How can you make a bucket list destination that’s as magical as New Zealand even better?
Book yourself in at one of the best luxury lodges NZ has! With world-class scenery, incredible Kiwi hospitality, fine dining and pure relaxation all on offer, these stays are deserving of their bucket list titles.
So, go ahead and quaint yourself with our favourite luxe stays in Aotearoa – we promise a stay in any of these special locations will have you coming back for more.
The Best Luxury Lodges in New Zealand
Luxe Lodges in the North Island
1. Helena Bay Lodge, Northland
Situated on 800 acres of native forest and farmland, and boasting no less than four private beaches, Helena Bay Lodge is an outstanding luxury lodge.
Not only are the accommodation options there gorgeous, but there are plenty of fantastic facilities too. This includes a heated swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, fitness centre and massage room.
There are even shared lounge areas where you can relax, an outdoor fire pit and a library!
Plus, as Helena Bay only welcomes up to five couples at a time, you’ll be guaranteed the most personal, intimate treatment.
With stylish, modern accommodation, incredible hospitality and privacy that’s second to none, what more could you need?
1948 Russell Road, RD4, Helena Bay 0184, Northland
2. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland
Offering panoramic ocean views, three private beaches, and a variety of world-class facilities, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is another great option if you’re looking for a memorable lodge stay.
There are plenty of accommodation choices there ranging from suites to the ‘owners cottage’ which comes complete with a private pool and stunning sea views.
As hard as it is to believe (because the lodge is stunning), the highlight of Kauri Cliffs has to be the activities they offer. These include fishing, surfing, signature BBQs and heritage experiences.
During your time at this luxury lodge, you’ll also have access to an infinity pool, an 18-hole golf course, a day spa and an acclaimed on-site restaurant.
139 Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay 0245, Northland
Check availability: The Lodge at Kuri Cliffs.
3. Huka Lodge, Taupō
Huka Lodge is undoubtedly one of the most famous luxury lodges in Aotearoa.
It is perfectly located along the Waikato River, just a 10-minute walk from the famous Huka Falls. It is also conveniently close to Taupō whilst feeling like a world away.
It is home to twenty spectacular guest suites, in addition to two owners’ cottages that come with their own private pools – each one offering the experience of a lifetime.
The facilities at Huka Lodge are expectedly impressive. You’ll have access to an outdoor pool, a tennis court, an on-site restaurant and massage services, along with world-class dining.
In addition, the lodge also offers a variety of activities and excursions. This means they’re able to customise the perfect luxury vacation, whether you step foot off the estate or not.
271 Huka Falls Road, Wairakei, Taupō 3377
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4. The Farm (by Robertson Lodges), Hawkes Bay
You’ll have your work cut out for you picking your favourite luxury accommodation option at The Farm.
Whether you book in at the Suites (Ridge, Lodge or Hilltop), the owner’s cottage, or the gorgeous Hilltop Family Suite, you’ll find each one beautifully decorated and spacious. Many of them also offer striking views of Hawkes Bay.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set on 6,000 acres of lush pastures and is known for its gorgeous location. Unsurprisingly, it’s the perfect point from which to head off on a tour of the nearby gannet colony. You’ll also be well located to enjoy all that Napier, Hastings and Havelock North have to offer, including world-class wineries and art deco architecture.
However, there are plenty of incredible facilities should you choose to stay put. These include an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, an on-site spa and a bar. Plus, as you’d expect, there’s a highly-regarded gourmet restaurant at The Farm too.
446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga 4180
Check availability: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.
5. The Lodge and River Lodges at Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay
Located in the heart of New Zealand’s best-known wine country, Craggy Range is one of the most affordable options on this list.
You’ve got four different accommodation options without stepping foot off the vineyard, although it’s the River Lodges and Craggy Range Lodge that stand out.
Craggy Range Lodge sleeps up to 8 people and offers views of the towering Te Mata Peak, whilst the River Lodges sleep up to four people, overlooking the Tukituki River.
Although the lodges are spectacular, it’s the setting that draws many people in.
Craggy Range is one of the most popular wineries in the region which means you’ll have access to award-winning food and wine experiences on your very own doorstep.
253 Waimarama Road, Havelock North 4230
Check availability: Craggy Range.
6. Wharekauhau Lodge, Cape Palliser
Wharekauhau Lodge is considered to be one of the most luxurious properties in the world and it’s not hard to see why!
Situated on a clifftop, overlooking the scenic Pallister Bay, it has the foothills of the Remutaka Mountain Range as its spectacular backdrop.
Take your pick from a variety of suites, or book into their luxury villa – it sleeps up to six people with three bedrooms and bathrooms.
Set on 3,000 acres of land, you won’t run out of things to do at this beautiful boutique lodge. Book into their day spa, make the most of their outdoor pool and make the most of the many activities they offer, including horse riding, ATVs and archery.
Plus, at only 100km from Wellington, you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore one of our most popular cities when you eventually need to pull yourself away.
Ocean Beach 5773, near Cape Palliser
Check availability: Wharekauhau Lodge.
Luxury Lodges down South
7. The Marlborough, Marlborough
As the name suggests this stunning accommodation is located in the famous Marlborough wine region. Even better, it’s nestled within 16 acres of lush parklands, providing privacy and natural beauty.
The Marlborough (or as it is more commonly known, The Marlborough Lodge) is just a 10-minute drive from Blenheim, so it’s well located when you are ready to get out and explore.
Back at the lodge, there are a variety of rooms to choose from; each one is cosy, spacious and decorated beautifully. However, as amazing as the rooms are, it’s the facilities that set this place apart from others in the region.
Take a dip in the heated swimming pool, enjoy a spa, make the most of the bar and amazing restaurant, check out the games area or quietly wander around the grounds.
The Marlborough is an icon for good reason – be sure to check it out.
776 Rapaura Road, Rapaura 7273
Check availability: The Marlborough Lodge.
8. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikoura
There are plenty of luxury lodges in New Zealand but Hapuku Lodge is probably one of the most unique properties.
Aside from the main lodge suites, you’ve also got the option of staying in a treehouse. These unique luxury huts are nestled above the ground in a kānuka grove, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
We think the treehouses are the perfect option for a romantic getaway as they feature deep spa tubs, cosy fireplaces and a private balcony. They’re secluded and private, providing the ultimate break away with your special someone.
During your stay here you’ll also have access to free bicycles which we recommend using to explore the area – when you’re not cuddled up by the fireplace, that is.
State Highway 1, Kaikōura 7371
Check availability: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses.
9. The Lindis, Ahuriri Valley, Canterbury
The Lindis Lodge is one of the most beautiful and unique properties that you’ll come across in New Zealand. The building is literally built into the Ahuriri Valley, creating there’s harmony between the infrastructure and its surroundings.
If you’re looking to stay here you’ve got the option of a Master Suite, Lodge Suite, or quirky glass front pods. No matter which one you choose, you’re in for an epic stay!
Known for its delicious food, fantastic facilities, memorable experiences and epic views, you won’t find many places that offer a luxury experience like this one.
If you’re looking to splash out on a memorable experience in the South Island, we thoroughly recommend at stay at The Lindis.
1490 Birchwood Road, Ahuriri Valley 9412
Check availability: The Lindis Lodge.
10. Mahu Whenua, Wānaka
Although Mahu Whenua is just a 25-minute drive from central Wānaka you’ll feel like you’re on another planet.
There’s no denying that the suites here are gorgeous, with many of them offering striking views of Lake Wānaka and the surrounding mountains. However, the facilities here are something else.
Boasting a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, games and media room, and an outdoor fire pit, this lodge has so much to offer! You’ll also have access to shared lounge areas, providing the opportunity to mix and mingle with other guests.
Incredibly, Mahu Whenua is also New Zealand’s largest private conservation project. The property sits on 136,000 acres of land, and by staying with them, you’ll be contributing to the worthwhile mahi (work) they do.
That’s what we call a real win-win situation!
Motatapu Road, Wānaka 9382
Check availability: Mahu Whenua.
11. Minaret Station Alpine Lodge, Wanaka
Minaret Station is a rather special lodge as it’s only accessible by helicopter. That’s right, this property is in a remote glacial valley so the only way to get there is by air.
Offering guests the chance to explore some of New Zealand’s most remote areas, Minaret Station is the perfect option for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Although the accommodation options here are fantastic, it’s the experiences here that you’ll remember. Take your pick from a wide variety of guided experiences including heliskiing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and guided hunting.
Narrowing down exactly what you want to do is a real challenge!
Departing from Wānaka Airport: 10 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wānaka 9343
Check availability: Minaret Station.
12. Azur Lodge, Queenstown
If you’re looking for jaw-dropping views then we recommend checking out Azur Luxury Lodge! Situated in a secluded area of Sunshine Bay in Queenstown, you’ll be treated to incredible vistas of Lake Wakatipu when you choose to stay here
There are nine luxury villas at the property, ensuring everyone enjoys an intimate stay. Each one features floor-to-ceiling glass windows so you can enjoy the epic landscapes all around you – made even better when enjoyed from a freshly-poured bubble bath!
Another bonus to staying here is that you’ll be just 5 minutes from downtown Queenstown, offering the best of both worlds. Better yet – there’s a free transfer so you can pop in and out of town without a second thought.
23 MacKinnon Terrace, Sunshine Bay, Queenstown 9300
Check availability: Azur Luxury Lodge.
13. Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
Matakauri Lodge is another fantastic option if you’re looking for luxury lodges in NZ – and we know that’s what you’re here for.
Located right on Lake Whakatipu, the views are spectacular. In fact, each of the villas here features a terrace area so you can enjoy these views in complete privacy.
With an on-site day spa, heated infinity pool, shared lounge area with a fireplace, and a restaurant, the facilities here are equally special.
Even though you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views at every angle, Matakauri Lodge is just a 7-minute drive from Queenstown. This makes it a convenient base for everything Queenstown has on offer.
569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown 9348
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14. Blanket Bay, Glenorchy
Blanket Bay is another property that’s situated on the shores of Lake Whakatipu. However, you’ll find it situated near Glenorchy rather than Queenstown.
With a breathtaking mountain backdrop, five-star facilities and luxurious accommodation options, it’s no wonder that this place is so popular.
Choose to stay in the main lodge at Blanket Bay or from one of several chalets which are perfect if you’re looking for a bit more privacy. These chalets also offer epic views of the lake!
Still not convinced? You’ll have the use of free kayaks and bicycles if you’re looking to explore the area and access to a billiards table. Or pull up a seat by the roaring fire as you chat to other guests.
There’s really no better place to be, whatever the season or weather.
4191 Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Glenorchy 9372
Check availability: Blanket Bay.
15. Milford Sound Lodge, Milford Sound
The Milford Sound is one of the most popular destinations in the country so it’s no surprise to learn that you’ll find one of the best luxury lodges in NZ here.
This is the only lodge that you’ll actually find in Milford Sound and as such, you can imagine, it books out well in advance. For good reason too, as you’ll get to stay in one of the world’s most beautiful heritage sites.
Though you’ll find a number of accommodation options at the Milfors Sound Lodge, we highly recommend a stay in one of their Premium Riverside Chalets. These modern cabins are situated right on the river providing an experience that needs to be experienced to be believed!
State Highway 94 Milford Sound, 9679
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16. Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau
Last but certainly not least on our list of top luxe lodges is Fiordland Lodge.
This gorgeous property overlooks the scenic Lake Te Anau and its surrounding mountains. It is also located at the gateway to Fiordland National Park so there are plenty of memorable things to do in the area, including hiking, kayaking and fishing.
Boasting a variety of accommodation options, endless experiences and excellent facilities, this place has so much to offer.
If you decide to stay here, you’ll benefit from an on-site spa, a restaurant, a bar, and a shared lounge area with a cosy fireplace.
And, as you would expect from accommodation of this calibre, the team will go out of their way to ensure you have an unbeatable stay.
You can’t ask for more than perfection!
472 Te Anau, State Highway 94, Te Anau 9679
Check availability: Fiordland Lodge.
With so many gorgeous lodges in Aotearoa, narrowing down one or two for your itinerary is a legitimate first-world problem.
And trust us, once you’ve had a taste of the good life you’ll never want to return to real life!