The best blissfully-quiet retreats in New Zealand

Sometimes the ultimate in luxury is about less not more – less traffic, less noise, less people. Here we reveal the best blissfully-quiet retreats across NZ.


The absolute latest luxury opening in New Zealand, Paretai is the most recent retreat from boutique winery Black Barn.

The décor is cosy yet sophisticated, with luxuriously gorgeous furniture and modern appointments throughout, while the surrounds are blissfully quiet.

There is room for six guests in the three king suites, a pool, wide terraces and enough hush to induce a lifetime of restful sleep.


Located on 4000 acres in the Banks Peninsula, south of Christchurch, Annandale offers up a number of distinctive luxury villas.

There’s the the five-bedroom homestead with infinity pool, spa pool and tennis court; Seascape in its own bay; the hilltop Shepherd’s Cottage; and the seaside family beachhouse, Scrubby Bay.

Te Kahu

Te Kahu is a wonder of architecture; a pointy, graceful, modern timber and glass building sitting in the middle of forever in the dramatic Wanaka countryside.

Minaret Station

Beyond secluded, Minaret Station is a luxury tented camp located at the head of a glacial valley at Lake Wanaka and accessible only by helicopter.

The stunning scenery is matched by what’s going on inside, with wall-to-wall sheepskin carpet, lots of roaring fires, and outdoor hot tubs to take in the view while you soak.