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10 of New Zealand's most incredible luxury lodges and hotels

 |  29 July 2020

Mahua Whenua - Wanaka

Luxury Lodges New Zealand

Formerly owned by Canadian singer and songwriter, Shania Twain, the Ridgeline Homestead and Cottages at Mahu Whenua are easily accessible while giving you the feeling of seclusion and privacy on what is virtually your own private national park. Mahu Whenua has five individual Ridgeline Suites (three Homestead Suites and two Cottage Suites). The cuisine will be an integral and memorable part of your stay. The chef will tailor the menu to your specific requirements and source the freshest local produce. The lodge also hosts a range of activities include heli adventures and horse riding.

What makes Mahu Whenua so very special is its magical story. From the start, the owner’s vision has been to regenerate the land, on what was once 4 high country sheep stations. In addition to introducing sustainable farming practices, he has started an extensive plant regeneration and native bird breeding programme which has been an enormous success. Now guests can enjoy this wonderful eco sanctuary set amongst dramatic alpine scenery.

Eagles Nests – Russell, Bay of Islands

Eagles Nests Russell Bay of Islands

With incredible views of the Bay of Islands and only a short walking distance from the beautiful town of Russell, Eagles Nest is absolute luxury. With five luxurious villas, a 25-metre infinity pool overlooking a private beach and fabulous culinary services with an onsite chef and superb wine cellar, your stay here will be one to remember.

There are many activities to experience from Eagles Nest, including bush walking, fishing, sailing and private island picnics. You may even opt to travel to Eagles Nest from Auckland on one of our incredible Helicopter Trips.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge – Wanaka


Minaret Station NZ

One of New Zealand’s finest Alpine lodges, Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is located off the gird in the Wanaka region, in a glacial valley amongst untouched landscapes. This lodge is only accessible by helicopter, so you can imagine the seclusion that will feel when you stay here.  You can really enjoy the privacy and comfort surrounded by tasteful high-country design and fantastic hiking routes.

Minaret Station has an incredible in-house Chef that cooks some of the freshest local ingredients from Central Otago’s basin, including lamb and Angus beef sourced from Minaret Station’s own 50,000 acre working farm. Offering a range of day experiences tailored to all interests, fitness levels and budget, you don’t have to stay here to experience what the Minaret station has to offer, with multiple trips departing from Queenstown and Wanaka to Dusky Sounds or to the Station for a day visit.

Blanket Bay – Queenstown area

Blanket Bay Queenstown area

Located at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, not far from Queenstown, near the town of Glenorchy, the lodge offers a tempting choice of accommodation styles. There are lodge suites, lodge rooms, chalet suites, and the luxurious owner’s residence. Set on a 10,000-acre high country farm with stunning South Island lake and mountain views, the location is perfect for solitude but close to activity and adventure, should you desire.

Guests can enjoy an intimate den, games room, spa, gym, jacuzzi, steam rooms, therapy suite, and heated outdoor lap pool. Beyond the lodge, activities include guided fly-fishing, heli-flightseeing, jet boating, and high-country horse riding. In winter, the local heli-skiing is extraordinary.

Dining at Blanket Bay is legendary. Acclaimed chefs deliver Creative Pacific Rim cuisine that’s perfectly complemented by carefully selected local and international wines.

Wharekauhau Country Estate - Wairarapa

Wharekauhau Country Estate Wairarapa

This beautiful country Estate is the ultimate getaway if you are heading to Wairarapa and only 1.5 hours by road from Wellington.  Wharekauhau Country Estate is surrounded by dramatic rural vistas and a rugged coastline, where you can relax in absolute bliss and forget the outside world. With stunning exterior and interior and in true Wharekauhau style, natural materials are used throughout the cottage suites. Clay tiles, pebble mosaics, rich New Zealand wool carpeting, soft cotton linens and hemp curtains lend to the authentic atmosphere and genuine experience.

With excellent dining options, its recommended to try the trust the chef experience to taste some of the freshest cuisines. You may even choose to explore the local wineries of Martinborough or taste the locally made Light House Gin, which is crafted from spring water drawn from our very own Wharekauhau estate

Fiordland Lodge - Fiordland

Fiordland Lodge Fiordland

Focusing on environmental sustainability and key luxury standards, Fiordland Lodge is the perfect place to base yourself to experience Fiordland. On the edge of almost 1.2 million hectares of mountain, lake, fiord, and rainforest environment the lodge is surrounded by a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. Fiordland Lodge’s open interior imitates the vastness of the Fiordland National Park, with high ceilings, full trunk pillars, and a massive river stone fireplace to provide a warm spacious setting. With a talented team of chefs who incorporate the freshest local ingredients and prepare uniquely refined dishes to please all palates.

There are many activities on offer, like cruising on the famous Milford Sounds and Doubtful Sounds, guided hiking, and wildlife spotting, I recommend having a go at one of the lodges' guided fishing experiences, as the region is known for wild brown and rainbow trout.

Solitaire Lodge – Lake Tarawera

Solitaire Lodge Lake Tarawera

Solitaire Lodge just on the outskirts of Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s premiere luxury lodges. You can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera, with lush natural bush and volcanic landscape backdrops.  The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.

Solitaire Lodge’s amazing chefs create daily changing and delicious gourmet cuisines, with fresh local ingredients, complemented by a variety of superb wines from selected regional vineyards. Included during your stay are excellent amenities including kayaks which you can take out to Lake Tarawera. You may also opt to book yourself on some of the many experiences on offer like a natural hot spring soak or helicopter to Mount Tarawera and Orakei Korako.

Otahuna Lodge - Canterbury


Otahuna Lodge

Otahuna Lodge is a historic residence revitalized with luxury accommodation, magnificent gardens, and delicious cuisine.  In its aristocratic sense of style, the country charm of its grounds, and its refined yet personable service, Otahuna combines the history of the past with the cosmopolitan pleasures of the present. The seven suites at Otahuna have a traditional ambiance created by decorative ornate fireplaces, carved inglenooks, and flowers freshly picked from the Estate.

The cuisine here is fresh Otahuna estate-grown offerings. Dinner is a five-course chef’s degustation menu that changes daily, making use of the fresh produce sourced from the property's own potager garden and orchard. Located only 30 minutes from Christchurch Airport, unwind at this country estate and explore the Canterbury and Southern Alps region.

Huka Lodge - Taupo

Huka Lodge Taupo

One of the first lodges in New Zealand; Huka Lodge sits on 17 acres of park-like grounds and offers elegance and refinement of luxury boutique accommodation in Taupo. Huka Lodge has 20 Junior Lodge Suites, the four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage, and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage – guests will experience the ultimate exclusive hospitality experience.

With all meals included and 21 different private and stunning dining locations to choose from. Dinner is tailored and a new 7-course menu is designed every evening and cooked by top executive chef Paul Froggatt.

Huka Lodge is great for those wanting to experience trout and fly fishing or for those wanting a golfing getaway with Wairakei International Golf Course and Sanctuary only a 5-minute drive away. While, the Huka falls themselves are a 10-minute stroll away.

Gibbston Valley – Queenstown


Gibbston Valley


One of the best wineries in the Otago region, Gibbston Valley is surrounded by spectacular views. Staying in their luxury lodge and spa, you will have privacy as each villa opens up onto a private, secluded covered deck and courtyard. The lodge also comes complete with an exclusive wine cellar, a small movie theatre and concierge services to cater to your tastes.

The Lodge restaurant has meals prepared from organic and sustainably produced ingredients, grown in the chef’s garden or carefully selected from local artisan suppliers. Head Chef, Anthony Gradiska, has designed the menu to pair perfectly with the award-winning, handcrafted Gibbston Valley Wines. 

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