If you're looking for a wInter Escape where luxury meets adventure in equal measures, Central Otago is the perfect destination. We've chosen five of our favourite winter getaway experiences perfect for adult groups or couples.
1. SOHO Basin
Privately owned and situated in the Southern Alps of NZ, Soho Basin delivers a pristine, untouched natural landscape for intermediate to advanced skiers to use as their own. Arriving by Helicopter or a short drive from Wanaka, you'll ride up to your first gentle slope via snowcat or specially designed heated passenger cabins.
Credit: SOHO Basin
From there, the basin is your playground where you can navigate more leisurely groomed runs, wide open slopes, chutes or rarely explore un-groomed ones, riding with a guide or cutting your own lines.
Credit: SOHO Basin
After a morning of exploration, it's time to relax and take in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. To accompany the mountain view, you'll be treated to a gourmet 3 course lunch, paired with Amisfield wines on the deck of their Alpine Hut.
Credit: SOHO Basin
2. Scenic Helicopter Tour
There's no better way than by Helicopter to get up close to the spectacular 'Mount Aspiring', where you can enjoy panoramic views of New Zealand’s third largest national park. The majestic peak of Mount Aspiring and spectacular blue glacial fields make up an integral part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. When traveling with Aspiring Helicopters, you'll be treated to two landings over a 60 minute journey.
Credit: Mt Aspiring
3. Bistro Gentil
After a day of adventure, relax and enjoy a well-deserved evening of indulgence at Bistro Gentil in Wanaka, where you can choose from A La Carte or let the chefs take the reigns on your experience with perfectly matched wines to compliment your degustation menu.
Led byHead chef Mario Rodrigues, the menu "combines the best of New Zealand produce cooked French style – à la française, with a modern twist".
4. The Dacha - Wanaka
Cosy fires and spacious living compliment this villas beautiful natural surroundings and a 180 degree view of Lake Wanaka, The Dacha can comfortably cater anywhere between two to 16 guests making it the perfect 'stay put' location for couples, families or groups of friends. With a swimming pool, spa pool and indoor to outdoor flow upon the lake, guest can relax around the fire and barbecue.
Make the most of their add on services such as in-house yoga, masseuse, private chef and personal concierge to make this stay the ultimate retreat.
5. Cardrona Hotel
Full of character and charm, the Cardrona Hotel is iconic to New Zealand as one of our oldest hotels. Set amongst the Crown Range, halfway between Queenstown and Wanaka, we suggest stopping off to soak in its charm to enjoy an 'award winning' meal in their beer garden alongside a pint.
A visit isn't complete without having your picture taken outside of the hotel however! Cardrona Hotel is rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand.
6. Onsen Hot Pools
To finish, we couldn't write a list of recommendations for a winter escape to Central Otago without featuring the Onsen Hot Pools. After all, what is better than relaxing in a private, deliciously hot pool with champagne and a view to die for? Perfectly situated high upon the cliffside, you're treated to magnificent views above the Shotover River Canyon and the surrounding snowy mountains,
To book your New Zealand Winter Wonderland trip from June to September, contact us at Antipodean Luxury Travel.
Let us arrange every last detail for you, from luxury transport, through to a fabulous itinerary, tailor-made to your interests.