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Lodges of New Zealand, Perfection From Every Perspective

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Experience the finest accommodations in one of the most serene settings: rural New Zealand. It maintains an allure of an uncharted world—one famously populated with more sheep than people. Yet friendly locals help immerse you in the destination and culture immediately. The ultimate start to your journey is on Air New Zealand, with its hospitality and high level of comfort. Once you land, Swain Destinations recommends these remarkable luxury lodges with scenery and amenities worth the trip.
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4191 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand
The journey to Blanket Bay, an alpine luxury lodge, offers up some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, whether you make the 25-mile lakeside drive from Queenstown or soar over the landscape on a 12-minute helicopter transfer. The lodge...
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SH 1, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
This architectural, horticultural, and culinary masterpiece in the eastern New Zealand town of Kaikoura consists of a main lodge as well as five modern wood cabins stilted above the treetops. It’s no surprise that Hapuku’s owners, the...
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224 Rhodes Rd, Tai Tapu 7672, New Zealand
New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been reborn as Otahuna Lodge, with seven generous suites that show off its 19th-century heritage: ornate wood-burning fireplaces, carved inglenooks, and stained glass windows. It’s surrounded by...
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446 Clifton Road Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay 4180, New Zealand
A 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm is the charmingly pastoral setting for The Lodge & Golf Course at Cape Kidnappers—and explains its shorthand name “The Farm.” It’s reminiscent of the American West, though complemented by an 800-foot plunge into...
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139 Tepene Tablelands Rd, Matauri Bay 0245, New Zealand
At this luxury property perched over Matauri Bay near the top of the North Island, the colonial-style buildings are dwarfed by the endless wavy greens of a championship, par-72 golf course that ends at the Pacific. The ocean views and holes...
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351 Kearoa Rd, Horohoro 3077, New Zealand
Passionate naturalist John Sax realized a lifelong dream with the opening of Treeptops Lodge & Estate, nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year-old native forest in Rotorua, the Maori heartland and trout fishing capital of the world. It’s a breathtaking...
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Ocean Beach 5773, New Zealand
The grand lifestyle of Edwardian times lives on at the incredible Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate, situated at the heart of a 5,500-acre working sheep station. As you wander into the grand lodge your eyes are immediately drawn to the...
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New Zealand, 130 Wharf Rd, Pigeon Bay 7583, New Zealand
Gumboot luxury: It’s a fitting description for the unique combination of a remote rural setting, award-winning architecture, and remarkable experiences that awaits at Annandale. Here, off the tourist trail in an area of outstanding beauty and...