A trip to New Zealand is the adventure of a lifetime. Home to some of the most impressive landscapes in the world, New Zealand is the epitome of stunning and diverse natural beauty. Here, you can marvel at jagged mountains, lush rolling pastures, steep fjords, raging rivers, glistening emerald lakes, white sand beaches, and active volcanic zones.
New Zealand is made of two main islands, the North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui, which is separated from the less populous (although slightly larger) South Island by Cook Strait. North Island offers a variety of experiences — such as Auckland’s multi-cultural hub of cuisine to art and culture, Wellington’s cafe scene, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay’s vineyards, and the pristine coasts of the Bay of Islands.
On the other hand, The South Island is renowned for its epic mountains, fjords and lakes in adrenalin capital Queenstown, historically-rich Christchurch and whale-watching hot spot Kaikoura — deeming itself the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
With all this beauty surrounding the destination, there’s no better way to experience the country’s beauty than staying in one of the many luxury lodges in New Zealand that make their magnificent settings the highlight of your stay. And while Australia has some of the swankiest lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes, neighbouring New Zealand is definitely the lesser-known destination.
From the perfect alpine lakeside hideaway in Queenstown to an ultra-modern sanctuary for two nestled between two hills at the tip of Pigeon Bay, check out these luxury lodges in New Zealand set in the most stunning vistas.
Matakauri Lodge is the perfect alpine lakeside hideaway, situated just seven minutes from Queenstown on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The luxurious retreat is framed by impressive mountain ranges, boasting stunning views of the area.
Accommodation selections include three lodge suites set in the main lodge and eight peripheral deluxe suites, with each housing private terraces looking out to dramatic vistas. Completing the luxurious experience is its swanky interiors, fireplace-warmed sitting areas, walk-in wardrobes and oversized bathtubs and private decks in each lodge.
Helena Bay Lodge, located in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s North Island, is a luxury lodge set amidst three kilometres of pristine coastline, four private beaches and numerous intimate coves for the ultimate retreat in the pristine Helena Bay.
Upon its opening in November 2016, the lodge was instantly heralded as one of the best new hotels in the world. The property, built by Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov, boasts five villas and can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests — so you can enjoy your stay in complete privacy.
Travel like royalty by staying at the world-renowned Huka Lodge in Taupo. Having long been considered one of the top retreats in the world, the beautiful property has hosted illustrious personalities the likes of Queen Elizabeth, American author James A. Mitchener (who wrote part of Return to Paradise there) and more recently, the Obamas.
Located within 17-acres of magnificent grounds along the banks of the Waikato River, accommodation is available within 25 beautifully-appointed suites.
Located on the stunning Bay of Islands, Otaha Beachfront Lodge is a private luxury retreat that stretches out between two hills. The lodge is an indulgent five bedroom holiday accommodation situated on the Bay of Islands, featuring breathtaking coastal and ocean views.
The beautiful property is built by the timbers of its surrounding trees, boasting total privacy whilst immersing guests into its natural surroundings. A pristine private beach is located within just a short walk, where you can swim, surf or hike.
Nestled between two hills at the tip of Pigeon Bay, Annandale’s Seascape villa is an ultra-modern retreat hidden on the hillside. The sanctuary is camouflaged by a turf roof, along with stone walls and glass façade that overlook Pegasus Bay out to the Pacific and beyond.
The property is an intimate sanctuary for two, so far removed from the day-to-day that you’ll need to get onboard a helicopter or a 40-minute transfer in a 4WD Annandale vehicle across the cliff-top farm tracks to reach it. Amenities include an outdoor lounge and luxurious spa boasting all-encompassing views of the private bay, indoor living area with heated floors and a fireplace, and a modern bathroom that matches the rest of Seascape.
Azur Luxury Lodge, located on the spectacular Lake Wakatipu, offers ten silver beechwood and exposed stone villas clinging to the mountainside. Each villa is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal the spectacular Lake Wakatipu set against towering mountains in the distance.
The villas are spacious in layout with high ceilings, king-sized beds in Egyptian cotton, mammoth lounges to recline on, and bathtubs that sit by windows so guests get to enjoy the mountainous terrain in the distance.