New Zealand’s Ahuriri Valley, two and half hours from Queenstown, is sliced by by top-of-the-line fly-fishing rivers on the planet. However up till not too long ago, its lodging had been, effectively, missing. No extra.
At present it’s house to one of many sleekest new lodges within the nation, the Lindis, a five-room hideaway on the sting of the Ahuriri River. Driving as much as it’s like arriving on the lip of the Grand Canyon: It’s not there, not there, not there…after which out of the blue it’s there, the rolling hillside revealing itself to not be a hill in any respect however a timber-covered roof floating above a metal and glass inn.
Inside, the sprawling suites have uninterrupted views of the river and the Southern Alps past. A central lounge and bar splits the constructing in half, and the eating room serves native fare like pan-seared venison steaks and Mount Prepare dinner salmon.
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As you dine, you’ll be able to watch the fishermen work the braided stream beneath for trophy rainbows. If you’re uninterested in watching them hog all of the fish, take part. Or hike and mountain-bike on the Lindis’ 6,000-acre unfold, which is surrounded by three conservation parks filled with snowcapped mountains, beech forests, and tussocky grasslands.
The lodge will even prepare for a gliding outfit to take you above the valley to witness it from a drone’s-eye view, with solely the winds conserving you aloft. It’ll really feel as should you’re floating above the final wild place on earth—which is analogous to the excessive you’ll get from waking up in your mattress the following morning, too.