Mainstream travel is so overrated – especially when there are so many incredible alternate ways to holiday and see a country. While alternate accommodation while holidaying is typically associated with hostel-going backpackers and budget travellers, the trend has been catching on in the luxury travel sector, at a rapid speed. Along with what is often better value for money, you get a much more in-depth experience of things in a new place, while retaining the comforts that money can buy. New Zealand is certainly a pioneer in promoting alternate holidays and offering visitors memorable experiences.
As New Zealand is a country that has some remarkable landscapes on offer, glamping or glamorous camping is worth trying here. Minaret Station at Minaret Bay, with its secluded alpine environment, offers one of the most luxurious camping experiences. At the Minaret campsite, guests stay in cosy heated canvas tents with wall-to-wall sheepskin carpet and attached bathrooms. Other opulent features include the ‘Mountain Kitchen’ with its open fire and comfortable armchairs, a well-stocked library, private guides who help visitors discover the hiking trails and country farms, and a hot-tub on the private deck for an evening of relaxation. Another place to enjoy luxury camping is at Pagoda Lodge in northern New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. Guests at Pagoda can choose to stay in the main lodge or one of the alternate accommodation options that include a steamboat cabin, gypsy caravan, a converted boatshed, or a safari tent on a deck with garden and river views. A large safari tent, comprising three rooms provides space for friends or families. The placid river and bright gardens make the perfect backdrop. Those looking for adventure can indulge in a leisurely kayak or amble through the Te Araroa Trail – New Zealand’s longest walking trail – which is close to the lodge.
Anyone traveling to New Zealand will undoubtedly be impressed by its ravishing natural beauty. Staying at a luxury villa overlooking sweeping farms, pristine seas, or alpine mountains encapsulates the idea of perfect luxury. Annandale, the historic farm nestled in the rugged landscape of hills and bays on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand’s South Island consists of a restored five-bedroom homestead with lush gardens, spa pool and tennis court. The other three private and secluded villas have their own character and overlook the ocean, hills, and a black-pebble strewn beach. This opulent spot is only an hour’s drive from Christchurch. Enhance the experience by opting for Hertz car rental in Christchurch and driving down to Annandale for a royal treat.
While there are shimmering lakes, alpine mountains, turquoise seas, and white beaches, there is something more to add to New Zealand’s natural beauty as well; its lush forests. Luxury travellers must live the experience of staying at a jungle house in order to complete their alternate stay experiment at New Zealand. The Te Waonui Forest Retreat at Franz Josef Glacier, on the West Coast of South Island, promises its visitors a chance to rejuvenate themselves in the pristine forest atmosphere, without forgoing the luxuries. Stay in an environmentally safe, salubrious habitat while enjoying internet access, soundproofing technology between rooms, fresh local cuisine, and spa facilities. Embraced by native bush, the retreat boasts eco-friendly architecture with abundant natural light, and an earthy, organic ambience comprising natural wool mattresses, organic cotton bedspreads, and wool carpets in keeping with the character of the region.