The Luxury Lodges Holidays Guide

The ultimate gift & holidays guide from the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand


Inspiration & aspiration for year round

Just in case that trip to space is no longer happening hop around four luxury lodges by private jet – 12 day private jet itinerary by Seasonz….

For foodies … Surrounded by the vineyards of Marlborough is Harvest Restaurant at The Marlborough Lodge in Blenheim. You don't have to be a gueat of the Lodge to dine in Harvest, open year round but reservations are essential.  Enjoy creative, delicious food that is fresh, local and seasonal matched with local wines.  In the summer months dine on the verandahs overlooking the spectacular grounds or enjoy the art indoors in this meticulously restored former convent!  Groups on request.

Gift that special someone Wharekauhau's Signature Grape Experience at the Hauora Spa.  A treatment dedicated to the natural skincare qualities of the humble grape; Hauora Spa have developed a treatment package that focuses on grape seed oil, grape extract, and actual full crushed grapes to ensure benefits that by far outway consumption of the beverage variety!

Somewhere new Te Arai Lodge Surprise with the feeling of a true south Pacific vacation at Te Arai Lodge just over an hours drive north of Auckland.  This latest addition to the Luxury Lodge collection is an eco-friendly oasis offering boutique luxury and warm hospitality like no other.  One that is inspired by the beauty of the surrounding native flora and bird life, the owners passion for sustainability and organic garden-to-table dining, love of hospitality and innumerable adventures.

A house party for family and friends or a reward for your clients & staff at an exclusive villa.

Get the new decade off to a great start with a wellness retreat at Split Apple Retreat overlooking the Tasman Bay at the very top of the South Island.  Every aspect of the retreat revolves around relaxation, while pleasuring all the senses.  Enjoy the salt-water, infinity swimming pool and Japanese spa, daily yoga and dedicated mediation theatre.  As part of your experience, Chef Pen offers cooking classes and bespoke menus featuring fresh, seasonal and locally grown ingredients.

For the most jaded, well travelled, been there, seen & done everything most difficult to buy for person this Minaret Station experience is perfect.  Far to the south, over rain forests, mountains and deep glaciated valleys lies beautiful Dusky Sound in Fiordland.  Land on the custom-built floating helipad and transfer to the Storm Jet to enjoy a day of fishing, discovery and wildlife watching. 

Take the city out of the children and get them into the great outdoors, Poronui Estate in the central North Island offers summer glamping, horse riding, fishing, mountain biking and ‘adventuring’ packages for the whole family. 

Make 2020 a year to remember and gather family and friends for a reunion, a celebration, an anniversary – any excuse will do!  Plan a #houseparty at our private residences, exclusive villas and owners cottages throughout the country.  Exclusively yours and inclusive of our renown hospitality, private chefs, daily meals and housekeeping. Children welcome.  From a boatshed for two to an entire lodge for 70 guests check out the selection across New Zealand.

Walk, slide & jump in the shoes of Stephen Colbert who for his recent screening of The Late Show in New Zealand described Over the Top’s helicopters glacier landing a “once in a lifetime experience.”  Where the ice cube is fresh and organic and the whiskey is free create your memory of a life time with this helicopter activity departing from our southern lakes luxury lodges.

For our Australian neighbours gift a taste of our luxury lodges in the Dec / Jan Issue of Delicious Magazine out now. Follow food writer …. Melissa Leong as she experiencing a hands on regional gourmet journey featuring Wharekauhau Estate, Bay of Many Coves, The Marlborough Lodge and Hapuku Treehouses.  Perfect for under the tree (with a lodge reservation and a plane ticket?!)

Rich in personality and anecdote, For the Love of a Place is a beautiful book, celebrating the history of Otahuna Lodge s well as the people who made it, and then charting its rebirth as one of the country's most welcoming luxury lodges and sharing many fine recipes from its acclaimed kitchen.