Get your friends, family, and Instagram followers swooning this summer with a luxury stay in one of New Zealand’s many incredible lodges, tiny homes, and villas. Whether you’re after a retreat in the wilderness, a room with a breath-taking view, or just an experience that you’ll never forget – we’ve got all your options covered in this in-depth guide to the most exquisite stays in Aotearoa.

With Kiwis now able to travel, we’re forecasting a whole lot more get-togethers on the horizon. Catch up with your loved ones from around the country by booking a holiday in a once-in-a-lifetime destination (or a few times, if you’re lucky!), or treat that special someone to a romantic getaway that will sweep them off their feet!

If you spot the perfect place but your budget doesn’t stretch quite that far, or you need a cash top-up to make it extra special, we can help! Get in touch with the MyFinance team and apply online for a personal loan today,  we’ll have you booked into the trip of a lifetime before you know it!

Don’t want to see a single soul? We’ve got you.

Sometimes we just want to escape it all, not see another person, and reconnect with nature. These stays have it all, carefully selected by us to provide some extreme seclusion with all the luxury fixings.

Alpine Cubes (Ben Ohau, Canterbury)

The Alpine Cubes sit on the edge of the southern alps, surrounded by spectacular landscapes, and without another dwelling in sight. Enjoy the luxurious 50m2 modern cabin, wood-fired hot tub, and Lake Ohau just down the down. This fantastic AirBnB sleeps six guests with two bunks and a queen bed.

AWAY Treehouse (Waiheke Island, Auckland)

Voted AirBnB Host Awards NZ’s Best Unique Stay for 2021, AWAY Treehouse is nestled high above the ground in the native forest on the eastern side of Waiheke Island. You’ll never get enough of the luscious native trees, including an estimated 800-900-year-old kauri, on-site wellness treatments, and private outdoor bath – forest bathing at its finest. This incredible accommodation hosts two guests, with an additional two possible with the use of the sofabed.

Isthmus (Ben Avon Station, Central Otago)

Mt. Isthmus is truly something of a masterpiece. Designed by the Architecture Workshop, this incredible property virtually disappears into its surrounding landscape of conservation parks. Set between two glacial lakes, soak up the views through its floor-to-ceiling windows and indulge in the state-of-the-art facilities. This property contains four luxury two-person suites, booked separately, each with a super king bed and private ensuite.

Looking for a secluded stay but ‘middle of nowhere’ isn’t your thing?

Sometimes you want the best of both worlds – serenity, but you don’t want to feel isolated. These spectacular stays have the vibes of a retreat, without the ‘no one’s around’ feeling.

Kiwi Chalet (Lake Hayes, Otago)

The Kiwi Chalet is an impressive architect-designed home with a phenomenal star gazing opportunity. With a few residents nearby, the property boasts a great location with direct views of the Coronet Peak ski field and stunning landscapes. This luxury stay is handy to walking and cycling tracks, as well as the lake. Sleeping two in a queen bed, the Kiwi Chalet is the perfect retreat for couples.

Off Grid Arohanui Cabins (Mangawhai, Northland)

Soak up the sun in the lovely, secluded Arohanui Cabins overlooking divine vistas of natural bush and lush farmland. Set up for families or couples alike, this great spot features campfires, a pizza oven, an open-air cast iron bath, and tree swings! They’ve thought of everything here! Get off the grid this summer and enjoy this luxurious eco-conscious getaway. The cabin sleeps up to four so grab your loved ones and book your stay today!

Hapuku Lodge (Kairōura)

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel on the base of the Kaikōura Seaward Mountain Range. Stay in one of their five unique luxury Tree Houses sitting 10 plus metres above ground, nestled in the canopy of native trees. Enjoy every angle of the stunning vista; the rugged landscape, distant ocean, and magnificent mountains bring tranquillity to guests and make you feel true peace. Hapuku offers both one and two-bedroom Tree Houses with cantilevered decks and showers for the best views, and gorgeous private soaking tubs for your enjoyment.

Near enough to the action – think celebrity retreat

So you want all of the luxuries, but also to be only minutes away from the fun? Check out these amazing stays!

Ten Acre Wood Glamping (Tanners Point, Bay of Plenty)

Just a 7-minutes’ drive from the bustle of gorgeous Waihi Beach, Ten Acre Wood Glamping has all the luxurious privacy as well as the ability to pop down to the shops for brunch, a browse, or a catch up. Indulge in an outdoor bath or a barbeque on the beautifully appointed outdoor deck. Look out over the rolling hills to the distant sea from the lush four-poster bed and say hello to the curious alpacas across the fence! This cosy-chic destination accommodates two for a friends or couples holiday.

Delamore Lodge (Waiheke Island, Auckland)

Built into the cliffside over Owhanake Bay stands Delamore Lodge, rumoured to be a favourite destination of A-list celebrities, this magnificent accommodation is tough to rival. Waiheke Island is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD, or if you’re feeling indulgent, a 5-minute helicopter flight! Venture out to Waiheke’s famous vineyards or stay in and enjoy the beautiful jacuzzi and sauna facilities or picture-perfect, heated infinity pool. With a wide range of accommodation options to suit your needs, Delamore is not an experience to miss!

Stoneridge Estate (Queenstown)

Spend your summer unwinding in a wine-lovers dream at Stoneridge Estate. Soak up the panoramic mountain and lake views from your room or spend the afternoon in the gorgeous infinity pool or outdoor spa. Discover some of Aotearoa’s fine wines at the cellar door or restaurant nearby, and lavish in the unparalleled landscapes of Queenstown. Choose between the romantic Cottage, the classic Lodge, or the luxury Retreat to base your holiday from, just 15 minutes from central Queenstown.


Any one of these phenomenal holiday accommodations is sure to live up to the highest standard. We couldn’t decide which one is our favourite – so we’re booking a weekend away at each! Are you ready to spoil your loved ones with a luxury escape but your budget is falling a little bit short? Top up your bank balance today with a travel loan from MyFinance. We have great rates and repayment plans to suit you so apply now or get in touch with our fantastic team. If we’ve learned anything in 2021, it’s to not wait for next year! Also check our content on Budgeting Tips for your Winter Getaway. Make memories that will last a lifetime with a MyFinance travel loan.

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