02.09.2010 New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, South Island, Queenstown

Lodges are some of the best luxury destinations a traveler can ask for, combining first class comforts with stunning views of the local scenery. At a good lodge, guests can find outstanding examples of local and international foods, a host of exciting activities provided by experienced lodge personnel and connected locals, and all the pleasures one expects of a distant getaway from everything in the world but the vacation experience.

Queenstown and Auckland are two of New Zealand’s most popular vacation destinations, and each has a number of exceptional lodges to choose from. For example, there’s Auckland’s Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, located in the middle of New Zealand’s coastal wine country. Boasting all the possible comforts, including deep double baths and an exclusive wine tasting party, Takatu is a perfect romantic getaway for a honeymooning couple. Queenstown, meanwhile, boasts the beautiful lakeside Blanket Bay lodge. Blanket Bay offers a number of suites and chalet rooms to suit any need or taste for lodgings, and offers a dining experience focused on the Pacific Rim cuisine for which New Zealand has become a world-famous destination.

Of course, part of the fun of lodge hunting is getting off the beaten path, and there are a number of lodges in less well-known locations that become treasured surprises for the travelers who find out about them.

There’s the Ridge Country Retreat in Bay of Plenty, offering beautifully serene views of the Welcome Bay valley. Or there’s the Taranaki Country Lodge, a truly rural setting for those who simply want to pass their vacation in peace, comfort and quiet, far away from the bustle of busy city stylings.

Whether a traveler prefers access to a vibrant cultural center or absolute privacy for an intimate getaway, one of New Zealand’s many beautiful lodges will be sure to provide an excellent, perfect experience for their stay abroad.

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