Minaret Lodge

34 Eely Point Rd., Wanaka, Otago, 9343, New Zealand

This five-star luxury retreat has eco-friendly accommodations, from the natural materials used in the chalets to organic coffee and cuisine. It's also hobbit-friendly: they have a themed Lord of the Rings room. The 2-acre property has mountain views and is surrounded by trees and gardens, and facilities include a spa, tennis court, pétanque, and mountain bikes. Rates include elegant breakfast, regional wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres; you can also arrange for dinner, or ask the hosts what's hot in town.

PROS

  • very quiet retreat in the Wanaka township
  • tennis and mountain bikes available
  • Lord of the Rings–themed rooms and menu are fun

CONS

  • a 15-minute walk from town
  • no direct lake views

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-443–1856

HOTEL DETAILS

5 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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