New Zealand is one of the most remote countries on the planet—but trust us when we say it’s worth the trip! This island nation has some of the most stunning scenery in the entire world. Pair that with 5-star accommodations and you’ve got a match made in heaven. If you’re considering a trip to NZ but don’t want to skimp on luxury, then check out this list of the most luxurious resorts in the country.
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In the enclave of Hawke’s Bay, on New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll find the Mangapapa Hotel. This boutique hotel is abounding with charm and is ideally located for exploring the region’s famous wineries and beaches. The estate was once the home of Sir James and Lady Wattie, but today operates as one of the country’s most prestigious hotels. Landscaped gardens and orchards surround the property, not to mention the outdoor pool and tennis courts. Other amenities include a full-service spa and an on-site restaurant that offers a high tea experience. There are just twelve rooms available to guests, ranging from multi-bedroom cottage suites to standard rooms in the Historic Homestead. All rooms and suites come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, and best of all, garden views. If it’s a refined English countryside experience you’re after, look no further than New Zealand’s Mangapapa Hotel.
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Mere kilometres from Mount Cook (the tallest mountain in New Zealand) and the famed Franz Josef Glacier lies the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. This property is outdoor luxury at its finest, combining New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty with the height of 5-star accommodations. Staying at the Te Waonui Forest Resort will make you feel like you’re sleeping in the middle of the South Island rainforest. Panoramic views of the forest, lake, and mountains are as far as the eye can see. The incredible scenery is paired with lavish amenities, including valet parking, five-course dinners in the property’s very own Canopy Restaurant, and the Amaia Luxury Spa. Meanwhile, guests can also indulge in a wood-fired pizza thanks to the outdoor pizza oven and a free breakfast buffet. Rooms are sleek and elegant, with private balconies, complimentary internet access, and top-quality linens. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is also environmentally sustainable, making it a great choice for travellers wishing to reduce their carbon footprint.
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Luxury beachside accommodations only a short distance from Auckland? Yes, please! Castaways Resort is one of New Zealand’s most luxurious properties, and it also happens to be less than an hour by car from the Auckland Airport, making this a convenient location for all those travelling from outside the country. Beyond convenience, Castaways Resort boasts a remote, clifftop locale overlooking the Tasman Sea. It also has a wide range of spacious suites, including ultra-private two-bedroom chalets and glamping tents. All rooms feature sea decks and views of the ocean, so you can’t go wrong no matter which room you stay in at Castaways Resort. Feel like hitting the beach? In just two minutes, you can be walking on the famous black sands of Karioitahi Beach. Castaways Restaurant & Bar offers a casual dining experience year-round, while the property’s Balinese-inspired Bersantai Day Spa will pamper you from head to toe (be sure to try their signature vanilla and coffee bean massage). Lastly, don’t miss out on Castaways’ fun on-site activities, including archery, blokarting, clay bird shooting, and combat arrow tag.