The Lindis is all but guaranteed to leave a long and lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to visit, and it begins the moment you set eyes on the property’s lunar-like architecture.
Far from competing with the dramatic, craggy mountains which surround it, instead one of New Zealand’s most exclusive luxury adventure retreats goes for smooth sweeping lines, walls of glass and almost every inch clad in birch wood.
Inside, you will spend much of your time also in awe at the level of design, abstract angles and attention to detail that has been paid to it all. This is an architectural gem of a hotel, though one which is actually entirely dedicated to what lies beyond it.
The purpose of The Lindis is to provide one of the ultimate New Zealand adventure experiences while having that infinitely comfortable space-age building to come back to each day. So while there is no pool, spa, gym or other notable onsite facilities as such, this is all entirely intentional, aimed at ensuring that daytimes are spent enjoying the best of Ahuriri Valley and surrounding North Otago, while evenings roll into a heart-warming soiree of fine dining cuisine, paired wine, a chat or read by the fire and cognac at the lounge bar.
When it comes to those outdoor activities then, little compares to a gentle walk through this blissfully remote wilderness, though fun-filled off-road buggy tours are also a great way to discover otherwise inaccessible viewpoints – even the most earnest of walkers would struggle with these hills! You can go horse riding, take out a mountain bike, see it all from above in a glider or keep feet firmly on the ground with a spot of fishing in the nearby Ahuriri River. After dinner, another highlight of The Lindis is stargazing, thanks to its isolated location and lack of light pollution. Stargazing at The Lindis can be some of the best in New Zealand, which makes to a fitting end to every day spent in this, one of New Zealand’s greatest boutique lodges here in South Island’s wild Ahuriri Valley.
Five available suites at The Lindis each flaunt the most fantastic interior design, with unique angles and shapes feeling like you’ve entered a real-life Kandinsky painting! And it’s this unique architecture that makes them so appealing, clad as they also are in birch wood from top to bottom, super-king-size beds adorned with luxe throws, and nothing short of spellbinding views to be admired from your private furnished terrace. A contemporary-looking fireplace, deep soaking bathtub and lounge area round off the picture; don’t go searching for too many mod-cons either, as a back to nature approach is proudly part of The Lindis’ philosophy, and suites are all the better for it!
Quite rightly, fine dining cuisine at The Lindis is all about showcasing the best local New Zealand produce, much of which is grown onsite and therefore not only fresh and organic, but seasonal too. So whether it’s alpine salmon or New Zealand beef, homemade pasta filled with seasonal squash or kiwifruit carpaccio for afters, you’re guaranteed a regional taste sensation while here – everything coming with perfectly paired wine, of course. After dinner, there’s also a nice lounge and bar area to unwind in, flanked by a wall of glass on one side, cosy sofas within, and well-stocked cabinets of cognac, whisky, wine and craft beers to enjoy after a day of outdoor action.
Activities and Entertainment
The Lindis was purpose built to deliver the best of New Zealand’s outdoor adventures directly to its lucky guests. As such, everything here is primed and ready for exciting off-road buggy tours through Ben Avon & the Ahuriri Valley – reaching untouched corners inaccessible by foot, as well as scenic Mountain bike rides; eco-tours and viewpoint walks; fishing in the nearby Ahuriri River; horse-rides and even gliding, all guaranteed to throw up countless memorable sights along the way. Come evening, The Lindis’ remote location makes for the most incredible stargazing too, some of the best in New Zealand.
Life at The Lindis is all about the great outdoors, so as luxurious as the property is, things are kept to a minimum when it comes to onsite facilities – leaving more time to focus on the views and adventures to be had. The communal areas more than make up for this, whether getting stuck into a good book by the lounge’s fireplace or enjoying a game of pool and drink at the laidback bar, and there’s a games room too.
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