The most palatial of the luxury villas is Rahimoana, sitting in 44-acres of private land, it boasts four spacious bedrooms, floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding doors that lead you to a sun-soaked balcony, and a smooth infinity pool. The house commands attention, sitting at the very top of the hill blending seamlessly in to the surroundings. The name of the villa is just as impressive, translating from Maori into 'Sun God Over The Ocean', perfectly defining the house.
The style of Rahimoana is minimalistic, with crisp white walls, hand-stitched leather sofas, and ultra-modern fire place in the heart of the living room. Did we also mention it has its own private beach? The perfect place to enjoy a hearty picnic and soak up some of the glorious sun.
This casually sophisticated villa has a more rustic charm compared to Rahimoana, bursting with antique furnishings, and exposed brick walls, Sacred Space is a cosy alternative. Nestled neatly into the hill and embraced by beautiful native trees and plants, Sacred Space has the feel of a jungle lodge. Native plants slink up the front of the house, draping it in a blanket of emerald green.
With four spacious bedrooms, this is the perfect hideaway for you and your family on a luxury New Zealand holiday. A home theatre with a projection screen is available, and a private chef is on hand to whisk up anything you wish. There is delightful private infinity pool where you can enjoy staggering views across the bay while you do a lap or two, and lovely wooden terrace, where you can catch some of the glorious sunshine.
FIRST LIGHT TEMPLE
The smallest of all the villas with only one bedroom, but what it might lack in size, it makes up for in character and charm. The perfect villa for couples planning a New Zealand honeymoon, First Light offers utter seclusion and breath-taking views. The open-plan living room and kitchen, mingled together with the mezzanine bedroom, creates a warming and cosy feel, while the crackling fireplaces inside and outside are the perfect spot to wrap up by with a glass of wine in hand.
With floor to ceiling bi-folding doors, the house has a light and airy feel, and catching the rays of sunlight. Polished wooden pathways cut through growing hedges and native bush, winding around the property, while from the deck you can glimpse the Treaty grounds over Waitangi. Enjoy access to the estates private beaches spending magical days by the sea swimming and snorkeling.
Rising out of the hillside, Eagle Spirit like all of Eagles Nest's properties offers a peaceful escape. With three spacious double rooms, a vast open plan living area, a warming fire place and a wide terrace that offers panoramic ocean views. There is a stunning infinity pool floating above the tree line, gazing directly over the bay, while the floor to ceiling glass windows capture the sun light as it sweeps across the horizon. A pleasant walk away from town, amble past languorously swaying palm trees and spiky native shrubbery into Russell for a day exploring, or a delightful breakfast on the waterfront. This captivating property is the perfect escape from reality.
The Eyrie sits snuggled up in the hillside, peeping out from behind lofty trees and verdant shrubbery. Glass windows wrap around the house, enveloping it in a dusting of warming light, while native birds flutter overhead, and the elusive and rare Kiwi birds scuttle about. There are three gloriously sized bedrooms, two of which open on to the wooden terrace and the other overlooking the leafy hedges that frame the property. The generous amount of outdoor living space is perfect for watching the sun rise and set over the horizon, and star gaze from in the evening, viewing them without any pollution. The interiors like all Eagles Nest properties are minimalistic and sleek, with simple and soft greys and whites creating a serene space. A little walk from the beach, throw on some comfy shoes and cut through the hillside, enjoying the beautiful, sweeping views.
WINE AND DINE
Each of the properties at New Zealand's ultimate luxury retreat is self-catered, however, you won't want for anything as Eagle's Nest makes sure your fridges are regularly bursting with local produce, including perfectly formed free range eggs, delicious cheeses, freshly baked breads, champagne and chocolate. There is even a team of private chefs on hand should the thought of cooking after a long day exploring prove too much. This talented team of cooks will delight your senses with a tantalizing menu of locally inspired food suited to your tastes, so sit back and relax. Alternatively, pop to The Duke of Marlborough or Charlotte's Kitchen in Russell for some seriously fresh seaside dining, or to the Old Packhouse Market on Saturday to pick up some fresh provisions to whisk up yourself back at the house.
The team at Eagles Nest go beyond to ensure your stay is impeccable, offering everything you could possibly need whilst staying with them on your New Zealand holiday. Keep active with your personal trainer, who is on hand should you not want to forego your daily workout, or enjoy some down time soaking up the sun on the private beaches. Spend an evening with the team on a Nature Walk around the property with an expert guide, listening out for the gentle call of the Native Kiwi and learning about New Zealand's national bird. For a little more activity, spend a day on horseback riding through the forest to the sea, or trying your hand at some fishing in the bay.