If you’re planning an indulgent getaway or special celebration in 2015, then look no further. Our travel experts have handpicked some of the most luxurious retreats, lodges and holiday homes around New Zealand.
New Zealand is renowned for its extreme beauty, captivating culture and of course, world class wines, but what you may not know is that it is also home to some of the finest boutique accommodation on the planet. Feast your eyes on some of these beauties that are perfect for romantic getaways, family holidays and special occasions.
LOCATION: Russell, Northland | GETTING THERE: 3,5 hour drive from Auckland | RATES FROM: $1,795 p/n
Situated atop a private peninsula and encompassing 75 acres of native bushland estate, Eagles Nest is a multi-award winning world-class retreat that offers magnificent views of the scenic Bay of Islands. Boasting five ultra-luxurious and contemporary designed villas with spectacular views, this exclusive retreat is perfect for the ultimate honeymoon escape or an indulgent five star holiday experience both couples and families can enjoy.
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LOCATION: Queenstown, Otago | GETTING THERE: 20 minutes from airport | RATES FROM: P.O.A.
Set amongst 500 acres of tranquil ambience, Lodge at the Hills is a luxury exclusive-use lodge that offers its guests a holiday experience like no other. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu this stunning residence boasts magnificent views of the surrounding towering mountains and meandering rivers. Featuring six individual suites that can accommodate up to 12 guests, Lodge At The Hills is an ideal holiday home for a group of friends who will enjoy an indulgent escape with all the finer things in life.
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LOCATION: Lake Tarawera, Rotorua | GETTING THERE: 3,5 hour drive from Auckland | RATES FROM: $1,250 p/n
Perched on the edge of a private, secluded peninsula on the shores of Lake Tarawera is the spectacular Solitaire Lodge – a luxurious premiere holiday accommodation with breath-taking views over the lake, natural bush and the dramatic volcanic landscapes. One of the first luxury lodges in New Zealand, Solitaire boasts 10 suites and a wide range of outdoor activities including world class trout fishing, scenic flights to White Island, hikes to a stunning 65 metre waterfall and trips to natural geothermal hot spring for an opportunity to soak and unwind.
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LOCATION: Omepera, Northland | GETTING THERE: 3 hr & 15 min drive from Auckland | RATES FROM: $295 p/n
Perched above native bush in a picturesque location, Kokohuia is a sophisticated, private, luxury Eco lodge with stunning views of the Hokianga Harbour and sand dunes on New Zealand’s North Island. Designed specifically for couples, this one bedroom sustainability haven has all the necessary elements for a secluded romantic getaway.
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LOCATION: Arthurs Point, Otago | GETTING THERE: 15 minute drive from Queenstown | RATES FROM: $1,000 p/n
Located just a few minutes drive from central Queenstown in the picturesque Arthurs Point, Kohara Lodge is an award-winning environmentally friendly holiday home with magnificent views over Shotover River and Coronet Peak. Boasting four large bedrooms, this idyllic home is perfect for couples and families alike.
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LOCATION: Esk Valley, near Napier | GETTING THERE: 4 hour drive from Wellington | RATES FROM: $295 p/n
Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s picturesque wine growing country near Napier, Kiwiesque is a superb luxury accommodation set within the rolling hills of the Esk Valley’s Linden Estate. Designed specifically to allow you to indulge in all the finer things in life, this beautiful retreat is ideal for wine connoisseurs and those who enjoy a bit of adventure. Boasting 8 bedrooms in total, this beautiful vineyard luxury accommodation is also well suited for large groups of friends and even a perfect spot for a wedding.
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LOCATION: Sunshine Bay, Otago | GETTING THERE: 10 min. drive from Queenstown | RATES FROM: $1,053 p/n
Uniquely tucked away on 3.5 acres of private hillside with jaw-dropping views of Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Remarkables Range, Azur Luxury Lodge is a magnificent boutique lodge featuring nine contemporary and free standing villas created exclusively for couples. Located only five minutes from downtown Queenstown, this stunning luxury accommodation is perfect for romantic escapes and honeymoon retreats.
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LOCATION: Portobello, Otago | GETTING THERE: 40 min. drive from Dunedin | RATES FROM: $375 p/n
Boasting scenic natural coastal land and waterscape views, Kaimata Retreat is a boutique luxury lodge located on the Otago Peninsula. Its secluded location and diverse wildlife make this special retreat perfect for nature and wildlife lovers who seek to explore this unique New Zealand environment or to simply unwind and relax for a while in luxurious comfort.
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LOCATION: Tai Tapu, Canterbury | GETTING THERE: 30 min. drive from Christchurch | RATES FROM: $1,090 p/n
Nestled among the rolling hills of the beautiful Canterbury region, Otahuna Lodge is an outstanding historic estate surrounded by more than 30 acres of lush productive gardens and set against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano. Boasting seven luxurious individual suites in a Victorian mansion setting, this remarkable residence is perfect for those looking to explore Canterbury and the Banks Peninsula.
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LOCATION: Arrowtown, Otago | GETTING THERE: 20 min. drive from Queenstown | RATES FROM: $1,600 p/n
Nestled within mature gardens with an expansive flat lawn that extends to the edge of the popular Millbrook Resort, Range House is a large luxury villa in a stunning rural location. Boasting five bedrooms, this spectacular residence is perfectly suited to a group of friends or a large family who wish to enjoy a Queenstown holiday in style and comfort.
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LOCATION: Waiheke Island, Auckland | GETTING THERE: 1 hr drive/ferry from Auckland | RATES FROM: $2,000 p/n
Situated on the shores of a picturesque Waiheke Beach, Hei Matau Lodge is a world class luxury beach retreat set in 7.5 acres of rolling grounds surrounded by native plants. With five large bedrooms and everything you could need on site, this beautiful beachfront lodge is an ideal coastal retreat for couples, family holidays and large groups of friends.
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LOCATION: Town, Region | GETTING THERE: 15 min. drive from airport | RATES FROM: $1,245 per night
Situated in the beautiful alpine town of Queenstown, Commonage Highland Residences are the largest of the Commonage Villas, designed specifically with families or larger groups in mind. Wonderfully spacious, these super luxurious residences offer all the comforts of home in beautiful and stylish surroundings, with beautiful views over Queenstown Bay & Lake Wakatipu.
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