GO NZ: Award-winning architect picks New Zealand’s best-designed hotels

A favourite of mine would have to be Kinloch Manor and Villas, which is perfectly placed on 254ha of spectacular shore above Lake Taupo. I can only describe it as a reinterpreted modern day Scottish Baronial Castle. It’s an incredibly massive stone building that the architects really thought about in terms of placement and landscape, it is massive, heavy and powerful; construction we rarely see in New Zealand. They also utilised the building to frame the incredible panoramic lake views you get from almost anywhere in the property.

Another extraordinary piece of architecture is The Lindis — it is a striking work of art in a striking landscape; located way up in the Ahuriri Valley surrounded by the Southern Alps, this picturesque retreat is the perfect location for guests to connect with a primordial landscape and have clear views of the dramatic Southern night sky — the stars and the moon with no city lights.

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