Summer Travel Ideas: A luxurious stay in New Zealand to treat yourself to holidays


Fly by helicopter to Minaret station and bed in one of the four luxurious chalets surrounded by the wilderness as far as the eye can see. The attached photo

It’s been a long, big 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 hostels and hotels for your travels in 2022.

1. Habuku Lodge and Tree Houses, Kaikoura

The rugged Kaikoura coast is tamed by Hāpuku Lodge + Tree Houses on a deer farm 12 km north of the marine eco-town. Five luxury tree houses (two family-sized) were constructed at 10 meters in height in the Kanuka grove; The challenger may choose the suites or the flat on the ground level. The kitchen sources the oil from the olive grove, vegetables and herbs from their garden and the local kaimoana. Inside, an old shepherd’s cottage on Matai Peak has been converted into a luxury retreat overlooking the coast and forested valleys.

2. Minaret Station, Wanaka

Accessible by helicopter only, it is located in a meadow 1,000 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Southern Alps, bordered by Lake Wanaka and two national parks. Global”. It uses hydropower from its own factory, water from rain and snowmelt, supplies arrive and waste leaves by air, and all laundry is washed off-site. Pasture to plate: meat from 20,000 hectares, decorations from local producers. Other experiences, imagine And discover for yourself.

3. Sofitel Wellington

Did you miss that trip to Paris? A small part of the place comes to Sofitel Wellington. Exquisitely reflecting the luxury chain’s motto, “Live life the French way,” the staff are chocolaty with “Bonjour,” the Jardin Grill and La Serre bar are tres bon, the rooms are luxurious, and the hotel sure knows what Quoi is.

4. New hotels in Dunedin

Dunedin has a number of new, small and upscale establishments, many of which have been set up in stunning renovations of the city’s heritage buildings. The Fable Dunedin Hotel, built in 1862, is exceptional. His restaurant Press Club is unforgettable. The room with the view – and so much more – is the spacious Mason Suite, the high stall and the heritage bay window overlooking Princes St. For modern tastes, Ebb Dunedin is a new and contemporary boutique hotel.

5. Tray Lodge, Auckland

Technically but not in Auckland, Te Arai Lodge is an eco-friendly oasis just over an hour north of the Harbor Bridge, nestled in ancient indigenous forest and overlooking Brynderwyns to the Mangawhai Coast. Go for garden-to-table dining, treatments, long walks and bike rides on the beach.

6. The Barn in Lonely Bay, Coromandel

You can’t get a more discreet place than Lonely Bay. The Barn is a four-suite inn set in a rustic Coromandel Peninsula building with wood ceilings, natural furnishings, books and antique earthenware. Think an open plan, a cozy fireplace, a sheltered patio, and gourmet food and wine. Suitable for pets too.

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


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