The Hotel: Aston Norwood Chalets
Tucked into the foothills of the Remutakas, Aston Norwood Chalets makes for a perfect spot to forget the daily routine and indulge in a countryside retreat complete with picture-perfect mountain views. A myriad of natural wonders, such as Kaitoke Regional Park and Rivendell, await nearby, while numerous bike and hiking trails provide workout opportunities.
The property is enveloped in a 14-acre Japanese-style garden with water features, blossoming cherries, rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias. When not wandering around the blossoming alleys, try out other activities such as clay shooting or archery. Guests staying over the night can feel at home in the One-Bedroom Chalets with lounges, kitchens, and dining rooms. The on-site cafe offers daily breakfast and lunch options, as well as sumptuous afternoon tea and evening meals on request.
- Bed size/type: Queen-size bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- The chalet features a lounge, self-contained kitchen, and a dining room
The Area: Kaitoke Regional Park
Set around an hour-drive from Wellington, Kaitoke Regional Park displays Mother Nature’s ability to take breaths away. Legs get a workout on the trails while eyes are treated to the pristine rainforest and crystal-clear river views which made a backdrop in The Lord of the Rings films. Swimmers can take a dip in the Hutt and Pakuratahi Rivers. Adrenaline levels can get a boost from a kayaking experience. Those keen on taking in the tranquility can do so whilst looking out for a myriad of native birds and other rare creatures.