Marlborough is the home to some of New Zealand’s most respected wineries, and this high-end lodge is a great base for some exploration. The landscaped 600-acre grounds include a lake and English-style lawns. The opulent suites are themed in traditional styles with period furniture.
The South Island has way more space and open landscapes than the North, among the best of which is Marlborough Sounds. Beaches turn into grasslands which turn into miles of vineyards that produce world class wines. The region is also a haven for artists and handicrafts.