Summer travel ideas: luxury New Zealand accommodation for a spoiled vacation


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Fly by helicopter to Minaret station and sleep in one of the four luxury chalets surrounded by endless wilderness. Photo / Supplied

It has been a long, important and stressful year for many of us, so what better way to end it than with a luxury vacation to look forward to. Here are five of New Zealand’s best luxury lodges and hotels to bring you travel in 2022.

1. Hāpuku Lodge and treehouses, Kaikōura

Kaikōura’s rugged coastline is tamed by Hāpuku Lodge + Tree Houses at a deer farm 12 km north of the eco-marine town. Five luxury treehouses (two the size of a family) are set 10 m high in a kānuka grove; people with reduced mobility can opt for suites or apartments on the ground floor. The kitchen sources oil from their olive grove, vegetables and herbs from their garden, and local kaimoana. Inland, the former shepherd’s hut at Matai Peak has been transformed into a luxurious hideaway with views of the coast and forest valleys.

2. Minaret Station, Wānaka

Accessible only by helicopter, located in a meadow at an altitude of 1000 m, surrounded by the Southern Alps, bordered by Lake Wānaka and two national parks, the four chalets of Minaret Station claim to be “one of the the most secluded and private luxury lodges in the world “. It uses hydroelectricity from its own factory, water from precipitation and snowmelt, supplies arrive and waste goes by air, and all laundry is washed offsite. From paddock to plate: meat from the 20,000 ha resort, garnishes from local producers. Other experiences, imagine and find out for yourself.

3. Sofitel Wellington

Missing this trip to Paris? A small part of the place comes to the Wellington Sofitel. Opulently reflecting the motto of the luxury chain, “Vivre la vie à la française”, the staff in chocolate uniform greet with “Bonjour”, the Jardin Grill and the La Serre bar are very good, the rooms luxurious and the hotel knows the best.

4. New hotels in Dunedin

Dunedin has a number of new small upscale establishments, many of which were created as part of the city’s stunning renovations to heritage buildings. The Dunedin Fable, in an 1862 hotel, is exceptional; its memorable Press Club restaurant. The View Room – and much more – is the expansive Mason Suite, with its tall pillars and heritage bay window overlooking Princes St. For Modernist tastes, Ebb Dunedin is a new contemporary boutique hotel.

5. Te Arai Lodge, Auckland

Technically but not really in Auckland city, Te Arai Lodge is an eco-friendly oasis just over an hour north of the harbor bridge, set in ancient native forest and overlooking the Brynderwyns to the coast of Mangawhai. Opt for garden-to-table meals, therapy, hikes and bike rides on the beach.

6. Lonely Bay barn, the Coromandel

You can’t find a more secretive place than Lonely Bay. The Barn is a four-suite lodge in a rustic building on the Coromandel Peninsula with half-timbered ceilings, natural furnishings, books, and antique porcelain. Think of an open concept, a comfortable fireplace, a sheltered patio, food and wine. Pets too.

This is an edited version of a story that first appeared in NZ Herald Travel on June 30, 2021. For more great vacation ideas, visit


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