Seasoned travellers look for luxury on their New Zealand vacation. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for most. For home-away-from-home stays that regale guests with distinct touches of New Zealand hospitality and stunning scenery, New Zealand’s lodge experiences are premier accommodation. If you’re looking for the best of the best for your New Zealand vacation package, here are five top places to stay.
The Azur Lodge
The Azur Lodge is the jewel of Queenstown, perched atop a hill overlooking placid Lake Wakatipu with fabulous views of the mountains. Its secluded, verdant location is five minutes from downtown Queenstown and close to skiing at Coronet Peak and near the Shotover River. The region is known for its wineries. If your dream New Zealand vacation includes picnics and wine tastings, the Azur Lodge is the place for you.
The palatial villas offer luxurious accommodations with upscale amenities such as deep soaking tubs, in-villa dining, gas fireplaces, complimentary minibar, and large private decks with stunning views.
The Azur Lodge pampers its guests with complimentary services such as airport transfers and local transportation, sumptuous morning breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening drinks accompanied by elegant canapés prepared daily.
Wharekauhau Country Estate
This stately South Island estate is famous for its gorgeous gardens and grounds, exceptional cuisine, and legendary hospitality and attention to detail. Overlooking Palliser Bay, the Wharekauhau Country Estate has nine beautifully-appointed cottage suites and one secluded three-bedroom cottage, perfect for groups on extended New Zealand tours.
Relax in grand rooms styled in Edwardian decor and stroll the orchards, herb, and vegetable gardens. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the best-in-class day spa.
The Wharekauhau Country Estate is an epicure’s heaven. The chef takes a locavore, farm-to-table approach to dining, using locally-sourced ingredients in light and beautifully presented menus. The well-stocked wine cellar showcases the finest New Zealand wines.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Located at Hawkes Bay, on New Zealand’s incomparable east coast, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers guests an unforgettable stay. The magnificent golf course backs up to dramatic 600-foot cliffs plunging into the azure sea. Enjoy breathtaking Pacific Ocean views from the lodge and guests suites.
Onsite activities at the Farm appeal to every type of traveller. Visit the gannet colony (related to boobies, gannets are seabirds with pointed bills and long wings), explore the grounds on a quad bike ride, take a leisurely mountain bike ride, spend the day at the luxurious spa, or enjoy an extravagant picnic overlooking the sea. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is the property of choice for discerning globetrotters who travel to New Zealand.
Dining at the Farm is as exceptional as the rest of the experience, featuring an extravagant hot and cold breakfast buffet, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and a mouthwatering dinner menu based on locally sourced lamb, beef, and seafood that changes daily.
Exceptional golf is just one of the amazing experiences that await you at Kauri Cliffs, a seaside resort on Matauri Bay. Enjoy three private, pink sand Pacific beaches, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a wealth of outdoor activities such as fishing, horseback riding, quad bike riding, and mountain bike rides. You can even pamper yourself with an indulgent outdoor massage.
Guests who choose New Zealand vacation packages that include a stay at Kauri Cliffs are treated to posh yet homey cottage suites nestled at the forest’s edge, with striking Pacific views.
Kauri Cliffs is a sister property of the Farm at Cape Kidnappers and features the same exquisite approach to dining and hospitality.
The Huka is New Zealand’s original luxury property, although it began humbly enough as a fly-fishing lodge in the 1920s. The lodge has earned its place in New Zealand’s history, having entertained no less than HM Queen Elizabeth. Today, the Huka Lodge welcomes guests into the arms of luxury from its spectacular location on the Waikato River near the Huka Falls.
The Huka is designed for travellers who want to revel in quintessential Taupo outdoor adventures on their New Zealand tour. Go whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and even skydiving over the snow-capped volcanoes surrounding Lake Taupo.
The quiet cottage suites feature tranquil views of the Waikato River and are filled with every imaginable luxury. Enjoy private dining in one of the 20 romantic, secluded venues scattered around the grounds.
The lodges of New Zealand epitomize the graciousness and hospitality you’ll find among New Zealand’s inhabitants. Plan a New Zealand tour that allows you to experience the friendliness of the people and enchanting landscapes this beautiful country has to offer.