I’m just going to say it: we’ve all spent far too long dreaming of the day we could once again travel outside Australia. And since we’re now able to actually book a flight over to New Zealand, I’m here to give you the nudge you need to go.
The truth is, New Zealand is a country that we should all be exploring and now that we’re finally allowed to travel, it’s time to book the ticket (then immediately question why you didn’t do it sooner). Ahead, we’re laying out some of the weirdest and most wonderful stays available to book in New Zealand, from tiny houses to boujee chalets that overlook World Heritage sites.
Ready to get planning? Go on then.
PurePod Eco Accommodation
We’ll kick off the list with the gorgeous glasshouse from our dreams: PurePods. Set amongst lush rolling hills on New Zealand’s South Island, there are six secluded glass cabins to choose from, all with uninterrupted views over the valleys and coastlines that are just an hour drive outside Christchurch. With the glass ceilings, you’ll be sleeping under the stars and will be woken by some pretty damn epic sunrises.
Glacial Luxury Villas
Wanaka is a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island, boasting views of glorious snowcapped mountains and a pristine glacial lake. If you’re looking for a private, luxury villa nestled in the gateway to the Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring National Park, look no further than Release Wanaka. They offer lavish yet modern escapes that showcase the variety of architectural wonder and cozy splendour available in NZ.
For example, the Mt Ithsmus villa is tucked between rugged mountain ranges and looks over the stunning Lake Hawea. Its design was inspired by the shape of the mountains that surround it, and the interior features spas, multiple OTT bedrooms, a private chef and access to some of the region’s most sought after tourist activities.
If you’re looking for sheer opulence, look no further than the Larnach Castle Lodge. It’s located on the grounds of New Zealand’s only castle (built in 1871) and has been restored over time with lavish antiques that’ll rival any grail you’ve managed to swindle off Facebook Marketplace.
Situated 500 metres from the Larnach Castle gate is ‘Camp Estate’, a glamorous country house where the rooms are luxuriously decorated with fireplaces and overlook pastoral views of the surrounding countryside – it’ll literally have you feeling like royalty.
Nightsky Cottage is perfect for anyone looking to completely rejuvenate their city-hardened soul.
Located by Ohakune in the Manawatu region, Night Sky Cottage is a luxe property set on protected New Zealand Native Manuka and Beech Tree Bush. Its design is made for stargazing, with its many sunlights donning the roof to allow for a natural glow to pour through all day. You’ll also be able to soak up the cozy woodfire place and open plan lounge dining area to soak up every bit of relaxation.
Bay Of Many Coves
Bay of Many Coves is a luxury five-star resort located in the heart of Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough where you’ll be greeted by pristine turquoise waters and native bushes, tucked away in a secluded wonderland.
The resort offers a variety of boujee as heck lodge accommodation options that overlook the crystal clear water and provide a gateway to activities like swimming with dolphins, wine tours, motorboat cruising and more.
Silo Stay is a unique accommodation option near Christchurch where metal grain silos have been converted into modern and comfortable cabins. This is an ideal place to stay if you’re planning on biking the Little River Rail Trail and each silo has a kitchenette so you can refuel at the end of the day.
Hapuku Treehouses, Kaikoura
Kaikoura shot to the top of my New Zealand hit list the moment I saw the view of the mountains overlooking the ridiculously stunning beach. And because my inner child makes all my big life decisions, the Hapuku Treehouses are the only place I want to settle in for a night or two. These boujee treehouses sit ten metres off the ground and are ideal for a romantic break (single treehouse) or trip with mates (family treehouse).
We hope this has all inspired you to dust off your passport and book a trip to New Zealand (ASAP, if not sooner). Whether you need a bit more convincing or are ready to stop dreaming about travelling and actually book the trip, head over here.