Minaret Station near Wanaka is a really unique place to stay in New Zealand. Offering luxury glamping style accommodation in a very remote location.
Minaret Station near Wanaka is a really unique place to stay in New Zealand. Offering luxury glamping style accommodation in a very remote location.

New Zealand has some truly unique places to stay. Guests are spoiled for choice, with farm stays & glamping, to luxury lodges. Something to suit all tastes and budget. Below are a few of Luxury Adventures favourite unique places to stay in New Zealand.

Tree Houses at Hapuku Lodge, with the Kaikoura mountains in the background.
Tree Houses at Hapuku Lodge, with the Kaikoura mountains in the background.

Tree Houses, at Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses are located in Kaikoura, on the South Island. Kaikoura is famous for whale watching, and all manner of marine life. Hapuku is built on a working deer farm, and hosts a luxurious lodge with options to stay in the lodge rooms and a family friendly Olive house. Also and perhaps the most popular is the Tree Houses. Each of the Tree Houses allow guests to nest 10 metres above the ground in the treetops. Staying in beautiful versions of a child’s tree house. The tree houses are named after native Kiwi birds, Kereru, Piwakawaka, Kotarea, the Tui and the Korimako.

The tree houses are designed to correlate with the natural environment. Large windows bring the trees into the bedroom, giving you a feeling of being in the open, whilst sleeping in pure luxury. They all have remarkable views of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains.

Glamping in style on the shores of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.
Glamping in style on the shores of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.

Glamping in New Zealand

Want to enjoy the outdoors but aren’t keen on camping? Glamping in New Zealand could be your answer and Luxury Adventures have access to some really special glamping locations. There are glamping accommodation options in Queenstown, Wanaka and Waitomo, among others. Camp in style, under the stars on the shores of Lake Wanaka, or on the river bank in remote hideaway spots. Each location is quite unique. In some cases, due to the nature of glamping you may need to leave your car behind and walk some of the way to your bed for the evening.

Prepare to unplug from your cell phone as many of the sites have no cell phone coverage (an added bonus!). Some glamping sites have outdoor tubs, others have pizza ovens, but each is different in its own way. They are all a far cry from camping that we may remember from childhood days, with comfortable beds, luxury bed linen, cooking equipment, and organic food provisions. Talk to the Luxury Adventures team about including a glamping option for a couple of nights on your South Pacific Honeymoon.  

On of the six Pure Pods in Canterbury. Offering another unique place to stay in New Zealand.
On of the six Pure Pods in Canterbury. Offering another unique place to stay in New Zealand.

Pure Pods are a unique place to stay in New Zealand

Immerse yourself totally in the surroundings soaking up the ever changing vistas and views of the wonderful New Zealand landscapes. PurePods are made from heavy duty glass, which means you can see absolutely everything! From the grass at your feet to the starry skies. The pods open up on three sides allowing you to be totally at one with nature. All PurePods are situated in total isolation ensuring your privacy. 

Located in six unique locations in New Zealand’s South Island. From Kaikoura, with its eco-marine life and Waipara close to the vineyard trails to Banks Peninsula, near Akaroa, where you can watch dolphins. The pods are environmentally sustainable, solar powered and operate totally off the grid, ensuring total tranquillity. Let us organise a stay in one of these special structures as part of your New Zealand travel plans.

One of the unique aspects of staying at Spray Point Station.
One of the unique aspects of staying at Spray Point Station.

Off the Mapp at Spray Point Station

Enjoy a real Kiwi experience and stay on a working high country station in Waihopai, Marlborough. Owned and operated by Jenny & Ben Mapp, Spray Point Station allows guests to stay at a conservation wilderness area, and experience New Zealand history. Stay in lovingly converted farm cottages, originally built in the early 1900’s and since converted to unique guest accommodation.

There are three styles of accommodation on the property. The Cob Quarters originally built as accommodation for shearers and musterers. Boundary Creek cottage, located 10 km from the main farm house and only accessible by 4WD. The Boundary Creek cottage is surrounded by native birds, rare plants, and a waterfall creek. Also there is a farm style cottage. Each property offers something different, with bush luxury, outdoor heated showers and river side baths.

During a stay at Spray Point Station you can enjoy hiking on 20 km of hiking trails. Perhaps a 4WD tour of the station or hear about the history and conservation from Ben. You’ll most likely see wild deer, pigs and goats of which can all be hunted in New Zealand. But you will see endangered species of New Zealand native plants and birds. Swim in the crystal clear Waihopai or Spray Rivers. Protecting the environment and conservation are a passion of the Mapp family. One of the key aims of Off the Mapp is to protect and enhance the natural environment and indigenous biodiversity on Spray Point Station for future generations. You can see photos from one of our clients stays at Spray Point on a previous blog.

Experience clear black skies at Minaret Station in winter
Experience clear black skies at Minaret Station in winter.

Minaret Station, Luxury Alpine Lodge

Accessible only by helicopter from Wanaka or Queenstown, Minaret Station is one of the most secluded and private lodges in the world. Set in an alpine valley with only four luxury chalets. Each with their own private deck and hot tub. Food and unique experiences are an important part of a stay at Minaret Station. The chefs use only the best local ingredients. Including lamb, venison and beef sourced from the stations own 50,000 acre working farm. You can chose to dine at the properties shared Mountain Kitchen with other guests, or in the privacy of your own chalet. Maybe even under the stars on your own private deck.  

Let the Luxury Adventures team organise helicopter flights to Dusky Sound, Fiordland, or Mount Cook. Try heli-biking or heli-hiking, guided hunting or back country fishing. Staying at Minaret Station is a pure luxurious get away from it all, once in a lifetime experience!

Luxury Adventures – Planning unique places to stay in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands since 1999.

Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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