It’s been a long, hard year, hasn’t it? Holidays are just around the corner, and that means it’s time to think about how you’re going to treat yo’self. Well, how about a night or two at a luxury hotel? Yeah, yeah, we know what you’re thinking—why would I bother dropping hard-earned dollies on something like that? Let us tell you, these hotels and lodges are a once-in-a-lifetime must-do and need to go on your bucket list.
Sound like a bit of you? Here are eight amazing luxury escapes around New Zealand. Get booking!
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Everyone knows that Queenstown is the actual best. It has beautiful mountains, stunning lakes, world-class restaurants and tons of fun things to do. One of the highlights of this adventure town is Eichardt’s—an historic lakefront hotel that oozes luxury. There are gorgeous suites and apartments with impressive mountain views, and The Residence—a three-level home just a short walk from the hotel. Eichardt’s Bar is famous for its cosy interior and delicious tapas menu. We recommend ordering a Central Otago wine flight and tucking into their legendary seafood chowder, wild mushroom bruschetta and pork cheek croquettes. Or check out Eichardt’s newest dining destination, The Grille.
Rotorua’s Treetops Lodge is a thing of beauty. Nestled within 2,500 acres of an 800-year-old forest, this unique and almost magical lodge will eliminate any stresses from the work year and put you straight into R&R mode. There are secluded villas, a family-friendly retreat and a cosy cottage—all surrounded by breath-taking native forests and valleys. Treetops offer memorable on-site experiences including Maori Food Trails, A Wild Food Cooking School and An Estate to Plate Safari, as well as a wilderness spa and outdoor hot tubs using water sourced from a deep spring. Bliss…
As far as luxury havens go, Huka Lodge is one of the best (and the world!). Sitting along the banks of the mighty Waikato River, just upstream from the Huka Falls, the 25-suite lodge is THE ultimate retreat—no joke, it’s truly a paradise. Heck, even the garden is ranked as a ‘Garden of National Significance’. The Junior Lodge Suites provide a serene romantic getaway, while the four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage will be a hit for the whole fam (especially the infinity pool!). On the food front, there’s everything from hearty country breakfasts to impressive five-course dinners, and private dining options. Better yet, the experiences are unreal! Think golf, fishing, hiking, jet boating and helicopter rides. Yep, Huka Lodge is a slice of magic.
Alpine lovers, listen up! Blanket Bay is practically made for you. Tucked away on the shores of Lake Wakatipu (surrounded by stunning Southern Alps), Blanket Bay in Glenorchy has nailed the ‘art of pure relaxation’. The lodge itself is made with natural materials (think schist stone and timber beams) that compliment the spectacular surroundings and is divided into Lodge Rooms, Lodge Suites and Chalet Suites—all down right beautiful. Head out and explore the Milford Sound, go heli-skiing or horse riding before unwinding in the hot tub while soaking in the views of the mountains. You’ll be relaxed in no time.
Wharekauhau Lodge And Country Estate
If you’re based in Welly, this is the escape for you. Wharekauhau Lodge is a boutique hotel and spa with a 5,500-acre sheep and cattle farm, and a must-visit if you want to breathe some fresh country air. Settle down in one of their cosy cottage suites, a homely cottage or the Owner’s Cottage—your own 4,500 square foot villa with views across Palliser Bay and an underground wine cellar!
The Farm At Cape Kidnappers
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is, well, a farm but a beautiful one at that. This boutique hotel sits atop 6,000 acres and offers 180-degree views of the ocean—and it’s just a 60-minute flight from Auckland! Our fave features are the heated infinity pool, roaring open fires and the ah-mazing gourmet picnics. You’ll be in relaxation heaven.
The Lodge At Kauri Cliffs
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs screams luxury. We’re talking day spas in a forest, tennis courts, private dining and THREE private swimming beaches—yep, total luxury. If that wasn’t enough, the lodge overlooks the award-winning golf course and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. There are also guided walks, pre-dinner putting comps, traditional Kapa Haka performances and barbecues on the beach.
Looking for a glam bach getaway? The Boatshed on Waiheke is the ticket! Sitting above Oneroa Beach, The Boatshed is Kiwiana-meets-seaside luxury and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Auckland. Stroll along the white sandy beaches or hoon around in their Mini Moke—small American-style Jeep. There are only five suites and two bungalows, all which stay true to the Kiwi beach. Make it your mission to get there this summer.
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