The best NZ luxury lodges and stays to book in 2021

By Kathryn Chung

The best NZ luxury lodges and stays to book in 2021
You don't have to sacrifice comfort and style while in the great outdoors: these places show you truly can have it all.

From new openings to beloved favourites, we set off around New Zealand to find the best luxury accommodations that are guaranteed for a memorable stay.

Te Whau Lodge, Waiheke Island

Nothing quite beats waking up on Waiheke with the sound of native birds and ocean views. Winner of the 2020 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice award for luxury accommodation, Te Whau Lodge is a true tranquil getaway. Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland and situated near the golf club, Tantalus Estate and its own private beach, this boutique lodge features four beautifully-appointed guest suites.

Moonlight Peak, Wairarapa

A short drive out of Wellington, Moonlight Peak is an architecturally-designed oasis that invites you to slow, unwind and take in nature’s surroundings. This charming hilltop hideaway brings comfort and luxury to an off-the-grid wilderness experience, featuring star-gazing skylights, a fireplace and a cedar hot tub.

305 in the Vines, Hawke’s Bay

Located in one of Aotearoa’s best wine regions, 305 in the Vines in Havelock North offers luxury villas nestled amongst beautiful vineyards. The modern and stylish private villas accommodate up to eight, ideal for families, groups or couple’s getaway. And with world-class wineries right at your doorstep, there’s a lot to love about this idyllic place.

Falcon Brae Villa – Stonefly Lodge, Nelson

Picturesque beaches of Abel Tasman and the lush rainforests of Kahurangi National Park are a stone’s throw away from Stonefly Lodge’s new hilltop retreat. But with beautifully-appointed suites, a private chef and even a grand piano, you could be forgiven for wanting to spend the entire day in this luxury villa. Designed for up to 10 guests, Falcon Brae is an exclusive residence and features three dining areas, a media room, games den and outdoor spa and pool. If you’re looking for luxury, this is it.

Ebb-Dunedin, Dunedin

Blending modernist luxury to artistic flair, the recently-opened Ebb-Dunedin offers thoughtfully designed rooms of nature-inspired palettes and nods to the city’s heritage architecture. The hotel’s expansive central atrium is a real standout, showcasing more than 40 artworks across.
82 Filleul Street, Dunedin,

Hapuka Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikōura

Located on a deer farm on the Kaikōura coast, Hapuka Lodge & Tree Houses offers classic suites, along with unique ‘tree house’ villas in the canopy of native trees. Designed around the natural environment, these ‘bedrooms in the sky’ are great for both families and couples looking to explore the Kaikōura region.

The Rees, Queenstown

On the shores of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, The Rees is a five-star hotel with a selection of accommodation options, from spacious hotel rooms to private, lakeside residences. The team at The Rees have been delivering exceptional experiences since 2007, and their culinary offerings are a true highlight, showcasing seasonal menus from an award-winning team and an enviable wine offering.

Cross-hill Lodge and Domes, Lake Hawea

Looking for a high-country experience like no other? Gaze at the stars from the comfort of a spacious geodesic dome on the shores of a stunning alpine lake. Newly-opened Cross Hill Lodge and Domes in Lake Hawea boasts six unique dome stays, all featuring modern bathrooms, heating, plush furnishings and the best of high-country hospitality in this family-owned accommodation.


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