation, and a heated loggia, Range House is truly a place to gather the family.
But what ultimately makes this getaway a standout is its sensational outdoor entertaining areas. Expansive lawns and gardens where the young ones can run around, an open lounge with a large fireplace where conversations on summer nights can be enjoyed, and a spa pool where guests can relax as they gaze at the magnificent landscape.
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