Whilst New Zealand is all about the great outdoors, it also has an impressive selection of boutique lodges, historic farm estates and beautifully manicured hotels and golf resorts to perfectly complement its dramatic scenery.
Decadent Luxury Lodges Amongst Mesmerising Landscapes
Travellers are expertly wooed within welcoming homesteads, private cottages and extravagant, exclusive boltholes. Wherever you choose to stay, it will no doubt sit in perfect harmony with its surrounding landscape – most likely built from local timber and stone and set within the foothills of the Remarkables ranges, aside luminous Lake Wakatipu, amongst Alpine splendour or overlooking fabulous Fjordland. It is, however, the memorable experiences that they offer within this incredible outdoor playground, which will leave the greatest impression. From scenic flights over Bay of Islands and wine trails at Waiheke Island, to world-class golf courses, fishing, hiking, farm tours and cooking courses — not to mention the adrenaline-driven activities for which it is world-renowned — guests can enjoy thrilling adventure whilst they indulge in lodge luxury.
New Zealand’s National Parks, Reserves And Wildlife
With over twenty per cent of New Zealand covered in national parks, forest and reserves, there is an abundance of native flora and fauna to discover. In fact, there are two UNESCO World Heritage areas (one in each island), fourteen national parks — providing a variety of unspoilt landscapes to hike, mountain-bike, ski, snowboard, kayak or go fishing — and thirty-four marine reserves. With high annual rainfall and many hours of sunshine, the lush flora is diverse, with an astonishing 80% of flora is native. Visitors will soon discover the largest native tree, the Giant Kauri Tree (Pohutukawa Tree), with its distinctive pretty red flowers, be awe-inspired by the luminous southern lakes and be thrilled to see the native wildlife. From coastal marine life such as the Hector’s Dolphin (the world’s rarest dolphin and only found in New Zealand’s waters), whale-watching in Kaikoura and sightings of the Giant Sperm Whale, to the New Zealand Fur Seal (Kekeno) and yellow-eyed native penguin, to the land-based Tui bird, with its beautiful song, the playful Kea and quintessential Kiwi bird, there are plenty of native treasures to admire. Guests at The Farm at Cape Kidnapper’s may even be fortunate enough to hold a treasured Kiwi bird.
North Island Charm — City, Beach, Golf And Fishing
Sub-tropical North Island boasts the gateway ‘City of Sails’, Auckland, with its vibrant harbour, vast swathes of deserted beaches, fascinating Maori cultural and geo-thermal geysers. From the seductive ocean seascape at stylish Eagles Nest in the Bay of Islands, to the immaculate greens of the championship golf course at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island offers a compelling scenic menu of never-ending beaches, forested canopies and river settings. Guests at the iconic Huka Lodge, for example, are spoilt with superb fly-fishing by day and sumptuous dining by night, whilst visitors to Wharekauhau Country Estate ,in Palliser Bay, can join a working farm by day and enjoy the historic charms of a grand Edwardian lodge at their leisure.
South Island Appeal — Wilderness And Watersports
New Zealand’s South Island is blessed with awe-inspiring scenery and is home to Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. Boasting incredible mountain lodges, such as lofty Minaret Station (with its high altitude dining room), and serene lakeside retreats, such as captivating Blanket Bay and world-renowned Eichardt’s Private Hotel , it is a photographer’s dream. With myriad outdoor attractions, such as guided hikes, lake cruises, horse trails, scenic helicopter tours and heli-skiing (in winter), there is a wealth of experiences to enjoy before returning to the privacy of a boutique retreat, for an indulgent culinary treat. Such fine dining is an integral part of most lodge stays — created from expertly sourced, local ingredients — and guests can savour zesty local wines that are perfectly paired with delicious local fare, such as Milford Sound Crayfish.
Luxury Lodge Experiences In New Zealand
Whichever decadent luxury lodge you choose for your stay, whether it is the magnificent Kauri Cliffs, a member of Relais & Chateaux, set in 6,000 acres and boasting a championship golf course; to Wharekauhau Country Estate, a working farm in Palliser Bay; boutique Edenhouse in Nelson, with its stunning gardens; historic Otahuna Lodge, near Christchurch or Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, each impressive lodge provides world-class fine dining, exquisite wines and impeccable service. Whilst the thrill of outdoor adventure may constantly beckon in New Zealand, the delectable cuisine, personalised service and generously sized suites will only serve to further enhance your stay in this spectacular country.
Must-Taste Experiences In New Zealand — Sip And Savour
Wherever you choose to stay, or wherever your itinerary takes you, the fresh produce is bound to cause a stir and will provide an integral highlight to any journey. With the benefit of an expansive coastline, long hours of sunshine and a maritime climate, New Zealand boasts an impressive array of fruits, vegetables, honey, meats and seafood to discover. Simple, alfresco dining is the order of the day, with warm Kiwi hospitality accompanying every dish. Must-taste, authentic cuisine experiences include Bluff Oysters, whitebait fritters, Kumara, kiwi fruit preserve and cervena (venison). So, wherever you venture, make time to visit a local vineyards, and take a wine-tasting tour, before indulging in the delectable dishes, succulent meats and famously fresh Sauvignon Blancs.
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