Best luxury lodges and villas near Auckland

Eagles Nest (Bay of Islands)

Chances are you’re familiar with Eagles Nest in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The luxury resort has received international acclaim and dozens of coveted awards. In 2020, it was up for the World’s Leading Luxury Villa alongside some jaw-dropping properties in Mauritius, Maldives and Greece. Eagles Nest consist of five modern, private villas where incredible ocean views and landscapes abound. Each villa is different, but all are truly unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed. The premier Rahimoana Villa features a 25-metre infinity pool and three-metre sliding glass walls while the intimate First Light Villa has a private garden jacuzzi. You can request a personal chef or explore the beautiful Bay of Islands by land or sea. Eagles Nest is truly a must-visit luxury lodge. It’s almost a four-hour drive from the Auckland CBD, taking you up through Whangarei and through some idyllic landscapes. Alpha Shuttles can chauffeur you there and back, allowing you to take your time, stop along the way and appreciate the relaxing, scenic journey through the countryside.

The Landing (Bay of Islands)

Also situated in the Bay of Islands (on an incredible 1000-acre property), The Landing consists of four beautiful villas with clifftop, beachfront, vineyard or countryside views. Described as “magical” by former United States President Barack Obama, The Landing is genuinely one-of-a-kind. The villas at The Landing sleep between four and ten people, the largest with its own impressive wine cellar, library and observatory deck. The property also has a picturesque vineyard on site - the perfect place to enjoy a delicious lunch, an afternoon of tastings or a stroll through the nearby trails. The Landing has also recently become the first luxury lodge in New Zealand to be certified carbon-zero through New Zealand’s leading certification body, Toit? Envirocare; a good indication that the owners care deeply about protecting their natural surrounds. If you’re visiting with a group, you can do your part for the environment too by refraining from taking multiple vehicles and allowing us to chauffeur you there together instead.

Huka Lodge (Taupo)

Huka Lodge is one of the best luxury lodges in the central North Island. Positioned on the Waikato River near the famous Huka Falls, you can reach the lodge within three and a half hours if departing from Auckland. Huka Lodge is unique in that the guest suites and residences sit on 17 hectares of parkland. All the suites open out to the gorgeous river and its green, bush-clad banks. There are special spring rates available and packages for honeymoons, elopements and fishing enthusiasts. With so much to see and do in the Taupo region, you could easily stay a week or longer on your luxury escape at the glorious Huka Lodge. Try out the tennis court and the croquet lawn or simply sit beside the river with a good book in hand and bask in the peaceful surrounds. This naturally beautiful property is refined, elegant and steeped in history.

Te Arai Lodge (Te Arai)

The wonderful Te Arai Lodge is just an hour and 15 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge… we can chauffeur you here in less time than it takes to travel to work in rush hour! The ‘homestay boutique luxury lodge’ has a gorgeous yoga studio, gym, pool, spa and sauna—all open for guests staying in any of the three luxury suites.Surrounded by over 20 acres of ancient podocarp forest and native bush, Te Arai Lodge is set on an elevated ridge with panoramic views out to the rolling rural landscape and stunning Te Arai beaches and Islands off the Mangawhai Coast. If it wasn’t for the coast, you could well be in Tuscany enjoying the subtropical climate, al fresco dining amongst the olive trees and fluent Italian from head chef Nicola Moores whilst toasting a local rosé. The warm welcomes and home-grown organic fare you’ll get from the owners has a soup?on of Sicily about it too. But that’s about where the Italian comparison ends because Te Arai’s breath-taking cliff walks, towering native forests, incredible links golf courses and surfers’ paradise coastline are pure New Zealand.

Kauri Cliffs (Bay of Islands)

Robertson Lodges’ Kauri Cliffs is another one of the Bay of Islands’ best luxury lodges. There’s a breath-taking clifftop golf course, a gorgeous on site spa and an elegant restaurant with a balcony that showcases the surrounding ocean views. Lodge guests can choose from a wide array of experiences to elevate their stay, from a BBQ on a private beach to a tour of the working farm or a private fishing experience where the chef will expertly prepare your catch of the day. Day guests here are welcome too—whether you would like to experience the fine dining on offer or book a day full of relaxing spa treatments. Kauri Cliffs will be offering a ‘Welcome Back’ special as soon as lockdown lifts and guests can visit once again. If it has been on your list of ultimate luxury escapes, it could soon be your time. Let your experience begin before you even depart the city by booking your chauffeur through Alpha Shuttles.

Delamore Lodge (Waiheke Island)

Only a 5-minute helicopter flight from Auckland city centre, you will find Delamore Lodge tucked away in the secluded Owhanake Bay on Waiheke Island. Perched cliffside with breath-taking views overlooking the stunning Hauraki Gulf, the lodge, designed in the shape of a traditional Maori Fishhook (Matau) offers the perfect holiday experience. Boasting an onsite spa, you will not be able to resist luxuriating in the famed heated infinity swimming pool and taking in the amazing views, either before or after a pampering massage. Follow that up with an individually tailored five course dinner, paired with local wines, and you will be officially be in heaven.  The multi award winning luxury boutique resort offers easy access to some of Auckland’s most beautiful beaches and world-renowned vineyards, we can’t think of a better combination than that. If you are arriving from out of town, either internationally or domestically, Alpha Shuttles can set the mood for your stay by arranging your VIP meet and greet transfer to the downtown ferry terminal or heli-pad.

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