Although not necessarily a must, one of the joys of travelling is finding a great hotel to stay at. Even better if it has interesting details to share about with friends and family back home. For those who are fans of great design and art, one of these fabulous hotels are sure to be the ideal home away from home.
Art and design is trending in New Zealand’s hotel industry with the opening of a breath-taking new lodge in the Southern Alps, a new Auckland city hotel signed by Kiwi fashion designer WORLD, and a design hotel that gave artists free rein to design directly on the walls of 25 suites. See which of these hotels might tickle your fancy.
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1. The Lindis, Ahuriri Valley
Try spotting The Lindis – New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge – from the air and you’ll likely miss it. Recently opened on 1 November 2018, The Lindis is an architectural tour-de-force featuring a roofline that follows the natural undulations of its South Island high country resting place, nestled in a conservation park in a dark sky sanctuary.
Interiors are pared back with natural materials, wood and stone, bringing the magnificent Ahuriri Valley landscape indoors. With the night sky and astro-tourism in mind, the next stage of The Lindis will include individual glass pods as an extension of the main lodge.
The Ahuriri Valley is in the central South Island, near Omarama (a tiny town on the edge of the Southern Alps), just south of Aoraki Mt Cook and north of Lake Wanaka. There’s plenty to do outdoors in this stunning outdoors environment from hiking and fishing to e-bikes, MTB and horse riding to gliding or stargazing by night.
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