Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand, Selected for Conde Nast Hot List

Matakauri Lodge, a luxury lodge, located on the South Island of New Zealand, has been honored on the Conde Nast Hot List of accommodation for 2011.

Having wowed discerning guests with their two outstanding North Island properties, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Julian Robertson and family have opened their third luxury lodge on the shores of sparkling Lake Wakatipu on the South Island. Just minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is wonderfully positioned on a knoll flanked by a pine forest, overlooking the glacial lake.  read entire article

Offering luxurious accommodation, fine dining, superb service and stunning panoramic views, Matakauri Lodge, nestled in native bush overlooking Lake Wakatipu is one of the world’s most private and serene vacation retreats. Located only a short distance from Queenstown, the alpine wonderland of New Zealand, Matakauri lodge is the perfect jumping off point for adventurous travelers or those simply seeking luxurious rejuvenation.

New Zealand Luxury Accommodation

Whether you seek a romantic hideaway or a simply relish time to rejuvenate and unwind, our favorite luxury lodges of the South Island of New Zealand are the optimal place to rediscover life’s pleasures.

Otahuna Lodge NZ

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Acclaimed to be “New Zealand at its finest”, Otahuna Lodge, located at the head of a secluded valley on New Zealand’s South Island, is a place of replenishment and refinement. Where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate and guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.

The exclusive country estate offers 5 suites and 2 master suites. Each retaining architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows. All luxury suites offer super-king beds, fine custom-made linens, toiletries by Penhaligon’s of London, deep bathtubs and separate rain showers.

Gourmet breakfast is served daily and each evening guests enjoy a 5-course degustation dinner with wine pairings to accompany each course and pre-dinner drinks with canapés.

This exclusive lodge has been featured in dozens of magazines including British society’s Tatler “101 Best Hotels” and most recently in Gourmet Traveller and Luxury Travel Advisor August.

Blanket Bay Lodge

Nestled under the peaks of the Southern Alps and situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay Lodge, is found at  latitude 44 degrees.   With all the flair and sophistication of the world’s finest alpine lodges, Blanket Bay it is a haven of peace and tranquility reserved for the most fortunate of travelers.  Every evening celebrates a luxurious adventure, where guests join together for pre-dinner drinks, before gathering in the dining area for an exceptional meal with newfound friends.

While at the lodge there are many opportunities to participate in activities or can choose to simply soak up the sheer beauty of this spectacular area.  Guests enjoy horseback riding, curling up on the porch with a good book or for those that are keen explorers, a variety of trails originating at the lodges doorstep can be recommended by the hosts.  Others seeking an adrenaline rush may care to venture out to join in the many thrill seeking activities offered in Queenstown, known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”.

For those with a heart for the environment, discover wild nature in the most spectacular mountain setting at Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge. This luxury eco lodge was built in 1996 into a natural forest clearing and has been designed with conservation in mind.

Set on a 2,400 hectacre nature reserve, the lodge and working merino sheep farm is surrounded by 200 hectares of native beech forest, tussock grasslands and a small lake. Guests are invited to explore the surrounding mountains, forests, river and offer organized activities including the very popular trout fishing and guided tours by owner, ecologist and conservationist, Gerry McSweeny.

Guests enjoy out of this world gourmet breakfast cooked to order prepared by specialty chefs and come back together at the end of the day to indulge in superb dinner selections and fine wine against the backdrop of the Arthurs Pass Wilderness Park mountain range.

Affluent Travelers Select Australia As Dream Destination

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Luxury Travel Magazine announces that the results are in (and we are not surprised)!

Upscale travelers select sailing aboard a World Cruise as the Top Trip of a Lifetime,  Cruising as the most desired travel experience and Australia as favorite Dream Destination.  Read the whole article.

Readers of Virtuoso Life magazine, a group of self proclaimed sophisticated travelers, have named Australia & New Zealand among the top five “dream destinations” while Fiji and Bay of Islands, New Zealand are both recognized as most alluring island escapes.

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10 Day Luxury New Zealand Discovery Tour


  • Canterbury Country Estate
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Dart River Cruise
  • Milford Sound
  • Auckland

Day 1 Arrive in Christchurch / Transfer to luxury country lodge
Day 2 4X4 Discovery Tour
Day 3 Whale Watching Tour / Transfer to Christchurch
Day 4 City Tour of Christchurch.
Day 5 Fly to Queenstown
Day 6 Lord of the Rings Tour – Dart River and Milford Sound
Day 7 At leisure in Queenstown
Day 8 Fly to Auckland / Private City Tour
Day 9 Private Touring with a Maori Guide
Day 10 Depart New Zealand

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