Here are a few splurge-worthy places to check out on the North Island of New Zealand.
For most trips, it’s important to make sure that you are financially comfortable with the cost of your adventure. But… sometimes, you wanna splurge on a luxurious, over the top hotel to create a once in a lifetime experience. Here are a few places to check out that are positioned on the rolling hills and crystal beaches on the North Island of New Zealand.
BAY OF ISLANDS
For a pure beach indulgence, the Bay of Islands delivers serene ocean beach fronts, jaw dropping cliffs and sapphire waters. It’s the place for sun hats, massages, and cocktails. You can also go kayaking, hiking and biking, but this is about indulging yourself in pure relaxation. Check out some of these secluded resorts for their beach front bungalows hidden in private bays, serving expert culinary four course meals, including breakfast in suite on your deck, farm tours to meet the resident mini donkeys and alpacas, spas and massage services, and oh so much more. To check out for a few days of ultimate pampering by the sea, Bay of Islands will have you swimming in relaxation.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
139 Tepene Tablelands Rd, Matauri Bay, 0245, New Zealand
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
130 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
1948 Russell Road, Helena Bay, RD4 Hikurangi, 0184, New Zealand
Wellington is known as the world’s windiest city, which felt very accurate. But it’s also making a name for itself with bustling art and culinary scenes springing up in every new alleyway and refurbished storefront. After taking in Wellington’s cultural stamp, extend your trip for a few days outside the city walls in some serious luxury. Whether it’s a private island bungalow only reachable by water taxi or a sprawling cliff top farm offering up ATV tours and helicopter rides, let the wind show you where to go.
Wharekauhau Country Estate
Western Lake Road, Palliser Bay, RD3 Featherston 5773, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Bay of Many Coves Resort
Arthurs Bay Bay of Many Coves Private Bag 382, Bay of Many Coves 7250, New Zealand
Mt. Tongariro in the winter and spring is a 12 mile Alpine crossing that will test your limits! Its volcanic and thrilling. But cold and wet. But awesome. Would do it again. The only thing that can make an adrenaline pumping experience even better, is returning back home to a soaking tub, deep tissue massage, and cultivated five course meal specially designed for you. With so many way to push yourself mentally and physically in New Zealand, rest assure that these resorts circling Lake Taupo will have you restored and recharged by morning.
261 Kinloch Road, Kinloch, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
19 Koura St. Turangi, 3334, New Zealand
83 Grace Rd., Turangi, New Zealand
Rotorura is an adventurous tourists dream spot with so many different ways to spend your time – zip lining, boating, horseback riding, thermal spas, sledging (look that one up), kiwi sanctuary, volcanic helicopter tours… its endless. And though the list can go on forever, that’s no reason not to take advantage of Lake Rotorura’s serenity, floating across the water and basking in the warm rays. Take advantage of the private swimming beaches, butler service and included breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, and five-course deluxe meal, and stroll along the lake to secluded geothermal spas, leaving the crowds behind.
16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera RD5 Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua
P.O Box 1095, Rotorua 3040 New Zealand