The best places for a weekend escape in New Zealand...

Unique landscapes demand exceptional lodgings, and luckily for us, New Zealand has both in abundance… 

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Karaka Seaview Cottage 

Glamping has become the new black in experimental travel in New Zealand, and we have no shortage of spectacular sites. But if you’re wanting to strike the perfect balance between luxury and convenience, and tents aren’t your thing, look no further than the Karaka Seaview Cottage. 

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Only a 30-minute drive from Auckland’s CBD, as soon as you arrive, you’ll feel miles away. Completely private and boasting all the high-end amenities of any resort, immense attention to detail has been paid throughout; a pillow menu, linen sprays, and a Nespresso machine to name only a few. Relax and rewind with panoramic views of the Manukau Harbour, engage with the farm animals, play a spot of tennis, and return to the city feeling as though you’ve just been at a 5* resort. 

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Close to Auckland’s Airport, it’s the ideal place to regroup before, or after, a long-haul flight, too. 

 

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Ridge Top Farm

This country-themed glampsite is located near Manawatu nestled in a scenic farm next to wetlands and native bush. The panoramic views look out to Kapiti Island, Mount Egmont, and Mount Ruapehu and the farm gives you a true taste of rural New Zealand. Alongside the essentials, the cosy campfire area is a must. 

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Hurunui Jacks

This slice of Kiwi paradise is located on the South Island’s West Coast, just 12 kilometres outside of Hokitika. Resting on a private spot on the banks of Kaniere River, you’ll be treated all the beauty our country has to offer. Explore the native surrounds and, at the end of the day, enjoy an outdoor bath or shower under the stars followed by a peaceful sleep listening to the sounds of the river and bush.

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Lavericks Bay

Tucked between the hills of Lavericks Bay, this glampsite is the perfect size for two families or a group of friends looking to getaway. Days spent mountain biking or walking the farmlands, afternoons spent with picnics on the beach, and dinner at the dedicated communal area will bring everyone together at the end of the day. The two luxury tents are thoughtfully decorated creating a blissful atmosphere.

 

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