The Big Six: Lodges in New Zealand

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Places to stay on both the North Island and South Island


Solitaire Lodge

Rotorua

Offering high-spec luxury on a small peninsula that juts out into Lake Tarawera, Solitaire Lodge belies its name. Rather than one lonely building, it's a collection of suites set in manicured grounds. The dining area overlooks the nearby lagoon and there's also a sauna and therapy room. The lodge has its own private jetty and helipad, and can arrange twilight helicopter tours over Mount Tarawera, an active volcano.

Solitaire Lodge, 16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua, North Island (00 64 7 362 8208; solitairelodge.co.nz). Doubles start at NZ$1,280 (£580), half board.

Hapuku Lodge

Kaikoura

This sleek six-bedroom lodge opened in 2003, with five "treehouses" added to the complex in 2006. The lodge ticks all the usual boxes of designer cool (earth tones, hand-crafted furniture, crisp white linens) but the treehouses are something else: clad in rough-hewn timber, they rise above the canopy to command impressive views of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and Pacific coastline. Whale-and seal-watching tours are offered at nearby Kaikoura.

Hapuku Lodge, State Highway 1 at Station Road, RD 1, Kaikoura, South Island (00 64 3 319 6559; hapukulodge.com). Lodge doubles start at NZ$359 (£163), NZ$440 (£200) in a treehouse, including breakfast.

Waipoua Lodge

Northland

Built in 1890, this colonial-style lodge is constructed from kauri wood, a once-common native timber that is now found only in protected areas such as the dramatic green oasis of nearby Waipoua Forest. Inside the main building are a dining room and cosy lounge with a bar and stone fireplace, while four homely yet luxurious suites are contained in old farm buildings overlooking an elegant garden. The long expanse of Baylys Beach on the Kauri coast is just 3km away, or you can kiwi-spot in the local Trounson kauri reserve.

Waipoua Lodge, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, Northland, North Island (00 64 9 439 0422; waipoualodge.co.nz). Doubles start at NZ$490 (£222), including breakfast.

Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo, near the centre of the North Island, is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. The Acacia Cliffs Lodge maximises views of the lake, while the interior boasts high ceilings and a funky fireplace. Fishing, mountain biking and golf are all offered nearby.

Acacia Cliffs Lodge, 133 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Lake Taupo (00 64 21 821 338; acaciacliffslodge.co.nz). Suites start at NZ$550 (£250), with breakfast.

Fiordland Lodge

Te Anau

This large lodge is located within the Te Wahipounamu/South West New Zealand World Heritage Site. A stone fireplace dominates the lounge, while the 10 bedrooms command views over lake Te Anau and the Fiordland national park.

Fiordland Lodge, 472 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau (00 64 3 249 7832; fiordlandlodge.co.nz). Doubles start at NZ$680 (£310), half board.

Kaimata Retreat

Dunedin

Penguins, sea lions... there's even an albatross colony on the Otago Peninsula, a haven for nature-lovers. Kaimata is a stylish retreat with a large open-plan dining area and three luxury ensuite rooms. Wildlife tours are available.

Kaimata Retreat, 297 Cape Saunders Road, Portobello, Dunedin, South Island (00 64 3 456 3443; kaimatanz.com). Doubles start at NZ$360 (£164), including breakfast.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - Junior / Mid Weight

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To support their continued grow...

    Recruitment Genius: Transportation Contracting Manager

    £33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel and Spa Duty Manager

    £18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...

    Recruitment Genius: Payroll and Benefits Co-ordinator

    £22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...

    Day In a Page

    The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

    Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

    Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
    Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

    'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

    Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
    Compton Cricket Club

    Compton Cricket Club

    Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
    London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

    Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

    'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

    It helps a winner keep on winning
    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'