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.