Lounging in luxury at Kapitea Ridge

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Kapitea Ridge
Kapitea Ridge

Updated 09.15.2015: Now under new management, the name has changed to Kapitea Lodge.

When Alan and I toured New Zealand with Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel, he introduced us to a sophisticated luxury lodge on the wild, West Coast of the South Island. Located halfway between Hokitika and Greymouth, Kapitea Ridge sits on a hillside, surrounded by a colorful garden with views of the Tasman Sea. The outside patios offer quiet, relaxation while trails leading down the hill towards the sea beckon guests to explore.

Inside, a dramatic red and purple color scheme serves as the backdrop for a collection of New Zealand art. In the afternoons, guests enjoy a glass of “The Doctor’s Riesling 2006” from Forrest Estate in the garden conservatory while chatting about our day. A full breakfast is served in either the Conservatory or the patio, weather permitting.

Garden conservatory at Kapitea Ridge
Garden conservatory at Kapitea Ridge

For dinner, drive into Hokitika where “French cuisine is served with a Kiwi accent” at Café de Paris.

With so many activities available at Kapitea Ridge, it’s hard to think of leaving. But, the lodge makes a convenient headquarters for visiting area attractions including Punakaikai Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Paparoa National Park or sampling the arts and crafts scene in Hokitika .

The next time I return to New Zealand, you can bet that a few days of exploring and relaxing at Kapitea Ridge will be on the agenda.

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