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.
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.
FLIGHT TIME: 24 hours via LA
LAST UPDATED: 15th January 2015 at 10:29am
This romantic paradise overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu is a stone's throw from hip Queenstown, but with only 11 luxurious suites, it's all about grown-up glamour.
Floor-to-ceiling bay windows capture the breathtaking views and the food is gastro-tastic - fresh New Zealand lamb and locally caught fish, served with renowned regional wines.
Outdoors, the emphasis is on year-round adventure. Turn your hand to horse-riding, trout fishing or hiking or, in the winter months, heli-skiing: the coolest way to experience New Zealand's slopes. Just make sure you head to the sleek spa for a post-adventure chill-out.
WOW FACTOR: The super-stylish and secluded deluxe suites come with baths made for two from which to enjoy the jaw-dropping views.
FLIGHT TIME: 25 hours
WHEN TO GO: Autumn, Winter