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Villa in Auckland
Harbourfront Living
Boats bob gently in the harbor just below this sleek apartment in one of Auckland’s newest, glossiest neighborhoods. Double balconies showcase the views, mirrored finishes reflect the light bouncing off the water, and the building itself sits on reclaimed land that’s now buzzing with restaurants and a theater. Walk to the ferry terminal for a dolphin-spotting tour or cross to vineyards in Waiheke. Listen to the hum of the city and watch the sunset from the 2 balconies that frame the apartment, each with an alfresco sitting area and a table the perfect size for a cup of coffee or charcuterie board. Designer fixtures from around the world give the apartment’s open-plan great room sophisticated cred. There’s European hardware, Italian fittings, and German appliances—and that’s just in the fully equipped kitchen. Bistro-style seating adds French flair to the dining area, and a partial wall separates the living area from a family room that’s a cozy spot to read or watch TV. The apartment is in the heart of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, a hub of seasonal festivals, public art, and a range of eateries serving up everything from juice to coffee, pizza to sushi. Head out from the walking-distance ferry terminal to watch dolphins near the harbor or to cross to Waiheke for a winery tour. It’s a 15-minute walk to even more shopping and dining, plus public transit options, at Britomart. Copyright © Luxury Retreats. All rights reserved. BEDROOM & BATHROOM • Bedroom 1 - Master: Bedroom 1 - Master: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, ..etc • Bedroom 2: King size bed, Shared access to hallway bathroom with Bedroom 3, Shower/bathtub combo, Air conditioning, Balcony, Harbour view • Bedroom 3: King size bed, Shared access to hallway bathroom with Bedroom 2, Shower/bathtub combo, Air conditioning, Balcony FEATURES & AMENITIES • Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar • Formal dining area with seating for 8 • Nespresso • Dishwasher • Wine fridge • Wi-Fi • Satellite TV • Heating • Central air conditioning • Washer/Dryer • Iron SHARED ACCESS TO AMENITIES AT THE APARTMENT BUILDING • Gym STAFF & SERVICES Extra Cost (advance notice may be required): • Airport transfer • Mid-stay housekeeping LOCATION Points of Interest • 4 minute walk to The Flagship Education Centre • 8 minute walk to New Zealand Maritime Museum • 10 minute walk to Viaduct Lookout • 10 minute drive to Pou Tu te Rangi • 2 km to Lord Dreyberg Statue • 3.8 km to Auckland Museum Atrium Beach Access • 14 km to Cheltenham Beach Airport • 27 km to Auckland Airport (AKL)
$703 per night
Villa in Warkworth
Matakana Estate Lodge
A modern architectural wonder, this elevated villa punctuates the natural New Zealand landscape. It’s situated high on a north-facing ridge on the Matakana Coast with uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, sprawling vineyards, and undulating hilltops; sandy shorelines await nearby. Pick up a variety of limited release specialty wines at Heron’s Flight to take back home with you. You’ll notice the intricate details and bespoke décor as soon as you enter this refined residence. Towering ceilings make room for skyhigh windows to ignite the interior with rays of sunlight while lending a clear line of sight to the backyard’s dense foliage and fruit trees. Why not indulge in the luxury of a private chef who can masterfully whip up a meal in the contemporary kitchen, using fresh vegetables from the abundant garden, to complement a couple of bottles of award-winning Pinot Gris or Chardonnay? To switch things up, try serving dinner in the former cellar for a gourmet experience. The indoor swimming pool is framed by a tiled terrace with plump chaise loungers and armchairs.  An hour from Auckland, spend a day exploring the bustling metropolis and countless outdoor activities; thrill-seekers will be especially keen to experience an edge-walk at the city’s iconic Sky Tower. Tee off on the flawless fairway at Warkworth Golf Club, just a 1-minute drive away from the estate. Markets, galleries, and eateries specializing in creating dishes from the locally-sourced produce can be found at the heart of the region. Copyright © Luxury Retreats. All rights reserved. BEDROOM & BATHROOM • Bedroom 1: Super king size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower & bathtub, Walk-in closet, Lounge area • Bedroom 2: Super king size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Direct access to terrace • Bedroom 3: King size bed, Shared access to hallway bathroom with bedroom 4, Stand-alone shower, Direct access to terrace • Bedroom 4: Queen size bed, Shared access to hallway bathroom with bedroom 3, Stand-alone shower FEATURES & AMENITIES • Swimming pool - heating at extra cost • Fully equipped kitchen • Formal dining area with seating for 12 • Dishwasher • Ice maker • Fireplace • Exercise equipment • Wi-Fi • Cable television • Heating • Washer/Dryer • Iron/Ironing board OUTDOOR FEATURES • Gas barbecue • Outdoor living space • Fire pit • Parking - 15 spaces • Alfresco dinning with seating for 8 STAFF & SERVICES Included: • Meet & greet service Extra Cost (advance notice may be required): • Airport transfer • Private chef • Housekeeping • Villa pre-stocking • Grocery shopping services • Activities and excursions LOCATION Points of Interest: • 1 minute drive to Warkworth Golf Club • 5 minute drive to Kowhai Park Scenic Res • 6 minute drive to Lucy Moore Memorial Park • 10 minute drive to Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory • 10 minute drive to Matakana Village • 21 km to Goat Island Marine Reserve (scuba diving, snorkelling, & water activities) • 36 km to Wainui Golf Course • 62 km to downtown Auckland • 66 km to Lord Freyberg Statue & Auckland Museum Beach Access: • 11 km to Brick Bay, Sandspit Airport • 93 km to Auckland Airport (AKL)
$1,434 per night
Villa in Taupo
The Point Villa Ngahere
Nothing but bushland surrounds this wonderfully private villa on the shores of Lake Taupo. Watch the sun move across the mountains and water from the shade of the pergola on the terrace or beneath the vaulted ceiling of the open-concept great room. Hike to the footbridge over the roaring Huka Falls, cycle the nearby Great Lake Trail, or fish for trout—the only way to taste this local specialty.  You’ll have to decide whether the views of Mine Bay are best from the swimming pool, hot tub, or the outdoor lounging and dining areas. If you’re lucky enough to have caught a local trout, try preparing it on the barbecue (or call a restaurant in Taupo to do the job). After a day out on the lake or in the mountains, the smart TV, Wi-Fi, and gas fireplace are ready to help you unwind.  Fold-away glass walls make the great room feel like an extension of the sunny terrace. Here, you can stretch out on a wicker sofa, whip up something delicious in the fully equipped kitchen, or relive the day’s adventures with friends and family around a dining table for 8, all under a vaulted ceiling that makes the space bright and airy.  Each of the 3 bedrooms at this luxury vacation rental has a king bed and en-suite bathroom; 2 of them have lake views and one opens directly to the terrace with the hot tub, for couples who might want to relive their honeymoon.  The Point Villa Ngahere offers a quintessential New Zealand holiday, with gorgeous scenery, outdoor adventure and great food all close at hand. It’s a 1-minute drive to the Taupo Maori Carving, which can also be seen from the water on a kayak tour, and a short drive to both the brilliant blue waters of Huka Falls and the town of Taupo.   Copyright © Luxury Retreats. All rights reserved. BEDROOM & BATHROOM • Bedroom 1 - Master: King size bed (can be converted to two twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower and bathtub, Walk-in closet, Private terrace, View of Lake Taupo and Mine Bay • Bedroom 2: King size bed (can be converted to two twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual vanity, Walk-in closet, Television, View of Lake Taupo and Mine Bay • Bedroom 3: King size bed (can be converted to two twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower and bathtub, Direct access to terrace with hot tub FEATURES & AMENITIES • Fully equipped kitchen • Formal dining area with seating for 8 • Espresso machine • Dishwasher • Wi-Fi • Gas Fireplace • Smart TV • Sound system • Air conditioning • Washer/Dryer • Heating system OUTDOOR FEATURES • View of Lake Taupo and Mine Bay • Swimming pool • Hot tub • Alfresco dining with seating for 10 • Outdoor lounge area • Barbecue • Terrace • Parking STAFF & SERVICES Extra cost (advance notice may be required): • Cook/Chef • Airport transfer • Villa pre-stocking • Activities & excursions • Grocery Shopping Services • Housekeeping services
$1,060 per night

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Villa in Rawhiti
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Villa in Waiheke Island
Korora Estate
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Villa in Waiheke Island
Te Rere Estate
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Villa in Queenstown
Remarkable Lake House
$1,559 per night
Villa in Tihiotonga
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$940 per night
Home in Kinloch
Luxury Kinloch Home
$1,304 per night
Villa in Haumoana
Elephant Hill Lodge
$1,630 per night
Villa in Acacia Bay
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$865 per night
Villa in Totara North
Kauri Hill Estate
$1,559 per night

All about New Zealand

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Similar in size to the UK or Japan, but with only 4 million people, New Zealand is a country of wide open spaces, incredible views and a wealth of outdoor activities. If your ideal vacation involves lacing up your hiking boots, hitting the fairway or heading out for a day of wine tasting, then you’ll love this rugged and beautiful place.

New Zealand is made up of two islands - known conveniently as North Island and South Island, each with a distinct personality. The North Island houses nearly 75% of the country’s population and is home to the two biggest cities, Auckland and Wellington. Consequently, the North Island has more of a buzz, with music festivals, and must-visit restaurants and bars.

In contrast, the South Island is considered by many to be the more picturesque (it’s where many of those stunning Lord of the Rings Scenes were filmed) with the Southern Alps, expansive lakes, rolling green hills and big skies. You’ll find cities here too - such as Christchurch and Wellington - although they are on a smaller scale.

New Zealand climate

You’ll also find differences in the climate of the two islands - some parts of the North Island are subtropical, with golden beaches and even rainforest - which you can see at Coromandel, while in the South Island the weather is cooler, and there’s excellent skiing around Queenstown - at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. As with all destinations in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of what we’re used to in the north, which means that Spring starts in September, Summer runs from December to February, and the peak skiing months are June, July, and August. In the north, summer temperatures can reach up to the high seventies, while winter temperatures are fairly mild - in the mid-forties.

Indulge your sense of adventure

There’s a lot more than simply skiing when it comes to raising your adrenaline on the South Island. The area of Queenstown is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, and there’s every kind of daredevil activity you could imagine - including helicopter tours, bungee jumping, mountain biking, zip lining, and powerboat tours. You Luxury Retreats can organize any hair-raising activity you like!

Hike or bike Lake Wakatipu

Start your South Island trip with a day’s hiking or biking along the banks of Lake Wakatipu, where you’ll get to breathe in the mountain fresh air and get a feel for the spectacular scale of the scenery in New Zealand. A nice, simple route (read: not too challenging), starts off at Queenstown Gardens and winds around to Kelvin Heights. Along the way you’ll find excellent coffee at Boatshed at Franklin Marina - did you know that New Zealanders were fanatical about good coffee? - to keep you going. Next, you’ll work your way through the forest for a great view of the lake and the beautiful Queenstown golf course. As you walk (or ride) keep an eye out for the numerous sculptures dotted across the landscape by local artists.

Explore Tutoko Glacier

For a breathtaking experience that you’ll remember forever, a helicopter tour over Mount Tutoko glacier is hard to beat. Soaring to nearly 9,000ft above sea level, with nothing above you but blue sky and nothing below but pristine white snow and the palest green ice, if there’s anywhere to experience the true power of nature, it’s here. Plus, once you land, the backdrop makes for amazing photographs as a lasting memento.

Wine tasting in Marlborough

Not every activity in New Zealand is strenuous - in fact, one of our favorites involves simply lifting a glass up to your lips. The Marlborough wine region on the South Island leaped onto the world stage in the 1990s with its delicious Sauvignon Blanc, and in the years since, has gone from strength to strength, while other varietals have also seen great success including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Of course, any visitor to New Zealand’s vineyards should start with a Sauvignon tasting - considered by many critics to be the best in the world. World-famous producers such as Cloudy Bay and Brancott offer tasting flights and vineyard tours. You concierge can set this up before you travel.

Tee up for a golf day

Both the North and South Islands have great options when it comes to hitting the fairways, and an adventurous traveler could even try to visit courses on each of them. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a beautiful alpine lake, The Hills golf course, just outside Queenstown, is a real must-visit. The views are especially beautiful just as the sun begins to set. Sculptures of animals dot the landscape here, making for unusual playing companions. On the North Island, Kauri Cliffs wows visitors with its expansive Pacific Ocean views over the Bay of Islands. With a Championship Course Designed by David Harman, it’s ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world.

Experience our luxurious New Zealand rentals

Centered around Queenstown, each one of our homes on New Zealand’s South Island is unique, but all have one thing in common - incredible views over the landscape. If you’re thinking of exploring this beautiful region, our Queenstown vacation rentals make a great base, whether you’re planning a ski trip, summer hikes, or wine tasting tour.

With modern design such as all-glass walls, firepits, and state of the art kitchens, when you need a break from the wealth of active adventures on your doorstep, you can retreat back your luxury hideaway to cook up a storm before relaxing with a good book or a classic movie in front of the fire. Many of our homes in the region have panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu, best enjoyed from your private hot tub with a chilled glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in hand. Others are perfectly positioned for taking advantage of the many great golf courses in the region - some villas come with access to The Hills course as standard.

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