Fit for a queen, Elizabeth II loves it so much she’s been four times. Celebs like Tilda Swinton, Victoria Beckham and Sam Neill love it too. Why do they love it so much?
This private and exclusive property boasts both unparalleled scenic beauty and an incredible level of service. What started in 1924 as a fishing camp with tents lining the banks of the Waikato river, has been transformed into one of the most popular retreats in the world for discerning travellers.
The historic estate is complemented by the latest in bespoke furnishings and interior design and the suites range from luxurious to palatial, while your booking includes a magnificent ever-changing five-course dinner by Michelin-starred chef Paul Froggatt, preceded by fireside complimentary cocktails, naturally.
It’s not just for the adults though – children are also welcome here, with one child under five permitted to stay for free when sharing their parents’ suite.
For a real taste of the high life, book at suite in the Owner’s Cottage, a spectacular private homestead offering four en suite guest rooms, living room, dining area, and deck featuring a cantilevered infinity pool and heated spa – although at NZ$8000 per person, per night in high season it doesn’t come cheap!
Just about every outdoor activity you can think of is on offer here (at last count there were around 21), from white water rafting, fly fishing , trout fishing (a favourite activity of HRM during her stay), jet-boating, horseriding, and even a chance to take to the nearby motor sports track and spin a few laps in a Formula One car.
If you’re looking for something with a little less adrenaline, there are also in-room massages and beauty treatments on offer. Or, of course, you can simply laze by the pool with a good book or explore the extensive garden.
Celebs who have stayed here include Queen Elizabeth, Victoria Beckham and Michelle Obama.