Lake Tekapo is an exclusive lodge with a stone façade set above the village of Tekapo and benefitting from spectacular lake and mountain views. Located approximately halfway between the towns of Christchurch and Queenstown, Lake Tekapo is a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, meaning the stargazing here is exceptional. The lodge itself is pretty special too. Exposed brick and stonework shares space with chandeliers, deep pile carpets, antique furniture and contemporary artworks in a rich black and white scheme with pops of blue to echo the lake. With just four luxurious king suites in a separate wing with access to an outdoor terrace, cosy guest lounge and library, the lodge has a boutique feel, selling itself as “stylish accommodation with fine food, wine and art”. Run by a husband and wife team the genial hosts are professional hotelier, chef and winemaker so you’re sure to find the hospitality up to scratch. Generous breakfasts are included in the rate and dinners are available upon request, featuring dishes inspired by the local fare of the region, including merino lamb, venison, beef and freshwater salmon. An extensive wine cellar list is available too, which showcases premium NZ wines. All meals are taken in the glamorously-styled dining room in the centre of the building, with large picture window next and roaring fireplace. Outside of the hotel the rural Mackenzie area is prime horse riding country. The lake provides opportunities for fishing and boating and there is excellent Southern Alps skiing in the winter while the local hot springs will soothe and revive those aching limbs.