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Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses is a luxurious South Island retreat, just 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) north of Kaikoura. It’s located on a deer breeding farm, where guests can marvel at a combination of greenery and maritime vistas. A collection of treehouses are settled on a canopy, 10 meters (32 feet) above ground. The recent earthquake in the region didn’t shake up this eco-friendly getaway too much – it only suffered a few fixable cracks on impact. With that said, their site advises incoming visitors to keep an eye out for any detours and delays.
You can’t get more nature-friendly than a resort in the middle of a national park. The Awaroa Lodge prides itself in being able to keep its environmental footprint low as it caters to passing hikers and longer-term visitors. Along with close-range access to the Abel Tasman track, this serene South Island accommodation is surrounded by coastlines, waterfalls and wilderness.
A nature resort with a romantic flair, Magic Cottages is perched on an intimate spot by the Takou River. The lodge’s peaceful North Island location, not too far away from the Bay of Islands, makes it an ideal spot for glampers and honeymooning couples alike. Out of all of the Takou River Lodge’s getaways, the Magic Cottages are the most renowned – even being voted as one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand.
Takou River Lodge, 660 Takou Bay Rd, Kaeo 0295, New Zealand. +64 9 407 8065
Overlooking the stunning Coromandel peninsula, the Manawa Ridge is a treasure trove of panoramic views. Each of its three luxury suites has been crafted with sustainability in mind – everything was built from recycled material, including polished manuka, straw bale, old beams, and woodbrick. The resort took seven years to complete, and has been hosting eco-conscious travellers since 2009.
Tucked by Mount Taupiri, in the Waikato region, the Hillside Hotel is well-placed to give you full view of the surrounding scenery. Its location makes it an ideal pit-stop for tourists passing through from Auckland, en route to some of the main tourist spots like the Waitomo Caves. As you take the time to unwind before your next journey, room will give you a glimpse of the native bush and hillside.
Part of the Kokohuia Lodge’s appeal is that it only hosts one couple at a time a true VIP experience in an environmentally-friendly accommodation. Guests will be able to marvel at the surrounding native plant life, as well as the breathtaking sand dunes along Northland’s Hokianga Harbour. To stay true to their sustainability badge, the Kokohuia Lodge produces its own solar energy, and makes its food primarily from homegrown or locally-sourced produce.
Kokohuia Lodge, 101 Kokohuia Rd, Omapere 0473, New Zealand. +64 21 779 927
A boutique bed and breakfast on one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. Local timbers, schist stone, and non-toxic materials were used in crafting Wanaka’s luxurious nature retreat, the Minaret Lodge. If you happen to be a Lord of the Rings fan, the resort actually has a unique Hobbit-esque room on-site. No matter which room you choose for yourself, though, you’re bound to be enthralled by the glacial lakeside scenery.
Minaret Lodge, Minaret Bay 9382, New Zealand.+64 3 443 1856