It’s time for a vacation, but you’re tired of the typical.
Maybe you feel everyone’s going to Mexico, or you’ve already covered enough of Europe to suit your taste (for now). You want something unique and awe-inspiring, yet luxurious and full of modern comforts.
Fortunately, there’s a place you can find all of that: New Zealand.
This country’s filled with some of the best sites and scenes in the world (it’s no wonder that Peter Jackson picked it for the setting of all the Lord of the Rings films). It’s also host to some of the most extreme adventures around, like kayaking and skydiving, as well as vineyards whose wines are becoming more well-known year after year.
So to help you plan your New Zealand vacation, here are a few luxury destinations you can pick from depending on what you’d like to experience:
For the Wine Lover
While several locations in New Zealand offer wine tasting, Queenstown on the south island is by far one of the best.
Queenstown is in the Otago region, which produces white wines, specifically Pinot Noir, recognized around the world. It’s quickly becoming the go-to New Zealand wine destination. You can take advantage of the region’s offerings by visiting several of the wineries, or going on the Queenstown wine trail tour that will bring you to several in one day.
As you plan your New Zealand vacation, plan to stay at the gorgeous, 12-suite Matakauri Lodge on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Here, you’ll have a comfort-laden suite full of luxuries like oversized baths and walk-in closets, as well as spacious sitting rooms each with their very own open fireplaces. Plus, you’re only minutes from Queenstown city center and various activities like horseback riding on the beach.
But if you’d rather stay in, simply enjoy the scenery of the surrounding pines, mountains, and lake from the comfort of your suite; all have fantastic views you’ll never forget.
For the Adventurous Spirit
While most New Zealand locations offer many activities for you to enjoy, Matauri Bay should be at the top of the list.
The Bay is remotely situated off the Pacific Ocean in Northland and boasts not just the Cavalli Islands, but also beautiful, sprawling forests. This creates a variety of fun, exciting opportunities, like surfing in the water, mountain biking around the hills, or taking quads down the Ninety Mile Beach. You can also visit the Puketi Kauri Forest to take in all of New Zealand’s natural northern scenery. Alternatively, play a few rounds of golf at the Kauri Cliffs course; some holes are situated next to the cliffs that overlook the Pacific, so you’ll be sure to have a unique gaming experience.
The Kauri Cliffs are also home to a 6000 acre property full of guest cottages and a main lodge, the perfect choice when you’d like to experience all northern New Zealand has to offer. You can stay in one of the 22 luxury suites each with a view of the Pacific Ocean off a private porch. Eat in the lodge’s dining hall or be served on your porch, and then take a swim in the lap pool or work out in the fitness center.
Finish off your days with a walk on the beach or a massage at the spa before settling in front of the fireplace in your spacious suite.
For the Nature Seeker
Your New Zealand vacation doesn’t have to be full of go-go-go if you don’t want it to.
When you’d prefer a more zen-like environment, head to the Southern Alps area of New Zealand and experience all that the Aro Hā all-inclusive wellness center has to offer you. Like the Matakauri Lodge, this retreat is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, but it’s vastly different in makeup and activities. Aro Hā hosts a main studio where lectures and yoga classes are performed, as well as an impressive outdoor practice space.
You can stay in one of Aro Hā’s 8 suites, each made to be as eco-friendly as possible. Features include organic linens and towels, carpets made from local sheep wool, and sustainably-sourced building materials. Because of the shape and design of each building, you’ll have an unblocked view of the surrounding scenery.
And definitely make sure you check out the phenomenal cuisine offered each day at Aro Hā. You can choose from vegetarian, vegan, and raw menus, each made with local, organic ingredients that are 100% gluten-free. The staff even makes sure you have the perfect caloric intake for your body to receive the maximum benefit from the activities you’re doing!
A New Zealand vacation isn’t always on the top of people’s minds when it comes to luxury destinations, but it needs to be. With all this amazing country has to offer, it’s a wonder more people haven’t discovered it already.
Plan your trip now to take advantage of the “summer” season (December through March), so you can fully enjoy the country’s wine regions, invigorating activities, or peaceful experiences.
You’ll be eager to come back for more. Which vacation sounds like the right one for you?