New Zealand

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Although relatively small and thinly populated, New Zealand’s two narrow islands contain breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery. And it is simply amazing that a nation with fewer than 4 million inhabitants should boast so many exceptional places in which to stay. Sophisticated lodges continue to open, adding to a list that now contains some of the finest hideaways in the world. New Zealand is peaceful, hospitable and seems blessedly detached from the planet’s woes. This is arguably the world’s best place in which to fly-fish, with streams and lakes overflowing with magnificent brown and rainbow trout. Roads are well-maintained and clearly signed, and driving is the best way to encounter the spellbinding landscapes that are central to the New Zealand experience.

Our recommended properties are spread throughout the country. In many cases, they are within comfortable driving distance of one another. The roads are well maintained and clearly signed, and this is the best way to encounter the spellbinding landscapes that are central to the New Zealand experience. A leisurely motoring itinerary would ideally be of three weeks’ duration, with the best time to visit being from November (mid-spring) to April (mid-autumn).

CLIMATE : Seasons are reversed, with December-March being summer and June-September winter. November-April is the best time to visit. Rainfall can occur at any time of year and is sometimes heavy.

TIME : Eighteen hours ahead of New York (EST).

CURRENCY : New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Fluctuating rate valued at NZ$1.15 = US$1.00 as of June 2014.

U.S. EMBASSY : Wellington, Tel. 4-462-6000. Consulate: Auckland, Tel. 9-303-2724.

DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in New Zealand, dial 011 (international access) + 64 (New Zealand code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS : Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

GENERAL INFORMATION : Visit newzealand.com before your trip.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in New Zealand

Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Grasmere Lodge
Grasmere Lodge

Ranch-retreat set on a 13,000-acre estate, 90 minutes west of Christchurch.

Canterbury
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Plantation-style lodge on 6,000 scenic acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its own world-class championship golf course.

Christchurch, New Zealand
Otahuna Lodge
Otahuna Lodge

Evocative seven-suite Queen Anne manor amid century-old estate gardens, 20 minutes outside of Christchurch.

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Farm, Cape Kidnappers

A sister property to the renowned Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, this lavish resort is set on a 6,000-acre ranch and is ideally located for those who want to play the sensational Cape Kidnappers golf course, as well as to explore the area’s numerous wineries.

Marlborough, New Zealand
Timara Lodge
Lake Timara Lodge

Manor house-inn amid a peaceful parklike setting on the outskirts of Blenheim, in one of New Zealand’s chief wine regions.

Marlborough
Queenstown, New Zealand
Azur
Azur

Dramatic property five minutes from the center of Queenstown, with nine villas terraced into a steep hillside providing breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains.

Eichardt's Private Hotel
Eichardt's Private Hotel

Lakeside hotel within a restored historic residence in the heart of Queenstown’s lively waterfront shopping district.

Queenstown Area, New Zealand
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay

Splendid sanctuary along the shores of Lake Wakatipu with a majestic backdrop of snowcapped peaks, a scenic 45-minute drive from Queenstown.

Otago
Matakauri Lodge
Matakauri Lodge

Stylish hideaway resort on the shore of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, just seven minutes from Queenstown. The property offers stunning views of its fjord-like setting, with The Remarkables mountain range rising impressively above the blue-green water.

Rotorua, New Zealand
Treetops Lodge & Estate
Treetops Lodge & Estate

Fishing/eco-adventure hideaway in 2,500-acre wilderness reserve laced with spring-fed streams and nature trails.

Special Offers

Special Offers

Otahuna Lodge - The Suite Life
Otahuna Lodge - The Suite Life

There has never been a better time or a better way to experience New Zealand's most important historic estate. Confirm a three-night minimum springtime stay at Otahuna Lodge and enjoy a wealth of exceptional amenities, including a guaranteed upgrade to a Master Suite at time of booking, complimentary round-trip transfers from Christchurch International Airport and a one-hour cooking lesson with the property's celebrated executive chef, Jimmy Mclntyre.

Treetops Lodge & Estate - Complimentary ‘Estate to Plate’ 4WD Safari
Treetops Lodge & Estate - Complimentary ‘Estate to Plate’ 4WD Safari

During your confirmed stay at Treetops, experience the newly launched “Estate to Plate” 4WD Safari complimentary (value of $250 for two) with the purchase of the half day “Wild Food Cooking School” experience. The ‘Estate to Plate’ 4WD Safari is a one to two-hour personal encounter with Treetops gamekeepers and wild food chefs on this 2,500 acre year-round lush wilderness estate. The ‘Estate to Plate’ safari commences with a tour of the kitchen’s 100 percent pesticide-free and organic gardens of indigenous and seasonal vegetables and fruit.

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate - Best of Both Worlds
Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate - Best of Both Worlds

Enjoy three nights each at two of New Zealand’s most iconic retreats, Wharekauhau Country Estate and Otahuna Lodge, and pay for only five nights. Wharekauhau, located on the southern tip of the North Island, offers luxury cottage suites perched on a historic 5,500-acre cliffside sheep station. Combined with a stay at Otahuna Lodge on the South Island, you will experience two properties rich in heritage and unique experiences. Rates for the six-night package start at 5,000 NZD for double occupancy.

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate - Best of Both Worlds
Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate - Best of Both Worlds

Enjoy three nights each at two of New Zealand’s most iconic retreats, Wharekauhau Country Estate and Otahuna Lodge, and pay for only five nights. Wharekauhau, located on the southern tip of the North Island, offers luxury cottage suites perched on a historic 5,500-acre cliffside sheep station. Combined with a stay at Otahuna Lodge on the South Island, you will experience two properties rich in heritage and unique experiences. Rates for the six-night package start at 5,000 NZD for double occupancy.

Itineraries

The Hills Provate Golf Club
New Zealand: The World’s Most Spectacular Golf

This itinerary encompasses some of Andrew Harper’s favorite hideaways in New Zealand and some of the most sensationally scenic golf courses anywhere.