Top five New Zealand luxury lodges

New Zealand Luxury Lodges

Vast mountains, sweeping coasts, volcanic landscapes and a unique fauna and flora: New Zealand is a place of singular beauty that should be explored at least once in a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-fuelled adventure or a relaxed retreat, we’ve handpicked the top New Zealand luxury lodges hidden in the country’s lush nature surroundings that offer unparalleled luxury and tranquillity.

The Westpac Concierge service is made up of a team of travel experts who can help plan your stay in New Zealand. We’ll also make sure you enjoy some extra-special treatment during your stay such as room upgrades, credit to use at the spa and more. What’s more, if you’re a Westpac cardholder, you might already have access to this service.

Treetops Lodge and Estate

📍 Roturua, North Island

The lobby at Treetops, one of the New Zealand luxury lodges.

Surrounded by 2,400 acres of ancient native forest, this secluded retreat prides itself on its eco credentials and its connection with the natural world. All of the rustic rooms and villas are decked out in natural wood and stone, and every morning birdsong and sunlight dappling the room serve as a tranquil wake-up call. Opt for the Pheasant Cottage for an unforgettable family getaway.

The neighbouring indigenous nature offers plenty of unique experiences and guests can traverse 40 miles of adventure trails on horseback or mountain bike. Nearby lakes and fishing streams provide all the produce to the on-site restaurant needs to prepare authentic Maori fare, topped off with native herbs and plants.

Free breakfast, a room upgrade and sleeping in late with flexible check out… these are some of the benefits you’ll get as an eligible Westpac cardholder. What’s more, you’ll receive a gourmet picnic hamper for two with a bottle of premium New Zealand wine with your stay too!

Helena Bay Lodge

📍 Helena Bay, North Island

Helena Bay, one of the New Zealand luxury lodges

Perched among pristine coves and sandy beaches, this luxury resort was dubbed one of the best new hotels in the world when it first opened and that reputation still stands today. Blissfully remote, the retreat is accessible via a long winding path through lush forest and houses only five couples, making it one of the most tranquil escapes in the area. A blend of Kiwi tweaks and European influences make up each suite, which also come with balconies surveying the South Pacific Ocean, perfect to spot passing birds, whales and dolphins.

Head chef Michele Martino’s ‘estate to plate’ policy sees every ingredient harvested on site, from the Wagyu beef to vegetables, fruit and honey. The private bay is perfect for scuba diving, fishing and kayaking.

Book a stay through Westpac Concierge to enjoy complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in and late check-out*, free wi-fi, and complimentary lunch for up to two.

Huka Lodge

📍 Taupo, North Island

Established as a humble fishing lodge in the 1920s, this has grown to become one of the country’s most iconic luxury boltholes housing big names including the Queen and the Obamas. Sitting on the banks of the turquoise Waikato River, rooms are light and elegant with large double French doors opening onto a wooden patio overlooking the water. Decked out in an eclectic mixture of rustic and Maori antiquities, singular paintings and vibrant fabrics, the Alan Pye Cottage offers unparalleled luxury and hospitality.

Trout fishing still plays a big part in life here but guests will be just as happy roaming the immaculate gardens, taking a dip in the outdoor pool, and cycling or strolling to the mighty Huka Falls. We can plan all manner of adventures into the surrounding wilderness and nearby Lake Taupo.

Want a room upgrade? No problem! If you’re a Westpac cardholder you might be eligible for concierge, which means you get complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in and late check-out*, free wi-fi, and a complimentary lunch for up to two when booking through us. Click here to find out more.

Matakauri Lodge

📍 Queenstown, South Island

Every window in this secluded lodge frames the Remarkables mountain range and the glistening waters of Lake Wakatipu. Without a single man-made development ruining the view, you’ll feel a million miles from real life even though Queenstown is only a few minutes’ drive away. The rooms are second to none, with cosy fireplaces and lush oversized soaking tubs.

Head chef and dedicated Kiwi Jonathan Rogers is known to forage in the local hills to keep his menu as authentic and seasonal as possible, serving some of the finest cuisine in Central Otago. Every visit to the spa should start with one of the signature treatments using local products including volcanic dust, before soaking up the majestic views from the outdoor whirlpool.

With Westpac concierge, you’ll get the VIP treatment with benefits like a room upgrade*, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out*, free wi-fi, and the equivalent of USD100 Spa Services credit. Click here to register.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

📍 Minaret Bay, South Island

Set atop a remote glacial valley just north of Wanaka, you won’t find a better alpine experience in New Zealand than this high-altitude spot. Four luxury chalets are only accessible by helicopter and are framed by clattering waterfalls and towering peaks. Each follows a comfy and sleek country design with sheepskin carpets, stone fireplaces and a private deck with hot tub perfect for stargazing.

A dedicated team of chefs, pilots and guides are on hand to provide enhance your experience. The 50,000-acre working farm supplies the freshest local fare, paired with an extensive range of excellent New Zealand wines. A selection of ‘heli-adventures’ takes guests to inaccessible areas of wilderness where you can ski, hike and test your fishing skills.

Enjoy complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade*, early check-in and late check-out*, free wi-fi and a complimentary photo of your alpine landing upon arrival when booking through Westpac concierge. Check if you are eligible here.

Alex Dalzell

Alex is a writer and editor and based in London with more than 15 years' experience working on travel and lifestyle publications, including National Geographic Traveller (UK), Escapism, Square Mile, and ABTA Magazine. When he’s not desk-bound, he may be found scaling the serrated Dolomites in northern Italy, pinpointing secluded coves in his beloved Cornwall, or defying the odds of mechanical engineering and taking his 20-year-old car on a cross-continent road trip.

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