Located between the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, stunning New Zealand is the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors, world-class cuisine and wines, wildlife and heritage. That’s not all. These elements have fostered a culture for exceptional hospitality, with both North and South Island home to slick city escapes and some of the world’s most fabulous lodges – and we mean next level.


Here are five luxury lodges in New Zealand that will take your breath away – plus one of our favourite city boltholes.

Huka Lodge  

On 17 pristine riverside acres bordering heavenly shallows of the Waikato River is elegant Huka Lodge. What began as a simple fishing lodge in the 1920s is now arguably one of the most exclusive stays in New Zealand, home to extensive manicured grounds, sensational gourmet experiences and activities ranging from boating and hiking to helicopter touring, golfing and spa days. Beyond the gorgeous suites are two stunning residences suitable for groups – the Owner’s Cottage, with four suites, and the new two-suite Alan Pye Cottage. Not only is the service exceptional but stays at Huka Lodge are inclusive of pre-dinner drinks, a magnificent five-course dinner and a delicious breakfast.  

Huka Lodge New Zealand

Rosewood Cape Kidnappers

On New Zealand’s North Island east coast perched atop staggering sea cliffs, is Rosewood Cape Kidnappers. Commanding vast ocean views and an ever-present horizon, this unique luxury resort is a sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s most precious flora and fauna, home to a working farm and one of the world’s leading golf courses. Generously appointed suites that meld countryside luxe interiors with awe-inspiring vistas feature spacious layouts, grand bathrooms and stunning balconies. Proximity to essential facilities such as the fitness centre, pool, spa and library enhances the luxury experience in Hawke’s Bay. Elsewhere, explore meandering hiking trails, enjoy horseback beach rides along the resort’s private 5-mile coastline or check out the par-71 golf course that unfolds beneath the lodge. 

Rosewood Cape Kidnappers New Zealand

Falcon Brae

Falcon Brae is a boutique lodge that beckons with both rugged exploration and refined relaxation in the country’s most prized alpine landscape. Its intimate scale, discreet luxuries and faultless hospitality capture the essence of an elevated stay. Wholesome activities abound, from kayaking crystalline coves of Abel Tasman National Park and tramping ethereal alpine tarns and valleys of Kahurangi to fishing plentiful streams that wind through ancient beech forests. Blissful amenities such as riverside hot tubs, soothing massages and exquisite seasonal dining that celebrate the locally sourced ingredients add to the magic. 

Falcon Brae New Zealand

Rimu Lodge

Rimu Lodge offers an unforgettable retreat that seamlessly blends nature, comfort and relaxation. Surrounded by lush native forests, towering mountains and pristine rivers, expect immersion into the natural wonders of New Zealand, plus a boutique selection of beautifully appointed accommodations, tranquil spaces to unwind, and a spa that features rejuvenating treatments inspired by local ingredients and traditions. One of Rimu Lodge’s highlights is its commitment to sustainable practices. It embraces eco-friendly initiatives, from energy-efficient designs to responsible waste management, ensuring minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven, with guided nature walks, birdwatching tours and hiking expeditions on offer, while dining comprises world-class wines and excellent local cuisine for a true sense of place. 

Rimu Lodge New Zealand

Mahu Whenua

Situated in the heart of the Southern Alps, this eco-friendly luxury lodge offers a unique blend of rustic charm and modern sophistication, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Spanning over 55,000 acres of pristine wilderness, guests can explore the extensive network of hiking trails, indulge in fly-fishing on crystal-clear rivers or, with on-site stables, explore on horseback. Yoga, conservation tours, jet-boating and scenic heli-trips are also available. The lodge itself exudes elegance and comfort, featuring exquisite furnishings, spacious suites and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.  

Mahu Whenua New Zealand

The Hotel Britomart

Whilst not a traditional lodge, we couldn’t leave out the Hotel Britomart as it embodies Auckland’s creative soul, weaving heritage restoration with leading-edge eco-design as the country’s first 5 Green Star hotel, part of a region-wide commitment to sustainability. Behind the striking contemporary façade flanked by restored brick warehouses, discover 99 elegant guest rooms and five opulent suites – havens of warm minimalist chic and indulgent textures, complete with beautifully tiled bathrooms, built-in sofas, hand-made ceramics and minibars full of locally sourced treats. A stone’s throw from vibrant waterfront attractions and laneways showcasing New Zealand’s hottest dining and boutique shopping scenes, the Britomart is the ideal landing spot for an adventure in New Zealand. 

hotel Britomart New Zealand

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