“I was fortunate to get to visit the incredible country of New Zealand recently. My expectations going into the trip were high after hearing so many people rave about it. But nothing could have prepared me for just how stunning New Zealand really is! Travel within New Zealand is very easy, so I would absolutely recommend visiting a few spots. New Zealand has many incredible luxury lodges with service and décor that will wow even the most discerning travelers. There are a few standouts I had the honor of experiencing.
Wharekauhau Lodge is south of Wellington, on the southernmost coast of the North Island. The lodge is set on 5,500 acres and is a working sheep farm. You can take a farm tour (go in the spring to see many baby sheep!), visit nearby wineries in Martinborough, and go to Palliser Bay to see the seal colonies. The lodge has just 13 cottage suites, all with views of Palliser Bay. There is 5 course dinner each evening with wine pairings from their incredible chef, featuring many items grown on their property. This was also the first stop during William, Kate, and baby George’s tour through New Zealand!
Take a short flight to Christchurch and check into Otahuna Lodge. This 7 bedroom historic Victorian mansion has been restored to perfection by owners Hall and Miles, who couldn’t be greater hosts. While at Otahuna you can take a boat to see the world’s rarest dolphins, explore the charming Canterbury region, and go wine tasting by helicopter through Waipara.
End your stay in New Zealand in Queenstown, staying at Matakauri Lodge. This chic property with just 11 suites is set right on Lake Wakatipu with views of the Remarkable Mountains. The location is completely serene, but still with so many activites to choose from, including bungy jumping, sky diving, snow skiing or heli-skiing in winter, hiking, Shotover boat ride, as well as golf on several top courses. There is also a nearby wine region and the quaint town of Arrowtown with great shopping.”
Luxe Tip: Helicopters are a very common way to get around in New Zealand, and a great way to see the incredible scenery. I highly recommend taking a helicopter over Queenstown! You can see the most incredible views, land on glaciers, fly right up to waterfalls, and see herds of animals. For golfers, book a tour with Over the Top and they can take you to a private golf hole that you can only access by helicopter!
Need to relax after all the adventure in New Zealand? There are nonstop flights from Auckland to both Fiji and Tahiti, which makes these great destinations to combine!
Written by: Katie Frederick Jacobson, Ever After Honeymoons
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