Week­end get­aways for ev­ery need

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Queen­stown Vibe: Eichardt’s has long been con­sid­ered Queen­stown’s premier lake­front ad­dress, and with panoramic views and 240m2 of spa­cious liv­ing ar­eas (in­clud­ing an ex­pan­sive ter­race, com­plete with spa pool, fire­place and fully-equipped out­door kitchen), the newly opened Pent­house is the jewel in its crown. What’s in­cluded: From a chauf­feur-driven Land Rover Dis­cov­ery (which you can use through­out your stay), to a ded­i­cated 24hour but­ler and a pri­vate chef, The Pent­house ex­pe­ri­ence is all about giv­ing you what you want, when you want it. Pre-din­ner cock­tails served in-suite, or would you pre­fer Krug Cham­pagne? The choice is yours, baby.

How much: $10,000 per night — so think hi­ber­na­tion des­ti­na­tion, rather than just a bed to sleep in. But with a 140cm tele­vi­sion, Net­flix, and a Ne­spresso ma­chine in­cluded among dozens of other high-end ex­tras (ghd and Ae­sop good­ies in the bath­room — hello!) why would you ever need to leave? eichardts.com


Feather­ston Vibe: A scenic 1.5 hour drive from Welling­ton, nes­tled be­tween the rugged Rimu­taka ranges and the Pal­liser Bay coast­line, Wharekauhau Coun­try Es­tate com­prises four luxury ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions spread across 2200 hectares of farm­land. Han­ker­ing for an in­dul­gent, win­ter week­end away? Opt for The Ultimate Pack­age.

What’s in­cluded: As well as three nights in a sump­tu­ous Cot­tage Suite with drinks, canapes, and a nightly de­gus­ta­tion din­ner, The Ultimate Pack­age en­ti­tles you to two 90-minute mas­sages, a half-day guided farm tour, a full-day guided wine tour of the Mart­in­bor­ough re­gion, and a pri­vate tast­ing of Mart­in­bor­ough Vine­yard wines. Re­turn trans­fers from Welling­ton Air­port are in­cluded, or you can up­grade to a he­li­copter. How much: $6855 for three nights be­tween April and De­cem­ber. This rate ef­fec­tively dou­bles from De­cem­ber un­til the end of March, which is all the more rea­son to make it a mid-win­ter treat. wharekauhau.co.nz


Talle­budgera Val­ley, Queens­land

Vibe: You’ll need your pass­port for this one, but the Gwinganna Lifestyle Re­treat is an es­sen­tial get­away for the su­per-busy woman who knows she needs to slow down. Nat­u­rally, a seven-day stay is on our wish-list but if a quick fix is all your sched­ule al­lows, we rec­om­mend the restora­tive Gwinganna Well­ness Week­end, which blends spa, move­ment and re­lax­ation with de­li­cious or­ganic cui­sine in a lux­u­ri­ous, low-tech en­vi­ron­ment.

What’s in­cluded: Two nights’ stylish eco ac­com­mo­da­tion, or­ganic meals (in­clud­ing an evening glass of or­ganic wine), a well­ness sem­i­nar, and a 50-minute mas­sage are all part of the pack­age. On top of that, you can max­imise the health ben­e­fits of your stay by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the morn­ing Qi Gong ses­sions (an an­cient Chi­nese art of pro­mot­ing health by de­vel­op­ing a har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship to na­ture) and tak­ing the time to re­cen­tre your­self with yoga, or per­haps go­ing on a daily bush­walk with the re­treat’s res­i­dent botanist. How much: De­pend­ing on your choice of liv­ing ar­range­ments, the Gwinganna Well­ness Week­end will cost you be­tween $1000 and $1440. There are also week­end ex­ten­sion pack­ages avail­able. gwinganna.com


Hawke’s Bay

Vibe: Lo­cated within the stun­ning, nat­u­ral sur­round­ings of Cape Kid­nap­pers, Cape South is an ex­pe­ri­ence de­signed to help you achieve your full phys­i­cal, men­tal, emo­tional, en­er­getic and spir­i­tual po­ten­tial. Promis­ing up to four nights of com­plete re­lax­ation, and the ut­most in nur­tur­ing care from a team of qual­i­fied spe­cial­ists, the Rest and Recharge pack­age is our long-week­end pick.

What’s in­cluded: Three de­li­cious, healthy meals per day? Tick. A daily mas­sage or yoga ses­sion? Tick. A con­sul­ta­tion with a qual­i­fied naturopath? Tick. For an ad­di­tional cost, you can sup­ple­ment your stay with a num­ber of treat­ments and ther­a­pies in­clud­ing acupunc­ture, en­ergy heal­ing, guided med­i­ta­tion, ki­ne­si­ol­ogy, re­flex­ol­ogy, Ti­betan Singing Bowl med­i­ta­tion, and trans­for­ma­tional breath­ing.

How much: Flying solo? The Rest and Recharge pack­age will set you back $950 per night. Or per­suade your BFF to join you on your jour­ney and split the $1700 per night twin-share op­tion. cape­south.co.nz

Sup­ple­ment your stay with a num­ber of treat­ments and ther­a­pies in­clud­ing acupunc­ture, en­ergy heal­ing, guided med­i­ta­tion, ki­ne­si­ol­ogy ... and trans­for­ma­tional breath­ing

Lake Wakatipu can be yours if you splash out on Eichardt’s Pent­house ex­pe­ri­ence.

Wharekauhau Coun­try Es­tate is the very last word in rus­tic el­e­gance and com­fort.

Whether it’s for a quick fix or a whole week, Gwinganna’s got the goods.

Start your Cape South day with some heal­ing stretch­ing and gen­tle ex­er­cises.

Cape South’s mas­sage room is spec­tac­u­lar.

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