Who needs to leave the country when there are so many incredible experiences to enjoy right here in our own backyard? After all, some people fork out a fortune to visit the Land of the Long White Cloud.
So, we’re shining the spotlight on local destinations. Intrigued? Read on as we reveal some of our favourite daydream-worthy destinations to enjoy an off the grid weekend in NZ. Whatever your mood, we’ve got it covered.
With no electricity and no mobile phone coverage, this fairy-tale lodge is truly off the grid. Spend the day on the deck, lapping up the sun and gazing out at stunning views. Then unwind with a star-strewn soak in the outdoor fire bath. The lodge is beautifully crafted from native and recycled materials, including a handmade wooden bed. Despite it’s rural feel it’s just a few minutes from Hari Hari village which means you can stock up on everything you need, then retreat to your romantic hideaway.
New Zealand is a nature lover’s paradise, and there’s no shortage of adventure opportunities on offer. If you’re feeling fit and energised why not show the kids how it’s done and sign up for a multi-day adventure tour? Right now, we’re swooning over the offerings from SideTracks, a New Zealand-based adventure company serving up a kaleidoscope of itineraries. If you’d prefer not to rough it check out the comfort tours, which swap crawl in tents for mountain chalets, secluded B&Bs, and luxury lodges.
Nestled deep in the Maungataniwha Ranges, Fern Ridge is a back to basics holiday chalet with all the modern comforts you’ll need to feel right at home. The densely-forested region is famous for its towering kauri trees, and colourful wildlife. If you simply want to relax on a deck, treat yourself to sumptuous homecooked meals and enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains, this is a fabulous bet.
Tucked away in the Nelson backcountry, the Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge blends unbridled nature with full-on comfort. Settle down in six beautifully designed bush suites, or four boutique style lodge rooms. Seriously, those baths are to die for. Explore the magnificent Abel Tasman, with easy day trips to Golden Bay and Kahurangi National Park. Or, discover the art, wine and cycling trails that pepper the Nelson region. You’ll definitely want to be back in time for dinner, with the lodge serving up farm-to-table fare in an intimate communal setting. As a child free establishment, this hidden gem is perfect for celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary.
Dotted around Wanaka you’ll find an enchanting line-up of luxury canvas tents run by the glamping gurus at Explore Life Luxury Camping. Perched on raised platforms, they come with luxe furnishings, plush bedding and knock out views. Not to mention flush toilets, hot showers, hammocks and natural lounging areas to enjoy the region’s natural beauty. With a glass of wine in hand, of course.
The WOW factor
Immersive and utterly unforgettable, Pure Pods unlocks an experience unlike any other. Sustainably crafted from insulated glass, these pint-sized pods offer you access to your own isolated slice of Kiwi paradise. If you’ve ever dreamed of falling asleep under the stars but never quite warmed to the idea of outdoor camping, this is for you! Plus, you’ll enjoy a flushing toilet, amazing shower, and compact kitchen. Find them in four different locations: Kahutara, Manakau, Kaikoura and Greystone.
What’s your favourite place to enjoy an off the grid getaway in New Zealand? If you have any hidden gems or recommendations you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about them!