REGIONAL RETREATS – Escape to these exquisite luxury lodges that are closer than you think…

17th April 2020


Escape to these exquisite luxury lodges that are closer than you think….. 

Lockdown looks different for everyone, and whilst we are all very excited to return to a level of normality, we know it will be quite some time before we are able to travel freely around the country – many will even prefer to avoid air travel where possible. But sometimes you just need to get away and have a little “me” time minibreak. As we are expecting regional travel to open up before national travel, we thought we’d put together a little travel inspiration for our favourite luxury lodges which are right on your doorstep, so that you can start daydreaming about your next minibreak which is (hopefully) not too far away in the future!

New Zealand’s best luxury lodges offer an indulgent level of service that will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged – enjoy beautiful suites, finished with details and touches that will make you feel right at home. Luxurious beds topped with ultra-soft linen that invite you to “flop” and sink into the plush pillows. Gourmet dining experiences, with chef-prepared meals and world class wine lists (meaning no cooking AND no washing up…). Spectacular scenery and locations, worthy of venturing out to explore, no matter how fabulous the lodge itself is.

If you feel like you need a post lockdown minibreak, but prefer to stay closer to home, there is a luxury lodge for you less than 90 minutes away.

If you live in Northland head to the very north, or the bottom of the region to stay at these fantastic properties…

Te Arai is the newest member of Luxury Lodges of New Zealand and is a family-run boutique lodge with organic permaculture gardens, garden to table dining, and a focus on wellness & sustainability – enjoy the use of the pool, spa pool, and yoga studio on-site, or head to the local beaches for your morning stroll.

The Landing features four beautiful private residences, with the crowning jewel The Cooper Residence offering a luxury lodge style experience. Explore the onsite vineyards, walking trails, coastline and learn about the rich history of the site. Don’t miss the kiwi spotting tour during your stay!

If you live in Auckland, hop on a ferry to Waiheke Island…

The Boatshed oozes coastal charm, with chic styling and gorgeous nooks to settle into with a glass of wine and views over the ocean.

If you live in the Hawke’s Bay region, head to this world-renowned property…

Cape Kidnappers has been named by Travel + Leisure as the number one lodge in Australia and New Zealand. Overlook rugged coastlines and rolling hills from with world class destination.

If you live in Taupo, visit this historic fishing lodge….

Huka Lodge has historic roots, originating as a fishing lodge in the 1920’s – this prestigious property sits on the banks of the Waikato river, and is a very popular luxury lodge.

If you live in Wellington, make your way to this relaxing luxury retreat…

Wharekauhau is nestled in the foothills of the Rimutaka Mountain Range on 3000 acres of land overlooking Pallister Bay. Escape the city to this beautiful rural retreat!

If you live in Nelson, this hideaway will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised…

Split Apple Retreat is found on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, with sweeping ocean views – this property focuses on health and wellness, and you will leave feeling revitalised.

If you live in Christchurch, explore this historic estate, and live like royalty….

Otahuna is a Luxury Lodge located in Christchurch New Zealand set within an 1895 historic country estate – explore the beautiful grounds and spend time learning about the rich history of this beautiful Victorian mansion.

If you live in South Canterbury, indulge in a stay at this modern lodge….

The Lindis features exquisite modern architecture, designed to blend the form into the rolling land of the pristine Ahuriri Valley.

If you live in the Queenstown Lakes region you are completely spoiled for choice…

Mahu Whenua is a unique eco sanctuary with 136000acres of private land – the lodge is a beautiful homestead which was originally built as a private residence and has retained a level of homeliness which is hard to find in a luxury lodge.

Matakauri Lodge overlooks Lake Wakatipu just 10 minutes drive outside of Queenstown – enjoy stunning lake and mountain views and fantastic fine dining in this lovely luxury retreat.

Blanket Bay is positioned on the shores of Lake Wakatipu amidst the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps in the beautiful setting of Glenorchy at the top of Lake Wakatipu.

Minaret Station is a remote retreat accessible only by helicopter – escape from the world and relax amongst the pristine landscapes enjoyed by only a lucky few.

If you live in Southland, get away from it all in this luxury lodge set amongst a world heritage area…

Fiordland Lodge is a beautiful base to explore the Fiordland national park. A fantastic choice for keen fly fishers and hikers!

As always, our team are on hand to answer any questions about your close-to-home escape once the lockdown laws are lifted in New Zealand!  Contact us on  or +64 3 442 0502.

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