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The 6 Best Luxury Resorts in New Zealand

New Zealand Epic Stays
by Matador Creators Mar 13, 2023

New Zealand offers an idyllic escape and is a perfect place to visit for those in search of a luxurious getaway. From its awe-inspiring mountains and captivating landscapes, to its majestic lakes and sprawling vineyards, New Zealand is a paradise for travelers. There are also plenty of opportunities to indulge in luxury experiences such as enjoying gourmet cuisine with locally sourced produce expertly paired with wines, staying at luxurious lodges that offer superior amenities such as floor-to-ceiling windows with unbeatable views, and exploring iconic art collections from the late American billionaire Julian Robertson.

The Best luxury resorts in New Zealand

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Eagles Nest in the Bay of Islands

Eagles Nest is the ultimate maritime retreat for those who wish to experience a slice of sea and heaven. Five stunning villas offer spectacular panoramic ocean views, and guests can enjoy exquisite in-villa spa treatments, delicious gourmet cuisine prepared by resident chefs, and all the best water sports that the Bay of Islands has to offer. Guests are invited to take in the beauty of ancient eagles’ nest sites, experience natural serenity, and connect with the essence of life at Eagles Nest. Unforgettable memories await within the perfect balance of artistry and environment that is Eagles Nest.

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Kinloch Manor & Villas in Taupo

Kinloch Manor & Villas is the ultimate luxury accommodation near Lake Taupo, offering a unique and wild adventure experience. Featuring New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole Links Golf Course, guests can enjoy activities like fly-fishing, white water rafting, cycling through forests and around lakes and the iconic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Guests are also treated to exquisite cuisine featuring fresh organics from the owners’ private estate, as well as a welcoming whiskey and champagne bar. Each of the Lodge Suites, 1 or 2 bedroom Luxury Residences with an additional Den – all designed by renowned interior designer Virginia Fisher – feature sensational marble bathrooms, log fireplaces, furnished terraces and vista windows with views of the lake and golf course. Experience true luxury in an unforgettable wilderness playground at Kinloch Manor & Villas.

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Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel is the perfect getaway destination in the Bay of Islands, offering luxurious accommodations, stylish amenities, superior service and stunning natural surroundings in the heart of New Zealand. Located near Paihia’s most picturesque beach and within walking distance to Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia Wharf, this resort features a variety of rooms with standard amenities, guest services, restaurants and recreation facilities such as an outdoor pool with five Jacuzzis and a private steam room. Guests can also enjoy signature spa treatments at La Spa Naturale.

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Azur Luxury Lodge

Set on a hillside along one of New Zealand’s most beautiful lakes, Lake Wakatipu, near Queenstown, this family friendly lodge provides dazzling views and is perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation. Azur Lodge is a family-friendly hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand that offers spacious accommodation with separate lounges, private decks and ensuite bathrooms. Each villa comes equipped with minibars, LCD TVs, Denon DVD/CD players, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. The nearby Lake Wakatipu provides an idyllic spot for swimming while binoculars allow guests to observe the TSS Earnslaw steamboats passing by. On arrival, all visitors are given a complimentary drink and can take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting services (NZ$20 per hour) as well as baby cot rentals and other child-friendly amenities like toys and high chairs.

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Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Nestled in the beautiful Kaikoura landscape, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses offer luxury accommodation ranging from tree houses elevated in the canopy of native Kanuka to four lodge suites and the Olive House suite. Located just north of the eco-marine town of Kaikoura and surrounded by indigenous Manuka and Kanuka groves, majestic mountains, deer wandering on the resident farm, olive groves and a vineyard; this 5 star Ecological Retreat is an oasis of nature. Guests can enjoy various activities such as whale watching, exploring Maori culture, fishing, golfing, skiing/snowboarding and many more while staying at this lodge with breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains and surf-washed Pacific coastline.

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Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge is a luxurious retreat situated on the shore of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand offering up a unique experience. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a glass of New Zealand bubbles and their luggage is promptly delivered to their room. Styled by acclaimed interior designer Virginia Fisher, the lodge offers cozy yet chic accommodation featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that provide epic views over the lake and mountains. Guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine like kingfish sashimi and wagyu burger for lunch plus delicious wine pairings. As well as comfortable living spaces, vibrant gardens tended to by maintenance manager Edson and art collections from late American billionaire Julian Robertson, Matakauri Lodge promises an unforgettable stay with its seamless experience worthy of its high price tag.

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