The Perfect Accommodation for Every Activity in New Zealand

21st February 2018

We’re lucky in New Zealand to have so many activities and special places on offer…whether you’re a golf addict, fishing nut, or in need of some yoga and wellness, we have a unique location for you set up perfectly for everything you love to do while on holiday!

Poronui & Blake House – fishing

In the Taharua Valley near Taupo you’ll find Poronui nestled amongst world class wilderness experiences on 16,000 acres of beautiful New Zealand scenery.

Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where you can fish for resident, wild, brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters. Other activities include hunting, hiking, horse riding or mountain biking.

The main Lodge is host to relaxing, cosy communal living spaces while there are seven individual guest cabins separate to the main lodge, each with one queen bed and one single bed.

Enjoy après fishing drinks by the crackling log fire, or canapés and pre-dinner cocktails on the deck on the warmer evenings. You may even find yourself sharing stories of the day’s adventures with fellow guests.

Dinner time is always a treat at Poronui. The on-site restaurant is renowned for delicious gourmet food, using locally and in-season ingredients, expertly prepared by their team of chefs.

The lodge isn’t your only accommodation option at Poronui however! Blake House is a private villa on the same property but very separate. There’s also Safari tents for those seeking a more rustic experience.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers – golf

Set atop 6,000 acres of stunning pasture-land in Hawke’s Bay, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and their on-site par 71 championship golf course designed by Tom Doak! It’s a golf lover’s dream!

Cape Kidnappers offers 22 guest suites and a four bedroom Owner’s Cottage just a 60 minute flight from Auckland. Every suite offers its own private balcony and stunning views.

The main lodge features lounge and dining spaces, outdoor rooms, roaring open fire places, a wine cellar complete with tasting room plus a fully-equipped gymnasium.

The golf course measures 6,510 metres and has been voted Number 22 Best Golf Course in the world by Golf Digest.

If you feel like a rest day off golf, there are plenty of other activities available including walks, farm tour, full-service luxury spa, fitness centre, outdoor heated pool, spa and pool cabana.

Eagles Nest – sailing

Eagles Nest’s collection of five luxury villas are tucked away on a lush headland with panoramic views of New Zealand’s famed Bay of Islands – making it perfect for all kinds of water activities.

Their five villas range in size from sleeping just two in a romantic honeymoon retreat at their First Light Temple villa, six in Eagle Spirit or The Eyrie villas, through to eight in the larger Sacred Space or Rahimoana villas.

Each property and hidden from the other villas. You can enjoy a private swimming pool and panoramic views of the ocean.

Included in each stay with Eagles Nest are:

  • Bottle of Louis Roederer
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fresh seasonal fruit platter replenished daily
  • Gourmet breakfast options
  • WiFi
  • Daily servicing
  • Mountain bikes
  • Access to the Estate’s private beach

Mahu Whenua – winter sports

Mahu Whenua consists of four adjoining high country sheep stations which stretch from Wanaka through to Queenstown over 55,000 hectares (550sq km or 200sq miles).

Easily accessible, the Ridgeline Homestead at Mahu Whenua is only 20 minutes drive from Wanaka, up to 120 minutes drive from Queenstown Airport or 10 minutes helicopter transfer from Queenstown Airport.

The incredible location makes it perfect for a winter escape – four ski areas and one cat skiing operation boarder the property. Alternatively, you can treat the Ridgeline Homestead as your heli-skiing lodge for your winter getaway in the New Zealand mountains! Your mountain guide will pick you up from the front lawn of the Homestead in a helicopter to take you skiing or snowboarding on the barely explored slopes of Mahu Whenua or the nearby mountains around Wanaka and Queenstown.

Come back after a day in the snow to après canapés and drinks prepared by Mahu Whenua chef and soak in the spa surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Mahu Whenua offers four luxury suites. Alternatively, it can sleep up to 12 people with exclusive-use bookings.

Matakauri Lodge – action

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is the perfect base for all your Queenstown based adventure.

Not only is Queenstown home to every kind of action you can imagine, but Matakauri’s nearby helipad opens up access to glacier landings, the wild West Coast, Fiordland or even the Mt Cook region if you’re feeling adventurous.

The Lodge offers accommodation in twelve luxurious guest suites or its stunning Owner’s Cottage. Each of the lodge suite offers a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The suites are nestled in a native forest overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountain panorama.

The Owner’s Cottage, features four rooms, private Jacuzzi, kitchen and grand courtyard, ideal for families, couples or friends travelling together, and special celebrations.

Facilities include a full service luxury spa, infinity swimming pool, and a fully equipped fitness centre.

Aro Hā – wellness & yoga

Aro Hā offers life changing, body morphing, spirit lifting ‘Wellness Adventures’ in the middle of the located the Southern Alps, just a 40 minute drive from Queenstown Airport.

Aro Hā Wellness Adventures are based on a template for optimal wellness and have been refined over the last 10 years to provide guests with a life-altering glow. We base our program on yoga, sub-alpine hiking, dynamic strength training, therapeutic massage and vegetarian cuisine.

The retreats are all inclusive, personalised and intimate – you’ll be challenged during your stay and rewarded with a sense of achievement and glow by the end of the retreat. Most abilities are catered for and all activities can be taken at your own pace.

Core features of a wellness programme include:

  • sunrise yoga
  • sub alpine hiking
  • world heritage park surroundings
  • mindfulness meditation practices
  • enzymatically active vegan paleo diet
  • functional strength training
  • daily therapeutic massage
  • contrast spa therapy
  • a purpose-built, private facility
  • zen inspired eco accommodation
  • small groups with personalised attention
  • nutritional advice

So there you have it – we hope there’s something in here for everyone! If you think there’s an activity we haven’t covered then let us know – we would gladly accept the challenge to find your perfect accommodation!

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