Hamilton is in the heart of horse country. Mark Todd came from Cambridge, the surrounding Kentucky-like pastures produce some of the best thoroughbred stock in the world and most weekends you can hear the thwack of polo mallets hitting balls. So it’s fitting there should be a luxury lodge with a classy pedigree 20 minutes from the city. For “classy” read welcoming treats of chocolate-dipped apricots filled with cream cheese, toiletries made from local lavender, vintagestyle bikes to cycle along the country roads, cast-iron slipper baths, fresh flowers, well-stocked pantries and hand-crafted local china.
Stable accommodation has never looked so good. 106 Maungakawa Road, Cambridge, (07) 823 4136, huntington.co.nz