The Resort: Eichardt’s Private Hotel dates to 1859, when William Gilbert Rees, cofounder of the city of Queenstown, New Zealand, renovated the woolshed on his lakefront homestead and opened it as an inn for gold prospectors. Far from Rees’ original vision, Eichardt’s today features five hotel suites with fireplaces and heated floors, as well as a separate cottage with four two-bedroom suites, all in what is now the historic district of Queenstown. The hotel also operates Branches Station, a 90,000-acre ranch located 10 minutes by helicopter from the city.
The Villa: As the only accommodation at Branches Station, the four-bedroom Stockmans’ Camp offers guests exclusive access to the sprawling high-country spread. The house itself resembles a humble farmer’s home from the outside, but inside lies a sophisticated dwelling with beds dressed in Frette linens. The staff includes a house manager and chef, as well as an adventure guide who can arrange four-wheel-drive safaris, kayaking and rafting trips, fishing excursions, bike rides, and helicopter skiing.
The Highlight: Crossing the river by four-wheel drive and continuing up a dirt road to visit Branches Station’s resident gold miner, who can teach you how to skin a possum and pan for gold.
The Price: $6,441 per night (two to four guests); $8,419 per night (five to eight guests). +64.3.441.0450, www.eichardtshotel.co.nz