Luxury Escapade in New Zealand

3 Reasons why you should consider New Zealand for your next Luxury Escapade.

Feeling burnt out from life’s stresses? Perhaps it’s time to pause from your day job and escape someplace far for a taste of luxury after months of hard-work. You’re thinking of going abroad, but prefer not to drown in the bright lights and city-life madness. With the finest premium lodgings and pampering activities set in an untouched natural paradise, here are 3 reasons why you should consider New Zealand for your next luxury getaway.

JET-SETTER ACCOMMODATIONS
Want to live large like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, or the eccentric Lady Gaga? Do that and more in New Zealand.

Owned by the Kiwi jewellery king Sir Michael Hill, Lodge at The Hills is an ultra-exclusive six-suite estate that will set you back NZ$32,250 per night—a worthy price to enjoy an art studio, music and media room, wine cellar dining room, and sprawling 7000-yards private golf course (also the grounds of the New Zealand Open). An elevated interpretation of the popular Russian holiday home, The Dacha in Wanaka offers an unparalleled 180-degree view of the Wanaka Lake and panoramic views over craggy alpine peaks and glacial valleys. Lay yourself down for a pampering jet-massage spa or cocktails in the 177 sqm living area after a day of exploring the expansive outdoors.

Prefer the surf and the sand? Have a beach all to yourself at Kauri Cove in Moturua Island. Designed by Pete Bossley, this beachfront house features four beautifully appointed bedrooms in the main home and a private helicopter hangar and a heli-pad – all for a starting rate of NZ$16,500 a night. Holiday like a pop star in the luxurious Fossil Cove Estate on Waiheke Island, Lady Gaga’s chosen hideaway in Auckland. The premium estate boasts to-die-for views of the Hauraki Gulf in every direction and a 17m infinity pool at a whopping NZ$10,500 for a three-night stay. Enjoy deeper privacy at Hurakia Lodge on Rakino Island, a lavish secluded retreat with stunning 300 degree sea views. A mere 5-minute ride away from downtown Auckland by helicopter, the entire lodge can be rented for two days at a price-tag of NZ$8,000.

AWARD-WINNING SPAS
Indulge in a luxurious good rest with three traditionally Kiwi experiences involving: geothermal mud, Manuka honey, and the Māori way of life.

Enjoy a therapeutic “Pounamu” greenstone massage at The Sofitel Queenstown’s award-winning So Spa and let life’s tensions melt away. Pounamu is believed to have harmonising and healing properties. Experience the finest massage using Rotorua’s famous mineral-rich geothermal mud by authentic Māori healers at the luxury Treetops Lodge & Estate. Surrounded by 1,000 hectares of 800-year-old native forest, all massage services (NZ$165-$225) begin with an ancient Māori prayer and inspires deep relaxation as well as the union of mauri (life essence) and wairua (spirit). After being pampered with a unique Manuka Honey healing facial (NZ$340/2 hours), stay a night or two in the palatial Blanket Bay, New Zealand’s ultimate alpine escape in Glenorchy, Otago.

OPULENT OUTDOOR OBSERVATIONS
Luxury also means getting outdoors and shaking things up while being totally comfortable throughout the trip. Hop on-board The Helicopter Line’s wide variety of advanced modern jets to get an exclusive birds-eye view of Mount Cook, Twizel, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, and Queenstown. The flying trip alone ranges from NZ$240 to 9,750 and is available all day throughout the year. Expect a secret traipse through ice caves, pinnacles, and seracs of the awe-inspiring and pristine New Zealand alpine environment. If you prefer a deeper alpine experience, then go for Wanaka Harris Mountains Heli-skiing (HMH). Heli-ski over an ice terrain so vast there are actually 200+ peaks in 7 separate mountain ranges covering 3,000 square kilometres.

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