Warblers Retreat, north Auckland
Relaxation, romance, privacy, and a storybook setting – this five-star eco escape has it all. Surrounded by lush native forest, Warblers Retreat is a place to unplug and unwind. Explore the forest paths, soak in a rainwater bath amongst the trees, and rejuvenate with a massage, yoga, or Reiki healing. Choose from a range of luxury accommodations, including self-catering options for total seclusion. It’s no surprise this boutique gem is popular for honeymoons and anniversaries.
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.
Mudbrick – The Beach House, Waiheke Island
This extraordinary property on the grounds of Mudbrick vineyard ticks every box for the perfect island getaway. Just steps from the white sand of Oneroa Beach, The Beach House has three luxurious bedrooms spread over three levels, plus a spa pool, spacious living area, and wrap-around deck – making it a great option if you’re travelling with friends or family. Oneroa Village cafes, restaurants and shops are a few minutes’ walk away, and it’s easy to explore Waiheke’s many other wineries.
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.
Muriwai Estate, west Auckland
If you’ve got a special occasion to celebrate with friends and family, this spectacular property is sure to impress. No expense has been spared in this Mediterranean-style property, from the secluded coastal setting to the fabulous facilities. A private chef is available to create bespoke dining experiences or show off your own skills in the expansive kitchen. Explore nearby Muriwai Beach, famous for its wild beauty, and return for a glass of bubbles by the saltwater pool.
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 seaview 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.
Set at the bottom of a picturesque private property in the scenic Matakana region, three tepee sites sit among native trees for a serene experience. Each has its own timber balcony to enjoy the views or a good book, and with wooden walkways connecting you to a shared outdoor space with wood burner, lounge chairs and picnic table, Tepee can be just as fun for a group of friends. Plus, it’s just a five-minute drive to Matakana Village shops and cafes, and ten minutes to beautiful Omaha Beach.
Bethells Beach Cottages
Perched high above the dramatic coastline of Auckland’s west coast, Bethells Beach Cottages offer some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll find in the country. With just two boutique cottages and one apartment – all fully self-contained – and a luxurious Scandinavian hot tub, the quiet is broken only by the sounds of crashing waves and native birds. Head down to Te Henga (Bethells Beach), take one of the scenic coastal walks, or head to nearby Lake Wainamu to slide down the sand dunes.
Castaways Resort, west Auckland
Glam Camping at Castaways Resort offers the perfect combination of luxury and nature for a romantic escape – a plush king-size bed, gourmet food and wine, and a spectacular setting above Karioitahi Beach. Watch the waves from a coastal clifftop site or cosy up in the native bush, suspended between two totara trees. Relax in the secluded outdoor bathtub and unwind with a treatment at Bersantai Day Spa, from facials and hot stone massages to couples’ packages (bubbles included).