Filled with history and set in some of the most picturesque spots in the country, these estates have a lot to offer. Perfect for a big group or for when you just want to feel like royalty for a weekend, these not-so-humble abodes definitely deserve a spot on your bucket list.
The magnificent Woodroyd estate can house up to 16 guests. You’ll be enchanted from the moment you arrive, passing two stunning waterfalls as you make your way down the 1 km scenic driveway. Stroll through the grounds with your loved ones and appreciate the immaculately kept gardens or wonder at the many interior features – carrara ceilings, matai floors, and lovely leadlight windows.
Mount St. Paul Estate has not skimped on all of the little features that make an estate so wonderful. Here you will find gorgeous teak and cane furniture, bathrooms fitted with limestone, bedrooms adorned with luxurious Turkish rugs and a hearty dose of antique paintings, maps, and prints.
Spend the weekend surrounded by vines at the magnificent Kiwiesque Estate, in the heart of the Hawke’s Bay’s lush wine growing region. Relax on your own private deck overlooking the vines and wander down for a wine tasting later in the day. Built in 2012, Kiwiesque perfectly blends the luxury of an estate with up to date modern comforts.
The Whangaimoana Garden Retreat is everything you want in an estate. Built in 1876 from native timber in an Italian style, it simply oozes luxury. Enjoy a home-baked afternoon tea upon arrival and a full cooked breakfast each morning. Spend time exploring the grounds while listening to the chorus of birdsong or venture to the nearby Palliser Bay coastline. In the evening, retire to the living room and enjoy the warmth of the large open fireplace.
5. Horotane Lodge - Christchurch
Horotane lodge is incredible both inside and out. Enjoy multiple lavish living areas, a huge kitchen, and a swimming pool, spa and sauna indoors or the beautiful pavilion, water garden or sprawling gardens outside. Enjoy the rural tranquillity of the Port Hills with central Christchurch only 15 minutes away.
6. Holme Station - Timaru
This Canterbury beauty has been painstakingly renovated from top to bottom, all 10,000 square feet of it. Enjoy the beautiful mix of all and new - with all of the charm of a historic estate yet all the modern features you’d expect from a luxury home. Open up the French sliding doors onto the massive patio and outdoor entertaining space for summer barbeques or share a few wines in front of the colossal fireplace.
7. Tyford Lodge – Hastings
Set amongst orchards with views of the surrounding hills is the 120-year-old Tyford Lodge. There’s plenty to keep the kids busy – a large lawn for running around, huge sandpit, swings, a swimming pool, and a whole bunch of toys. The grown-ups can enjoy the homes unique ambience in front of the multiple fireplaces, hide away with a good book in the library or relax with a coffee on the cosy outdoor couches on the deck.
8. Osborne Estate - Auckland
Situated in a beautiful rural region of Southern Auckland, the 882 square metre Osborne estate has plenty of room for everyone. There are six huge bedrooms in the main dwelling with a separate two-bedroom granny flat, a rumpus room for the kids and the most stunning gourmet kitchen, perfect for entertainers.
9. Horseshoe Bend Estate – Wanaka
The Horseshoe bend estate consists of two beautiful architecturally designed luxury villas on 17-acres of riverside land. This place has features galore – lush manicured lawns and gardens, huge outdoor entertaining areas, tennis court, swimming pool, steam room, hot tub and pétanque court. It’s safe to day you won’t run out of things to do.
10. Mataia Homestead – Auckland
A nature lovers dream, the gorgeous Mataia Homestead is located on a private nature reserve on in the stunning Kaipara Harbour. The section includes 5 acres of developing gardens, including a vegetable and herb garden and a newly established orchard. Inside the historic home there are six bedrooms, two bathrooms, a library, music room, dining room, and an open plan kitchen and lounge area making it a great place for groups.
11. Lismore House & Vineyard - Martinborough
Overlooking a fully operational vineyard, the fully refurbished, colonial style Lismore House is the kind of estate that dreams are made of. Reading nooks, roaring fires, an outdoor heated spa overlooking the vines – you’ll find them all here. The kids can enjoy the swimming pool or games room while the adults relax with a few local wines on the deck.
12. Cape South - Hastings
Cape South is a gorgeous French colonial-style homestead on 16 acres of gardens and grounds. Spacious and elegantly appointed, the estate boasts 5 double bedrooms which each open on out to verandas and gardens, all with their own ensuite bathrooms. The formal lounge and dining area are great for formal occasions and catering can even be arranged on request.