The southern sister of New Zealandâ€™s acclaimed Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, Matakauri Lodge overlooks the shimmering water of Lake Wakapitu on the South Island. Set just outside Queenstown, the recently refurbished propertyâ€”it was originally built as a spa retreatâ€”is both close to the action of New Zealandâ€™s adventure capital, and yet far enough removed to feel like a backwoods estate. Dressed in an earthy but contemporary Kiwi flavor, each of the 10 suites is equipped with a fireplace and a private porch overlooking the lake and the aptly named Remarkables range. British-born chef Dale Gartland has been brought down from the Farm to oversee the restaurant in the cedar-sided main lodge, while a spa rounds out the offerings with alpine-inspired treatments
569 Glenorchy Rd.; 64-3/441-1008; matakaurilodge.co.nz; doubles from US$835
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