Summer is fast approaching in this part of the world, meaning that it’s time to start booking your getaways while you still can.
Fortunately, there’s no need to travel halfway around the world to enjoy a truly luxurious summer getaway worthy of any A-List celeb, with a number of new and longstanding destinations and resorts ready to lure Kiwis in for a decadent summer break.
Whether you want to kick back on white sandy beaches or live like a Las Vegas High Roller, here are the best and most luxurious summer escapes in NZ.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay
Despite being a relatively recent arrival to the elegant country getaway scene in NZ, The Farm has quickly risen through the ranks to become a byword for serenity and luxury, being one of the most exclusive destinations in the country. This may be a genuine working farm, but with the main accommodation building decked out with genuine Picasso’s, McCahon’s, and a 130 million-year-old nautilus fossil, as well as some of the best dining experiences in the southern hemisphere, you’ll quickly realize this place is anything but ordinary.
Wharekauhau Country Estate
This exquisite country getaway, nestled within 5000 acres of lush green fields and bordered with 12 miles of pristine coastline, is the ultimate place to feel like royalty this summer. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among the most recent of the estate’s esteemed guests, many of whom are drawn by the Edwardian grandeur of the estate. Once you’ve kicked back on the terrace with a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc, you’ll never want to leave.
For a ritzy summer getaway in the heart of the big city, SKYCITY Auckland is the ideal place to feel like a high roller. You might want to come for the heart-stopping skyline views and the gargantuan plunge pool, but you’ll want to stay for the opulent casino, complete with blackjack, roulette, and slots. With online casino gaming experiencing a boom in popularity in NZ right now, thanks in no small part to free bonuses, with sites that are the best for Kiwis offering thousands of dollars of free playtime, don’t be surprised if the SKYCITY casino fills up fast. This is a hotspot for real high rollers, so make sure to bring your A-Game to the poker table.
Paihia Beach Resort
While New Zealand’s beaches are typically more rugged and windswept than sunseekers might like, you can still experience a slice of Hawaii without getting on a plane. The sprawling 5-star Paihia Beach Resort in the Bay of Islands offers white sandy beaches, infinity pools, unlimited cocktails, and unparalleled luxury for anyone looking to truly treat themselves this summer. The ultra-modern, minimalist suites and cottages feel like something out of a sci-fi film, whilst their award-winning spa will guarantee that you have the most serene summer ever.
Remember, rates for summer getaways are going to start climbing quickly any moment now, so make sure to book your spot at one of these highly sought-after resorts well in advance.