South Island exhibits a pure natural landscape and is the larger of the two prominent islands in the country. Also known as ‘Te wai pounamu,’ the island is filled with picturesque glaciers, lakes and mountains. It is an ideal destination for the avid adventurer looking for some rugged wilderness to make memories, unlike the Northern Island, which is famous for its geothermal wonders and a more significant share of Maori culture. Don’t be carried away by the words ‘rugged wilderness,’ this region is packed with luxury accommodation, amid incredible forests, rivers and landscapes. Check out our list of the top Airbnb Luxe accommodations in South Island, New Zealand, for a luxurious experience.
Looking for a luxurious abode, close to popular outdoor sports areas? Look no further than this incredible, vintage house, located on the outskirts of Queenstown and retaining much of its old features. Surrounded by alpine charm, the home also features modern facilities amid its vintage design. You will love its fantastic open-plan setting, fireplace, exposed timber beams and high ceilings.
The interior has an ample cozy ambiance and there are relaxation spaces outdoors. Shotover Point also boasts an open fireplace, a hot tub, well-appointed kitchen and entertainment facilities.
Enjoy a relaxing vacation with your family in this five-bedroom abode, surrounded by lush lawns, mountain views and private walking trails. The home is secluded, secure and features a petanque pitch, a tennis court and it’s close to myriad outdoor activities. The open-plan concept of the home is designed for fun moments with your family, featuring entertainment facilities, a gourmet kitchen, comfortable lounge and an imposing fireplace at the center.
The exterior of the home boasts an alfresco dining set and a gas fireplace. Each bedroom has a terrace with 360-degree views of the mountain. There are extra ad-on services, on request.
Ladena is a tastefully decorated villa which overlooks the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu and sits close to Queenstown Gardens. Everything about this house is focused on beauty and luxury – from the hot tub in the modern concrete cave to the wooden decks with glass balustrades and steel support beams. The ten-bedroom home boasts an elevator, a wine cellar and a double-sided fireplace to ensure maximum relaxation and upscale living. Extra services on request include car rental, housekeeping, a chef, a spa and more.
Do you dream of waking up to the sounds of birds, the scent of the wild and scenic views of natural habitat? This eco-friendly and luxurious abode, sitting on a massive 55,000-hectare (135,908-acre) converted sheep station is a top-notch choice.
Mahu Whenua (Healing the Land) is set amid rivers, hills, forests and valleys widely used for bird-breeding and plant regeneration. The home features a cozy interior with entertainment facilities, an outdoor fireplace, a lounge area and a hot tub for some recreation time. There are extra services – including canapés, dinner drinks, a housekeeper, villa manager and a chef, which can be provided throughout your stay.
Mahu WhenuaTreble Cone, Otago, New Zealand
This five-bedroom villa is ideal if you are planning a large-group vacation. The two-story villa is located in the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakitipu and provides terrific views of the Remarkables mountain range, the lake and Queenstown. Interestingly, Shimmerlake is also close to a sandy beachfront, golf course and walking and hiking trails.
In the interior, you will find a wide open-plan setting, packed with a fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen and lounge area, and a media room, all offering incredible views. The exterior also features a barbecue and a casual atmosphere for a relaxing timeout. Beautiful moments await you in this luxurious villa.
ShimmerlakeQueenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Bursting with beauty, this villa sits on majestic Queenstown Hill and offers breathtaking views of sparkling Lake Wakatipu. The entire home speaks of luxury – from the steel and glass structure offering picturesque views from every corner to the spacious balcony with a firepit and terraces for evening relaxation. The home boasts three deluxe bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and king beds and more. It is located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from town and features optional add-on services, including childcare, a chef, driver and a butler.
Villa de LuxeQueenstown, Otago, New Zealand
This charming abode overlooks the mountains and lake and sits close to the top attractions in town. Perched on the northeast hillside of Lake Wakatipu, the home boasts lovely décor and a spacious open-plan concept. You will love the mountain-facing floor-to-ceiling windows, designer furniture and modern amenities.
The villa is fitted with an alfresco dining area, a barbecue and a hot tub for recreational time. Also for your entertainment, there is a media room with iPod docking station and Sky TV. The Views also offers extra convenience services for an additional charge - including a chef, driver and childcare.
The ViewsQueenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Regardless of your taste, you will love everything about this villa – including its decor, location and proximity to places of interest. This one-of-a-kind villa is perched on famous Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables and it’s only a few minutes away from the Wakatipu Yacht Club and downtown. The three-bedroom villa offers a fantastic view of the surrounding scenery from every window and the structure is outstanding. Spend some family time at the dining set in the beautiful garden, in the alfresco lounge with a firepit or in the open heated spa.
FifteenQueenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Amazingly unique, this modern hillside accommodation is what you need for picturesque views of evergreens, snowcapped mountains and a luxurious holiday. Forty Two is designed with walls of glass and features an open-plan concept with a large dining area, a lounge area and a cozy atmosphere. Bask in the views alfresco, as you unwind in the wooden circular hot tub, or enjoy a barbecue on the back patio.
Also, the home is in close proximity to botanical gardens, shopping and skiing. There are extra services – including housekeeping, a chef, childcare, a driver and more.
Forty TwoQueenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Get away from the bustling city and enjoy a peaceful vacation in this modern villa. You will love the eye-catching architecture, the stylish decor and furnishings of Kumanu. Admire the vast mountain views from the huge windows or relax under the birch trees for a beautiful time in the bubbling hot tub. Test your piano skills with the grand piano in the vaulted main room or gather around the stone-clad fireplace for a lovely evening. There is a 12-capacity dining area, an office, a media lounge and convenient services.
KumanuArrow Junction, Otago, New Zealand
Wake up to beautiful views of Lake Wanaka, lovely surrounding landscape and the mountains when you book this architectural masterpiece. Sitting on a 50-acre (20-hectare) piece of land, Te Kahu boasts award-winning décor. You will love the vanishing doors, wood-clad ceilings, heated floors and other eye-catching features. Your evening can’t get any better than relaxing in the private courtyard or next to the alfresco fireplace. Extras include housekeeping, childcare, a butler, driver and more.
Te KahuWanaka, South Island, New Zealand
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South Island is a perfect spot for a recreational holiday, with its parks, reserves, trails, bustling city life and more. However you imagine your getaway to be, these top Airbnb Luxe accommodations in South Island, New Zealand, will offer even more.
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