Built in 1895 for Victorian benefactor Sir Heaton Rhodes, this exclusive Relais & Chateaux homestead is surrounded by spectacular botanical gardens and retains many original features, from stained glass windows to ornate fireplaces and carved inglenooks, enhanced by an impressive art collection including a number of New Zealand specifically commissioned works. Yet it is also the state-of-the-art services that impress. Individually designed suites exude refined comfort, superb seasonal cuisine and fine wines, all setting the tone for an unforgettable stay. In the dining room there’s an air of Victorian opulence, or choose to dine at a private table in the sunken wine cellar or drawing room turret. For recreation there’s a hot tub and swimming pool, with hands-on cooking lessons from Executive Chef Jimmy McIntyre which are always popular with guests. Altogether this is a honeymooners’ paradise.
Prices per night including breakfast, pre dinner drinks, evening dinner with wine pairing.
Our pricing aims to give an indication of the prices in low and high season. Low season for New Zealand is generally between the months of May to September, high season runs from October to April. Prices are based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and include return economy flights from London. Regional departures, child prices and single supplements are available on request. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.
New Zealand’s seasons are the opposite to those in the UK and less extreme. The North Island is sub-tropical whilst the South Island is temperate. The warmest and most popular months to visit are from December to April, although the shoulder seasons are also very pleasant and highly recommended.
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