New Zealand

Overview

For an uplifting, once-in-a-lifetime experience, 'the land of the long white cloud' offers an unbeatable combination of adventure, luxury and soul-stirring scenery.

New Zealand is divided up into two large islands – the slightly smaller but more populated North Island, and the larger, less populated South Island.

The North Island has more tradition and is more of a cultural adventure than the South, but it has its fair share of volcanoes to hike up, islands that are only accessble by helicoptor to explore, sprawling farmlands to walk across, and a ton of rich and unique Maori culture. This island is also a hunter’s playground and the forests that surround our selection of exclusive lodges are perfect for this exciting activity.

New Zealand’s South Island is perhaps most famous for its scenery: from the epic mountain ranges familiar to us all from Lord of the Rings, to the wild west coast, vertical sea cliffs of the fiordlands, and the stunning coves and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park.

While in New Zealand, swing down south to kick back at 6-star lodges, hike through stunning Lord of the Rings landscapes and surf some incredible South Pacific swells. With more than a third of the country protected by National Parks, this is a phenomenal place to get a gulp of fresh air, revitalise, indulge and relax.

There’s a little something for everyone: culture-lovers can meet with tattooed Maoris, geology fans can trek through the volcanic valley of Roturua, and thrill-seekers can white water raft on glacier-carved fjords or even ‘heli-ski’ across Queenstown’s snowy mountains. And if, like us, you appreciate a fine tipple, you can indulge in world-class wine tasting – we take you to the most exclusive wineries where you can meet the experts, taste rare vintages and drink in the dramatic scenery.

We at Lightfoot Travel have travelled around both the North and South Islands and know them well, keeping abreast of the best accommodation and activity options that New Zealand has to offer. So whether you prefer sumptuous family-friendly relaxation or cutting-edge adventure, we’ll tailor-make a personalised itinerary to create your dream trip.

New Zealand Regions

Dunedin & Coastal Otago

The sweeping panoramas of Coastal Otago are some of the most rewarding in New Zealand. Miles of wild wetlands provide a haven for wildlife, with vast national parks to explore and diverse ma…

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Franz Josef & the West Coast

The rugged wilderness of New Zealand’s West Coast lies in the shadow of the imposing Southern Alps, weaving between untamed beaches, still lakes and stealthily advancing glaciers.

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Canterbury & Christchurch

Relaxed, rugged and incredibly beautiful, Canterbury is a sweeping region in New Zealand’s South Island that ranges from snowy mountains to green pastures, littered with alpine villages an…

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Nelson & Marlborough

It was Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc that first put the region on the map. And since the 1980s, it has grown to be one of the most celebrated wine-producing areas in the world. Throw in qu…

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Wellington & Wairarapa

The neighbouring regions of Wellington and Wairarapa occupy the south of the North Island, renowned for its varied landscapes, vineyards and rugged coastlines. Wellington is home to the city…

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Napier & Hawkes Bay

On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island is Hawkes’ Bay, the oldest wine-growing region in the country.

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Lake Taupo & Rotorua

At the core of New Zealand’s North Island is one of the most active geothermal locations on Earth. Two breathtakingly lakes, Rotorua and Taupo, lie quietly at the scene of huge volcanic ac…

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Auckland & Waiheke Island

Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most striking regions, featuring an expanse of volcanoes, rainforest and wild green hills narrowing into a thriving city that acts as the gateway to the No…

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Bay of Islands & Northland

Explore the subtropical ‘winterless north’ of New Zealand, from the sandy horizon of Ninety Mile Beach to the wild marine life of the Bay of Islands.

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New Zealand Itineraries

New Zealand Properties

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Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

This unique luxury boutique lodge is set on the hillside overlooking Lake Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island. One of Taupo’s newest luxury lodges, Acacia Cliffs Lodge has been designed …

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Annandale

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

The website for Annandale describes the property as a luxury villa collection where the world can’t find you. In actual fact, Annandale is a breathtaking slice of paradise where rolling fa…

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Atholwood

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

Let the rest of the world melt away as you indulge in the comforts and elegance offered by Atholwood, a luxury country accommodation. Located in the heart of Nelson’s apple growing regi…

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Azur Luxury Lodge

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Set in three acres of private grounds on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, minutes from the centre of Queenstown, Azur Luxury Lodge exudes modern New Zealand style and offers warm hospitality, im…

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Bay of Many Coves

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

This is the ideal destination for all ages and all types of holidays - honeymoons, couples looking for a romantic getaway or solo adventurers. There is a luxurious single bedroom apartment w…

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Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

This charming hotel is nestled in an acre of delightful gardens on the edge of Lake Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island three hours from Auckland. The Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel …

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Blanket Bay

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Sitting on the edge of Lake Wakatipu amidst rugged, snow-capped mountains, Blanket Bay is a secluded and luxurious lodge that epitomises rustic chic, offering excellent service, superb facil…

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Boatshed

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

This luxury boutique hotel is perched above a dazzling bay and the white sandy beaches of Oneroa on Waiheke Island, a 35-minute ferry ride or ten minutes by helicopter from Auckland, on New …

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Bronte Country Estate

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronte Country Estate is a luxury boutique hotel set in a delightful English-style garden on the shores of the Waimea Estuary, on the historic Bronte Peninsula. It is located between Nels…

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Claremont Country Estate

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Located in the heart of the Waipara wine-growing region in Canterbury in the South Island, Claremont Estate is one of Canterbury’s notable historic homes. Set in grounds containing some of…

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Cloud 9 Luxury Villa

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

Perched on a hill above the historic town of Russell in the Bay of Islands, three and a half hours north of Auckland, on the North Island, Cloud 9 is one of New Zealand’s most exclusive ho…

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Commonage Villas

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

This luxury boutique resort sits on Queenstown Hill with spectacular views of the lake and snow-capped mountains. It is located minutes from the centre of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South…

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Craggy Range Vineyard Cottages

Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Craggy Range Vineyard Cottages are a collection of four self-contained luxury cottages set on a family owned winery in Hawke’s Bay wine region, on New Zealand’s North Island. These charm…

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Delamore Lodge

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Set on a northwestern cliff edge of Waiheke Island, Delamore Lodge is nestled into the hills of Owhanake Bay, with spectacular views of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. To get to the lodge you …

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Dunalistair House

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

Situated in the heart of the North Island, a 15-minute drive from Lake Taupo, the award-winning Dunalistair House is one of New Zealand’s finest holiday homes. This 310 sqm luxury holiday …

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Eagles Nest

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

Five secluded villas nestle within the seventy five spectacular acres of this award winning retreat. Serene views abound over the Bay of Islands, whilst a blend of natural materials and wall…

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Earthsong Lodge

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

A short 30 minute flight from Auckland brings you to Great Barrier Island, New Zealand’s fourth largest - but also most untouched - island. Set in a picturesque setting of 12 acres, surrou…

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Edenhouse

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

Situated in the Orinoco Valley, this luxury boutique hotel holds a prime position between Nelson and Abel Tasman at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Set within 48 acres of private gr…

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Eichardt’s

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Iconic landmark, Eichardt’s Private Hotel, was built on the back of the gold-mining boom in the mid 19th century and bears the name of former owners Albert and Julia Eichardt. On the shore…

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Fiordland Lodge

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Perched on a hill on the edge of Lake Te Anau in the Fiordland World Heritage Park with a spectacular backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland Lodge Te Anau is the ul…

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Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

This luxury boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the charming village of Russell in the Bay of Islands, three hours north of Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island. Offering warm ho…

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Glen Aros Country Estate

Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Set in the foothills surrounding the wine-growing region of Hawkes Bay, a 35-minute drive from Napier on New Zealand’s North Island, this luxury boutique lodge is utterly charming. Glen…

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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

Set in delightful cottage gardens overlooking the Waimea Inlet in Nelson on the Monaco Peninsula, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is a unique boutique property offering superb accommodation and …

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Greenhill Lodge

Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Greenhill Lodge is an historic country house hotel situated on a hilltop within 73 acres of lush farmland, close to Napier. It enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine …

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Greenmantle Estate Lodge

New Zealand, Wellington & Wairarapa

This luxurious retreat is situated 40 minutes from Wellington on the Kapiti Coast, in New Zealand’s North Island. Greenmantle Estate Lodge is a two-storey country house steeped in old-worl…

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Hapuku Lodge & Tree House

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge offers luxury hotel-style accommodation in Kaikoura on South Island. With 6 exquisite guest rooms, a stand alone spacious apartment and 5 luxury treehouses, you cannot help but …

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Helena Bay Lodge

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

In the northeast corner of New Zealand’s North Island lies Helena Bay Lodge, a hideaway of magnificent design. The property sits along three kilometres of pristine coastline, offering four…

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Hilton Auckland Hotel

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Stay in one of the hotel's 165 spacious, contemporary and luxuriously designed suites and guest rooms. Choose a guestroom with a balcony or upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room for stunning…

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Hilton Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

Situated in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, three hours south of Auckland, Hilton Lake Taupo is a magnificent luxury hotel that combines Victorian grandeur with contemporary comfo…

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Hotel DeBrett

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Situated in the heart of Auckland’s fashion and business districts on New Zealand’s North Island, Hotel DeBrett is a magnificent, luxury boutique hotel offering personalized service and …

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Hotel Montreal

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Hotel Montreal, Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel, lies in delightful gardens overlooking Cranmer Square in the heart of city, on New Zealand’s South Island. This all-suite pro…

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Huka Lodge

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

Considered by many to be the quintessential New Zealand retreat, Huka Lodge sits on an unrivalled riverside location on the outskirts of Taupo in the heart of North Island. Huka Lodge is …

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InterContinental Wellington

New Zealand, Wellington & Wairarapa

The InterContinental Wellington is conveniently located adjacent to the iconic harbour in the heart of Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island. This luxury hotel is elegant, contemporary …

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Kaimata Retreat

Dunedin & Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Split into two buildings, one houses comfortable and spacious living areas such as an open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, with the Korimato room nestled to the hill. The other houses …

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Lake Timara Lodge

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

This luxury boutique hotel is nestled within 25 acres of enchanting, English-style gardens on the shores of the lake. The property is situated in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand’s fa…

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Manakau Lodge

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Nestled amongst Manuka trees surrounded by majestic mountains, Manakau Lodge is a luxury boutique retreat that boasts a magnificent setting. Situated ten minutes from Kaikoura in the Canterb…

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Matakauri Lodge

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Framed by impressive mountain ranges, Matakauri Lodge offers the perfect alpine lakeside hideaway. Strategically located by the breath-taking Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is a convenien…

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Millbrook

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

With a 27-hole championship golf course, four exceptional restaurants, a convenient location near Coronet Peak, and an award-winning spa, Millbrook Resort offers 5-star luxury to suit every …

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Minaret Station

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Located in a picturesque glacial valley in the heart of the Southern Alps, in the South Island, Minaret Station is New Zealand’s first luxury tented lodge. Accessible only by helicopter an…

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Museum Art Hotel

New Zealand, Wellington & Wairarapa

Conveniently located in central Wellington, moments from the impressive Te Papa Museum and the waterfront, the Museum Art Hotel is a unique and exceptionally stylish property offering impecc…

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Otahuna Lodge

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Set within 30 acres of magnificent gardens not far from Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island, is Otahuna Lodge, a luxury boutique-style hotel where old-world charm meets modern day s…

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Pen y Bryn Lodge

Dunedin & Coastal Otago, New Zealand

This luxury boutique lodge lies in flower-filled gardens atop South Hill in one of the most exclusive districts in Oamaru, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Pen y Bryn Lodge…

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Peppers Bluewater Resort

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Situated two and a half hours from both Queenstown and Christchurch on the shores of Lake Tekapo, surrounded by the Southern Alps, Peppers Bluewater Resort is the ideal base from which to ex…

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Peppers on the Point

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

Set on the shores of Lake Rotorua in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, this luxury retreat commands spectacular views across to Mokoia Island. Peppers on the Point is a two-storey, …

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Point Villas

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

Set on the northern waterfront of New Zealand's magnificent Lake Taupo, Point Villas is a sanctuary amongst the infinite landscapes of forests, lakes and mountains. Point Villas consists …

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Poronui

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

For fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, Poronui offers the perfect wilderness retreat that lets you indulge in your greatest adventure while basking in all of its luxurious comfort. Hidden s…

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Punakaiki Resort

Franz Josef & the West Coast, New Zealand

Set on the stunning Punakaiki Beach minutes from the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes on New Zealand’s West Coast, Punakaiki Resort is an eco-friendly, luxury resort offering spect…

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Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

This luxury boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Rotorua’s vibrant restaurant area. Sleek and sophisticated, The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa makes an ideal base from w…

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Riverrun Lodge

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Situated in 500 acres of private land in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, close to Wanaka and Queenstown this luxury boutique-style lodge offers superb service, warm hospitality a…

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Sails Ashore Lodge

Dunedin & Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Sitting on the east shores of Stewart Island, with views across the Foveaux Strait, Sails Ashore is a luxury bed and breakfast offering the perfect base to explore the beautiful landscape. T…

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Silverpine Lodge

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Wake up to the sights of powder-white mountain tops, the sound of gushing rivers, and the warmth of kindling timber in the fireplace. Isolated between the grand Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka…

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Located in the heart of Auckland, this five star luxury hotel blends the French-style of the Sofitel branch with the sheer beauty of New Zealand's largest city. Each room of Sofitel Auckland…

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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

This award-winning hotel is perched on edge of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by the Remarkable Mountain on New Zealand’s South Island. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is superbly located in …

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Solitaire Lodge

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

This luxury lodge boasts an unrivalled setting on the shores of Lake Tarawera, 20 minutes from the thermal town of Rotorua in New Zealand’s North Island. Solitaire Lodge offers warm and at…

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Split Apple Retreat

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

Built high into a cliff-face above the ocean on the border of Abel Tasman National Park, an hour outside Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island, Split Apple Retreat provides the ultimate wel…

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St Mary’s Residence

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

St Mary’s Residence is a private luxury retreat that overlooks the harbor in St Mary’s Bay, an exclusive neighbourhood in the centre of Auckland, New Zealand. Decorated in contemporary c…

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Stonefly Lodge

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

Set in its own private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, not far from Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island, this exclusive and award-winning eco-lodge provides a unique and unforge…

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Franz Josef & the West Coast, New Zealand

Nestled in bushland in Franz Josef on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate forest hideaway. Innovative and sophisticated, this luxury bout…

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The Dairy

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

The Dairy is an exceptional boutique hotel in the centre of Queenstown - private and discreet. There are 13 bedrooms all with wonderful views of Queenstown and the surrounding area, such …

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The Dome Apartments

Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

This luxury boutique retreat holds a prime position in the heart of Napier on New Zealand’s North Island. Offering unrivalled luxury, impeccable service and magnificent ocean views, The Do…

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Right in the heart of New Zealand's stunning countryside, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers resembles a French chateau with high wooden beams, creams, woods and antique furniture being a common th…

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The George

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Nestled in delightful gardens in the heart of Christchurch, overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon, The George is Christchurch’s most exclusive hotel. Stylish interiors fea…

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The Hermitage Hotel

Canterbury & Christchurch, New Zealand

Located in Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village in the South Island, The Hermitage Hotel’s spectacular setting offers exceptional views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. This luxury hotel i…

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The Landing Residences

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

The Landing Residences are situated in the incomparably stunning Bay of Islands, looking out over a one thousand acre landscape which is not only breathtaking but rich with a fascinating his…

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The Langham Auckland

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Situated in the heart of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, the Langham Auckland is a magnificent, luxury hotel that combines classic charm and innovative contemporary comforts. Of…

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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

In the Far North of New Zealand lies an unspolit peninsula where high cliffs plunge to the sea and meet three private pristine white sand beaches. Set on six thousand acres near Matauri Bay,…

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The Rees

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Who wants to be transferred to the hotel by private car when you can arrive, adrenaline pumping, by jet boat? This is Queenstown - adventure capital of the world and home to a wonderful hote…

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The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand

Situated on a magnificent private reserve on the Bay of Islands, three hours from Auckland, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands is an enchanting…

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The Sebel Suites Auckland

Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

This luxury apartment hotel holds a prime position on the Viaduct Harbour in the heart of Auckland. on New Zealand’s North Island.  Stylish and sophisticated, The Sebel Suites Auckland of…

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The Sounds Retreat

Nelson & Marlborough, New Zealand

The Sounds Retreat is situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, 85 kilometres from Nelson and Marlborough in New Zealand’s South Island. This award-winning luxury lodge offers warm …

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The Spire

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

The Spire is a chic and extremely stylish boutique Queenstown hotel set beside beautiful Lake Wakatipu and the high peaks of the Southern Alps, making it an ideal base for an unforgettable s…

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Treetops Lodge & Estate

Lake Taupo & Rotorua, New Zealand

This luxury boutique hotel is set within 2,500 acres of 800-year-old forest, a 20-minute drive from Rotorua in New Zealand’s North Island. Treetops Lodge & Estate is a tranquil and pea…

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Westwood Lodge

Franz Josef & the West Coast, New Zealand

Superbly located in the heart of New Zealand’s spectacular Glacier Country, moments from the Southern Alps and the World Heritage Westland National Park in the South Island, Westwood Lodge…

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Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet

New Zealand, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

This luxury boutique hotel is located in the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand’s South Island. Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka against a backdrop of the Southern Alps, the views from W…

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Wharekauhau Country Estate

New Zealand, Wellington & Wairarapa

With stunning lakeside lawns and surrounding forested hills, the setting of this Edwardian-style lodge, Wharekauhau Country Estate, will take your breath away. The cabins are set away from …

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Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

Franz Josef & the West Coast, New Zealand

Set in the heart of the rainforest, Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki is the ideal location from which to explore New Zealand's rarest flora and fauna in stunning natural surroundings. There …

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