Something New – Something Historic

Boutique Hotels & Lodges is delighted to welcome the luxurious, and elegant The Point Villas to our portfolio.  The Point Villas is a member of the prestigious Condé  Naste collection

 

Located at The Point on the edge of Lake Taupo, The Point Villas is a private estate comprising two extremely spacious villas designed to blend harmoniously with their environment. Expansive windows open out to spacious decks and your private swimming pool with views to the lake and mountains.

Large bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms with floor to ceiling glass walls bring the outdoors in. Choose a lodge experience with all-inclusive full catering and servicing, or enjoy a self-catered break in your villa’s superbly equipped kitchen. Award winning chef Prue Campbell can be hired to prepare exceptional private gourmet meals.

Peg – your host – knows everyone and can arrange a private helicopter trip up the Rangitekei River to hidden fly fishing havens (a helipad is on site). 

Fish for trout in the lake or take a champagne sunset cruise

Play golf on world-class 18 hole courses or trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

If this sounds too strenuous- just relax and book a private spa treatment in the privacy of your villa

Visit – www.thepointvillas.co.nz

 

 


 

Take a break to the historic township of Oamaru and a weekend at Pen-y-bryn Lodge. Built in 1889 Pen-y-bryn is rich in history and is owned by the Jameses – Americans who have travelled and lived around the world and know how to look after their guests. James Glucksman is an accomplished chef with a wonderful repertoire of cuisine. As members of the Slow Food Movement the Jameses use local produce wherever possible and delight with an amazing repertoire of cuisine.

There is so much do in Oamaru and the Waitaki Valley – where to begin?

Tear yourself away from the breakfast table laden with the freshest juices, granolas, home baked light feathery croissants, locally sourced bacon and free range eggs then stroll around the beautiful gardens surrounding the lodge to walk it off.

Then take a drive down to Oamaru’s historic Victorian precinct and visit quirky and interesting shops selling antiques, books, and clothing.

A reviving coffee at Steam café – the only coffee roastery in Oamaru, then visit the Whitestone Cheese Factory and sample their award winning cheeses – the gooey Lindas Pass Brie is our absolute favourite and will match any French Brie

Drive south to the mystical Moeraki Boulders strewn along Koekohe Beach and lunch at Fleurs – the famous fish shack built on the edge of the sea

And you really must visit the Little Blue Penguin colony in the early evening to watch the penguins– you may see up to 80 making their way in from the sea and up the craggy rocks to their nests – soo cute and quite a spectacle. Oh – and Pen-y-bryn Lodge even provides a soft cushion for your comfort!

Sunday morning the local Farmers market is an absolute must – such a wide variety of local produce. Pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread,  fresh terrine and a selection of Whitestone cheese and drive out to the Waitaki Valley for a picnic lunch accompanied by a glass or two local wine from this newly developing wine region.

Return to Pen-y-bryn in the evening to a pre-dinner drink and canapés, explore the vast library with a section dedicated to cookery books or maybe a game of billiards on the Italian slate billiard table. Dine at the lodge or at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in the township.

 

An easy 3 hour drive from Christchurch, 1.30 drive from Dunedin and a a 3.5 hour drive from Queenstown.

 

Visit www.penybryn.co.nz