New Zealand: The Best Luxury Lodges

New Zealand's unique luxury lodges give you a true sense of place along with genuine kiwi hospitality.

My favorite part of staying in New Zealand’s luxury lodges is that it feels like you’re staying in someone’s home instead of a hotel. Not only are the views gorgeous, the amenities impeccable, and the food locally sourced, but the service is personalized and genuine. Nowhere is more welcoming than a boutique New Zealand lodge! Plus, each lodge offers experiences that are unique to the area, giving you a true sense of place. Whether you’re looking for adventure or a quiet retreat, these unique luxury lodges will provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable New Zealand vacation.

1. Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses – Kaikoura
We’re in love with the tree houses at Hapuku Lodge! Located near Kaikoura, where lush mountains meet the sea, these luxurious suites offer incredible views from 10 meters or more above the ground. 

2. Otahuna Lodge – Christchurch
This fabulous lodge combines Victorian elegance with irresistible New Zealand charm. With only six guest rooms, Otahuna Lodge promises exclusivity, personal attention, and an exquisite experience all around.

3. Split Apple Retreat – Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park
Every aspect of Split Apple Retreat revolves around relaxation, while pleasuring all the senses. The gorgeous coastal setting, tranquil spa facilities, gourmet healthy cuisine, and focus on personal wellness will ensure you leave feeling utterly refreshed.

4. Annandale – Akaroa
The four unique villas at Annandale bring an authentic taste of New Zealand luxury—a private sanctuary where you can immerse yourself in rolling hills and quiet coastal charm. Each villa has a completely unique style and personality, and the activities on offer showcase the best of the New Zealand countryside.

5. Blanket Bay – Glenorchy
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps, this quiet, chalet-style retreat offers some of the most breathtaking views in New Zealand. Blanket Bay is perfectly situated between Queenstown and Milford Sound, making it an excellent base for South Island adventures.

6. Matakauri Lodge – Queenstown
The scenic Matakauri Lodge is a world away from city life, yet just 7 minutes from Queenstown. Relaxing in the infinity pool, surrounded by lush forests and looking out over the stunning Lake Wakatipu and Remarkables mountain range, is the ultimate escape.

7. Huka Lodge – Taupo
Huka Lodge offers cozy yet sophisticated luxury in an idyllic setting. Here, you can see the picturesque Waikato River and feel the fresh New Zealand breeze from the comfort of your suite. The luxurious Owner’s Cottage is the perfect place to cozy up next to the fireplace with a glass of red.

8. Fiordland Lodge – Te Anau
Fiordland Lodge is an ideal gateway to one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking regions: the Fiordlands. Spend your day adventuring in Milford and Doubtful Sounds, then return to the lodge for spectacular views and famous Kiwi hospitality.

9. Wharekauhau Country Estate – Wairarapa
This grand homestead is the epitome of New Zealand’s luxury farm experience, surrounding you in the elegance and simple pleasures of a bygone era. Of course, it wouldn’t be a New Zealand farm stay without plenty of sheep onsite and incredibly fresh farm-to-table cuisine.

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