The South Island lap of luxury
Start planning your next Kiwi escape with our guide to the ultimate ‘staycation’ venues. We have tracked down the South Island’s finest, where ...
Wildlife sanctuaries, destination spas and boutique lodges topped off with glamorous charter yachts, designer shopping and gourmet cuisine – welcome to your ultimate luxurious holiday in the Land of the Long White Cloud!
If you’re after a truly unique escape right in the lap of luxury you’ll cherish five-star New Zealand. A vital part of any luxe holiday is perfect accommodation. New Zealand has a range of top international hotel chains with first-class amenities familiar to any well-travelled visitor, while the country’s unforgettable lodges and retreats offer a very special alternative. Arrive at your exclusive lodge via boat and indulge in dishes prepared by an in-house chef while taking in stunning views! During your stay, you can expect impeccable service and expert local knowledge from your hosts. Or choose an intimate boutique hotel, where each room is individually designed – options range from old convents to restored homesteads.
After waking up utterly relaxed, it’s time to explore. Browse the designer boutiques of chic cities such as Auckland and Wellington, book a private wine guide in Marlborough or embark on a luxury boat cruise in Fiordland. A must-do luxe activity is flight-seeing. Discover the landscape from the air or combine flight-seeing with adventures such as skiing, ice climbing or island hopping. Then unwind on the greens of one of New Zealand’s internationally lauded golf courses or on the massage bed at a destination spa before heading to a world-class restaurant for dinner.
Of course, you’ll want to travel in style! A range of private transport options are on offer, from chartered fixed-wing planes, helicopters or yachts to limousine transfers. And rest assured that you can leave the planning to the professionals. Look for a specialist in luxury travel and all you’ll need to do is compile a wish list – your custom-designed trip will make it all come true!
Qualmark rates all styles of accommodation with a star grading system, but the New Zealand Luxury Lodge rating is in a league of its own. Offering the finest locations, facilities and service – these properties measure up to the strictest of criteria. Such properties are not common, but that is part of the appeal.
Geothermal bathing, Maori massages, day spas and wellness sanctuaries – if you plan to spend some (or all!) of your holiday indulging in a spa experience, see the Spas & Retreats section.