One of the main attractions for anyone visiting New Zealand is its great vastness. The country which finds itself “on the edge of the world” both enjoys and deals with what comes with being located so far away from everything else. Yet for anyone who appreciates the majestic nature of remote landscapes, this is the place to be. Earning greater-than-ever recognition after the Lord of the Rings film trilogy enjoyed worldwide success, now the country is pretty much on anyone’s bucket list. While the South Pacific country may be small in population-wise, its geographical diversity means this is a destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an adventurer or someone who prefers a fine meal over a fine hike, New Zealand will know how to surprise and impress you. We’ve picked five of the best hotels in New Zealand that exceed expectations.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
There is no doubt about it – the Farm at Cape Kidnappers is perhaps on the very top of the finest hotels in New Zealand. Commanding expansive views of a rolling hill landscape and a never-ending stretch of the sea reaching towards the horizon, this rustic yet above-and-beyond luxurious hotel will leave nobody unimpressed. Perched atop rugged cliffs where the surroundings resemble lush and manicured farmland, this property rest on a 6000-acre peninsula. From the moment you arrive, your worries can be left to be carried away by the wind as the staff is remarkable at catering to your every whim.
The hotel has an overarching rustic charm. This is apparent from the main lodge, as its soaring ceilings and rustic artefacts are anything but ordinary. But don’t be fooled. This isn’t just a place for a weekend away in the country. It’s a true golfers’ magnet. Designed by the renowned golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,147 yards and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. There is plenty to do for everyone else, too. Whether you explore the stunning region, indulge in a one-of-a-kind sumptuous meal, visit the spa or explore the nature sanctuary, there won’t be a moment of boredom here. All suites and the cottage are at the very peak of luxury hospitality. Rustic design is complemented with luxuries like heated floors, a fireplace leading to a private open balcony, and the most spectacular views.
The Huka Lodge boutique hotel has been known as one of the world’s top off-the-grid retreats. Finding its home in Taupo, where New Zealand’s largest lake can also be found in the very heart of the North Island, this heritage property dates back over a century and was originally founded as a fishing lodge. Its surroundings include beautiful grounds with plenty of greenery adjacent to the Waikato River and Huka Falls. Whether you are someone who enjoys a quiet getaway and the meditative practice of fishing or someone who prefers embracing the great outdoors finished by a mouthwateringly good meal, this hotel knows how to cater to just about everyone.
Alfresco dining under the stars is certainly one of the most beloved things to do around here. In winter, the hotel offers the perfect stay for keen skiers as there are some of the most premier slopes nearby. The hotel feels perfectly intimate as there are only 25 rooms including 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one double Lodge suite, the four-suite Owner’s Cottage and the two-suite Alan Pye Cottage. The suites all have uninterrupted views of the deeply beautiful waters of the Waikato River and offer every comfort from feather pillows and homemade biscuits to magnificent bathrooms with underfloor heating and generous dressing rooms. Tennis court, swimming and spa pools, as well as in-room massages and spa treatments, are also on offer here.
Helena Bay Lodge
A perfect home away from home, Helena Bay Lodge is situated in the northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s a sweet, luxurious and delightfully intimate 5-star retreat where the soothing sound of waves and irresistible views of the surrounding landscape set your mind at ease from the moment you arrive to the last minutes spent here before you plan your next return. This is a place you’ll be wanting to return to, without a doubt. The luxurious appeal of this place makes you want to plan an arrival in a helicopter. What better way to get a sense of the hotel’s remarkable surroundings?
The property features several miles of pristine coastline and four private beaches for the guests to enjoy. Named after native birds, each of the five suites is designed to host no more than five couples or a private group of 14. Every villa is adorned with spacious balconies where guests can take in the views of the South Pacific Ocean and its native wildlife. All of this makes it perfect for an uninterrupted intimate getaway. Moreover, foodies will be impressed to find world-class cuisine from celebrated Italy’s Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890.
If complete privacy is what you’re after during your stay in New Zealand, then the Landing is where you will be wanting to find yourself at. Offering four private state-of-the-art residences that complement the surrounding scenery, this boutique hotel offers luxury, privacy and bespoke service immersed in truly unparalleled surroundings. This stunning property is located in Bay of Islands, which sits roughly an hour away from Auckland via a private helicopter charter.
The Landing isn’t just any luxury property – it’s a unique heritage and conservation property, doing everything to maintain the natural beauty that surrounds this deluxe place. There are thousands of acres of beaches, rolling hills, wildlife sanctuaries, and historic sites here. The accommodation is out of this world, too. There are the two-bedroom Boathouse, three-bedroom Vineyard Villa, four-bedroom Gabriel Residence and exquisite Cooper Residence which accommodates up to 12 guests. The hospitality here is royal-worthy and you will be pleased to find exceptional dining experiences, award-winning wine and a range of remarkable activities to choose from. The Landing guarantees privacy, flexibility and the finest personal service available.
Also located in Bay of Islands, Eagles Nest is a Bond-worthy luxury retreat nestled in the most gorgeous landscape imaginable. Eagles Nest is a multi-award winning luxury hotel sitting atop its own private ridgeline covering 75 acres and overlooking an awe-inspiring Bay of Islands view. This luxurious estate has been designed and furnished to fit an eclectic international contemporary style. It perfectly complements the surrounding landscape and the lush gardens are as much a part of the local topography and foliage as the rugged and untamed Antipodean scenery. There are five villas here altogether and four of them have private heated infinity pools. All interiors are state of the art and have the most luxurious features. Here you can enjoy the services of private resident personal trainers and spa therapists. Personal chefs will spoil you with the finest culinary creations made from only the freshest ingredients sourced locally.