It’s true that mother nature used a generous stroke when she painted New Zealand’s North Island and South Island. Both have chiselled mountains, tumbling rivers and pristine forests, and beckon to outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoying the wild beauty and serenity isn’t just for those who live for outdoor recreation. Book a stay in these lodges to enjoy the rugged landscapes in the lap of luxury.
Azur Lodge, Queenstown
Perched on a hilltop above Lake Wakatipu, this contemporary luxury lodge offers just nine private villas designed to allow guests to absorb the astounding surroundings in absolute privacy and comfort. Each villa boasts a lounge, dining area and plush beds with luxury linens. There is also a private sun deck from which to take in the amazing views. If you feel like venturing out, Queenstown will not let you down. Choose from a long list of activities to thrill everyone from adrenaline lovers to romantics at heart and discerning foodies amid the incredible New Zealand Southern Alps.
Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau
With only 10 luxurious rooms and two separate self-contained Log Cabins, this South Island lodge is all about leaving the bustle of the city behind. Choose your level of wilderness luxury, with Executive Suites, Deluxe Lodge Rooms and Lodge Rooms all offering the trappings of a premium stay. The spoils and scenery of the Milford and Doubtful Sound are at your fingertips, allowing you to marvel at majestic mountains, crashing waterfalls, glassy lakes and verdant forests. Don’t be content to just admire though. Get among it with guided tours and experiences that range from heli hikes to fishing tours.
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Treetops Lodge and Estate, Rotorua
This eco-friendly lodge offers a haven of luxury amid an 800 year-old forest, while catering to the most discerning of tastes. Guests are invited to choose from a variety of accommodation options, including private villas, Lodge Rooms, the Owners Retreat and the Pheasant Cottage. All draw inspiration from the ancient surroundings, incorporating timber and stone finishes along with exquisite furnishings, spa baths and working fireplaces. When you’re not relaxing in a cocoon of luxury, take advantage of the lodge’s spa, golf course or Signature Experiences – expertly planned adventures designed to showcase the beauty and bounty of the pristine Rotorua area.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Kerikeri
Situated on more than 2,400 hectares near Matauri Bay, this lodge is billed as ‘Northland’s premier luxury vacation destination’. With just 22 guest suites and a two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage, guests are assured an exclusive experience. Every amenity has not only been considered, it has been realised with the utmost attention to detail – right down to the private porches and open fireplaces in every suite. Enjoy the seclusion and serenity of the surrounding native forest, with amazing views across the lodge’s famous golf course to the Pacific Ocean. Or, experience everything these beautiful surrounds have to offer firsthand, with guided tours and experiences available from the lodge.