New Luxury Lodge The Lindis Blends In

Boasting slick interiors and gaping floor-to-ceiling windows, this luxury hobbit house takes Middle Earth luxury to the next level, according to the Daily Mail. The Lindis, which is nestled into a slope in the remote Ahuriri Valley, says it allows guests to “enjoy the stillness of nature in modern, sophisticated luxury”.

The five rooms at the hotel, which opened in November 2018, start from $2,000, with the rate including meals rustled up with ingredients foraged in the local area.

Appealing to adventurous spirits, there’s a range of activities on offer including fly-fishing, horse trekking and off-road buggy tours.

There is also a star gazing experience, as the hotel notes that “in the heart of the South Island, the sky is so clear and vast that millions of stars seem to appear right before your eyes”.

Guests get a star map and are taught about the different constellations twinkling above them.

Later this year, three suites with glass-panelled ceilings will be installed so guests can soak up the beauty of the night sky from the comfort of their beds.

The building, which was designed by Wellington’s Architecture Workshop, was designed to blend into its surroundings.

The roof follows the curvature of the mountainous landscape, while the building is constructed out of timber and stone, complementing the colour tone of the valley.

“Just as the valley outside reminds us of our vulnerability, the soaring hardwood grid shell enfolds us inside its protective cloak as we gather around the glowing hearth,” principal of Architecture Workshop Christopher Kelly told the Robb Report.

Original article by Sadie Whitelocks, Daily Mail, March 1, 2019.


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Symonds Street Cemetery Oasis of Wonder

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