Off the beaten track: New Zealand’s top 4 wild lodges
FROM rugged mountaintops, stunning beaches and miles of grasslands, New Zealand has something for every aspiring traveller. Be it on the north or south island, there are options and hotels to suit all budgets and fulfil every traveler.
New Zealand’s stunning North Island offers travellers a pleasant climate alongside breath-taking glaciers and grassy plains stretching as far as the eye can see. The stunning Lake Taupo offers a plethora of water sports and fly fishing opportunities, while geothermal activity in nearby Rotorua will delight and excite geologists and walkers alike.
Slightly further south, the 43.1km 3-4 day trek around the active volcanoes of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe is a must for any keen hiker, taking in stunning views and volcanic craters alongside valleys filled with glaciers. Keen kayakers will not want to miss the opportunity to take on the five-day Whanganui journey, completing some 145 kilometres down river from the Whanganui National Park to the Tasman Sea.
Beach lovers will not want to miss a visit to the stunning Bay of Islands, right at the tip of the northern peninsula. Crystal blue waters, the Waipoua forest and spectacular Cape Reinga are just among some of the magical experiences awaiting you in this remote paradise on the edge of an archipelago.
The South Island offers visitors a mix of culture and history with beautiful scenery and wildlife unique to the island. The stunning Otago Peninsula, close to the South Island’s second largest city, Dunedin, offers lakeside views, penguins and even a Victorian castle. At the nearby Waitomo caves, visitors can take in a network of around 300 caves including the magical Glow Worm Caves – lit by natural light from these tiny insects.
Nature enthusiasts might also be lucky enough to spot whales some 180 kilometers north of Christchurch in the town of Kaikoura, a hub for eco-tourism. Kaikoura attracts some 100,000 whale watchers each year hoping to see humpback, beaked, blue, fin, minke, sei, killer, and pilot whales. Fishing enthusiasts will not want to miss the kilometers of streams and rivers at Kahurangi National Park, a mecca for brown trout and fly fishing.
Lord of the Rings fans can visit the snow-capped peaks of Mount Sunday (Christchurch) and the bottomless lakes in Glenorchy, Queenstown – just some of the settings chosen by director Peter Jackson during his magical trilogy. You won’t want to miss out on a trip to the Cadrona valley, where you can drive to the summit of Mount Cardona (1119m) for a panoramic view of ‘Middle Earth.’
With so much stunning scenery and endless activities on offer, why not make your stay memorable by choosing a wild lodge? Offering world class services and accommodation, attentive staff and out-of-this-world cuisine, choosing a holiday in a wild lodge will make lasting memories.
Read on to find out more about some of New Zealand’s top lodge properties on both the North and South Islands:
Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Waikato river, Huka Lodge offers a slice of Paradise on its 17 acres of stunning grounds. With 25 suites on offer to guests, Huka caters to all tastes and interests with golf, horse riding, kayaking and jet boating just some of the activities on offer. With sister properties in Fiji, guests can also choose to make the most of one of Huka’s unique packages – even offering a stay on a private island. Rated one of the world’s best lodges, Huka offers guests a magical stay within the stunning green scenery of the central North island. Read the full profile…
Located in gorgeous Nydia bay, hosts Norma, Tom and Duncan will go out of their way to make your stay memorable at On the Track Lodge. Located in a remote paradise – with no road access – guests at Nydia can enjoy the stunning scenery and a wide variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, fishing and swimming in lake Nydia, during their stay. With hot tubs available for a long hot soak after a day of exploring, guests can also make the most of the fully stocked shop and on-site chef.
With a huge variety of lakes, streams and rivers nearby, Owen River Lodge is an excellent choice for fishing enthusiasts. The Lodge is right on the boundary of Kahurangi National Park, meaning easy access into dozens of stunning wilderness streams. Offering a luxury fly fishing lodge experience, Owen River also has numerous experienced guides on hand to help fishers navigate the currents and find the best fishing spots during their stay. With 5 star comfort and a luxury dining experience, Owen River offers fishing enthusiasts a once in a lifetime lodge experience.
Offering five private luxury villas overlooking the Bay of Islands, guests at Eagles Nest Lodge can enjoy a private heated infinity pool and Pacific style delicacies prepared by qualified chefs. With over 140 nearby islands to explore, guests can swim with dolphins, dive sea wrecks or to just take time out on a private yacht for an afternoon. Within walking distance of the nearby village of Russell, Eagles Nest welcomes all of its guests with a bottle of champagne and the assurance that they are in for the holiday of a lifetime.