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$1.22 = US$1.00 as of March 2012.

U.S. EMBASSY : Wellington, Tel. 4-462-6000. There is also a consulate in 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

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.

Canterbury, New Zealand
Grasmere Lodge
Grasmere Lodge

Ranch-retreat set on a 13,000-acre estate. Twelve guest quarters feature king beds and baths with whirlpool tubs and shower Ranch-retreat set on a 13,000-acre estate.

Christchurch, New Zealand
Otahuna Lodge
Otahuna Lodge

Evocative seven-suite Queen Anne manor amid century-old estate gardens, 20 minutes outside Christchurch. Magnificently appointed public areas contain a richly paneled dining room, library and guest lounge. 

The George
The George

Sophisticated 53-room boutique hotel opposite Hagley Park and the willow-draped Avon River, a short walk from Cathedral Square near city’s cultural center and key attractions.

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

Queenstown, New Zealand
Azur
Azur

Dramatic property five minutes from the center of Queenstown, with nine enchanting 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 at the heart of Queenstown’s lively waterfront shopping district.

The Spire Hotel
The Spire Hotel

Contemporary hotel on a side street one block from Lake Wakatipu. Ten spacious, identical rooms feature bold, contemporary decor with sleek modern furnishings.

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.

Special Offers

Special Offers

Eichardt's Private Hotel - The Ultimate Golf Package

Stay two nights in a Mountain View Suite with all daily inclusions and enjoy a round of golf including cart hire at The Hills Golf Course. You will be chauffeur-driven in style to the exclusive course and, after enjoying your game, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy single malt whiskey in Eichardt’s Parlour.

Otahuna Lodge - Lord of the Manor—Exclusive Use of Estate
Otahuna Lodge - Lord of the Manor—Exclusive Use of Estate

Intrigued by having New Zealand’s most historic estate all to yourself to celebrate a milestone birthday, anniversary party or corporate accomplishment? Might you simply be looking to host the ultimate “house party” for your closest friends and family? For the first time, we are offering our “Lord of the Manor” package whereby 10 guests will have exclusive use of the lodge for the preferential rate of $5,995 per night, including a five-course nightly degustation dinner with matched New Zealand wines, daily breakfast and tax.

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.

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.