2017 Preview: New Hotels and Festivals in New Zealand

The Penthouse by Eichardt's

New Zealand has a number of new hotels and events slated to make their debut soon. Here's what to expect for 2017: 

The Penthouse by Eichardt's Near Queenstown

Eichardt's Penthouse, slated to open towards the end of October, boasts 180-degree views over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu and VIP service, not to mention a terrace spa, in-suite sauna, 24/7 butler service, pre-dinner cocktails, and afterhours one-on-one Louis Vuitton shopping opportunities. Guests will also enjoy Krug Champagne refreshed daily, a commercial-grade kitchen, private chef, and Land Rover with a driver at their disposal – all for $10,000 per night. 

Visit eichardts.com

Porters Boutique Hotel Opening in Hawkes Bay

Five-star, luxury boutique hotel, Porters Boutique Hotel, is scheduled to open on December 1. The hotel is situated at the foot of Te Mata Peak and its 42 guest rooms will combine lofty furnishings, original works of art, and sophisticated styling.  

Visit portershotel.co.nz

Marlborough Lodge in Blenheim

The new 10-suite luxury lodge, located in the heart of the world-famous Marlborough wine region, is set to open in November. Fixed on 16 acres of gardens and vineyards, The Marlborough Lodge allows guests to take private wine tours, and even books Marlborough Sound cruises and helicopter rides. The lodge also has an on-site spa, multiple tennis courts, and a pool.

Visit themarlboroughlodge.co.nz

Rotorua’s Inaugural Mud Festival

Rotorua’s famed hot mud springs will be the center of attention during the inaugural Mud Festival to be held in December 2017. Taking place in various locations around downtown Rotorua, activities include a mud-arena, inflatable slides, as well as spa and wellness experiences. 

Visit rotoruanz.com

Meatstock – A Carnivore’s Festival

Based off the similar Australia-based event, Meatstock will be debuting at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds in February 2017. Meatstock is a festival of smoked, grilled, and barbequed meats, cold beers, and loud music. Set over two days, competitions include the hotly contested “Barbeque, Butcher and Barber Wars,” while demonstrations, workshops, food trucks, and craft beer fill the schedule. 

Visit meatstock.com.au