The first thing that hits you is the quiet. Set in 2,500 acres of virgin forest where deer roam, Treetops is for honeymooners who really want to escape. It offers five-star luxury and fabulous Kiwi cuisine, but has impressive green credentials.
The eight villas (plus four suites in the main lodge) are crafted from locally sourced timber and stone, the water is UV treated and from the nearby natural springs.
Chill out in the main lodge by a roaring fire, with homemade cookies and a glass of something sweet, or retreat to your villa to enjoy the views over the misty valley.
If this all sounds a bit sedate, the hotel staff are happy to unleash your inner adventurer. Hunting, a scenic flight over Roturua's steaming landscape or a helicopter ride to White Island (New Zealand's only active marine volcano)? No problem.
Wow factor: The sapphire-blue water - check out the striking colour of your bath!
Flight time: From 24 hours
55 minutes via Hong Kong to Auckland.