April 2017: New Zealand luxury lodges and experiences
New Zealand’s growing portfolio of exclusive luxury accommodation, in particular its world class luxury lodges, combines style and comfort with the natural environment to create a unique and premium experience for your clients.
To complement their stay, travellers can enjoy a range of authentic luxury experiences set amongst a backdrop of breath-taking landscapes.
From sailing crystal clear waters, gourmet heli-picnics on mountain tops and playing golf in stunning locations – there are activities to suit all tastes.
If your clients are looking for a luxury escape to New Zealand, read on and take a look at our recently updated premium trade guide
NORTHLAND & BAY OF ISLANDS
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Set on 6000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. The main lodge overlooks the golf course and offers 22 rooms.
Eleven outlying cottages, each with two guest suites, provide the spacious accommodation at this Relais & Chateaux hideaway.
Your clients can fish, dive or discover New Zealand’s pristine shorelines, play their best ever round on the world-class golf course or indulge in a therapeutic treatment at the full service luxury spa.
Other on-site activities include guided walks, cultural performances, farm tours and wine tastings.
Helena Bay’s 750 acres includes four private beaches, and the lodge can accommodate up to ten guests in five villa suites.
The Main Lodge facilities include a truly magnificent Russian Banya (spa), 25m heated lap pool, library, three lounge areas, both informal and formal dining areas, an outdoor fire pit.
On property activities include the use of the Helena Bay helicopter, hiking, ocean fishing, biking, kayaking, paddle boards, farm tours and tennis.
Treetops Lodge & Estate
Located just outside Rotorua, this uniquely New Zealand experience is a sanctuary and retreat of breath-taking terrain, offering the ultimate in world-class accommodation and adventure.
Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, this ecology inspired award-winning lodge is a nature lovers’ sanctuary.
New are their natural heritage and native wilderness inspired ‘Signature Experiences
’ offered daily. Also offering, helicopter adventures, a dedicated Wilderness Spa
, and access to The Kinloch Club
, an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.
Huka Lodge lies on the banks of the Waikato River, 300m upstream from the famous Huka Falls.
Huka Lodge spans 17 acres of manicured grounds, offering 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite and two exclusive cottages – the Owner’s Cottage, with four suites, and the new two-suite Alan Pye Cottage.
Huka Lodge work with carefully chosen operators to offer guests a range of experiences, such as golf, trout fishing, hiking, horse riding, helicopter flights, cruises and much more.
Within the 17-acre manicured grounds guests can play tennis, pètanque and croquet, swim, soak in a spa pool and enjoy in-room massages and beauty treatments.
The Kinloch Club
The Lodge at Kinloch opened in 2016 and offers irresistible new heights of luxury to discerning lovers of natural beauty, adrenaline adventure and cutting-edge lodge design – complementing the spectacular, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
The Lodge’s wild adventure offering of the nearby Tongariro Crossing, fly-fishing, hiking, forest and lake cycling are as spectacular as the welcoming whiskey and champagne bar, gourmet restaurant featuring a 'Farm to Table' organic menu and exclusive designer accommodation.
One-bedroom junior suites or luxurious one and two bedroom villas with landscaped views over the golf course are available.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Honoured by Conde Naste Traveller's Gold List 2017, The Farm exudes character and comfort. With 24 ultra-cosy and spacious cottage suites and a four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage – all with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean – a stay at the Relais & Chateaux Cape Kidnappers is truly “farm luxe” at its best.
Leisure opportunities abound with a par 71 championship golf course designed by Tom Doak, luxurious spa facility, Kiwi Discovery walks, where guests can interact with this precious native bird to New Zealand, and adventurous Can Am tours to the outreaches of Cape Kidnappers station.
WELLINGTON & THE WAIRARAPA
Wharekauhau is situated on a 5000-acre sheep station overlooking Palliser Bay, 10 minutes by helicopter or a 90-minute drive from Wellington. Surrounded by native forests, beaches, rivers, lakes and wetlands, the estate is a magical haven of peace and solitude from the outside world.
Spice up your stay with a spot of archery, surfcasting, quad biking or horse riding - then wind down with a wine tasting at the end of the day.
CHRISTCHURCH & CANTERBURY
This Relais & Chateaux property offers seven exceptional suites set within New Zealand's most important historic residence.
The Lodge, built in 1895, is surrounded by 30 acres of its own century-old botanic and vegetable gardens.
It is only 30 minutes’ drive from Christchurch airport and the city centre, making it the ideal place from which to explore Canterbury.
Wineries, private gardens, championship golf, world-class fishing and even the world’s rarest dolphins are all just a short drive – or helicopter ride – from the front lawn.
Explore the wilderness of the South Island with the friendly and experienced Minaret Station team through one of many Heli-Adventure options.
Alternatively set off on a memorable guided fishing, guided hunting or heli-skiing excursion, deep in the wilds of New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Guests are afforded the privacy, warmth and comfort of tasteful high country design, with each chalet featuring sheepskin carpets, an en-suite bathroom and a hot tub on adjoining private deck, where they can relax under the stars.
Situated at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, the lodge is built in the grand style of the finest alpine lodges.
Accommodation is provided in four intimate lakeside rooms and three sumptuous lodge suites. Two chalets offer four additional luxury suites and staterooms.
At Blanket Bay your clients have the opportunity to combine sheer comfort with the vast array of activities in Queenstown, the “adventure capital of the world”.
Experiences on offer include scenic flights to Milford Sound, fly- and heli-fishing, hiking, heli-skiing, horse riding, wine and arts trails, golf and many other adventure activities.
The lodge is spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu and only seven minutes from Queenstown.
Twelve luxurious guest suites, with eight outlying cottages and four suites within the lodge, each suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, and bathroom overlooking the lake and the mountain panorama.
The Owner's Cottage features four suites in a freestanding residence, private Jacuzzi, lounge, kitchen and grand courtyard.
Off-property activities include horse riding, jet boat adventures up the pristine Dart River Valley, exclusive 4WD adventures to Skipper’s Canyon, local arts tours, photography safaris, Lord of the Rings tours and more.