This off-grid private villa is the ultimate NZ getaway

High in the hills of New Zealand’s South Island, Falcon Brae offers travellers everything for pleasure and play – a private chef, outdoor hot tub, helipad, arcade room, theatre and four luxurious suites.

With 360-degree views of the rugged Kahurangi National Park and the picturesque Motueka Valley, Falcon Brae is an exclusive-use luxury villa, near Nelson in New Zealand. Surrounded by national parks, lakes and coastline, it’s heaven on earth for those looking to retreat into nature and escape to a private oasis.

Dining with a view at Falcon Brae
Alfresco dining never looked so good © Falcon Brae

Luxury living at Falcon Brae

This stunning 142-hectare property, which includes a private forest, comes with three spacious suites, and a family bunk room, a media theatre, kitchen and four indoor or outdoor dining areas. Arrive by helicopter (it features it own helipad terrace) to immerse in the amenities: including a gym, games den, outdoor fire pit, swimming pool, heated spa pool and outdoor hot tub.

The Great Room, a sumptuous space featuring a stone fireplace, sunken bar and a soaring five-metre ceiling, is ideal for performance. Designed by the villa owners who are musicians and recording artists, the space has a grand piano and guitars for guests to tinkle to create the next number one hit.

Private Executive Chef Michael McMeeken is on hand to create garden-to-table cuisine. Tuck into a sumptuous four-course dinner full of seasonal produce from the property’s vegetable gardens and beehive. When the stars come out, take a late-night aperitif to the secluded hot tub, it’s the perfect spot to catch sunsets or to star gaze.

Falcon Brae dining room © Falcon Brae
A grand room with a view © Falcon Brae

Things to do beyond Falcon Brae

The surrounding region offers a plethora of cultural and culinary entertainment. Taste your way through 22 wineries and wander the 30 craft studios and galleries. Or, cycle and sample some of New Zealand’s finest food on the Great Taste Cycle Trail.

Guided wilderness hikes, kayaking, horse riding, shooting sports and white water rafting are all on hand for the adventurous. Take to the skies for scenic helicopter flights, heli-hiking, heli-fishing or a Lord of the Rings heli-tour.

Waterplay getaway © Falcon Brae

The suite life

Main suites feature a large private deck and luscious super king beds. Bathrooms come with a deep soak bathtub, underfloor heating and heated towel rails are a deluxe retreat. Warm by the fireplace with a cocktail made from your own private in-room cocktail bar. With floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, its the ideal place to wake and sip your morning coffee in this secluded paradise.

The exquisite pool-front Tasman Suite and hilltop Kahurangi Suite are ideal for couples travelling together. While the romantic Motueka Suite is ideal for families. The Family Bunkroom sits directly across from the Motueka Suite. It includes a double bed, two bunk beds and an en suite. It can sleep up to three children or accommodate a driver, pilot, security guard or nanny.

Soak up the sights © Falcon Brae

Where to find Falcon Brae, New Zealand

Daily flights to Nelson depart from the international airports of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Then a 50-minute road transfer to the private villa from Nelson Airport. Or if you’re seeking a more adventurous option, embark on a helicopter transfer.

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