Looking for some RnR? From luxury accommodation, island lodges, to vineyard retreats and nature activities, here are the best places to stay, relax and recharge in Auckland.

If wellbeing and wellness are top of your agenda after let's face it, a rough 18 months, then here are some of the best spots in Auckland to kick back and relax. Indulge in a 5-star stay with views to soothe the soul, get back to nature on a guided off-beaten-track walk, or rest by the pool with a good book, the choice is yours!

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Terra & Tide, Waiheke Island

Terra & Tide offer a range of guided walks on Waiheke Island, perfect for those who want to take time out of their busy lives to experience the healing power of nature. You’ll learn about the ecology, observe unique wildlife and perhaps even spot some endangered species. If walking’s not for you, take a journey aboard a 41-foot catamaran, exploring the waters surrounding Waiheke Island, calling in at the hidden coves and beaches of Hauraki Gulf's islands. You’ll have time to swim, snorkel, paddleboard or kayak, wander empty beaches, or simply sit back and soak up the best that the Gulf has to offer. You’ll also be treated to a delicious lunch featuring local produce!

Warblers Retreat, Albany

In the heart of Auckland, there lies a hidden oasis; a romantic, 5 star, eco-luxury nature retreat, that lives and breathes the art of the boutique hotel experience. Set in the midst of sub-tropical rainforest surroundings; created with love and warmth, and in harmony with nature. Where few people tread, you can escape, relax and rejuvenate - enjoy taking the time to heal your mind, body and soul. Warblers Retreat is the perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a honeymoon, or spend a romantic time away. Here, you can truly experience that wonderful feeling of being pampered, while being immersed in nature. Bliss!

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Te Arai Lodge, Te Arai

Te Arai Lodge is an eco-friendly oasis offering boutique luxury and warm hospitality. Surrounded by over 20 acres of ancient forest and native bush, the lodge sits atop an elevated ridge with panoramic views across the hills of the Brynderwyn Ranges out to the stunning beaches and islands of the Mangawhai coast. Offering a garden-to-table dining experience, hiking, massage and beauty therapy, yoga, bike riding and more – Te Arai Lodge is the perfect retreat north of the city centre.

Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is famous for its spectacular views, and Delamore Lodge boasts one of the best. Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf from its clifftop location, it’s hard to believe this exclusive luxury lodge is just a 40-minute ferry ride (or a five-minute helicopter ride) from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment, take a dip in the sublime infinity pool, and explore the island’s renowned vineyards and wineries. 

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Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Matakana

Located on a working vineyard in Auckland’s beautiful Matakana region, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard offers boutique accommodation where sweeping vistas meet small pleasures. Rolling farmlands and mountain scenery bring rural charm, while the lodge’s contemporary design ensures a high-end experience. Indulge in dinner and drinks at the onsite restaurant – al fresco in summer or fireside in winter. An ideal base to explore Matakana’s numerous wineries, stunning beaches and colourful sculpture parks.

Parohe Island Retreat, Kawau Island

This recently opened property on beautiful Kawau Island resets the standard for wellness nature escapes. Surrounded by native bush, birdsong and crystal-clear waters, Parohe’s Scandanavian-inspired cabins, cabanas, and spectacular sea view villa embrace natural elements, while the 1860s honeymoon cottage is romantic and rustic. The retreat offers unique nourishing experiences for the mind and body, including forest bathing, nature walks, massage, pool, sauna, outdoor yoga, and water activities.

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