A Star Wars-like lodge hidden in New Zealand’s Tolkien country

The Lindis on South Island is a haven for gastronomes, oenophiles and lovers of spectacular scenery

The Lindis sits in 6,000 acres surrounded by conservation parks on New Zealand’s South Island
The Lindis sits in 6,000 acres surrounded by conservation parks on New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand’s South Island – home to countless extreme adventurer outlets and many of the country’s most lavish lodges – has an intriguing new address. The Lindis (thelindis.com; from about £1,025) sits on 6,000 acres abutting three conservation parks in prime Mackenzie Country – a spectacular high-plains landscape, riven by snowcapped peaks that Tolkien geeks will recognise as Rohan from Peter Jackson’s famed film trilogy. The lodge itself, however, is a lot more Star Wars than Middle-earth: a curvilinear configuration of glass, steel and timber, housing five huge suites in which almost every fixture is bespoke. The cuisine, wines and comforts should match the best in Central Otago – with the additional ace of proximity to 10 top fly-fishing sites.

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