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KKTWW – Just Back From…New Zealand

Situated in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is known for its pristine unspoiled scenery. Home to some of the most diverse environments, from beaches and rainforests to glaciers and hot springs, the island country offers a variety of activities that accommodate each and every traveler. With a majestic landscape, some of the world’s finest wines and a welcoming population of locals, known as ‘Kiwis,’ New Zealand is the ultimate bucket list destination. See below to read a round-up of KKTWW’s preferred properties.

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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs · Bay of Islands

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Bay of Islands

World-famous for its breathtaking golf course on the east coast of sub-tropical Northland, Kauri Cliffs has also forged a reputation for excellence in dining and luxury accommodations. The property has a variety of villas dotted along the golf course, each with its own private deck and views across the Pacific Ocean.

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Huka Lodge · Taupo

Huka Lodge, Taupo

Consistently voted as one of the best lodges in Australasia, Huka Lodge is one of the oldest luxury lodges in New Zealand. With an immaculate level of service and attention to detail, the lodge’s position alongside the emerald green Waikato River is as peaceful as it is beautiful. It’s no wonder the Queen of England prefers to rest her head at Huka when she’s in the country!

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers · Hawke's Bay

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is located on the North Island in the Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s most important wine districts and a favorite among travelers. It has lived up to expectations as another iconic, ‘not to be missed’ experience. The Farm is set on a 5,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, which rolls along cliffs that plunge dramatically to the sea.

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Wharekauhau Country Estate · Palliser Bay

Wharekauhau Country Estate, Palliser Bay

Meaning ‘place of knowledge’ in the indigenous Maori language, Wharekauhau is set on a stretch of coastline in the Wairarapa wine region. Surrounded by dramatic scenery, the 5,500-acre working sheep and cattle farm, located an hour and a half’s drive from Wellington, is a luxury retreat, with a serene spa and emphasis on fine dining.

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Otahuna Lodge · Christchurch

Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch

Located 20 minutes from Christchurch, Otahuna Lodge is New Zealand’s premier historic estate offering seven individual suites set within an 1895 Victorian mansion. The Lodge is surrounded by 30 acres of historic decorative and productive gardens, which annually produce more than 100 different fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

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Matakauri Lodge · Queenstown

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

Spectacularly situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers luxury accommodation, fine dining, superb service and stunning panoramic views. Nestled in native bush only a few minutes outside of Queenstown, Matakauri is one of the world’s most private and serene vacation retreats with just eleven suites, each with private terraces offering dramatic views of the mountains and Queenstown lakeside. The Lodge is the youngest sister property to Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers located on the North Island.

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