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March 29, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email
  1. New luxury lodge – Helena Bay, Northland

In the northeast corner of New Zealand’s North Island lies Helena Bay Lodge. The property features three kilometres of pristine coastline, four private beaches and many intimate coves. National Geographic Traveller Magazine ranked this location second-equal in The World’s Top Rated Islands, Coastlines and Beaches. This magnificent lodge opened in November 2016. 

Helena Bay has brought the celebrated Michelin starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 of Southern Italy to New Zealand. Under the direction and the influence of Don Alfonso’s philosophy of respecting the local food culture while incorporating the age-old traditions of the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, fine dining will define the hospitality experience at Helena Bay.

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  1. New luxury lodge in Marlborough’s wine region

Create fine food memories staying in glamorous 5-star luxury in the midst of a famed New Zealand wine region.

The Marlborough Lodge opened October 2016 in New Zealand’s heartland Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc country – named as Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 Culinary Destination of the Year.

Billed as “the ultimate retreat in New Zealand’s gourmet province”, The Marlborough Lodge is a grand country estate on 16 acres of secluded parklands, located in the heart of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region.

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  1. New luxury in Wanaka, Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary puts an authentic stamp on a luxury New Zealand high country experience.

Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary is set on over 550 square km (200 square miles) of South Island high country that extends across four working sheep stations owned by British record producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange.

The name of Mahu Whenua translates from the original Maori as ‘Healing the Land’, and Lange’s vision is to regenerate the land, introducing sustainable farming practices and an extensive conservation programme based on native plant regeneration and bird breeding.

*Accommodation at Mahu Whenua starts at $15,500 per night, fully hosted and including all meals, staff, guides and a 4WD orientation tour for up to eight people. 

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4. Luxury coastal paradise – The Landing, expands with vineyard villa  Contemporary luxury and supreme privacy are just the beginning of the story at The Landing Residences – one of New Zealand’s most exclusive hideaways.

In a special place where one nation once opened its arms to another, The Landing Residences is one of New Zealand’s most storied hideaways – a secluded high-end destination with a unique sense of place that goes back to the earliest days of this nation.

The newest residence in the group of four is the Vineyard Villa which opened in late 2015. A sanctuary tucked right in amongst established grapevines, the house sleeps six in two king bedrooms and a master suite.

  1. Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Penthouse

Eichardt’s Private Hotel’s ultra-luxury rooftop accommodation – “The Penthouse” – officially opened its doors in December 2016.

The Penthouse (part of the Imperium Collection of luxury boutique hotels owned by Christchurch NZ-born, Melbourne, Australia-based businessman Andrew Cox) commands NZD$10,000 per night for its sweeping 180° view over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, exquisite design and VIP service.

In true Eichardt’s style, The Penthouse (accessed by private elevator) oozes elegance with its terrace spa, in-suite sauna, 24/7 butler service, pre-dinner cocktail amenity complete with whisky bar and after hours private shopping experience with brand partners around Queenstown. Guests will also enjoy Krug Champagne refreshed daily, deluxe toiletries, commercial grade kitchen, private chef and Land Rover with driver at their disposal.

At $10K per night (and minimum three nights stay), The Penthouse is designed to accommodate ultra-high net worth individuals and families seeking the very best that Queenstown has to offer.

  1. The Grille by Eichardt’s

The Grille at Eichardt’s – an all-day bistro, lunch bar and cocktail lounge – officially opened its doors in December 2016. It has unobstructed views across Lake Wakatipu and snow-capped peaks beyond, and several indoor / outdoor dining spaces.

Linked to Queenstown’s heritage hospitality icon Eichardt’s, The Grille is part of a major new development that includes the 150-seat restaurant downstairs, two new premium waterfront suites on the second level and connecting into the luxurious Eichardt’s Private Hotel, and an uber-exclusive penthouse accommodation with some of the best views in town

With dining spaces opening straight off the street and the laneways behind the hotel, The Grille will offer classy bistro style fare. The sophisticated interiors (think NYC bistro or French brasserie) will complement an authentic ‘local’ experience based on home-grown, free-range, and locally sourced produce delivered with Executive Chef Will Eaglesfield’s signature style.

  1. Tantalus Estate – Waiheke Island

This newly renovated iconic winery opened in September 2016. The planning and design was masterminded by Cheshire Architects and actualized by WG de Gruchy. Situated amongst the vines, the indoor and outdoor dining areas flow through to the Cellar Door, providing comfortable and diverse experiences for guests.

Attracting both visitors from afar and locals alike, Tantalus Estate offers not just great wine, but also a fabulous experience overall. Walk through the dining areas with their intricately designed decor, and Old World atmosphere; the private dining room features an intimate patio for events with up to 100 guests. Enjoy fine cuisine, alongside your wine tastings. The dining carries on the Old World theme, with rustic dishes that have a refined touch.


  1. The Rees Queenstown Launches Exclusive Ultimate Heli Wine Tasting Experience

The latest exclusive wine initiative to be launched by The Rees Hotel Queenstown is the Ultimate Heli Wine Tasting Experience to be hosted by the General Manager, Mark Rose.  Guests will enjoy 180-degree panoramic views of Queenstown from a six-seater helicopter, a gourmet lunch and sample a variety of award-winning wines from local regions. This bucket-list experience is for either two or four discerning people, includes accommodation at The Rees Hotel and is a rare opportunity to literally heighten all the senses in a spectacular series of locations.

  • Package designed for a minimum of 2 people and includes a Wine Director
  • $2,479 NZD per person
  • BOOKINGS: and quote UQHW3

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