Luxury Lodges near Auckland
New Zealand's indigenous people, the Maori, called this land "Tamaki Makau Rau", a maiden with 100 lovers. It was a place desired by many and fought over for its riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood. The first sailors to settle here were the Maori, and in later years migrants from the Pacific Islands have contributed to the Polynesian population. From the first Maori waka (canoes) and colonial ships, Auckland has attracted immigrants from far and wide. Today, Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and is a cultural melting pot with more than 1 million people - one quarter of New Zealand's population.
If Auckland is your arrival destination into New Zealand or you are simply looking for a memorable experience for a long weekend or corporate retreat there are several luxury lodges that are easily accessible either north or south of the city.
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf is home to a multitude of islands, each with its own distinctive character. A short 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD is Waiheke Island, with its sandy beaches, markets, artists and winemakers. Here you will find the enchanting lodge The Boatshed with its design-savvy yet casual vibe. For convenience enjoy a personal meet and greet off your international flight at Auckland Airport and be whisked to Waiheke Island in a few minutes by private helicopter.
The latest luxury lodge to join the collection is Te Arai Lodge near Mangawhai. Just north of Auckland and so close that geographically they are part of the region with only an hour 1/4 drive from the Auckland CBD allowing you to enjoy this magnificent architectural masterpiece and coastal retreat at the beginning or as a memorable conclusion to a New Zealand vacation.
Including Te Arai there are now five luxury lodges located in the Northland & Bay of Island's region's rorth of Auckland offers sparcely populated beaches, gold, pink & black sand, ancient native forests, golf, hiking, biking & horseriding, sailing, deep sea fishing & world class diving. These guest experiences together with world-class gastronomy connect each lodge stay by road, helicopter or The Landing's luxury launch Ata Rangi on a private coastal transfer from Auckland!
Start or end a New Zealand itinerary with the latest luxury lodge to join the collection; Te Arai Lodge just 90 minutes from downtown Auckland. Connect by road, air or sea to Helena Bay, Eagles Nest, The Landing or The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. With a variety of accommodation styles from private suites to two - five bedroom fully serviced exclusive residences, we recommend a stay of a minimum 3 nights at each. All fully serviced with exquisite cuisine & hospitality - each a destination in themselves & the ultimate relaxation retreat.
Taupo / Rotorua
Just over 2 1/2hrs drive south from Auckland Airport is arguably New Zealand's first luxury lodge, the iconic Huka Lodge just north of the township of Taupo. Similarly in the direction of Rotorua and slightly further by road is Treetops Lodge and Solitaire Lodge both an easy half day drive from Auckland.