New Zealand is known for its majestically rugged landscapes. The country hosts a variety of beautiful, natural backdrops – from jaw-dropping fiords to crystal blue lakes, snow-peaked mountains to geothermal hot springs. With its variety of all things nature, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is a hot spot for bush retreats for everyone from locals to globetrotters. So, where are the best places for a bush retreat in New Zealand? Take a look below to find out.
Wonderland Lodge, Makarora
If mountain vistas and crystal-clear lakes make your heart sing, Wonderland Lodge in Makarora may be just the place for your next bush retreat. Nestled among the beauty that is Mt Shrimpton, visitors can experience the bush with a taste of luxury. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including scenic bush hikes, jet boating and even helicopter trips to experience all of the beauty that is Makarora, followed by a cosy evening at the lodge complete with a toasty fire and delicious fare for all tastes. If you’d like to stay and unplug from the rest of the world for a night or two, Wonderland Lodge offers a variety of bush accommodation styles, including bush cabins and chalets, so you can kick back, relax and enjoy the local scenery.
Kokohuia Lodge, Omapere
There aren’t many places you can visit that feature a perfect balance of bush and beach but at Kokohuia Lodge, visitors get the best of both worlds. Nestled among the trees and surrounded by native bush, Kokohuia Lodge is an eco B&B that offers breathtaking views of the Hokianga Harbour and its sand dunes. With enough facilities and space to only house one couple, this spot is perfect if you’re looking for a sophisticated yet secluded retreat. If bushwalking is one of your activities of choice, there are plenty of trails on the property for you to explore or if you feel like venturing a bit further, why not check out the beautiful Waiotemarama Falls, which is just a stone’s throw away. Start off your day with a delicious, locally produced breakfast as you take in the views and enjoy an off-grid weekend among the trees.
The Resurgence, Motueka
If a night nestled between two national parks and surrounded by native bush sounds like your idea of heaven, check out The Resurgence luxury eco-lodge in Motueka. The Resurgence is set within 50 acres of native bush with all of the beauty that is Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park right at your doorstep. Visitors can enjoy their stay in a one-of-a-kind bush suite, where they can sit among the nature on their very own private decking area. Coastal lovers can take a trip to the iconic Golden Bay to take in the iconic views of the harbour or explore the surrounds of the Kahurangi National Park. No trip to this spot is complete without a visit to the Abel Tasman National Park to experience the beautiful nature this unique area has to offer.