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Best Luxury Lodges and Villas in New Zealand

New Zealand's best luxury lodges and boutique retreats celebrate the alpine, coastal and rural landscapes of the North and South Island; read on for our selection of New Zealand's best luxury accommodation

By Walk into Luxury

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New Zealand's luxury lodges and villas are set in inspiring natural landscapes and feature the highest levels of service, facilities and food and wine. Guests are invited to discover the best of New Zealand with hosted experiences while staying in New Zealand's best accommodation.

Here are Walk into Luxury’s picks of the best luxury lodges and villas in New Zealand.

Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy

One of the world’s best luxury lodges, Blanket Bay Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu framed by the mountain peaks of the Southern Alps. Only 45 minutes from Queenstown, this luxury lodge is the perfect base for ski holidays and alpine hikes and adventures. Stay in the luxury suites of the main lodge, private standalone villas or residences with daily breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and dinner included in your stay.

For the ultimate South Island experience, join our signature 4 Day Blanket Bay Walk based at the Lodge.

The Landing, Bay Of Islands

With only four boutique private residences, including a five-bedroom presidential suite, The Landing offers luxury and privacy in the most superb surroundings. Located on a peninsula in the stunning Bay of Islands, The Landing is surrounded by award-winning vineyards, private beaches, rolling hills and wildlife sanctuaries. The hotel chef provides in-villa meals with an inclusive package and there are a multitude of activities to enjoy such as hiking, kayaking, boat tour, 4wd buggy adventure, vineyard tour and wine tasting. Use of the retreat’s kayaks, mountain bikes, paddle boards and fishing gear is included in your stay.

Eagles Nest, Bay Of Islands

The luxury pool villas of Eagles Nest have been named New Zealand's best villa accommodation, and can't be beat when it comes to location and personalised service. The boutique retreat boasts a clifftop peninsula location overlooking the Bay of Islands with magnificent views from each of the five villas. Within walking distance to a pristine beach and the town of Russell, the retreat’s villas feature a jacuzzi, fireplace and home cinema, and all but one comes complete with a heated infinity lap pool. Guests receive daily breakfast, fresh fruit provisions, and complimentary Louis Roderer champagne on arrival, among other inclusions.

Stay here on our 4 day Bay of Islands journey which features a full day private cruise of the Bay of Islands.

The Lodge At Kauri Cliffs, Northland

Set on an impressive 6,000 acres of rolling hills, the beautiful Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is located near Matauri Bay in the Bay of Islands, Northland in New Zealand’s North Island. Panoramic views of the bay and of the property’s world class golf course is on display from almost every room of the lodge and the finest all-inclusive dining is included with any stay. There are twenty-two suites to choose from, along with the two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage which features a private infinity pool. Activity options are plentiful, from beach fishing and kayaking, to hiking and picnics. And of course, practising your swing on the renowned golf course is a must. With the spectacular views of Cape Brett at your fingertips, why not take a memorable day hike to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

Huka Lodge, Taupo

One of the world’s very best retreats, there are not too many awards for excellence Huka Lodge has not won. Located on the shores of the Waikato River, not far from the mighty Huka Falls, Huka Lodge spans 17 acres of landscaped gardens and features twenty guest suites and two exclusive owners' residences. Expect seamless service from beginning to end at this retreat that is fit for royalty; Queen Elizabeth II counts among the lodge's past guests.

This lodge is featured in our 4 Day Tongariro & Great Lakes Walk at Huka Lodge.

Mahu Whenua Homestead, Wanaka

For the ultimate in relaxation and serenity, Mahu Whenua is situated on 200 square miles of mountains, rivers, valleys and forest. The five luxury ridgeline suites offer unrivalled views of Lake Wanaka and all meals, afternoon teas, refreshments, picnics, and pre-dinner drinks and canapés are included in each stay. Conveniently located just 30 minutes’ drive from Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island, Mahu Whenua is the perfect place to relax and unwind, or as a base to explore the Southern Alps region. Enjoy the Homestead facilities including heated swimming pool, hot tub, open fireplace, and library or just relax on the expansive deck and take in the views.

This beautiful Homestead is featured in our 5 Day Wanaka, Mt Aspiring and Mr Cook Alpine Walk.

The Lindis, Ahuriri Valley

The pristine setting and spectacular architecture are what make The Lindis unique. This luxury lodge intentionally blends in with the landscape, with the curves of the roof emulating the surrounding mountains of the Ahuriri Valley. Set on over 6000 acres 2.5 hours from Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island, The Lindis offers the perfect high-country experience. Guest rooms include lodge guest suites or glass eco pods, which come with their own private terrace and outdoor hot tub – perfect for some after-dinner star gazing. Dinner, breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapes are included in your stay with almost everything sourced locally. There is the opportunity to enjoy trout fishing in the Ahuriri River which runs past the lodge or even horse riding, ebike exploration, or buggy tours . The problem is….deciding what to do first!

This lodge is featured in our 5 Day Wanaka, Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook Alpine Walk.

The Farm At Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

Think rolling hills, crashing waves and 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean…and you will begin to get a sense of what is awaiting at this all inclusive luxury lodge. Set amidst the Hawke’s Bay wine country, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a 35 minute drive from either Napier of Hastings. The 6,000 acres of this unique property is just calling out to be explored. Take a chef-prepared picnic and set out for a day of walking or mountain biking on one of the many marked trails. The Cottage Suites and Owners Cottage offer the ultimate in comfort and the most breath-taking panoramic views. Choose to relax by the infinity pool, try out the jacuzzi or enjoy a spa treatment at the luxurious onsite spa. And when you’re done at the spa, don’t forget to squeeze in a round of golf at the award-winning golf course.

Bay Of Many Coves Lodge, Marlborough

Experience 5-star luxury accommodation and world-class fine dining in the most pristine setting of the Marlborough Sounds in this boutique Luxury Lodge of New Zealand. The arrival to Bay of Many Coves Lodge is the beginning of your unforgettable experience here, with entry only possible by boat or air. Set in the heart of Queen Charlotte Sound, there is direct access to the Queen Charlotte Track where you can explore the best sections on day hikes. Or you can take to the water and kayak, swim, fish or enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise. Accommodation is in luxury apartments with views over the Marlborough Sounds or stay in the two-bedroom exclusive Kereru suite, with private deck and hot tub overlooking the bay and enjoy daily breakfast and three-course dinner.

Stay here on our exclusive Queen Charlotte Luxury Walk & Cruise.

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Only seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is the ultimate blend of modern luxury and impressive alpine landscapes. This all-inclusive alpine lakeside retreat has 12 rooms and suites each with their own private terrace overlooking Lake Wakatipu and a dramatic mountain panorama including The Remarkables. The four bedroom Owners Cottage is a freestanding residence with private jacuzzi and courtyard. There are a range of indoor and outdoor dining options where guests can come together after a day of alpine adventure with all-inclusive dining, including pre-dinner drinks and canapes.

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