BEYOND THE BUDGET, DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND’S LUXURY SIDE

While New Zealand has mastered the perfect holiday for backpackers and adrenaline junkies alike, the land of the long white cloud also has a luxury story to tell.

From luxury lodges and retreats, to unique activities such as helicopter rides, super yachting, local chefs and Māori storytelling, New Zealand offers visitors the chance to create their own luxury paradise.  

Here is what New Zealand has to offer for those who want to travel in style and complete luxury.

LUXURY LODGES

HELENA BAY - NEW LUXURY LODGE IN THE NORTHLAND REGION  

New Zealand will add another luxury lodge to its collection with the launch of Helena Bay in Russell in November 2016. The new lodge is just 40-km north of Whangarei and a 45-minute helicopter ride from Auckland. Set on 800 acres, Helena Bay will include two and three bedroom villas, overlooking three kilometres of pristine coastline. The main lodge will house a Turkish Hammam, plunge pool, gym, sauna, luxury spa, a 25-metre heated pool, a library, three lounge areas, a restaurant, an outdoor fire pit and three private beaches for guests' exclusive use. www.helenabay.com 

EICHARDT’S QUEENSTOWN UNVEILS NEW PREMIUM PENTHOUSE

Located on the shores of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Eichardt’s Private Hotel will unveil its stunning £5,000 per night penthouse extension. The 240sqm penthouse suite includes a 100sqm rooftop terrace as well as a top-notch kitchen primed for private chef use, a sauna, spa and a bathroom with unobstructed views of the lake. Guests of the penthouse can enjoy an immersive luxury offer that includes Krug Champagne refreshed daily, a Land Rover and driver on call throughout the visit, pre-dinner cocktail amenity complete with whiskey bar, private dining options and a hosted after hours one-on-one Louis Vuitton shopping experience in the label’s store just downstairs. www.eichardts.com

THE MARLBOROUGH LODGE – NEW EXCLUSIVE LODGE IN NEW ZEALAND’S TOP WINE REGION  

Located in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region, The Marlborough Lodge will re-open its doors in October. The new estate is nestled within 16-acres of secluded parklands, offering the ultimate retreat to indulge in New Zealand’s gourmet scene. The lodge offers ten suites including the Premium Suite and the Children’s Room and the lodge can be hired out exclusively for weddings, events and special occasions. Guests can enjoy The Marlborough Lodge’s experiences such as private wine tours of the region, cruises around Marlborough Sounds and helicopter experiences such as heli-fishing, heli-hunting and scenic flights and transfers. www.themarlboroughlodge.co.nz  

LUXURY OWNER'S LODGE LAUNCHES AT CRAGGY RANGE’S GIANTS WINERY

The luxurious Owner’s Lodge has now opened its doors at Giants Winery in Hawke’s Bay. The new lodge offers four lavish king bedrooms with ensuites, raised cathedral ceilings, expansive hallways, living room views to Te Mata Peak and a swimming pool surrounded by lush green landscapes. Wine country breaks have never been better. Guests have access to an impressive wine selection that includes both large format and rare library wines. As part of the experience, a Craggy Range sommelier will take guests through a personalised wine tasting. They can enjoy a personal in-lodge chef, which includes a tour of the grounds where they can pick fresh from the Terriôr garden followed by dinner and a personalised wine tasting. As part of the Ultimate Two-Day Wine Tour, guests can take an aerial helicopter tour of Giants Winery and the Kidnappers Vineyard in Te Awanga. To finish the tour, they will indulge in a picnic and wine tasting in the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard with a Craggy Range Winemaker. www.craggyrange.com  

LUXURY EXPERIENCES

SALT AIR – NEW HELI WINE EXPERIENCES

Salt Air have launched new unique scenic helicopter tours over Bay of Islands and Northland. Experience a selection of Northland’s boutique vineyards by helicopter including Karikari Estate, Carrington Resort and a wine tasting with the owner of the Cellar Door at Waitapu Estate Vineyard. Having exclusive landing rights for Hole in the Rock, Salt Air will take visitors to the iconic landmark and a local guide will explain the story and cultural significance of the area. www.saltair.co.nz

SUPER YACHT CRUISING – EXPLORE NEW ZEALAND’S PRISTINE COASTLINE

New Zealand offers 14,000 kilometres of staggeringly beautiful coastline and is one of the most scenic yachting destinations in the southern hemisphere. The North Island offers a quiet and relaxed super yachting destination including the Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s yachting centre. Enjoy the fine cuisine of Paihia, snorkelling trails around Moturua Island and top fishing spots around Whangaroa Harbour – all from a private yacht. www.superyachts.com/new-zealand

REID HELICOPTERS OFFERS THE FOOD SOURCE – FLY, GATHER AND DINE

If you love food and wine (who doesn’t?) then the exclusive Food Source Tour with Reid Helicopters is the answer. Guests will enjoy a private helicopter ride over Nelson’s boutique vineyards before a lunch tasting menu paired with a variety of New Zealand fine wines. From there, fly over New Zealand’s western coastline of Marlborough Sounds before landing on a quiet beach where a private chef will prepare the catch of the day. End the day with sky high views of the Nelson ranges landing on top of the mountain for one of the best views of the country. www.helicoptersnelson.co.nz

WINE AND FINE DINING

BATCH WINERY - HIGH TEA AND BUBBLES ON WAIHEKE ISLAND

Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke Island feels like a world away offering renowned wineries, boutique shops by the beach and a thriving artist community. Batch Winery is the only winery on the island producing and bottling sparkling wines on site. It is the island’s highest winery so guests can enjoy views across the gulf islands and beyond. Enjoy vintage Waiheke dishes in a high-tea design served with FIZZ Chardonnay and Rosé pairings. www.batchwinery.com

ROOTS – AWARDED AS ‘NEW ZEALAND’S BEST’ LOCATED IN THE CANTERBURY REGION

A cosy restaurant in the port town of Lyttelton, Roots offers an open kitchen layout with two dining rooms and an intimate courtyard in a private garden. Awarded Restaurant of the Year in 2015, Roots uses locally sourced ingredients from biodynamic farms, small producers and the restaurant’s own extensive garden. Guests can enjoy a 12 course menu with wine pairings for each course and there’s always a chance to try something new as the menu changes daily. www.rootsrestaurant.co.nz

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