Five Beautiful New Zealand Vacation Villas [SLIDESHOW]

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New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world thanks to its varied and largely unpopulated landscapes, which range from rugged mountains to the scenic coastline. While the country has its fair share of upscale lodges and hotels, a new crop of luxury villas are offering a more intimate way to enjoy the scenery with all the comforts of a five-star hotel. From an urban retreat in Auckland to a rustic modern villa on a nature preserve near Queenstown, here are five vacation rentals that will make you feel right at home in Kiwi country.