Arrivals & Departures Swoon-worthy luxury in New Zealand

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To accompany the spectacular scenery, New Zealand has new luxury lodges, sanctuaries, hotels and experiences.

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead and Eco Sanctuary, Wanaka

A true high country experiences, this sanctuary (pictured above) is set on more than 550 sqkm of South Island high country that extends across four working sheep stations owned by British record producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange.

Translated from Maori as 'Healing the Land', Mr Lange's vision is to regenerate the land, introducing sustainable farming practices and a conservation program based on native plant regeneration and bird breeding.

Accommodation at Mahu Whenua starts from $NZ15,500 ($14,208) per night, fully hosted and including all meals, staff, guides and a 4WD orientation tour for up to eight people. 

Helena Bay, Northland

In the northeast corner of New Zealand's North Island lies Helena Bay Lodge. Opened in Novemberr, the property features three kilometres of pristine coastline, four private beaches and plenty of intimate coves.

The lodge has also brought the Michelin starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 of Southern Italy to New Zealand offering a fine dining experience.

The Landing Residences, Bay of Islands

One of New Zealand's most exclusive hideaways, The Landing Residences expanded in late 2015 with the newest residence, the Vineyard Villa, in a group of four.

A sanctuary tucked right in amongst established grapevines, the house sleeps six in two king bedrooms and a master suite.

Marlborough Lodge

The five-star Marlborough Lodge sits in the midst of a famed New Zealand wine region. The lodge opened in October and sits on a 6.5ha grand country estate.

Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown

Eichardt's Private Hotel's ultra-luxury rooftop accommodation, The Penthouse, officially opened in December. 

The Penthouse costs $NZ10,000 ($9168) per night for its 180-degree view over Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu, exquisite design and VIP service. Think terrace spa, in-suite sauna, 24/7 butler service, private chef, Krug Champagne refreshed daily, Landrover with driver, pre-dinner cocktail amenity complete with whisky bar and after hours private shopping experience with brand partners around Queenstown.

The Grille by Eichardt's, Queenstown

Also opening in December last year was The Grille at Eichardt's, an all-day bistro, lunch bar and cocktail lounge. It has unobstructed views across Lake Wakatipu and snow-capped peaks beyond, and several indoor/outdoor dining spaces.

Tantalus Estate, Waiheke Island

The newly renovated winery opened in September with indoor and outdoor dining areas that flow through to the Cellar Door.

The Rees’ Ultimate Heli Wine Tasting Experience, Queenstown

Guests can enjoy 180-degree panoramic views of Queenstown from a six-seater helicopter, a gourmet lunch and sample a variety of award-winning local wines with The Rees Hotel’s Ultimate Heli Wine Tasting Experience.

The experience, for two or four people, includes accommodation at The Rees Hotel and costs $NZ2479 ($2273) per person. Bookings at and quote UQHW3.


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