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Reconnect and Reset in 2024

Posted in October 2023

Reconnect and reset in 2024: The best couples wellness getaways in New Zealand

If there’s ever a time of year when we tend to overindulge and go ham on the family time, it’s got to be the New Zealand summer holiday season. While it’s great to get together in the name of all things merry and bright, it’s also normal to feel like you need a good reset by the time the new year rolls around! Whether you’ve had too many margaritas, eaten your body weight’s worth of cheese or you’re just feeling like you’ve exerted all energy after endless days of socialising, we can bet that we have a New Zealand luxury property that speaks to you and your idea of a reset. These properties are perfect for couples too—meaning that you’ll have precious time to spend with your special person as you prepare for the upcoming year ahead. 

The Potting Shed, Northland

Just a quick, two-hour drive from Auckland, you’ll find a hidden property that’s just as charming as it sounds. The luxurious, cottage-style accommodation is an absolute dream for couples, with just a single, spacious bedroom, a hot tub, private beach access and all the peace and privacy you could dream of. You won’t hear a peep here aside from the rhythmic sound of waves lapping at the nearby shore, the soothing song of resident birds and the gentle whisper of the breeze blowing in the native forest that surrounds. As guests at one of just two residences on the property, you’ll have access to the tennis court and petanque court—perfect for those who bond best over a bit of gentle ribbing and healthy competition. If you’ve spent the silly season in the city or jostling for prime position on a crowded beach, the Potting Shed will be a very welcome contrast.

Seascape Annandale, Christchurch

Seascape has got to be a hot contender for those who feel best near the ocean. Positioned right on the rugged coastline in Annandale on Banks Peninsula, Seascape is only accessible via 4WD transfer or helicopter.  The jaw-dropping residence boasts huge windows where you can sit and gaze for hours, being comforted by the seals, dolphins and whales that go about their business without a worry in the world. This seaside refuge is about as romantic as it comes. If the weather doesn’t look so flash, don’t let it worry you—stormy days can be spent in front of the fireplace or relaxing in the bubbling spa pool. The one and only downside to staying at Seascape is that you may never want to leave!

Omana Luxury Villas, Waiheke Island

It’s no secret that our beloved Waiheke can get busy at times—but you’ll barely notice once you’re settled into your home away from home at Omana Luxury Villas. With floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the native forest and ocean beyond, these villas offer some of the best views in Waiheke. Enjoy the gentle sea breeze from your California king bed, read books in the sunshine on your private beach or take a long, restful soak in the tub overlooking the ocean. If paradise to you looks like living in harmony with nature, you’ll be delighted to learn that Omana has been expertly designed to the highest level of sustainability. And when you feel like venturing out to enjoy more of Waiheke’s stunning scenery, the award-winning local vineyards and restaurants are not too far away.

Minaret Station, Wanaka

For many of our clients, reconnecting means disconnecting from the rest of the world. That’s part of the beauty of Minaret Station—the high-country property is so unique and isolated it’s almost otherworldly. It’s also a winner of a spot if you like to get out amongst the great outdoors on your luxury getaway. Your chalet not only celebrates the landscape with its alpine outlook and design, but guests can choose from a selection of guided hikes or leisurely strolls to learn more about the fascinating landscape. All housekeeping, chef-prepared meals and beverages are also included, ensuring you won’t need to lift a finger during your stay so you can focus on yourself and your loved one.

Huka Lodge, Lake Taupō

Here at Touch of Spice, we firmly believe that every couple should experience the iconic Huka Lodge at least once. Famous for its tranquil riverfront location, rich history and many accolades as one of New Zealand’s finest, Huka Lodge is one of those properties that has all the amenities you could wish for. The suites are a popular choice for honeymooners for good reason—they have mesmerising river views and come with all the special touches that simply celebrate romance. During your stay at Huka Lodge you can enjoy a couple’s massage in your suite, a private yoga class or a romantic dining experience. Reconnect with your partner in this incredible location, focus on your physical and mental wellbeing and share a toast to another journey around the sun and a successful year ahead.

If a luxury break to ‘reset and reconnect’ appeals to you, the Touch of Spice team would be delighted to plan your next memorable getaway.