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Luxury Accommodation in NZ

New Zealand luxury accommodation has developed its own character, especially over the last 20 years. Originally there was Huka Lodge, a lovely place of style and character evolved from a fishing lodge. This was a sanctuary of quality amidst a desert of cheap motel rooms where it was considered a luxury if you had a room to yourself. Over this time, Huka Lodge developed and brought true 6-star service to New Zealand. Huka Lodge then went through a period over the last few years where it's formal approach wasn't delighting clients as much, but new management has put that right and clients are delighted again.

About ten years ago, Huka Lodge started spawning imitators which means we now have 7 or 8 of these extreme high quality "superlodges".  These have become a highway for luxury clients and sometimes attract criticism in providing a rarefied atmosphere in which well heeled tourists on the New Zealand Tour keep meeting each other and do not interact enough with the country. 

We have of course addressed this with our in-depth activities programmes and recommend a huge variety of accommodation, not just the obvious lodges...

 

In addition to the luxury lodges, there are also private houses from cute to grandiose; superb high country stations (massive farms) where you stay with the owners; tasteful bed and breakfasts; and even a leading edge environmentally conscious cabin complex nestled in the centre of Glenorchy.

Our task is to understand our clients to such an extent that we put them together with exactly the right accommodation for every single night of their stay in New Zealand.

Below are just a few of the available options.

Split Apple Retreat

If a masterpiece is a man-made work with nothing out of place, a composition pleasing on a number of levels from instant...

Huka Lodge - Taupo

Huka Lodge has long been known as the pioneer of our luxury lodges, blazing the trail for our current world-class line-up. ...

Mahu Whenua - Wanaka

We really like this place. Mutt Lang and Shania Twain's former hideaway overlooking Lake Wanaka. Over 100,000 acres of...

Fiordland Lodge - Te Anau

The closest lodge to Fiordland, and also to many beautiful southern fly-fishing rivers and lesser walked tracks. Enjoying a...

The Landing - Bay of Islands

1000 acres of the most beautiful waterfront in New Zealand. Way up north on the northern tip of the Bay of Islands, hundreds...

Eichardts - Queenstown

The grand old lady of central Queenstown. A lovely blend of historic and modern together with some beautifully designed...

Hapuku Lodge - Kaikoura

Not to be missed - treehouses on the spectacular Kaikoura Coast with access to whales, dolphins and seals. The food here is...

Blanket Bay - Queenstown

45 minutes from Queenstown, down a road winding along the sides of lovely Lake Wakatipu, this place is really its own...

Otahuna - Canterbury

I was away for the last ten days taking a high-profile journalist around the country and exploring some themes in more depth...

Piwakawaka Point - Wanaka

A beautiful 6-bedroom villa on 330 acres of Wanaka lakefront. Just minutes to town yet superb privacy and views.

Westhaven Retreat

If you've ever wondered what lies at the end of the road, this is one for you. If you try and go any further it'll be in the...

Point Villas - Taupo

This is a wonderful private alternative in the Taupo region, used by visiting luxury travellers who either want their own...

Wharekauhau - Martinborough

Wharekauhau is an unusual place. Right at the bottom of the North Island, right at the end of the road, a good hour further...

Eagles Nest - Bay of Islands

A lovely sophisticated experience in the Bay of Islands. A good place for some rest and relaxation in one of the warmest...

Silver Pine - Lake Wanaka

Silver Pine is a special place. The view from this small lodge is the closest thing we have seen to the view from a...

Greenhill - Hawke's Bay

The Hawkes Bay is undergoing an understandable tourism boom. Previously, most itineraries went south to Rotorua and then flew...

Pen y Bryn - Otago

Something a bit different down the East Coast of the South Island. Away from a number of tourist routes, yet handy to the...

Acacia Cliffs - Taupo

If laid back luxury is more your style, Acacia Cliffs is intelligently and warmly hosted by its owners Linda and Rick. ...

Delamore Lodge - Waiheke Island

Auckland is often the entry and departure point for visitors, and therefore somewhere where some time is spent. People often...

Matakauri - Queenstown

I was lucky enough to be hosted a couple of weeks ago at the new Owners Cottage at Matakauri. Wow!

Poronui - Taupo

One of my favourites in the Taupo region and something truly different. A 16,000 acre property in the mountains on one of the...

Olivers - Central Otago

Olivers was indeed fortunate when bought by David and Andrea Ritchie. With immense style and no small budget they have...

Solitaire Lodge - Rotorua

This is now my favourite place in Rotorua. The original avant-garde design of the lodge has come back into fashion, and,...

Kauri Cliffs - Northland

The first of the Robertson lodges. A really beautiful location, a superbly designed lodge, impeccable service and food, and...

Cape Kidnappers - Hawkes Bay

The second Robertson lodge has elements we recognise from Kauri Cliffs - architectural elegance, superb cuisine, top-grade...