New Zealand-What’s all the fuss?

 

Almost any visitor to New Zealand’s first impression is one of openness and friendliness. New Zealanders tend not to be aware of this as they have always been this way and are usually flattered and pleased at how delighted visitors are with what they find here.

This relative distance from any major population centre has helped define the unique character of this country. Here, there is time, there is space, and there are friendly people who have the time to talk with you and who want to share what they consider important with you.

The country is the size of Great Britain but has 4 million inhabitants as opposed to 60 million.  It also has a culture which enjoys the outdoors and puts lifestyle ahead of anything else.

We specialise in the special, the unique, the untouched. And then we connect you to places through special people.

Experiences on offer are unique, carefully curated through especially cultivated relationships. From private helicopter trips over the Sounds with glacier landings and beach picnics to private Powhiris (Maori welcome) to back country walks and hunting, gathering and traditional cooking with locals in the forests; from fly fishing to jet boating to exploring volcanos or sailing around the Abel Tasman on a private yacht, you can be reassured that you will have the adventure of a life time with amazingly knowledgeable and friendly guides.

If you’re looking for accommodation that really breaks the mould and adds a massive ‘wow’ factor to your trip – New Zealand has exactly what you’re looking for. Kiwis have the luxury lodge concept down to a fine art with an incredible network of exclusive properties dotted throughout both islands.

New Zealand’s crop of luxury lodges and boutique hideaways are renowned for their absolute attention to detail. Incredible hospitality, innovative architecture and décor, stunningly picturesque locations and of course delicious food and wine.

What you won’t find here is anything exclusive or ‘stuffy’; everywhere offers understated elegance and above all else a hugely warm welcome.

Northlands and the Bay of Islands

 Beginning at the top of the North Island, we recommend a stay at Eagles Nest Lodge with its five private luxury villas overlooking the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Here you’ll also find Kauri Cliffs set amidst 6,000 acres of Northland. Accommodation is in elegant suites situated in homely cottages with spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean, Pink beach (covered in minute pink shells), a championship golf course and the property’s own working farm.

Northlands and the Bay of Islands

Beginning at the top of the North Island, we recommend a stay at Eagles Nest Lodge with its five private luxury villas overlooking the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Here you’ll also find Kauri Cliffs set amidst 6,000 acres of Northland. Accommodation is in elegant suites situated in homely cottages with spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean, Pink beach (covered in minute pink shells), a championship golf course and the property’s own working farm.

Rotorua and Taupo

Continuing through the North Island, no stay would be complete without a visit to the centrally located Rotorua and Taupo, where you’ll encounter thermal wonders, cultural heritage and some stunning lakes.

Huka Lodge in Taupo is considered one of the top retreats in the world and for good reason, with the Queen staying for a few days on her last tour of the country. Set amidst parkland on the banks of the Waikato River, upstream from the Huka Falls – this lodge promises dreamy tranquillity in the form of massages and beauty treatments or activities like tennis, croquet and mountain biking – all available on site.

 

Moving closer to Rotorua, we recommend Solitaire Lodge overlooking Lake Tarawera with plenty of activities, such as a wild food cooking school, fishing, hiking or taking a heli over to explore the volcano on White Island.

Heading to the South Island you experience even more of New Zealand’s beauty with a huge variety of landscapes.

Abel Tasman & northern South Island

In a rural location close to Nelson you’ll find the wonderful Edenhouse. This lodge is run by a charming couple who clearly love their home and love to lavish attention on their guests.  Explore the stunning beaches of Abel Tasman, a sub tropical paradise, totally untouched, unspoilt and uncrowded.

Close to the whale watching and Maori culture hotspot of Kaikoura is the luxury eco-retreat Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses. This is an absolute gem, with charming hosts who will ensure your trip is memorable in every way. Apart from the incredible accommodation, here is where you can get out on the water and see marine life in abundance from whales to dolphins and seals.

Although everywhere in New Zealand is breathtakingly beautiful and relaxing, one of our favourites is the amazing Annandale located just south of Christchurch. The architecture is very special, making full use of the natural light and extraordinary scenery, with a range of accommodation from a very romantic the 1 bedroom Seascape or Shepherds Cottage to the larger Scrubby Bay and Homestead for larger family gatherings. Acres of space to explore on quad bikes or by boat and it is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with their motto being ‘Stay where the world can’t find you…’

Queenstown & Fiordland

Just two of the must-see destinations in the South Island, Queenstown and Fiordland also offer stylish stays and excellent luxury lodges.

Less than 10 minutes from Queenstown, lakeside Matakauri Lodge is owned by the same family as The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (together with The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay). Set beside Lake Wakatipu overlooking the Remarkables, accommodation is in guest rooms, cottages and suites, each suite with its own breath-taking private terrace. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge chose Matakauri as their base on their recent tour of New Zealand.

Our final recommendation is Mahu Whenua, for something totally spectacular and unique. Formerly a private estate for its owners wanting to get away from the world, it is now a huge playground for those who love the outdoors but want to stay in supreme laid back luxury. Whilst here hike, bike, ride horses or take a heli out to Milford Sound… the list is endless and the experience second to none.

 

As you can see, New Zealand has so much to offer everyone and is a other worldly  paradise just waiting to welcome you. Get in touch to start planning your trip of a lifetime and we will craft a unique journey just for you.