Autumn/Fall is quickly fading as the trees shed their beautiful colours to prepare for the winter to come. Snow has arrived in both the North and South Islands and the ski fields are open and ready for a great season.
This is a great time to visit the little seaside township of Kaikoura as the fur seals arrive for the winter. Sunning themselves on the rocks while their pups frolic in nearby streams, racing around like otters and terrifying the ducks as they chase them from the water.
We would love to introduce you to four of our luxury hotels and lodges in Kaikoura, Queenstown, Wanaka and Oamaru
Manakau Lodge is located just 11kms north of Kaikoura Township, away from the main highway and on a rise overlooking the distant ocean with a background of the spectacular Kaikoura mountain range. Enter into a warm guest lounge with its roaring log fire; a great place to relax after a days touring. Four elegant guest rooms lead off the main hallway – two deluxe rooms offer luxurious freestanding deep bathtubs and all rooms feature spacious walk-in rain showers. Fluffy bathrobes, heat pumps, Apple technology and the use if an iPad to download your photos, plan your ongoing travel or watch movies from their extensive library. Choose to dine here and enjoy the exquisite cuisine of Neil the owner, who is also a Chef. Winter Dine and Stay Experience – www.manakaulodge.co.nz
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a great place to stay for your winter break. Located within an easy walk to the main shops, cafés and departure points for excursions and activities in the region. Offering 17 luxurious designer rooms with a choice of views to the Gondola or out to The Remarkables. Renowned for its warm friendly atmosphere, you can relax in the evening with a complimentary pre-dinner drink and canapés with your hosts and other guests. And take advantage of their stay pay rates during the winter season – www.queenstownparkhotel.co.nz
Tin Tub Luxury Lodge in Wanaka is perfect for a winter escape. Imagine a roaring log fire indoors in the luxury guest lounge, or choose to sit outdoors by an open fire on a starry night. Return after a days skiing to a sauna and return to your spacious lodge room opening out to stunning views to Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond. Heated outdoor slipper baths are tempting to relax in after a days skiing, with a glass of pinot and gazing up at the stars. Tin Tub has a ski drying room and mountain bikes for the adventurous. Stay/Pay rates available – www.tintubwanaka.com
For all foodies out there, visit the luxury 5* heritage mansion Pen-y-bryn Lodge, located in the township of Oamaru in North Otago. Just an hour’s drive north from Dunedin and an easy drive from Queenstown and Wanaka. Your hosts – the ‘Jameses’ – will charm you. Relax in the ambience of this wonderful lodge and relish the superb cuisine here, and at award winning restaurants nearby. Stay over a weekend and join a cooking school – stay/pay rates available. Make a plan to visit the wonderful Oamaru Farmers Market. Visit – www.penybryn.co.nz