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Azur Lodge is indeed ‘The Total Experience’.  We are thrilled to be working with the talented professionals that conceptualised Azur Lodge and continue to manage this property in a truly service focused manner.  Azur’s nine villas have been designed to allow for complete emersion in the incredible views and in chic, spacious luxury.  The lodge is the place to relax and the base from which to explore the magic that is Queenstown.

Located on a quiet hilltop suburb of Queenstown and set in 3.5 acres of native bush Azur offers amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges happily enjoying complete privacy and the convenience of a 5 minute complementary transfer into Queenstown.

Director of Unique Stays, Louise, is thrilled to announce that her favourite resort and destination in Fiji has
joined Unique Stays & Experiences. Her long association with the owners Allan and Terri Gorton has led to
multiple visits to Paradise over 10 years. Herself a keen scuba diver, hiker and fisherwoman Taveuni is
unmistakably a playground to both relax AND explore.

Louise comments, “This resort is truly paradise, the amazing team there have done an amazing job of not
only re-building but improving Paradise following Cyclone Winston in 2016, I can attest to the fact that
Paradise is better than ever, outstanding food, service, diving, accommodation and ambience. This
destination is perfectly set up for keen divers, romantic honeymoons and great for families wanting to
explore land and ocean”.

Located 40km, 60 minute drive from Taveuni’s Matei Airport, Paradise Taveuni is idyllically positioned on 5
landscaped acres, fringed with a dramatic background of an extinct volcano and a unique deep water
frontage offering panoramic ocean views throughout the Resort. There are waterfalls to the northeast of
the island, the southwest has deep water close to shore and easy access to the world famous Rainbow Reef
– a 32 km pristine reef covered in soft and hard corals giving Taveuni the reputation of being in the heart of
the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’!

With a large range of land activities, water-sports, day spa and more, you can spend your days being as
active or as relaxed as you wish. Accommodation options include 5 Deluxe Oceanfront Bures with
expansive ocean views and a Deluxe Tub in a private tropical garden; 5 Oceanview Bures have garden and
ocean views and outdoor shower in a private tropical garden; 6 Deluxe Oceanfront Vales (rooms) offer
ocean views and can interconnect.

The timing for the partnership is perfect as we aim to grow international visitation out of the UK Europe,
and the Australian and New Zealand markets. For you agents there is an excellent Industry special, and for your clients Paradise Taveuni has an AMAZING offer for your clients as they have offered 50% off
rates for bookings up to 30th June 2018.

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Mangapapa Hotel is set amongst acres of beautiful orchards and gardens, offering stunning boutique, luxury accommodation in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The hotel rooms are located in various positions around the property, offering privacy and seclusion.

All accommodation guests enjoy use of complimentary WiFi, and the hotel facilities including spa, sauna, gym, lawn tennis, bike hire and the seasonal outdoor pool.  The hotel spa also offers a range of additional beauty and massage treatments.

 The hotel boasts twelve stunning rooms, all unique in their own individual ways. Various sizes, location and decor, guarantee there is a room for everyone to fall in love with.

The Executive Chef has designed all the hotel’s menus around a ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy and with the help of a creative and passionate team, a unique and wonderful dining experience is provided. A fine dining, five course experience, uniquely created every evening, inspired by the fresh, seasonal produce from the hotel kitchen garden. The High Tea is an elegant way to spend an afternoon, indulging in delicious sandwiches, dainty cups of tea and all things sweet. Our impressive range of wine and craft beers are not to be missed along with a look at our private wine cellar also!

Take a look at the Mangapapa Hotel Rooms:


Book a beautiful high tea or an elegant five course dinner in our Mangapapa Restaurant, next time you are visiting Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Don’t miss this special dining experience!

Boutique hotel with twelve suites set in the heart of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand…


Queenstown’s Hidden Lodge is a haven for guests looking to relax and enjoy the serenity on offer at this secluded location.  On arrival guests are mesmerised by commanding views of The Remarkables and Cecil Peak mountains, Hidden Island and Lake Wakatipu.

There are four spacious guest suites featuring super-king size beds.  Each suite has its own bathroom. All guests can enjoy the wood-fired hot pool, gymnasium and sauna.  The lounge area offers panoramic views while the sun-drenched outdoor courtyard is ideal for relaxation.

The on-site Lodge Manager Claudia provides gourmet customized, fully-cooked breakfasts with delicious home baked goods and your choice of eggs from their onsite farmyard and pork raised from owners Murray and Jessica’s home farm on the Canterbury plains. In the evening guests can meet together for and drinks and nibbles by the fireplace. (Canapes are only upon arrival).

At this boutique, high quality accommodation Wi-Fi is free and there is ample off street parking.  Assistance is available for transfer information, restaurant suggestions, activity options and much more.


kinross-logo-summer-imagelrNestled within their own Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gurwurtztraminer vines, and located halfway between Queenstown and Cromwell, in the Gibbston Valley.  Kinross is made up of 14 spacious, self-contained cottage studio rooms offering an unforgettable base catering for couples and families alike.  

Kinross is the laid back local for wine lovers. They are the exclusive cellar door for five local wine partners, offering wine sales and tastings. Accompanied by an excellent general store and cafe, Kinross is a local hub to enjoy all the best this spectacular wine region offers and within an easy 25 minute drive to Queenstown.

All rooms are self-contained with Free Wifi. The property boasts great food and local wine, a new outdoor Hot Tub, Ski Drying Room, Wine Tasting and cellar door.  There are bikes for hire, a Café, Picnic and Play areas.  Kinross loved by locals and visitors alike and surrounded by cycle and hiking trails through wineries and vineyards.

Experience the relaxed elegance of The Marlborough Lodge. Found at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, our grand country estate is nestled among 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of park-like grounds and Marlborough’s famous Sauvignon Blanc vineyards.  Enjoy a stay at one of our ten modern, stylish suites, over two levels. The top floor offers a number of  suite combinations for families, while the ground floor offers accessible rooms – some with private balconies. Choose from Premium Lodge Suites, Lodge Suites and Lodge Rooms. Be wowed by Marlborough during the day and be spoiled by our chefs in the evening. The lodge experience is enhanced with gourmet dining created by an onsite chef team with cuisine featuring plentiful local produce. Enjoy breakfast at your leisure and sophisticated evening dining in our new dining rooms.

The Marlborough Lodge is the ideal base to create a fabulous Marlborough experience. A myriad of  onsite activities including pool, vineyard and wine tasting, garden tours and cooking courses, gives the option of staying close. Or venture out to the neighbouring grass tennis courts, take a bike ride, a car tour or a relaxing visit to the nearby day spa. Taste your way through the Marlborough wine region and find out why Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has become world famous. Explore the hidden waterways of the Marlborough Sounds onboard the luxurious MV Tarquin, or join onto the daily seafood cruise.
Surrounded by mature trees, established gardens and vineyards stretching out on all sides, the setting is truly special. This is an oasis of calm right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough wine region.  Perfect for a stylish break, a long luxurious unwind or for the romantic wedding of your dreams.


The Powderhorn Chateau, is an iconic building with the ambience of a European alpine lodge, bordering the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu and the spectacular Tongariro National Park. Conveniently located at the start of the Old Coach Road Cycle Trail and on the doorstep of Turoa ski field, this is an ideal base to explore this stunning alpine wonderland.  The property features 30 spacious hotel suites, a 3 bedroom self contained apartment, a 3 bedroom house and three 2 bedroom chalets.  The hotel features the Powderkeg which is iconic for its warm, fun atmosphere (bar and restaurant) as well as the Matterhorn restaurant providing a range of dining options.  The property also boasts an indoor hot pool, great to relax in after a day exploring the dual natural and cultural World Heritage National Park.

This elegant retreat is located 5 minutes from Paihia and offers a tranquil and private haven that is wrapped in native NZ bush and looks out over the sea to Russell.
There are four very spacious suites that boast private balconies, luxurious furnishings and décor and beautiful en-suite bathrooms.   The ambience of this beautiful property is one of relaxation, wellness and rejuvenation.
The lodge boasts stylish contemporary décor, featuring stunning NZ artwork.  Dining at Sanctuary Bay of Islands is a unique experience, enjoy the most delicious organic foods, carefully prepared to provide a taste sensation that is good for you.


The Sanctuary BOI - RoomThe four spacious guest bedrooms are situated on the lower floor, with an “infinity” plunge pool and surrounding sun deck in the centre of the two wings.

Each guest room has a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom, walk in wardrobe come workstation and large balcony. The soft earthy toned colour scheme blends seamlessly with the spectacular natural setting.

Guest room features include: 
King size bed, which can be separated into twin beds
Premium cotton linen, and cotton and feather pillows
Tiled bathroom with underfloor heating
Bathrobes and slippers
Pure natural toiletries
Teas and plunger coffee
Flat screen television
CD / DVD with a selection of movies and CDs from the guest lounge
Complimentary high speed wireless broadband & Ethernet cable connection
Iron and ironing board
Private balconies with extensive bush / sea views
In-room safe
Peace and tranquility

Tariff includes GST, full cooked breakfast, open bar.

Price Indicator: From $460-$593 per room per night.

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About the Retreat

The Sanctuary - ExteriorThe two level retreat is clad in cedar and was built in 2004.

The pole design was chosen specifically to allow the entire structure to merge seamlessly into the sloping hillside while at the same time providing an unimpeded and restful view of the native bush reserve below.

Two central wood-burning fireplaces are complemented by elegantly restful rich-brown leather sofas and oriental rugs.

The elements come together seemlessly to combine comfort with quality, inviting you to feel at ease the moment you arrive.

The Sanctuary is not normal, it’s natural…..

Subtle elegance and luxury are the conscious décor themes
of The Sanctuary.  Above all, the ambience is one of
tranquility while at the same time adhering to best environment practices.

As far as possible all the furnishings throughout have been bought in New Zealand. Of particular note is the
artwork and object d’art.  Australian artist, Lynley Robson visited the Bay of Islands and stayed at the lodge.  Her
artwork found throughout the sanctuary reflects her vision.

Maori weavings and art work dot the walls throughout the Retreat, designed and created by local artists.

  • Gas hot water on demand for all guest bathrooms
  • Recycling all waste including composting organic material
  • Eco light bulbs, reverse cycle air conditioning and electrical appliances
  • Half flush cisterns and flow restrictors
  • New Zealand-made toiletries

Dining at The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary - DiningWith an increase of health issues and dietary needs, catering these days can be challenging. At Sanctuary, we cover all bases offering a wide range of food choices at breakfast including:

Homemade Toasted Muesli and Gluten Free, nuts, seeds and grains, fresh organic fruits and juices, wholegrain breads and local cheeses, a variety of dairy and  dairy free milks.

A fully cooked breakfast is available with free range eggs coming direct from the farm gate.

Your host’s intention is not to change the way you eat or what you eat, but simply be reminded and perhaps introduced to you some new and exciting culinary experiences and how incredibly good, real food tastes .

With an extensive background in hospitality and an ever evolving passion for good, healthy eating, the journey is evident in our guests dining experiences.





Beautifully situated on the stunning Southern Shores of Great Lake Taupo Oreti Village offers  tranquillity, stunning views and an outstanding location.  This property is a beautiful retreat, nestled in New Zealand bush and offering uninterrupted lake views.

The location of this lovely accommodation makes it ideal for enjoying the abundance of local activities including the Tongariro Alpine crossing, just minutes from Oreti.

If you are seeking the ultimate serene destination, then you won’t need to look any further. Every one of Oreti’s 19 spacious apartments provides sweeping views of New Zealand’s largest and most impressive fresh water lake, offering all the comforts of home.

A complete destination, Oreti offers an onsite restaurant purpose built with rustic and enchanting ambience and mouth watering Pacific Cuisine with a French twist. The Perfect place to recap the events of the day, soaking up the views.  There is a tennis court, bar and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy as well as being only minutes walk from the lake shore.


2 Bedroom Loft Apartment 

2 Bedroom Loft Apartment–  Master bedroom with queen bed and dressing room
–  Second bedroom with twin beds
–  Single bathroom
–  Open plan dining and lounge leading onto a private deck with panoramic views
–  Luxury furnishings
–  Fully equipped kitchen and laundry
–  Undercover parking
–  Maximum occupancy 4

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 Price guide from $300 per apartment per night

 Balcony Apartment

2 Bedroom Balcony Apartment–  Exceptional Lake Views
–  2 Bedrooms sleeping 4
–  Full kitchen with open plan dining and lounge
–  Large deck with access to both lounge, dining and master     bedroom
–  2 bathrooms
–  Full laundry
–  Luxury furnishings
–  Single under cover carport
–  Disabled/wheel chair accessible unit

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 Price guide from $350 per apartment per night

Loft and Balcony Apartment Combination

Loft & Balcony Apartment Combination–  Exceptional Lake Views
–  4 private bedrooms – 2 queen bedrooms and 2 twin      bedrooms
–  Internal access
–  Luxury furnishings
–  2 fully equipped kitchens and laundries
–  3 bathrooms
–  Maximum occupancy 8

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 Price guide from $650 per apartment per night

Executive Apartment

Executive Apartment–  The largest 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment option
–  Master bedroom with bi-fold window and private en-suite with bath and shower
–  Second bedroom with twin beds
–  Open plan dining and lounge leading onto a private deck with panoramic views
–  Luxury furnishings throughout
–  Fully equipped kitchen & laundry
–  Double undercover car parks
–  Maximum occupancy 4

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 Price guide from $400 per apartment per night

Dining & Property Facilities

The Restaurant
The Oreti Restaurant at Pukawa, Southern Lake Taupo’s newest restaurant is open for in house guests, casual diners, and functions.  This restaurant promises Great Views, Affordable Real Food and Great Ambience!

Oreti Restaurant has 180 degree panoramic lake & mountain views, and provides mouth watering options that are different, exciting and fresh.  The Restaurant is available for exclusive use, so is popular for weddings, conferences and special events.  There is an extensive wine list with iconic brands & something a little different.  The team specialise in arranging themed dinners.   The timber floors, solid beams and a cosy atmosphere provide a rich ambience, and enjoy Alfresco dining with views & native birds.

Property Facilities

Onsite bar, Tennis Courts, Indoor lap pool (12.5m), Conference Centre, and an idyllic Wedding Venue.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses was built to give our guests a great night’s sleep in one the most beautiful places in the world.

Located 12kms north of the world renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura, on NZ’s South Island, Hapuku Lodge shares the land with a deer stud and olive grove, nestled between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and famed Mangamaunu Bay.

A contemporary country lodge, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is composed of four luxury lodge suites, the Olive House suite and five luxury Tree Houses built in the canopy of a native Manuka grove.

All rooms at Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses feature beautiful, custom designed, hand crafted furniture, tailor-made beds and mattresses, European style bathrooms with heated towel rails and floors and rain drop showerheads. The Tree Houses also have large spa baths and fireplaces and the lodge suites have Japanese soaking tubs.  Breathtaking views of snow capped mountains and surf washed coastline are seen from all rooms.

Our belief is that food should always be fresh, uncomplicated and flavorful. We strive to take advantage of seasonal ingredients, sourced whenever possible from local organic farmers. A full cooked breakfast and three course dinner is included in all room rates.

Onsite facilities: guest restaurant, 15 metre solar heated lap pool, pool house – guest change room/rainforest shower, in house spa treatment and mountain bikes.


Contact: Louise Frend
Address : 419 Southland Place
Hastings NZ 4120
Phone: +64 (0) 212789952
Fax: + 64 068789952

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