Updated: Jul 23
Kia Ora! We’re taking you to the luxurious side of the Land of the Long White Cloud! It’s a country of dramatic landscapes and diverse diversions. Surfing? Check. Downhill skiing? Look to Queenstown. Scuba-diving? They’ve got that too. You can also sip sauvignon blancs at the source, wake up with Auckland’s buzzing coffee scene and catch a whale-watching tour from Wellington. Nature will always steal the show in New Zealand but we’ve selected the most beautiful hotels, villas and resorts that’ll ensure you have the best seats in the house. Now to decide: North Island or South Island first?
Sophisticated and elegant, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs looks out across panoramic views across the Bay of Islands. Resting on an unspoiled coastline where high cliffs give way to three pristine private beaches, Kauri Cliffs is experiential travel at its best. Play a round of golf on the on-site course (ranked the #37 best course in the world), head out on one of the many nature trails around the area, or take a scenic helicopter flight over the Bay of Islands.
Accommodation at Kauri Cliffs comprises 22 elegant guest suites, situated in two’s across the property. You’ll feel immediately at home in the thoughtfully designed suites, spacious bathrooms and east-facing balconies. We recommend the Deluxe Suites - these 70sqm suites feature king bedding, private balcony overlooking the Cavalli Islands, and luxurious seating around your open fireplace.
The on-site restaurant draws inspiration from a variety of international cuisines, with an emphasis on local produce and providers. Guests can choose from a variety of dining spaces, including the Main Dining Room, Tiger Room, Green Room and Verandas, with private dining arranged upon request.
This multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Located within easy walking distance of the historic town of Russell in New Zealand, the estate offers a variety of luxury accommodation options for the most discerning of travellers. Try your hand at fishing, join up with a horse trekking group right from the resort, or kick back in your private villa, one of only five on property.
For larger groups, we’d recommend the Rahimoana Villa, an elegantly designed four bedroom villa offering 300 degree views of ocean, islands, sunsets and landscapes. It features a 25 metre infinity lap pool, gym and movie theatre.
For couples, The First Light Temple is the villa for you. The mezzanine bedroom enjoys spectacular views and has a floor to ceiling glass shower in the ensuite and skylight over the bed, original New Zealand artworks adorn the walls, as well as offering a jacuzzi and home theatre within the villa.
Dining is an integral part of the Eagles Nest experience. Let the team of talented resident personal chefs awaken and delight the connoisseur within. Eagles Nest’s “Gourmet Epicure” showcases a diverse array of New Zealand’s finest produce sourced locally and nationwide to provide a true sensation for all the senses to savour. If you prefer to cook, each villa comes with a fully equipped kitchen, and the property can arrange to have your fridge stocked before your arrival.
Located in Taupo, enter through the gates of Huka Lodge and immediately begin to leave the real world behind. As guests journey the length of the drive and encounter the park-like grounds, a feeling of peace and tranquility begins to gently envelop them. Experience the local area on one of the Lodge’s bespoke tours, running to sights such as the Waitomo Caves, the Hawke’s Bay wine trail, or a Hobbiton set tour for the Lord of the Rings fans.
The Lodge features 22 boutique suites, 20 of which are the Junior Lodge Suites - harmonious and deliberately simple in approach. Designed to allow the beauty of the landscape to dominate, while providing layers of well appointed luxury. The lodge also features the larger Owners Cottage and Alan Pye Cottage for bigger groups or families.
Dining at the Lodge is situated in the main dining area of the property. Guests gather to make each other’s acquaintance, share stories of their day and enjoy the superb cuisine, prepared using the finest of ingredients and complemented by exceptional wines. Service is both solicitous and seamless, designed to anticipate.
Situated in Akaroa, just to the South East of Christchurch, The Annandale is a working coastal farm and four luxury villas which are nestled between the rolling hills of the Banks Peninsula and the sparkling water of the Pacific. These private locations feature award-winning architecture and a unique experience referred to as “gumboot luxury”. Head out around the area on one of the many nature trails, take a cooking class with the on-site chef, or simply settle into your private villa.
Each villa is free-standing and separated from the others, so you’ll experience a sense of pure privacy. Switch off and log out for an authentic Kiwi experience. Nothing but the birdsongs will disturb you here. Each of the villas has its own distinctive character, but whichever you choose, privacy and relaxation are guaranteed.
For couples, we recommend the Seascape Villa - the sparkling jewel in Annandale's crown: a picturesque private bay, above which an ultra-modern retreat provides a truly romantic experience for two. Accessed by helicopter or by a 40-minute transfer in a 4WD Annandale vehicle across the cliff-top farm tracks, the villa features an outdoor lounge with fireplace, luxurious indoor spa and a super-king sized bed.
Bigger groups will enjoy the Scrubby Bay Villa, featuring four bedrooms, private swimming pool and spa, open fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen.
Dining is a simple experience at Annandale - prior to arrival, you’ll be sent a form for your dietary requirements / preferences, allowing the property to cater to your every need. You’re able to choose from a private chef dinner, to having your food specially curated and delivered directly to your villa.
Spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers luxury lodges accommodation in Queenstown and looks out to a mesmerising panorama of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak. Just seven minutes from bustling Queenstown, this is an alpine, lakeside retreat, nestled in one of the world’s most strikingly beautiful landscapes. The main lodge consists of a spacious lounge and dining and living areas, all with views of Lake Wakatipu, while accommodation is offered in twelve luxurious guest suites and rooms.
We recommend the Suites, which are a step up in size from the Lodge Rooms and feature king size bedding, open fireplace with seating area, and superb views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. For bigger groups, the Owner’s Cottage features four bedrooms with private balconies, an outdoor courtyard area with barbecue and kitchen with extensive cooking facilities, as well as a spectacularly located, infinity edge hot tub on the main balcony.
Guests can choose from a variety of dining spaces, including the Library, Dining Room, Remarkables Patio, Courtyard and Lounge, with private dining arranged upon request. Matakauri Lodge Head Chef Jonathan Rogers delivers an exquisite take on modern New Zealand cuisine, and sources the very best produce from local suppliers. Due to this, the menu changes daily!
Touch of Spice Villas
The Touch of Spice collection is not a single resort, but rather a collection of beautiful villas situated across the country. Meticulously crafted over 14 years by founder Jacqui Spice, the award-winning luxury stays accommodation portfolio includes everything from self-catered apartments to fully staffed private residences, glamping getaways to private islands, boutique hotels to world-class luxury lodges. Driven by the desire for unique destinations and authentic experiences, Touch of Spice uncover hidden gems and combine them with exclusive properties, creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences, perfectly tailored to your individual needs.
Sleep at the foot of the Southern Alps in a luxury Lodge, let loose on a private island or run down the hallways and bomb in the pool in one of our exclusive private Residence Collection homes. With a dedicated travel designer providing 24/7 concierge services, all aspects of your stay will be executed to a world-class standard with every detail delivered above and beyond expectation.
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