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9 New Zealand luxury lodges you should experience at least once

The best New Zealand luxury lodges provide a five-star experience without losing the essence of our Kiwi culture.

There's been a shift in focus when it comes to luxury in New Zealand. Gone are the days of ostentatious opulence. Now our premier accommodation is all about a desire for real, authentic, natural experiences. And that's something our top accommodations are globally renowned for. Each of these lodges has a unique point of difference and reason for being.

Huke Lodge and Treehouses, Kaikoura

Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses.

Nestled between the Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Hapuku Lodge embodies your ultimate childhood fantasy of living in a tree house. But far exceeding your youthful dreams, these ones come with a few adult perks including a private hot tub, fire, soaring views and gourmet fine dining.

Huka Lodge.

Situated on the banks of the Waikato River, Huka Lodge is reminiscent of an English country estate. Relax within the 17 acres of manicured gardens and partake in one of the many kiwi experiences on offer including fly-fishing, horse-riding, white water rafting, hunting and hiking.

Cape Kidnappers.

A working farm perched on the edge of Hawke’s Bay’s spectacular Cape Kidnappers, this lifestyle retreat is globally known as one of the best in the world. Offering a world class 18 hole golf course, Michelin Star cuisine and of course - authentic Kiwi farm experiences - Cape Kidnappers is one of the best.

Delicious food at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

Blanket Bay.

Uniquely kiwi, Blanket Bay Lodge is a rustic alpine escape amid the snow capped mountains of Southern Alps. Look out across Lake Wakatipu from the heated infinity pool or burn off some energy in the private gym. With each suite boasting magnificent views, elegant furnishings and a private terrace, it's no wonder Blanket Bay is world renowned.

Minaret Station.

Minaret is truly the epitome of understated luxury. Located high in a glacial valley, Minaret is only accessible by helicopter. You’ll stay in alpine chalets equipped with king sized beds, sheepskin carpets, a private hot tub and nothing the sound of breeze to distract. Solely a wilderness experience, Minaret offers guided hunting tours, fishing, hiking and heli-adventures.

Bay of Many Coves.

Set within the heart of Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves is a secluded and pristine environment, only accessible by boat. Tucked within a rolling landscape of untouched native bush and tranquil waters, you'll enjoy world class cuisine, breathtaking scenery and a sense of quiet serenity.

Solitaire lodge.

One of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, Solitaire in Rotorua is perched on a bush-covered peninsula Lake Tarawera. Floor to ceiling windows in every suite provide awe-inspiring views over Lake Tarawera it’s volcanic surrounds. Offering multiple natural experiences including hiking to 65 metre waterfalls, thermal hot springs, kayaking and fishing, Solitaire Lodge is the perfect place relax, indulge and rejuvenate.

Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge, Bay of Islands

Kauri Cliffs.

Near the Bay of Islands in Northland, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, is set on 6,000 acres and has 180 degree views of the pacific ocean. The main lodge is done in spacious colonial style and each private suite is bordered by the native forest with ocean views. Other amenities include two Astroturf tennis courts and a heated outdoor infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi.

Otahuna.

Otahuna Lodge is one of the few historic New Zealand estates offering contemporary luxury in the context of a restored Victorian mansion. Surrounded by 30 acres of immaculately tended gardens including sweeping lawns and woodlands, Otahuna is a testament to the 19th century architecture.