Leading a sophisticated and busy lifestyle has many obvious perks, but it’s important not to forget burnout can put a serious damper on our productivity. Sometimes the only thing that can really combat an overbearing workload and exhaustion is to just unplug and get away for a few days. When you start feeling the monotony of the day to day tasks testing your patience, there are plenty of retreats you can choose from, particularly in New Zealand. Here are three of the most scenic and relaxing places to unwind, reconnect with nature, and center yourself to put you right back into the swing of things:
Relax, Rewind, and Unplug in these New Zealand gems
- Only a few minutes from downtown Queenstown, Azur is a versatile option that can cater to many tastes. The stunning scenery of New Zealand’s lush and rocky alpine terrain contrasts with the crystalline waters of Lake Wakatipu, creating an atmosphere that just calls to the explorer in all of us. This world class resort offers the remote feeling of New Zealand’s best retreats with a half hour drive from the airport. The outdoor activities range from adrenaline-fueled options such as sky diving and white water rafting to scenic sightseeing options via helicopter or off-road vehicle. On-site dining is available and with such close proximity to Queenstown, nothing is stopping you from exploring the nightlife of the city.
- Blanket Bay
- Slightly further out, Blanket Bay is a bit more remote than Azur and also makes its home on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The luscious landscape of the Southern Alps is simply unlike anywhere else on Earth. The on-site fine dining and extensive collection of local wines more than make up for the increased distance from the city. Spa treatments are available on location and can be booked in advance. There are plenty of outdoor activities, and Jack’s Point offers a professional caliber golfing experience. If you’re looking to make this trip a romantic getaway, the Chalet Suites are perfect for the occasion.
- Huka Lodge
- In the heart of the northern end of the country, Huka Falls is the home of the extraordinary Huka Lodge. The suites are seated on the bank of the majestic Waikato River with its luxurious turquoise waters. Golf, horseback riding, and gliding are a few of the activities you can experience while exploring the luscious landscape. The on-site chef serves up sophisticated cuisine, and the lodge’s brilliant gardens are perfect for strolling and putting your mind at ease.