Five Magical Celebrity Hideouts In NZ You Must Add To Your Bucket List


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Pop Star’s Southern Paradise - Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have both taken time out from their schedules to soak up the southern splendour of Queenstown at Lodge at The Hills.

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Located in The Hills golf course, and owned by Kiwi jewellery king Sir Michael Hill, it's easy to see why it's one of the top hideouts in the country.

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The six-suite estate includes an art studio, music and media room and wine cellar dining room.

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It also boasts a heated infinity pool, spa pool, sauna private golf course and outdoor fireplace.

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Sound good? It should – the high-season rate is NZ$32,250 a night.

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Waiheke Haven - Situated on a headland with to-die-for views of Hauraki Gulf in every direction, lies Fossil Cove.

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The estate features a 17m infinity pool and an on-site helipad

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A chef service is also on offer

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Lady Gaga chose this as her Auckland hideaway during her last trip to NZ.

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At $10,500 for a three-night minimum stay, it’s the preserve of pop stars and the mega-wealthy.

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Fantasy Island - This private island/nature reserve in the Bay of Islands is the perfect escape for anyone with a bit of time (and money) on their hands.

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Kauri Cove is a beachfront house on Moturua Island designed by award-winning New Zealand architect Pete Bossley.

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Featuring a modest four bedrooms, and a kitchen/living space that spills out over an emerald lawn.

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The property is packed with added extras including a helicopter hangar and heli-pad, spa pool, private garden and (by arrangement) a private chef.

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Starting rate is NZ$16,500 a night.

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The Dacha - This luxury lodge includes incredible panoramic views over craggy alpine peaks and glacial valleys.

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Features of the lodge include 4.8m vaulted ceilings, a schist-clad fireplace and an expansive outdoor area with 180-degree views of Lake Wanaka.

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You can also enjoy the jet-massage spa, international art collection and heated swimming pool (in summer).

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The lodge costs $7,500 a night.

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Island idyll - Only accessible by helicopter or boat, Hurakia Lodge on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf is as far away from civilisation as you can get in Auckland.

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With five double ensuite bedrooms, including the President’s Suite – featuring a two-person bath with water views – it’s an ideal place to share with your moneyed mates.

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There’s an outdoor lap pool, spa and infrared sauna to enjoy, and you can request a personal chef if cooking is not your thing.

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It costs NZ$8000 for the entire lodge for two nights (the minimum off-season booking time.)

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