New Zealand, it’s got everything an outdoor enthusiast could ever want: wild beaches, majestic peaks, vast wildernesses, and lush green forests. Each region boasts a unique combination of nature, culture, modernity and experiences to suit every interest. The land of the long white cloud is also blessed with some of the most exquisite luxury accommodation. Located amidst vineyards, by the water’s edge, surrounded by gardens, fringed by national parks, or at the foot of the mountains, these 12 private villas are ideal if you want to explore NZ in style.
Seascape at Annandale
This architectural masterpiece is as stunning as the views that surround it. Seascape at Annandale is an impressive seaside hideaway just for two. It features a secluded location, a full wall made of glass, outdoor deck with a fireplace, spa bath, and just about every modern convenience you can think of. More than that, this fabulous villa retreat opens to a plethora of outdoor adventures and relaxing indulgences that include kayaking, cruises, spa treatments, cooking lessons, and art classes.
Stone and wood combine to create this welcoming luxury lodge on the edge of Lake Wanaka. With gorgeous interiors and six beautifully appointed bedrooms, this amazing property boasts acres of lakeside farmland and a location that’s only a 20-minute drive to the town. Enjoy a round of golf, ski at Treble Cone, or simply enjoy the home’s amenities, including a media and games room, wine cellar, spa pool, sauna, and tennis court.
Set in the idyllic resort town of Queenstown, Bellbrae is the kind of luxury villa that not only showcases its gorgeous surrounds but also provide all the relaxation and fun you need when on holiday. Five king bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, large timber balconies, expansive gardens, a heated spa, and billiards room — it’s definitely more than your ordinary holiday rental. You could lounge here all day or choose to explore the town’s popular wine estates, gourmet restaurants, and indulge in many invigorating outdoor activities.
Just a few minutes away from the town centre, Kohatu is a gorgeous holiday retreat with five generous bedrooms in Wanaka. Nestled in a lush 15-acre property surrounded by manicured gardens, this luxury home has a theatre, heated pool, games room, tennis court, and living areas with fireplaces. Beyond the home, you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and paddleboarding.
Te Whau Point
With sublime views as far as the eye can see, Te Whau Point on Waiheke Island, about an hour from Auckland, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the sea breeze from the expansive lawn and take your morning coffee on the covered patio. Four light-filled bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor spaces make this luxury villa ideal for a larger group of friends or family. And with a location only 10 minutes from the beaches and wineries, Te Whau Point is a top choice for those who want that laid-back island living.
Not all homes in New Zealand are created equal, and Three Peaks in Lower Shotover definitely trumps most when it comes to views. Imagine having all three mountain peaks — Coronet, Remarkables, and Crown — right outside your window? Match that with equally amazing in-house features: four bedrooms, two living areas, a fully equipped kitchen, and an outdoor patio with a fireplace and what you have is the perfect getaway for a group of 8 people.
Find yourself in the scenic milieu of the Bay of Islands at Eagles Nest. This multi-award winning world-class retreat offers magnificent views and five ultra-luxurious villas that discerning travellers will love. Be prepared to be waited on hand and foot when you stay here. Arrange for fishing trips or helicopter rides, enjoy superb dining from the resident chefs, and rejuvenate with a spa treatment. Or simply delight in the exquisite amenities of your private villa including an infinity pool, jacuzzi, day beds, and a fully equipped kitchen.
The whole point of being in New Zealand is enjoying the outdoors. And Shimmerlake in Queenstown definitely puts you in a position to take advantage of this fantastic setting. Boasting pristine views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range, plus a location near the town centre, Shimmerlake is a relaxing getaway for a family or group of friends. You’ll love the five spacious bedrooms, alfresco dining overlooking the lake, home theatre, and the gourmet kitchen for whipping up delicious home-cooked meals.
Queenstown is renowned for its placid lakes and majestic mountains. And here, within this beautiful locale, lies Ladena, a luxury hillside holiday home with lake vistas from every corner. Savour these views in the bedroom, in the living area, or by the outdoor spa pool. You can immerse yourself in the region further by exploring Queenstown and discovering its wineries, restaurants, and adventure activities.
This gorgeous stone farm lodge has every modern convenience you can think of. Surrounded by manicured lawns and a vineyard, Shotover Point boasts 3 large bedrooms, an open-plan living area, stone fireplace, outdoor patio with BBQ, and 360-degree views of the wilderness. Stylish and contemporary interiors perfectly combine with rugged exteriors to make this the perfect private villa for a group of 6 friends or family in Queenstown.
Set on the edge of Wairoa Bay in the picturesque and serene Bay of Islands, The Boathouse is the perfect place to take a break and immerse in the beauty of nature. This striking, woolshed-inspired luxury villa gives you access to private beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, hiking and biking trails, and fascinating historic sites. Back at the villa, you can relax in absolute luxury. Unwind on your private terrace, work up a sweat in the gym, tennis court, or the steam room. Then later, snuggle up in your king or twin bed for a restful night’s sleep.
If it’s views you’re after, Hei Matau certainly fits the bill. Set on the shores of a picturesque and secluded Waiheke Beach, within an exclusive 7.5 acres of land, this property gives you uninterrupted sea views, access to the beach, and spectacular sunsets every day. And what’s not to love about this home when you’ve got five large bedrooms, an infinity swimming pool, a spa pool, and open plan living area that looks out to panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling glass walls? We think you’ll adore it.
In one of the most alluring and breathtaking locations in the world, it seems almost a necessity that your accommodation should match your impressive surrounds. These are just a handful of the many stunning private villas that you’ll find scattered across the stunning New Zealand countryside that will make your visit truly unforgettable.
Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a boutique travel agency featuring handpicked, luxury accommodation across Australia & New Zealand.