NEW ZEALAND’S TOP 5 LUXURY LODGES
Luxury lodges are certainly the accommodation venues of getaway dreams. And there’s no better place to fulfil those dreams than in New Zealand. Abundant seafood, delectable cool-weather wines, fascinating Māori culture … not to mention the beautiful beaches, lakes, forests, mountains and fiords that have awarded this country a reputation as one of the best holiday locations on earth…. and only a few hours away.. So why not do it in style with a stay in one of the world’s most divine luxury lodges?
Huka Lodge, Taupo
Set on almost seven hectares of magnificently manicured grounds, Huka Lodge is nestled along the banks of the turquoise green waters of the Waikato River, upstream from the mighty Huka Falls.
Junior Lodge Suites feature decadent deep baths, heated floors and the finest of bed linens, and French doors open onto a wooden terrace that perfectly compliments the sublime river views. The Lodge Suite has an additional dining area, cosy gas fireplace and is enveloped on three sides by the calming peacefulness of the lush gardens.
Facilities include a swimming pool, two spa pools and tennis, croquet and pétanque courts, and the Main Lodge offers a range of spa treatments and the superb skills of an Executive Chef who has worked in the kitchens of many of Europe’s finest restaurants.
Wharekauhau Lodge, Ocean Beach
A scenic one and a half hour drive from Wellington, Wharekauhau Lodge is set high on a sheep-dotted hill and offers dramatic ocean vistas from every vantage point. This grand Edwardian residence exudes the charm of a bygone era, complete with antique furniture and classic oversized fireplaces.
High above the thunderous surf of Palliser Bay sit thirteen Cottage Suites furnished with deep sofas, heated marbled floors and rich New Zealand wool carpeting.
The surrounding 2200 hectares of private land encompasses ancient forests, peaceful lakes and wild rugged coastline, where guests can partake in activities including hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.
On-site, guests can sample the best of the country’s farm-to-table dining in the elegant dining room, including dishes from a locavorian menu, which is filled with home- grown vegetables, organic honey and wild fennel sourced from the coast.
Nestled in a serene valley in the heart of rural Nelson, this enchanting country retreat is set on twenty hectares of private grounds and surrounded by over three hectares of internationally acclaimed gardens.
Accommodation includes beautifully appointed Garden Cottages and luxurious Suites situated in the main lodge, which feature stylish interiors, pure Irish linens and luxury toiletries.
On-site amenities include an artists’ studio, sunny courtyard areas and sitting rooms equipped with open fireplaces offering cozy relief in the cooler Winter months. Nearby the golden beaches native bush and pristine marine reserves of Abel Tasman National Park offer guests ample opportunity for kayaking, fly fishing, horse trekking and canyoning.
Guests can dine on the freshest of seafood and a range of organic local produce in the lodge’s formal dining room, while sipping on a perfectly paired drop from one of the nearby boutique wineries.
The Landing, Bay of Islands
Located at the tip of the Purerua Peninsula, The Landing is a unique conservation property home to a handful of heritage residences with exclusive guest access to the surrounding farmlands and private beaches.
The Cooper Residence boasts 360-degree ocean views and features a large lounge with a fireplace, and indoor and outdoor catering areas that will be efficiently maximised by your own personal chef.
The Gabriel Residence sits above the tranquil waters of Wairoa Bay, and features a spacious entertainment room with pool table and a fully equipped entertainer’s kitchen.
The Vineyard Villa is perched quietly amongst The Landing’s established grapevines, and features a sheltered courtyard to the West that offers unparalleled sunset views and an inviting open-air fireplace.
Covering over 400 hectares of farmland, beaches, native bush and protected World Heritage sites, guests are free to explore the entire property and partake in activities including game fishing, sailing, diving, golf, mountain biking and 4-wheel driving.
Bespoke, garden-to-plate dining is one of the great pleasures of a stay at The Landing, as there are no set menus or fixed meal times. Instead, it offers a number of options, ranging from self-catering to the exclusive use of the property’s private chef, all which take advantage of the Landing’s sumptuous facilities.
Luxury Lodges of New Zealand
Owned and operated by people who share a deep love and knowledge of their surroundings, Luxury Lodges of New Zealand is a select group of the finest boutique properties in the country. All are situated in compelling locations, whether it’s by a meandering lake, on a towering cliff-top, in the heart of the wilderness, or on an idyllic sun-drenched island.
All lodges offer world-class cuisine, beautifully designed accommodation and an array of experiences and excursions. Take the plunge with white water rafting, man the helm of a sailing boat on a quest for the world’s finest Wild Brown Trout, ski the purest white powder of New Zealand’s most revered Alpine regions, or take a helicopter ride for a glimpse into the heart of a dormant volcano.
Whatever your luxury holiday dreams are, they’ll be undeniably fulfilled here.
Make the most of your magnificent surroundings with a stay in a New Zealand luxury lodge. Orbit World Travel can help fine-tune your holiday with a range of airfares and optional tour packages that will guarantee you make the most out of your trans-Tasman getaway.
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