Top 10 Exceptional Lodges In New Zealand

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During your trip to New Zealand, why not treat yourself to the luxury of staying in the most beautiful lodges in the heart of the natural treasures of this country at the end of the world? Our experts have listed the exceptional clubs in New Zealand for you. Whether for a stay of one night or more, make your trip a real dream.

1) Eagle’s Nest

A breathtaking view of the Bay of Islands

This exceptional lodge has won numerous awards, elected unique villa at the World Travel Awards since 2008, and among the Top 100 “beach hotels” in the world in 2007 by l’Officiel voyage, a luxury travel magazine. It is a sure bet!

The five villas of this exceptional lodge combined luxury, modernity, and comfort and were created to blend in with the environment. The gardens are lush, and the villas are spacious. They can accommodate from two to eight people. Whether you opt for a romantic trip for two or a trip with the family, this is an ideal place to stay!

Rahimona is the most spectacular. Rahimona means in Maori, the god of the sun on the ocean. In gray and white tones, its materials and architecture embody refinement and elegance . Glass walls give you a 300-degree view of the sea and islands. The four bedrooms of this villa have superb views.

A 25-meter infinity pool overlooks your own private beach.

Eagle's Nest - Sunset at Villa Rahimoana - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

Rahimona villa swimming pool – Eagle’s Nest

In the evening, you can relax in front of a good movie in your cinema lounge or enjoy your sauna and private Jacuzzi. Observe the horizon while enjoying a glass of champagne or a glass of New Zealand wine at your discretion in the bar of your villa. With its 1000 square meters, it will easily accommodate your family or group of friends. To explore the surrounding area, a Porsche Cayenne is at your disposal.

Sacred Space Villa is decorated in Maori style with original artwork and antique furniture. The main room has removable partitions allowing you to change the large living room into a living room and a cinema room. The upstairs bedroom is spacious and very bright, and three other bedrooms complete the sleeping area. You can also relax in your swimming pool.

Sacred Space swimming pool - Eagle's Nest - exceptional lodges in New Zealand

Sacred Space swimming pool – Eagle’s Nest

The First Light Temple Villa is the most romantic.

This villa is ideal for a couple. The mezzanine bedroom enjoys a spectacular view. Enjoy a glass of champagne in front of the fireplace or relax in the Jacuzzi. You will experience the perfect honeymoon.

Eagle's nest lounge - exceptional accommodation in New Zealand

Lounge First light temple – Eagle’s Nest

Villas “Eagle Spirit” and “Eyrie” have their 18-meter swimming pools, Jacuzzi, cinema, and three bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms. They are perfect for families.

In each of the villas, you will be greeted with a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne. You can also benefit from requests from a driver, a trainer, beauty and body treatments, or a butler. If you wish, a chef will come to cook your meals at home with local products, or if you prefer to cook yourself, the staff of the lodge can supply you according to your choice by bringing to your villa the products you need. You can also choose to dine at one of Russel’s excellent restaurants.

To do in the area

The Bay of Islands is famous for its 144 islands and its sunny climate. Explore the charming village of Russel.  This former whaling haunt is now a small town where life is good. This is where you will taste New Zealand’s best hot chocolate at Newport Chocolates. You can helicopter access the five local golf courses, drive a sports car on the track, or get your adrenaline pumping with a parachute jump.  Cruise the Waitangi River by kayak. If you practice horseback riding, opt for a horseback ride enjoying forests, volcanoes, and the ocean. There are courses for all levels. Explore the hiking trails by mountain bike, provided by the lodge, or on foot. You like fishing. A boat will be chartered to allow you to go fishing at sea. Want to go on a cruise, discover the dense marine life of the Bay of Islands and swim with dolphins. Many helicopter flight options are available from the lodge allowing you to reach Cape Reinga in the far north, the famous 90-mile beach, or the Waipoa Forest. For a romantic getaway, hotel staff can also organize a picnic on a private island.

 

2) Split Apple Retreat

Luxury at the gates of Abel Tasman

Your stay in this exceptional lodge will be placed under the sign of well-being. The quality of its Spa is unparalleled. It has received numerous awards. It was voted one of the best spas in the world in 2012 by Tatler Magazine and as the best spa destination in 2017 by Condé Nast Johansen and won the Luxperience Jury Prize in 2015.

Your hosts, Lee Nelson, a retired nutritionist, who has made the well-being of people his specialty, and his wife Pen, a renowned Japanese chef, will make your stay exceptional. Everything is done to make you feel good. The lodge has only three suites, making it an exclusive place to stay where you will be pampered. The view of Abel Tasman Park from the rooms is simply stunning. The suites are tastefully decorated, and you can feel the touch of Pen in the Japanese decoration of some of them.

Split Apple Retreat - Lotus Suite

Split Apple Retreat – Lotus Suite

His influence is also recognized in the establishment’s collection of Japanese art. The rooms are spacious and elegant, and each suite has its garden and its terrace with ocean views. All bedrooms also have access to the oceanfront seawater swimming pool.

Health and well-being also depend on food. Chef Pen is proud to say that she cooks tasty meals that nourish both body and soul. The dishes offered are both gourmet and gourmet while being healthy. It is the result of the collaboration between the chef and her nutritionist husband. And so that the experience does not end with your stay, you will have the opportunity to take a cooking class with Pen, who will teach you how to reproduce succulent and healthy dishes.

Split Apple retreat - swimming pool - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

Split Apple Retreat – Terrace and Pool

To do in the area

This exceptional lodge has relaxation and well-being as its theme. Everything is done to make you feel good and relaxed, body, and mind. Enjoy spa treatments and detoxifying sauna, pamper yourself on the massage table, practice your yoga exercises in a sumptuous setting. Learn the art of meditation or benefit from acupuncture and physiotherapy sessions.

All your senses will be awakened in this place of magical beauty

To extend the experience,  explore Abel Tasman National Park on foot or by kayak. Between golden sand beaches and turquoise sea, you will be amazed by the charm of this place. Combine the activities, begin your exploration on foot while a water taxi will transport your kayak, then continue exploring by water whenever you want. At the end of a busy day, the water taxi will bring you back to the starting point. Discover splendid scenery on horseback or let yourself be guided by a naturalist who will explain all the secrets of the regional flora to you.

 

3) Azur luxury lodge

An exceptional view of Lake Wakatipu

The nine villas of this exceptional lodge have all been designed to allow you to enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Each villa at the Azur Luxury lodge is equipped with a bedroom, a living room, a dining area, and a terrace. Immerse yourself in a hot tub in front of your bathroom window, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and admire the scenery. Breakfast, afternoon tea, and canapés will be offered to you, fresh and prepared by the chefs of the place at different times of the day. In the evening, you can choose from various menus, prepared by Queenstown restaurateurs, which will be delivered to your villa.

Azur Luxury lodge - Bathtub view - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

Azur Luxury lodge – Bath view on the Remarkables

To do in the area

Queenstown is a busy little town with a postcard feel. During your stay, take advantage of the many activities available in the ski and extreme sports capital. If you are thirsty for adrenaline, you will be served: jetboat, bungee jumping, parachuting from a plane, or paragliding from the surrounding cliffs! To appreciate the majesty of the landscape, opt for a helicopter flight over Queenstown but also the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. This will surely be one of the most beautiful memories of your trip to New Zealand. You can also choose a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. Explore the hiking trails on foot, by bike, or on horseback. Let yourself be guided through the surrounding farms and vineyards. Go fishing in the crystal clear waters of mountain rivers or golf in a dream setting. Need to relax, attend a yoga class, or benefit from the services of a private instructor, pamper yourself at home with massage and spa services or immerse yourself in the nearby hot springs. You travel to New Zealand in winter, no problem, Queenstown is New Zealand’s best ski destination, hit the slopes!

Azur Luxury lodge - exceptional accommodation in New Zealand

Azur Luxury lodge

 

4) Solitaire lodge

Stay in Rotorua in a unique setting

Solitaire Lodge’s nine suites, built on a private peninsula, offer stunning views of Tarawera Lakes and volcanoes.  The “Villa Suite” with its 100 square meters, can accommodate your family. The welcome is worthy of the beauty of the place, and the meals are exceptional. Everything is included: full breakfast, light lunch, aperitif drinks, canapes, and a five-course dinner. If you wish to visit the region, the staff will prepare a picnic basket for the road and will provide you with kayaks and boats to navigate on the lake.

Solitaire lodge - Salon - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

Solitaire lodge – Lounge

To do in the area

Discover the secrets of the place, just 15 minutes from your room. You can immerse yourself in natural hot springs in the middle of the forest. Go on an excursion to Tarawera Falls. A jetboat will take you to the starting point of this three-hour hike. Go for a half-day of trout fishing aboard a catamaran. Go to the ascent of Mount Tarawera with a guide. You will reach the volcano by 4X4 before starting the climb on foot. Treat yourself to the memorable memory of a helicopter ride over Tarawera Volcano and White Island. Explore this active volcano located in the open sea off the coast of New Zealand.

Take advantage of your stay in Rotorua to discover the geothermal activity of the region. Visit the natural parks: Wai-o-Tapu and its champagne pool with orange edges or its devil’s bath with fluorescent green waters, Waimanguthe volcanic valley looking like Jurassik park, Te Puia and its geysers, they all have their charm and their treasures to reveal! Discover Maori culture, learn the haka, attend a show of traditional dances and songs, let yourself be lulled by the myths and legends of these mythical people. Meet kiwis at Rainbow Spring Nature park or explore the Redwoods forest and admire the giant sequoias. There is no shortage of activities.

Solitaire lodge - Lake Tarawera view - unusual accommodations in New Zealand

Solitaire lodge – Lake Tarawera view

 

5) Huka lodge

A Relais & Chateaux at the gates of Taupo

On the banks of the Waikato River, which flows down to the famous Huka falls, a stone’s throw from Lake Taupo, this place will enchant you. Founded in 1920, the  Huka Lodge is an iconic establishment with incomparable charm. The suites have large verandas that let in light and allow you to enjoy the view of the rivers and the gardens. Chef Paul Froggatt is trained in Michelin-starred restaurants in France, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and will delight you with refined cuisine made from seasonal products.

Alan Pye Cottage - Huka lodge - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

Alan Pye Cottage – Huka lodge

 Newlyweds, families or people looking for adventure, everything has been thought of for you.

The staff of the lodge will take care of everyone! You can book a family pack with activities specially designed to have a good time with your children: gifts on arrival for the little ones, activities, menus designed for the youngest. In the evening, a babysitter will come to take care of your pitches while you can enjoy an unforgettable romantic moment.

Young couples can opt for a romantic experience with champagne and sweets on arrival, body treatments, and dinner in a place reserved for them.

Junior lodge suite - Huka lodge - exceptional accommodation in New Zealand

Junior lodge suite – Huka lodge

To do in the area

Lake Taupo, born from a volcano eruption 2,000 years ago, so gigantic it darkened to the sky in Europe, is New Zealand’s largest lake. It attracts many anglers and is suitable for water sports of all kinds. Treat yourself to a parachute jump over the lake. It’s an unforgettable experience. Sports enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice in terms of activities: golf, horse riding, hiking, jetboat, kayaking, bungee jumping, driving a Formula 1 car on the circuit, quad, trout fishing or hunting, there there is something for everyone, and we take care of all the reservations for you.

On the cultural side, visit a Maori village and go on a cruise to discover the sumptuous “Maori Rock Carvings.”

Maori Rock Carvings - Lake Taupo

Maori Rock Carvings – Lake Taupo

On the nature side, discover the superb surrounding panorama from the air. Fly over the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park and its emerald lakes, the gigantic Lake Taupo, the Huka Falls by helicopter. Your pilot will make a stopover at the edge of the Rangitikei River, and pastries and champagne will be served to you in a sumptuous setting.

The Huka lodge is undoubtedly one of the exceptional lodges for a magical stay in the land of kiwis!

 

6) The Resurgence

Luxury and ecology at the gates of Abel Tasman

Located between Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National ParksThe Resurgence is an exceptional eco-lodge that skilfully combines luxury and respect for the environment.

It was voted among the 25 best eco-lodges in the world by National Geographic !

The Resurgence - terrace - exceptional accommodation in New Zealand

The Resurgence – terrace

Enjoy a magical romantic moment: on the program, massages and candlelight dinners, no children here, this is a lodge designed for couples. For dinner, enjoy aperitifs and dishes prepared with local products from the garden and local farms or enjoy a barbecue on your terrace. Watch the sunset with a glass of sauvignon in your hand!

The lodge also organizes weddings! Give your fiancée a wonderful surprise by offering her a dream wedding in New Zealand: hairstyle, makeup, flowers, and photographer. The lodge takes care of everything. A translator can accompany you throughout the ceremony; he will bring the dress!

The Resurgence - room - exceptional accommodation in New Zealand

The Resurgence – bedroom

To do in the area

It is the ideal place to explore Abel Tasman but also the Kahurangi national park. Rent bicycles and go on a private or group tour to explore the Marlborough vineyards along the many cycle routes of the Nelson area. Movie fans can follow in the footsteps of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit on a guided tour. Many scenes in the films were shot on Takaka Hill, the Ngaru Caves, Caanan Downs, and Golden Bay.

7) PureP ods

Let yourself be enchanted by the spectacle of the Milky Way

Nothing like stargazing like a glass house! Lying in your bed, you can observe the constellations. Five exceptional lodges of this type are available not far from Christchurch (two in Kaikoura, two near Akaroa, and one in Waipara). Besides offering you a breathtaking view of the skies, PurePods accommodation has been built with respect for ecology and the environment. Electricity is supplied by solar energy, the heating works on bio-fuel. You will not find power outlets, but you can charge your phone using the available USB charger. You can choose to cook or have your meals delivered. To withstand the heat of summer, pull the blinds during the day, there is no air conditioning to respect the environment. All the products supplied respect nature.

Purepods Little river - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

PurePods Little River

To do in the area

Free from any light pollution, the New Zealand sky is also very dark, allowing the Milky Way to be observed with the naked eye. We find the largest reserve of the night sky in the world, officially recognized by astronomers around the world. Astro-tourism attracts more and more visitors to New Zealand every year, and it is not without reason. Find out why the southern sky of kiwis appeals to so many people. Quiet level, away from roads and any home, you will not come across a living soul during your stay. Forget city life, stress, and enjoy the majesty of the place.

You will be a privileged spectator of this magical spectacle!

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PurePods little River – Credit: Jarrad Seng

With your head still in the stars the day after this particular night, you can explore Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. It is in full reconstruction following the earthquake of 2011. Or opt for a visit of Kaikoura, the preferred starting point for whale watching cruises. Do not miss to taste a lobster dish, a specialty of the region.

 

8) The Marlborough Lodge

The epicurean stopover

Erected in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy, this Victorian convent was initially located next to Saint Mary’s Church in Blenheim. There were nineteen bedrooms for the nuns, a library, a music room, a sewing room, an office, and a beautiful chapel on the first floor. In 1994, the convent was dismantled and moved to its current location. The Marlborough Lodge opened in November 2016. Ten luxury suites are offered to visitors to this exceptional lodge, and a perfectly manicured 16-hectare park surrounds the building.

 To do in the area

Located just ten minutes from Bleinheim, from here, you can take a cruise and discover “Ships Cove,” the place where James Cook first set foot in New Zealand. This place is also the start of the famous Queen Charlotte track, one of the Great walks, among the most famous hikes in the country or discovering Moutara Island, a real sanctuary for birds. If you want to find the surrounding panoramas by helicopter, you can take off from the hotel’s lawn and take to the air. Enjoy views of the Queen Charlotte Sound and land at Kaikoura to discover colonies of fur seals, or go on a whale-watching cruise. Get back on board and enjoy the trip admiring the stunning scenery of the region. You can also explore Abel Tasman National Park. After a long day of hiking, take advantage of the hotel’s massage services to relax you.

The region is best known for its some of the most famous vineyards in the world .

By bike or private chauffeur-driven car, whichever you prefer, sample the region’s best wines on a guided tour of the vineyards and wineries of Marlborough, New Zealand’s sunniest region. It is here that we produce excellent Sauvignon, renowned throughout the world. Lovers of good food and good wines, you can also attend the preparation of the meal by the chef. Visit the property’s vegetable garden and citrus grove, and help the chef harvest herbs, vegetables, and fresh fruit. The chef will then demonstrate his talents to you while answering your questions. You will be able to taste his preparations at the different stages of their practice.

 

9) Magic cottage of Takou River

A romantic cocoon out of the world

You want to enjoy a moment of intimacy alone, to spend a romantic moment with the chosen one of your heart. For your honeymoon or your wedding anniversary, stay in complete privacy at the Magic Cottage. In the Bay of Islands, enjoying breathtaking views of the river and surrounding nature, this eco-friendly lodge nestled between pastures, bush and sub-tropical gardens is a little paradise. Completely isolated, you will not be disturbed during your stay. This exceptional lodge will allow you to find yourself, here, no phone coverage or wifi. You will be cut off from the world.

Luxuriate in the outdoor bathtub and watch the stars after dark, hidden from prying eyes.

Magic Cottage at takou River - exceptional accommodations in New Zealand

Magic Cottage at Takou River

The smallest details have been thought of: fresh flowers and candles are arranged for a romantic atmosphere. You have everything you need to cook, or you can choose to have your meals delivered, as you wish. To occupy your days, you can use the kayaks and fishing rods at your disposal, leaf through a magazine, or relax. You can also treat yourself to the services of a masseuse who will come to the lodge to allow you to make the most of this stay placed under the signs of romance, relaxation, and nature.

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Magic Cottage – Room

 To do in the area

After this romantic retreat north of the Bay of Islands, discover the grand Maturi bay: beaches, diving, surfing, fishing, and a privileged holiday destination. It is here that the Rainbow Warrior, which belonged to Greenpeace, was sunk by the French in 1985. The wreck still rests at the bottom of the bay. A diving excursion will allow you to discover it and observe the many species of corals and fish.

 

10) Greenmantle Estate Lodge

Luxury a stone’s throw from Kapiti Island

The Greenmantle Estate Lodge is the only luxury lodge on the west coast of the North Island. A magnificent residence, splendid gardens, outdoor swimming pool, Spa, fitness room,  everything is there to make you live a dream holiday! Choose the option with dinner included enjoying a fine meal each evening consisting of three dishes made from seasonal products. An aperitif and canapes will be served beforehand. You can then sleep in the tranquility of your luxurious suite.

Greenmantle Estate lodge - exceptional accommodation in New Zealand

Greenmantle Estate lodge

 To do in the area

Less than an hour from Wellington and just 10 minutes from  Paraparaumu Beach, the departure point for ferries to Kapiti Island, the Greenmantle Lodge is an ideal base for an excursion to this island. Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest nature reserves.  It is one of the privileged places to observe kiwis in their natural habitat.

This exceptional lodge can even organize a glamping experience, a luxury camping, on Kapiti Island, so you can take advantage of the darkness to try to see this mythical bird. The Greenmantle Estate lodge will also allow you to enjoy the New Zealand capital, easily accessible by a car while enjoying peace and luxury. Many activities are available: hiking, biking, rafting, helicopter flights, vineyard tours, fishing, sail cart; you will be spoiled for choice.

It is also the ideal place for golf enthusiasts, Tiger Woods himself has resided in this hotel!

Play around on the Paraparaumu Beach Golf course, which has been twelve NZ Opens competitions. Other big names in golf have played here, such as five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thompson and Tiger Woods. A must for lovers of this sport!

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Paraparaumu golf club

 

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