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Villa in Acacia Bay
Taupo's Edge
Listen to the crackling of a wood burning fire as you gaze overtop the lush canopy leading down to Lake Taupo at this nature-loving villa in New Zealand. Sunbathe in the courtyard, kick back in a bean bag chair, and cool off in the alfresco shower. When you’re ready to explore, start by following a nearby bush track that winds through the forest and leads down to the lake.   Flow from inside to out as freely as the cool cross-breeze thanks to wall-length openings on nearly every perimeter wall. Under a vaulted-ceiling, the open concept main room is ready to host unforgettable family dinners, late nights with friends, and lazy afternoons. Sip cocktails and watch the sailboats from the balcony while the kids watch a movie in the Smart TV lounge or play soccer on the courtyard’s lawn. Stop by one of the local markets in Taupo and pick up some freshly caught lake fish for a barbeque. Dine at the alfresco set, letting the forest and lake views set the perfect tone. There are 3 parking spaces, a garage, and security cameras, so invite some new friends. When it’s late, move the party inside and let your inner mixologist get creative at the bar. Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, and Mount Tauhara are just a few of the natural wonders nearby, so bring your hiking boots. If there’s an angler in the group, boat rentals and fishing charters are available from Lakefun Taupo. While you’re out on the water, swing by Taupo Maori Carvings, a historic rockface in Acacia Bay. Then, head 11 kilometers into Taupo for a night on the town.  Copyright © Luxury Retreats. All rights reserved. BEDROOM & BATHROOM • Bedroom 1 - Primary: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with two stand-alone showers & bathtub, Dual vanity, Walk-in closet, View of Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu • Bedroom 2: Queen size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower & bathtub, Walk-in closet, View of Lake Taupo & Mount Ruapehu • Bedroom 3: King size bed, Shared access to downstairs hall bathroom with stand-alone shower, Dual vanity, Walk-in closet, View of Lake Taupo & Mount Ruapehu • Bedroom 4 - Studio: Queen size Murphy bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Kitchenette, Lounge area, Television, Fireplace, Direct access to courtyard Additional Bedding • Games Room: 5 Twin size beds, Shared access to upstairs hall bathroom with stand-alone shower, Television, View of Lake Taupo & Mount Ruapehu FEATURES & AMENITIES Extra cost (advance notice may be required): • Activities and excursions • More under “Add-on services” below
Villa in Wanaka
Please note that this home is in close proximity to an ongoing construction project. Please inquire with a Trip Designer for more information. Please note this Host requires a supplemental contract to be signed at the time of booking Keep warm in the hot tub while you gaze upon the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Aspiring at this modern mountain home, just off Lake Wanaka. Slide open the terrace doors and invite the fresh breeze, fragrant gardens, and warm New Zealand sun to flow through. Spend a romantic evening by the fireplace while the kids play upstairs in the TV lounge or head out to explore Wanaka's town centre. Westland’s barn-style roof hints at the rugged nature of the Lake Wanaka area, yet underneath, stylish design sets a modern, luxurious tone. Craft delicious meals in the state of the kitchen. Celebrate as a family at the formal dining table with mountain views providing the background. After dinner, sneak away for a glass of local wine in the outdoor lounge as the sun sets behind the imposing mountains. Start your day bright and early with an espresso on the terrace. Then, whip up some bacon and eggs for the gang to enjoy in Westland’s cozy breakfast nook. Throw a log in the fireplace and catch up on reading while the kids play on the lawn. For lunch, grab something fresh from the local market in Wanaka and fire up the grill. Then head out to the trails for an afternoon hike along the lakeside.  Rent some mountain bikes, pack a lunch, and make sure to bring your camera. Deans Bank, Rob Roy Glacier, and Roys Peak are all great hiking/biking trails to discover. If you’d rather explore the water, try fly fishing at Aspiring Fly Fishing guides or go jet-boating on the Matukituki River. When you’re ready to return to civilization, Queenstown is just an hour south. Copyright © Luxury Retreats. All rights reserved. BEDROOM & BATHROOM • Bedroom 1 - Primary: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower & bathtub, Walk-in closet • Bedroom 2: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twin size beds), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower • Bedroom 3: Queen size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower • Bedroom 4: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twin size beds), Ensuite bathroom with shower/bathtub combo • Bedroom 5 : King size bed (can be converted to 2 twin size beds), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower STAFF & SERVICES Extra cost (advance notice may be required): • Activities and excursions
Villa in Queenstown
Remarkable Lake House
Floor-to-ceiling windows capture soaring mountain and lake views at this modern Queenstown villa on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. A double-sided stone fireplace sets a comforting tone indoors, while in the courtyard lounge, another fireplace creates the perfect spot to keep warm while star gazing. Nearby, you’ll find exciting nightlife in town and fantastic hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park. Copyright © Luxury Retreats. All rights reserved. BEDROOM & BATHROOM • Bedroom 1 - Primary: King size bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone shower, Walk-in closet, Television, Balcony, Mountain view • Bedroom 2: King size bed, Shared access to hallway bathroom with Bedroom 3, Stand-alone shower & bathtub, Television, Mountain view • Bedroom 3: Queen size bed, Shared access to hallway bathroom with Bedroom 2, Stand-alone shower & bathtub, Television, Mountain view STAFF & SERVICES Extra Cost (advance notice may be required): • Activities and excursions • More under “Add-on services” below

Other great luxury vacation rentals in New Zealand

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Villa in Warkworth
Matakana Estate Lodge
Villa in Taupo
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Villa in Russell
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Villa in Lake Hayes
The Elms at Lake Hayes Villa Two
Home in Karitane
The Longhouse Tirimoana
Villa in Tutukaka
Makoha Retreat
Cottage in Havelock North
The Cottage at Te Mata House
Villa in Rawhiti
The Oke Beach House
Apartment in Auckland
Elements of Castor Bay
Home in Kinloch
Luxury Kinloch Home
Villa in Hawke's Bay

All about New Zealand

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Similar in size to the UK or Japan, but with only 4 million people, New Zealand is a country of wide open spaces, incredible views and a wealth of outdoor activities. If your ideal vacation involves lacing up your hiking boots, hitting the fairway or heading out for a day of wine tasting, then you’ll love this rugged and beautiful place.

New Zealand is made up of two islands - known conveniently as North Island and South Island, each with a distinct personality. The North Island houses nearly 75% of the country’s population and is home to the two biggest cities, Auckland and Wellington. Consequently, the North Island has more of a buzz, with music festivals, and must-visit restaurants and bars.

In contrast, the South Island is considered by many to be the more picturesque (it’s where many of those stunning Lord of the Rings Scenes were filmed) with the Southern Alps, expansive lakes, rolling green hills and big skies. You’ll find cities here too - such as Christchurch and Wellington - although they are on a smaller scale.

New Zealand climate

You’ll also find differences in the climate of the two islands - some parts of the North Island are subtropical, with golden beaches and even rainforest - which you can see at Coromandel, while in the South Island the weather is cooler, and there’s excellent skiing around Queenstown - at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. As with all destinations in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of what we’re used to in the north, which means that Spring starts in September, Summer runs from December to February, and the peak skiing months are June, July, and August. In the north, summer temperatures can reach up to the high seventies, while winter temperatures are fairly mild - in the mid-forties.

Indulge your sense of adventure

There’s a lot more than simply skiing when it comes to raising your adrenaline on the South Island. The area of Queenstown is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, and there’s every kind of daredevil activity you could imagine - including helicopter tours, bungee jumping, mountain biking, zip lining, and powerboat tours. You Luxury Retreats can organize any hair-raising activity you like!

Hike or bike Lake Wakatipu

Start your South Island trip with a day’s hiking or biking along the banks of Lake Wakatipu, where you’ll get to breathe in the mountain fresh air and get a feel for the spectacular scale of the scenery in New Zealand. A nice, simple route (read: not too challenging), starts off at Queenstown Gardens and winds around to Kelvin Heights. Along the way you’ll find excellent coffee at Boatshed at Franklin Marina - did you know that New Zealanders were fanatical about good coffee? - to keep you going. Next, you’ll work your way through the forest for a great view of the lake and the beautiful Queenstown golf course. As you walk (or ride) keep an eye out for the numerous sculptures dotted across the landscape by local artists.

Explore Tutoko Glacier

For a breathtaking experience that you’ll remember forever, a helicopter tour over Mount Tutoko glacier is hard to beat. Soaring to nearly 9,000ft above sea level, with nothing above you but blue sky and nothing below but pristine white snow and the palest green ice, if there’s anywhere to experience the true power of nature, it’s here. Plus, once you land, the backdrop makes for amazing photographs as a lasting memento.

Wine tasting in Marlborough

Not every activity in New Zealand is strenuous - in fact, one of our favorites involves simply lifting a glass up to your lips. The Marlborough wine region on the South Island leaped onto the world stage in the 1990s with its delicious Sauvignon Blanc, and in the years since, has gone from strength to strength, while other varietals have also seen great success including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Of course, any visitor to New Zealand’s vineyards should start with a Sauvignon tasting - considered by many critics to be the best in the world. World-famous producers such as Cloudy Bay and Brancott offer tasting flights and vineyard tours. You concierge can set this up before you travel.

Tee up for a golf day

Both the North and South Islands have great options when it comes to hitting the fairways, and an adventurous traveler could even try to visit courses on each of them. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a beautiful alpine lake, The Hills golf course, just outside Queenstown, is a real must-visit. The views are especially beautiful just as the sun begins to set. Sculptures of animals dot the landscape here, making for unusual playing companions. On the North Island, Kauri Cliffs wows visitors with its expansive Pacific Ocean views over the Bay of Islands. With a Championship Course Designed by David Harman, it’s ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world.

Experience our luxurious New Zealand rentals

Centered around Queenstown, each one of our homes on New Zealand’s South Island is unique, but all have one thing in common - incredible views over the landscape. If you’re thinking of exploring this beautiful region, our Queenstown vacation rentals make a great base, whether you’re planning a ski trip, summer hikes, or wine tasting tour.

With modern design such as all-glass walls, firepits, and state of the art kitchens, when you need a break from the wealth of active adventures on your doorstep, you can retreat back your luxury hideaway to cook up a storm before relaxing with a good book or a classic movie in front of the fire. Many of our homes in the region have panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu, best enjoyed from your private hot tub with a chilled glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in hand. Others are perfectly positioned for taking advantage of the many great golf courses in the region - some villas come with access to The Hills course as standard.

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