A collection of New Zealand’s most exclusive luxury lodges is working together to offer guests a unique experience unlike anything anywhere else in the world.
Lodges of New Zealand is recognised internationally for its work with only 27 carefully selected members, each of which offers five key distinguishing features to ensure they stand out in the five-star market.
Although Lodges of New Zealand membership has grown in recent years, that growth is slow and steady because the criteria for membership is strictly enforced.
Lodges of New Zealand chairperson Murray McCaw says other lodges from around the world may have copied the New Zealand concept, but many have adopted a more ‘resort-style’ development lacking the intimacy of New Zealand lodges, or a ‘rustic-style’ lacking the luxury and attention to detail that New Zealand lodges deliver.
He says Lodges of New Zealand lodges represent the very best of the stunning New Zealand landscape, always featuring an outstanding location – whether it is a lakeside, a cliff edge, beside a trout stream, or on a mountain, from rivers to the sea.
“They are all five-star quality, but with a highly tailored and personalised attention to detail,” he says. Lodges also belong to world-respected groups such as Small Luxury Hotels, Relais Chateaux, Virtuoso and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
Mr McCaw describes fine dining as another distinguishing feature of the lodges.
“Some of New Zealand's finest chefs apply their skills at the lodges, and dining is one of the highlights of a lodge stay whether it is to enjoy the company of other guests over dinner or to sample New Zealand's finest fresh produce and wines,” he says.
He also points out that the hosted experience of a lodge distinguishes the experience from a hotel stay and ensures that every guest feels at home and utterly spoiled at the same time, with a uniquely New Zealand style of hospitality.
“And finally let’s not forget the fact that the lodges all offer truly unique experiences,” he says. “They don’t just have stunning locations from a scenic perspective, but they’re also set amid wineries, with golf courses, horses and horse trails around the lodge, trout fishing streams running through the property, on working farms or with fossil cliffs in the immediate area.”
Mr McCaw believes that because the lodges are owned and operated by people who share a deep love and knowledge of their surroundings and are passionate about welcoming guests from all around the globe, Lodges of New Zealand offer a guests world-standard luxury with a uniquely New Zealand character.
More about Lodges of New Zealand
Enjoy the absolute best in New Zealand luxury accommodation when you stay with Lodges of New Zealand…..
Discover the unique New Zealand tradition of luxury lodges set in outstanding locations, owned and operated by people who share a deep love and knowledge of their surroundings. Lodges of New Zealand is a select group of the finest 5-star and exclusive luxury lodges in New Zealand – fulfilling the promise of our outstanding New Zealand landscape.
Step inside any of the Lodges of New Zealand and you will understand why these unique lodges are known for their exceptional hospitality – exceeding the expectations of even the most seasoned traveller.
From the warm welcome that awaits you, the impeccable service from thoughtful friendly staff - whether it be directing you to a quiet spot in the garden or introducing you to fellow travellers - or the depth of knowledge of the local area, Lodges of New Zealand offer a standard of service and facilities akin to a boutique luxury hotel. All this is delivered with the hospitable style and atmosphere of an intimate Lodge experience – where each and every guest is made to feel special.
Hospitality extends to offering unique experiences, with individual value-added features such as personal guiding, tours of their vineyard or farmland, indulgent spa treatments, helicopter adventures from their grounds and great recreational facilities. The local knowledge of hosts and their staff ensures guests will enjoy the best of the beautiful New Zealand environment.
Cuisine and Fine Wines
Nowhere is exceptional hospitality more evident than with the dining experience of the Lodges. Dinner is a highlight where guests and their hosts can share experiences over superb food and wine, showcasing the finest New Zealand produce from the regions served with the freshest local ingredients and crafted into exquisite dishes to complement fine local wines.
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