Some of New Zealand’s most prestigious hotels and exclusive baches are offering Kiwis a discounted taste of luxury. With the country’s borders closed to international travellers and the low-season fast approaching, these luxury stays are cutting their prices. In some places resorts are offering discounts of up to 70 per-cent on five-star stays.
It’s time to explore the backyard in style.
Donkey Bay Inn, Bay of Islands
The cliff-side lodge is perhaps the quirkiest accommodation in the country. Described as “Alice and Wonderland meets Salvador Dali” the entrance to architect Gary Underwood’s subterranean lodge is through a huge yellow tunnel. In spite of the “down the rabbit hole” entrance, guests are treated to fantastic airy views over Donkey Bay.
The grassy top makes it hard to spot from afar, but it hasn’t escaped spotlight. Hidden under the largest living roof in the southern hemisphere the Inn was voted the “world’s best eco-hotel” at the World Boutique Hotel Awards. Starting from $427.50 (normally $735) from July through to October 23.
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