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10 Most Luxurious Lodges and Resorts in New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for its spectacular and often wild, remote landscapes, along with a wealth of opportunities for outdoor adventure, but that doesn’t mean your only accommodation option is camping. While that can be a fun way to experience it, if you’re looking to go all out, there are plenty of upscale resorts and lodges to choose from. These, in particular, offer some of the most luxurious stays in the country.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

Located at the edge of the Totara Forest on the North Island, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs boasts sweeping views of the Pacific in a beautiful retreat set across 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay. Guests can look forward to enjoying the tranquil beaches, relaxing in the serene spa and teeing off at the clifftop golf course. Each of its romantic rooms includes an open fireplace and a private porch for taking in the stunning 180-degree ocean vista. For the ultimate stay, book the Owner’s Suite, which comes complete with a kitchen and private infinity pool. Schedule a Private Beach Barbecue and a Kauri chef will cook up a delectable feast of fresh seafood and local produce right at the surfside.

Key Amenities:

  • Fireplace and private porch for 180-degree ocean views

  • Private beach barbecue

  • Clifftop golf course and spa

Azur Lodge, Queenstown Azur Lodge
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Azur Lodge, Queenstown

Azur Lodge is set on a hillside along one of New Zealand’s and the world’s most beautiful lakes, Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown. It provides dazzling views in a tranquil oasis, yet it’s just two miles from the heart of the country’s adventure capital. There are luxury villas, all of which come with balconies that provide an uninterrupted vantage point of the lake and the Remarkables Range, along with huge windows to bring the magnificence of the outdoors in. It features plenty of upscale perks, too, like a minibar and TV. Bathrooms come with high-end toiletries, rainforest showers and double spa baths.

Key Amenities:

  • Private villas with balconies

  • In-villa spa treatments

  • Located along Lake Wakatipu

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay

The five-star Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm set in a spectacular Hawke’s Bay location complete with breathtaking ocean views. The sprawling property has its own vegetable garden, providing ingredients for many of the dishes on its menu featuring items such as New Zealand lamb and beef. There’s an 18-hole championship golf course on-site as well as a Jacuzzi, heated infinity pool and gym. Located in one of the top wine-producing regions of the country, it also makes an ideal base for wine tasting and touring.

Key Amenities:

  • 18-hole championship golf course

  • Working sheep and cattle farm with vegetable garden

  • Privately owned wildlife restoration project

Bay of Many Coves Resort, Arthurs Bay Bay of Many Coves, New Zealand
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Bay of Many Coves Resort, Arthurs Bay

There are no roads that lead to the Bay of Many Coves, providing a fabulous secluded destination at the tip of the South Island. Accessed by water taxi through beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound (or a short helicopter ride from Wellington), the staff will be lined up on the jetty to welcome you to this incredible retreat that features luxury suites, all overlooking the glistening bay. There’s a spa, hot tub and outdoor pool, and guests can also enjoy complimentary kayaking, paddle-boarding and use of a dinghy. Dining is especially unforgettable from breakfast to dinner, including dishes such as Wagyu beef fillet and Ora King salmon.

Key Amenities:

  • Accessible by water taxi or helicopter

  • Luxury suites all overlooking bay

  • Spa, hot tub and outdoor pool

Wharekauhau Country Estate, Wairarapa cottage at Warehauhau Country Estate, New Zealand
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Wharekauhau Country Estate, Wairarapa

Wharekauhau is an ultra-luxe hideaway in Wairarapa, a place where both filmmakers James Cameron and Peter Jackson have homes. It sits among 5,000 acres that include a dozen miles of coastline, woodland, lakes and rolling fields. Accommodation is in charming crofter-like cottages, all with stunning ocean views, soaking tubs and just about every comfort you can imagine. The very best is the Owners’ Cottage, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge once stayed, and Storm, with its uninterrupted views. The self-contained three-bedroom Wharepapa Cottage is ideal for families.

Key Amenities:

  • Cottages with soaking tubs and ocean views

  • Private land with forests, coastline, lakes and rivers

  • Lodge and farm with wine cellar

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
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Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

The Matakauri is a six-star luxury lodge that overlooks snow-capped peaks and Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. The location is second to none, and with rooms and suites plus the Owners’ Cottage that sleeps up to eight, you won’t have to worry about crowds here. Enjoy sipping coffee on the terrace in the morning and soaking in the freestanding tub while taking in the view across the lake through floor-to-ceiling windows. The spa offers gorgeous views as well, with treatment rooms that each have their own private deck.

Key Amenities:

  • Freestanding tub and floor-to-ceiling windows

  • Owners cottage that sleeps up to eight

  • Spa with private deck treatment rooms

Helena Bay Lodge, Helena Bay Helena Bay Lodge, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Helena Bay Lodge, Helena Bay

The intimate Helena Bay Lodge faces Helena Bay north of Whangarei, surrounded by rolling pastures, verdant greenery, formal gardens and natural areas for gorgeous views in every direction. The main lodge is focused around a large heated pool that enjoys total privacy from the coast, and there’s also an extensive wing with a gym, spa, sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool, along with rooms for private dining with sea views. Accommodation is provided in Villa Suites, each of which comes with a private terrace and binoculars for watching the whales and dolphins that pass by.

Key Amenities:

  • Formal gardens

  • Heated pool and cold plunge pool

  • Spa, sauna and steam room

Huka Lodge, Taupo Huka Lodge
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Huka Lodge, Taupo

Originally established as a fishing camp along the Waikato River nearly a century ago, Huka is still a fantastic place to cast a line (your chef will carve up your catch into fresh sashimi) while enjoying the utmost in luxurious accommodation. It’s hosted many heads of state and even the Queen, so it’s unlikely to disappoint. In addition to fishing, enjoy water sports on picturesque Lake Taupo or relax on your private terrace, enjoying the sounds of the river rushing past.

Key Amenities:

  • Private terrace on Lake Taupo

  • Water sports and fishing

  • Award-winning gardens

Otahuna Lodge, Tai Tapu Otahuna Lodge, New Zealand
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Otahuna Lodge, Tai Tapu

Otahuna Lodge provides the ideal place to begin or end your trip in New Zealand if you’re flying in or out of Christchurch. Set within a beautifully restored Victorian mansion on 30 acres of magnificent historic gardens with 20 different kinds of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and mushrooms, you can expect a warm welcome, gourmet fare and a wide range of experiences to choose from. Choose from anything from a helicopter tour over the Southern Alps to cooking classes. Suites all have their own distinct character, with upscale features like wood-burning fireplaces and private balconies.

Key Amenities:

  • 30 acres of historic gardens, fruits and vegetables

  • Suites with fireplaces and private balconies

  • Helicopter tours and cooking classes

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Kaikoura Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, New Zealand
Credit: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, New Zealand by hapukulodge.com

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Kaikoura

Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses is a 5-star eco-retreat located just a couple of miles north of Kaikoura on the South Island’s east coast. Guests can stay in the main lodge or in a unique luxury tree house tucked in a Kanuka Grove underneath the majestic Kaikoura Mountains where wild deer roam, complete with ocean views. Expect gorgeous handcrafted furniture that includes custom-made beds and bathrooms with rain showers as well as fabulous dining on fresh flavors with organic produce and the local specialty, crayfish.

Key Amenities:

  • Lodge or luxury tree house suites

  • Eco-resort with ocean views

  • Dining with organic produce and crayfish

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