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The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail offers its own blend of luxury accommodation – it’s not about six-star bling, butlers and 24-hour room service.
Instead there are lots of opportunities to escape to retreats that are high on nature and low on fellow guests, but with all the bells and whistles thrown in.
Little Tom’s Cottage in Hawke’s Bay is a tiny hideaway that scores major points for its location and style, with a fabulous alfresco bath thrown in.
Overlooking the Tukituki River the cottage has French doors opening onto the valley with Waimarama Beach close by and wineries down the road http://www.tomscottages.co.nz
Heading south, those who like remote luxury in an authentic New Zealand setting will want to spend time at Wharekauhau Country Estate in the Wairarapa.
Located on one of the country’s oldest sheep stations, guests can muster sheep while enjoying breathtaking views of magnificent Palliser Bay before enjoying a gourmet dinner with some of the finest local wines www.wharekauhau.co.nz
Wellington boutique accommodation the Museum Hotel boasts 66 original artworks from 55 mainly local artists.
Centrally located to explore New Zealand’s culinary capital, guests may however be tempted to dine in house at the hotel’s award winning restaurant www.museumhotel.co.nz
If it’s a true escape you’re after, you can’t get much more real than the Bay of Many Coves in The Marlborough Sounds. With the sea on your doorstep and more than 40 cellar doors a short boat trip away, it really is 100% pure New Zealand luxury.
The resort has two separate restaurants and a waterfront café, where guests can savour the delights of fresh local seafood and produce, with specially selected wines from Marlborough’s leading vintners www.bayofmanycoves.co.nz
For more suggestions about small but perfectly formed hideaways with that vital streak of authenticity, take a look at http://www.classicwinetrail.co.nz/luxury.html
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