JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE

 

DONKEY BAY INN – unique, quirky and simply stunning. Winner of the The World’s most Eco-Friendly Hotel, and Most Inspired Design Hotel at the recent Boutique Hotel Awards in London. Four luxuriously appointed suites and rooms open to decks and gardens with breathtaking sea views  Outdoor baths to relax under the stars, a private beach. And there’s a chauffeur driven Jaguar to transfer guests to restaurants and bars in Russell township. 
www.donkeybayinn.co.nz

TE ARAI LODGE – this fabulous luxury lodge, located in Te Arai, a 90-minute drive north of Auckland, is receiving accolades from guests who are just loving the hospitality, the range of interesting things to do and the delicious cuisine. And, don’t forget the Yoga/Pilates studio and a 22 metre heated pool. 3 luxuriously appointed suites, feature dressing rooms opening to ensuite bathrooms. Floor to ceiling windows opening to decks and an outdoor bath. A Cedar Hot Tub to unwind…..private dining spaces… One hike we’re excited to add to our list of experiences on offer is the Secret Sand Dune walk (pictured above). Our Secret Sand Dune walk is unlike any other walk in New Zealand. This walk is only known by a select few locals and follows a secret track through the mangroves and estuary coming out at the giant golden Mangawhai sand dunes which will have you feeling like you’ve arrived on another planet! This walk takes around 2 hours and has spectacular views down the coast and plenty of swimming opportunities along the beach. And if you’re not into walking, you can always do a beach bike ride on our fat tyre bikes along Te Arai Beach to see the sand dunes. Make sure to enquire about walks and bike rides with your stay.
www.tearailodge.co.nz

THE BEACH HOUSE – KAWAU ISLAND – located in the Hauraki Gulf just an hour’s drive north of Auckland, and a 20-minute ferry ride to this superb getaway – Kawau Island has no roads, no light pollution and offers beautiful beaches to snorkel, paddle board, or simply soak up the sun. The fully licensed restaurant and bar is managed by a professional chef crafting stunning a-la-carte menus. Enjoy a cocktail, kick off your shoes, snuggle your toes into the soft white sand and relax.
www.kawaubeachhouse.co.nz

QUAIL LODGE – DRURY –  AUCKLAND
This luxury lodge joined our boutique portfolio in December 2019. Located just  a 25-minute drive from Auckland International Airport, the lodge offers 2 bedooms, bathroom, robes and slippers. Open-plan living, kitchen, dining opening to spacious decks with relaxing countryside views and the nearby Drury Gliding Club; guests love to watch the gliders catching the breezes overhead.  Suitable for a couple, or two couples travelling together the rate includes a delicious gourmet breakfast, a bottle of sparkling NZ wine on arrival and more. You’re welcome to use the stunning infinity pool too.  Perfect for those late evening arrivals or early morning departures without the stress of driving into a busy city.
www.luxurylodge.nz

THE BARN – COOKS BEACH – COROMANDEL PENINSULA
This luxury self-contained home opened to guests in December and visitors are just loving the space, the outdoor living – there are open fires both indoors and outdoors. Continental breakfast provisions are refreshed daily, and a fabulous kitchen to enjoy breakfast.  Together with a complimentary bottle of house wine on arrival. French press coffee and free Wi-Fi.  So close to Hahei Beach, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.
www.970lonelybay.com

 
ACACIA CLIFFS LODGE –  TAUPO –  New owners!  Stephanie and Neil are really enjoying welcoming guests to the lodge. Neil is an expert at crafting delicious breakfasts and Stephenie is creating beautiful canapés to be served with drinks in the evening, overlooking the stunning views to the lake and mountains.
www.acaciacliffslodge.co.nz

 

 

THE POINT VILLAS – TAUPO – two luxuriously appointed Villas located in a secure gated complex at The Point – near Acacia Bay Taupo. Tatamoana Villa accommodates up to 4 guests in 2 ensuite bedroms. Ngahere accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 ensuite bedrooms.
Both villas feature a solar heated swimming pool. New to the villas –  spa pools have just been added to the mix. Tatamoana’s spa pool is located in the bush – a wonderful haven to unwind and relax.
www.thepointvillas.co.nz
 

GREENMANTLE BOUTIQUE HOTEL – KAPITI – north from WELLINGTON
This luxury lodge joined our boutique collection in September 2019. The hotel is set in beautiful parklike gardens that lead to a virgin Nikau Palm forest. Nestled within the forest is a delightful spa pool – guests love to unwind amongst the restful palms and soak up the tranquillity. Nearby Nga Manu Sanctuary now offers a Kiwi encounter and Greenmantle can arrange a private visit to view this iconic New Zealand bird. Kapiti Island Nature reserve can be accessed by arrangement and is a wonderful day out. Or, for the car enthusiast, nearby is the renowned Southward Car Museum.
www.greenmantle.co.nz

 

TE KOI – THE LODGE AT BRONTE – winner of  The World’s Best Newcomer Hotel and Australasia’s Best Chic Elegance Hotel at the recent Boutique Hotels Awards held in London. A sumptuous European design aesthetic beautifully compliments the stunning natural surrounds of the property. Owners Ali and Ian are wowing guests with their wonderful hospitality. Chef, Ali creates delicious cuisine and Sommelier, Ian offers a superb range of exceptional local wines. Specially chartered helicopter and boat trips can be arranged to explore the local surrounds in style. 
www.tekoithelodge.com
 

MT COOK LAKESIDE RETREAT – LAKE PUKAKI in the  MACKENZIE COUNTRY recently opened two luxurious  villas to add to their collection. Exclusively Yours – The Moraine Villas look towards the Ben Ohau mountain range. Each accommodates up to 4 guests in two ensuite bathrooms together with an elegant drawing room and open fire. Outdoors, each villa features a luxurious spa pool filled with artesian water from this pristine region. Villas at the retreat are suitable for either one or two couples travelling together. Breakfast and dinner are included, together with a bottle of wine selected from the wine cellar. Book a unique private stargazing experience at the Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory set in the heart of the Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve.
www.mtcookretreat.nz