On the icy shores of Lake Wakatipu sits the magical Matakauri Lodge where the epic vistas are matched by the splendour of the food.

Dishes, made by head chef Jonathan Rogers, are a work of art, with practically everything you eat and drink here grown nearby.

Head to the lounge in the main lodge for pre-dinner drinks, salmon ceviche and tomato sorbet, then book a spot on the Remarkables Patio and dine al fresco on North Island grouper and caramelised banana oat crumble.

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Dotted around are 12 cottages and suites, all whitewashed wood and huge bathtubs. A chilled-out haven with timeless style.

WOW FACTOR: Take a private three-hour horse-riding tour and soak up that scenery.

GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company (www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers three nights from £1,425, half board. Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.uk) return flights start at £1,250.

FLIGHT TIME: 24 hours via LA

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