The land of the long white cloud is renowned for excellent hospitality, adventure experiences and stunning scenery. Away from the main tourist centres, here are six luxury experiences well off the beaten track.
The only way to get to Minaret Station is via helicopter. Nestled in a stunning glacial valley in the Southern Alps, north of Queenstown, this luxury alpine lodge offers an incredible off-the-beaten track experience. Indulge in a Heli-Adventure experience, a guided fishing or hunting excursion, or in the midst of winter, a Heli-Skiing excursion to some of New Zealand’s best back country runs.
The lodge that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge stayed at before their 2014 New Zealand tour, Wharakauhau is remote luxury at its finest. An hour and a half drive from Wellington, or a short helicopter flight, this resort offers farm to table dining, golf, nature encounters, mountain biking, horse riding and ATV quad bike adventures for your activity fix. Food and wine lovers will enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in one of the country’s premier Pinot Noir regions, while those looking for ultimate relaxation can indulge in a treatment at the onsite spa.
Lodge at The Hills
Located on New Zealand’s most exclusive golf course, Lodge at The Hills offers luxury accommodation for no more than 12 guests. Amid 500 acres of tranquil wilderness near Queenstown, the lodge looks over snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes. If teeing off on the golf course isn’t on your priority list, the lodge offers inspiring gourmet cuisine, a stunning private collection of paintings and sculpture and plenty of space to unwind.
Scubby Bay at Annandale
An hour’s drive from Christchurch, Scrubby Bay at Annandale is a remote retreat for 14 people nestled in a bay between rolling hills and the calm azure sea. Situated on the Banks Peninsula on a 4,000 acre working farm, you can helicopter in over the picturesque countryside, or take a 4WD transfer across the cliff tops and down into the bay. Once you’re here, rest assured, you won’t want to leave anytime soon.
Split Apple Retreat, Abel Tasman National Park
The Abel Tasman Coast Track is a popular 60 kilometre walking track taking in golden beaches, lush coastal bushland and spectacular wildlife. Nestled along this track is the luxury wellness spa, Split Apple Retreat. Offering a gourmet menu, a spa, sauna, meditation guidance, acupuncture, massage and spectacular scenery including private beaches and walking trails through the national park, you’re bound to leave Split Apple Retreat feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Golfers will love Kauri Cliffs. The Par 72 golf course has arguably one of the best views in the world, overlooking the ocean from high atop cliffs in the far north of New Zealand’s North Island. With 22 luxury suites and a deluxe cottage, if working on your handicap isn’t on your priority list, enjoy the resort’s infinity pool, two tennis courts, gym, spa, sauna, Jacuzzi and secluded beaches – all with spectacular views over the coastline.
Feature image courtesy of Minaret Station.