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New Zealand is filled with scenic wonders, so it’s no surprise that there are some terrific accommodation options in the mountains. Choose a hilltop near Queenstown overlooking Lake Wakatipu, or the alpine Minaret Station in Wanaka that’s accessible only by helicopter. Here’s our guide to these and more.
Since opening its doors in 2008, Acacia Cliffs has wowed visitors from the world over with its modern design, stunning lake and mountain views, and welcoming family vibes. Guests can choose to retreat in the privacy of one of four beautiful rooms, designed by New Zealand architect Kelvin Peck, or to wine and dine with the company of the owners and other visitors. Rick and Linda Whitlock are your hosts, and they’re quite hands-on about all things hospitality. Not only will the duo help all guests make the most of Taupo’s attractions, but Rick is also willing and able to share his passion for local cuisine (in fact, he’s the one who cooks all the lodge’s meals).