The Five Most Luxurious Lodges in New Zealand

The much-awaited Trans-Tasman bubble is here, with quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand  set to become a reality on April 19th. With spectacular alpine ranges, rugged coastlines and charming towns, choosing where to stay in New Zealand is no easy task. We have narrowed down the selection criteria to present you with the most luxurious lodges to book for your next trip.

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Surrounded by breathtaking alpine scenery, Matakauri Lodge is located on the serene shores of Lake Wakatipu. The boutique lodge contains 11 stylish guest rooms, all equipped with oversized bathtubs, private decks and panoramic lake and mountain views. You may opt to stay in the exclusive Owners Cottage, which boasts four generously sized bedrooms, open fireplaces, an outdoor courtyard and its own private outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the surrounding landscape. Matakauri Lodge guests have access to the lodge’s outdoor infinity pool, onsite spa and sauna, restaurant and bar, as well as to the private Hill’s Golf Course, which was also the home of the 2007 New Zealand Open.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay  

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is nestled into the rolling hills of the Hawkes Bay wine region. With breathtaking views across the rugged coastal peninsula, the farmhouse-luxe style lodge treats guests with a library, wine cellar, par-71 golf course, infinity pool, onsite spa and farm-to-plate restaurant. The light-filled guest rooms all boast deep bathtubs, private balconies and California King beds, while the palatial Owner’s Cottage suite also contains a large farmhouse kitchen, stone fireplace and private outdoor jacuzzi. Guest’s have the unique opportunity to spot a rare baby Kiwi in the wild, have a go at shepherding and even explore the area by helicopter.

Minaret Station, Wanaka  

Located on New Zealand’s spectacular South Island, the remote Minaret Station is accessed exclusively by helicopter. The station sits in a secluded glacial meadow, surrounded by some of the world’s most sublime natural landscapes. Minaret Station’s guests are housed in luxury alpine chalets with french doors, private viewing decks hot tubs. The station’s restaurant serves seafood sourced from the surrounding coastlines and paddock-to-plate cuisine. Guests can enjoy an open bar, wine-cellar, well-stocked library and helicopter based excursions with experiences that include ridge-top champagne picnics, guided hunts and heli-skiing.

Eagles Nest, Russell

Situated on five-acres of private peninsula, Eagles Nest contains five boutique villas that overlook New Zealand’s magnificent Bay of Islands. Four of the five villas boast private, heated infinity pools, with all of the villas containing gourmet kitchens, home-theatre systems, and private jacuzzis. Guests are able to request any service that they desire, with helicopter rides, personal trainers, masseuses and private chefs on offer. You may opt to book the opulent Presidential suite Rahimoana, which offers its own 25-metre pool, eight bathrooms, gym, private beach, wine cella, sauna and the exclusive use of a Porsche Cayenne.

Huka Lodge, Taupō

The sophisticated Huka Lodge sits within 17 acres of manicured gardens on the banks of the Waikato River. The lodge comprises of 26 sumptuous suites that contain romantic wooden terraces, oversized bathtubs, heated flooring and calming river views. Guest’s have access to an outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, spa, gym, croquet lawn, tennis courts, fly fishing rods and mountain bikes. The Wairakei International Golf Course and wildlife reserve is only a five-minute drive away, while the Tongariro Crossing and Whakapapa ski field is located just 60 miles south of the lodge.

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