Best Luxury Lodges in New Zealand
New Zealand has some of best luxury lodges and boutique retreats in the world. Here are our top picks.
More than just offering some of the best luxury accommodation in New Zealand, these luxury lodges offer an all-inclusive experience with exceptional food and wine and tailored activities in pristine natural settings. Here's our top five NZ luxury lodges in spectacular natural settings.
Immaculately designed to blend into the natural environment surrounding the property, The Lindis is truly a one-of-a-kind boutique lodge. Tucked away in the Ahuriri Valley in New Zealand’s South Island. If you love fine food and spectacular scenery, you will undoubtedly fall in love with The Lindis. Your stay includes daily pre-dinner drinks and canapes along with breakfast, light lunch and dinner. The contemporary menu features ingredients that are locally sourced or harvested onsite, such as Fiordland venison and wild local porcini mushrooms. Choose from three luxurious room options - Master Suites, Lodge Suites or glass Eco Pods. The Pods are set slightly away from the main lodge for some extra seclusion and include a private outdoor sitting area and hot tub.
The options for exploring this incredible area are endless however we recommend trying some horse riding or the buggy tour or simply setting of on foot on some of the many hiking trails in the area. Fly fishing for trout in the Ahuriri River is also a favourite activity.
The Lindis is featured in our 5 Day Wanaka, Mt Aspiring and Mr Cook Alpine Walk.
In the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set on rolling farmland and atop dramatic cliffs with sea views for miles. This is a place where you can really stop to take a breath and allow the restorative environment to work its magic. Leave the busyness of life behind and relax by the infinity pool, indulge in a luxurious treatment at the onsite spa or soak in the hot tub. Or perhaps a round of golf on the lodge’s world-renowned golf course is more your style.
All meals are included in your stay and the lodge uses much of its own produce sourced from its onsite vegetable, fruit and herb gardens with menus changing daily.
The lodge’s luxury suites are thoughtfully designed and encourage relaxation with their large bathrooms and stunning balconies, all with uninterrupted views of the sea. For a palatial escape, try the luxurious four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage – each bedroom comes with its own fireplace and balcony with spectacular views. Learn more
This luxury lodge in the Bay of Islands is set on over 6,500 acres near Matauri Bay. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers 180-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, including Cape Brett and Cavalli Islands, from most of the living and dining areas of the lodge.
Each of the 22 guest suites has its own private veranda, sitting area and open fireplace and is tucked away in a native forest overlooking the Lodge’s award-winning golf course and the Pacific Ocean. The two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage offers a secluded escape with panoramic views and its own private infinity pool.
During your stay, enjoy a day hike to the Cape Brett Lighthouse or try some beach fishing or kayaking. Or perhaps indulge in a treatment at the Kauri Spa, surrounded by forest, ferns, and birdsong. For that something special, we recommend the Lodge’s Signature BBQ at Pink Beach, where your Kauri Cliffs private chef will prepare a delicious meal for you on your own private beach.
On the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow-capped mountains is a secluded luxury lodge like no other. Blanket Bay Lodge is where relaxation, adventure, and luxury meet.
Widely recognised as one of world’s best luxury lodges, Blanket Bay has just 12 rooms ranging from Lodge Rooms to Chalet Suites all with large windows to appreciate the breathtaking lake views.
Drinks and canapés are served in the Den each evening followed by a 5-course dinner that you can enjoy in the dining room, outdoor deck or wine cave. During the day, relax in the heated pool or steam room and if you can tear yourself away from the lodge, rent a canoe and explore the lake or take a bike ride into Glenorchy. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could take an unforgettable private Milford Sound helicopter experience.
On our signature Blanket Bay Walk, you will return to the luxurious Blanket Bay Lodge each night to enjoy wine and dinner with new friends in the unique setting on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps.
This iconic New Zealand luxury lodge offers a regal-style luxury experience, with a country edge.
The setting of Huka Lodge is nothing short of sublime, right on the banks of the Waikato River near Lake Taupo in New Zealand’s North Island. The 17 acre property features manicured lawns and lush gardens, and the plunging waters of the famous Huka Falls is only 300 m upstream from the lodge.
The lodge has 20 elegant guest suites and two exclusive owner’s residences. Guests can expect stylish furnishings, wood panelling, ornamental bathrooms with deep baths, and oh-so-soft beds with premium linens. The lodge restaurant overlooks the river and showcases the finest New Zealand ingredients and menus that are changing daily. Dotted around the property are some unique hidden dining spaces for a more secluded private dining experience.
Make the most of the complimentary use of fly-fishing rods and mountain bikes or enjoy the heated pool, hot tubs, tennis courts and spa.
Huka Lodge is featured in our 4 Day Huka Lodge, Taupo and Tongariro National Park journey.
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