From lodges to boutique villas, resorts and hotels – these 10 best luxury accommodation options around New Zealand will help you live it up on your next stay.
Looking at where to stay in New Zealand? Whilst your New Zealand holiday should be all about sight-seeing, there’s no shame in making sure your accommodation is a little bit extra! Whether you’re looking for panoramic ocean views, jaw-dropping architecture, or garden to table dining, this list will have you packing your bags.
So, grab your passport and get ready to jet off for the stay of a lifetime at one of these 10 best luxury hotels and resorts around New Zealand.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a luxury lodge in the Bay of Islands. The scenery is unbeatable, with ocean views all round. They also have an endless list of experiences on offer to keep you busy during your stay such as the lodge spa, gymnasium, tennis courts and a swimming pool. But what makes The Lodge most famous is its par 72 championship golf course, so get swinging!
If you’re looking to visit Waiheke Island, The Boatshed is the place to stay. A hip luxury hotel in New Zealand with panoramic ocean views, this place will have you relaxed in no time. To add to the experience, they have an onsite spa with heavenly treatments and personalised yoga sessions on offer. But, if you’re looking to explore, the island is also known for its vineyards such as Te Motu Vineyard and Tantalus Estate, so be sure to add a wine tasting to your to-do list! As an added bonus, they even have dog-friendly rooms, so you don’t have to go a day without your pooch.
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge is where sustainability meets indulgence. Set on 50 acres of native rainforest, there’ll always be something to explore. Create a romantic getaway in the Honeymoon Suites, a standalone suite with an outdoor bathtub, or get active and adventure through the five-kilometres of on-site trails. The Resurgence is also a child-free lodge, so the adults can escape and unwind in style.
Take a moment to admire the architecture of The Lindis, housed on the floor of the breathtaking Ahuriri Valley. Here you can choose to stay in a Master Suite, Lodge Suite, or Pod – all decked out with the same refined aesthetic and completed with sweeping views of the valley. Of course, that’s not all there is to love. Here you can take part in a host of guided experiences like hikes, horse riding, and backcountry fishing. It’s guaranteed to be a trip to remember!
Te Arai Lodge
Te Arai Lodge was founded by the Moores family 15 years ago and has since become one of the best luxury escapes in New Zealand’s south-west region – though they’ve kept their personalised and homely service. One of the star offerings of Te Arai Lodge is the Shared Dining evening meal experience where guests are invited to join together with the Moores family for dinner. You can even source produce from the gardens alongside the chef, or relax with a drink while you wait if that’s more your style.
This one is perfect for bigger getaway groups! Whare Kea Lodge accommodates up to 12, and is stacked with luxury facilities to entertain everyone for as long as you want. Relax outside in the spa pool, or have a night in in the billiards and games room. If you want to head out and adventure, there’s a helipad on the front lawn waiting for you to take a trip up to the chalet which sits on the edge of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Talk about luxury villas!
Set on a private ridgeline with views of the Bay of Islands, Eagles Nest can provide you with the beach getaway of your dreams. The retreat is made up of five incredible and unique villas, all with panoramic ocean views, private jacuzzis, home theatres and fully equipped gourmet kitchens – most of which also have heated infinity pools! The best part is, they’re totally private so you won’t have to see anyone else (except maybe your dedicated butler or chef). Although, if you did want to get out and about, there’s an abundance of air, land and sea experiences available for you to conquer.
Edenhouse Luxury Lodge
Edenhouse resides in the heart of the Nelson region, home to trout-fishing rivers, charming villages and the beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park. However, the Lodge itself is its own slice of paradise! It’s made up of three, six-star luxury suites – two unique garden cottages and a lodge suite – giving you the pleasure of choice. Edenhouse’s Lodge Gardens are a must see, perfectly displaying the natural beauty of the region and giving you your very own nature escape.
Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses
If you’re heading to Kaikoura, famous for its abundant wildlife and sperm whale population, Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses is the best place to stay. Although the entire lodge is incredible, the standout is Hapuku’s treehouses. Yes, you read that right, you can stay in a treehouse! And these aren’t just any ordinary treehouses, they’re decked out with luxurious décor, deep soaking tubs and fireplaces. While you’re there, make sure you visit the dining room where you can watch your food being prepared, and even have a chat with the chef!
Kinloch Manor and Villas
Another one for the golf lovers, Kinloch Manor and Villas is home to a world-class championship course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. But, if you’re not a golf fan, don’t fret! These luxury and boutique villas has a little slice of luxury for everyone. Each suite and residence is as serene and sophisticated as it gets, allowing you to truly rewind. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, be sure to stop by their world-class restaurant for their Kinloch Signature High Tea.
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