New Zealand’s night sky & wilderness from a new specially designed lodge

Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 in Press Releases

New Zealand In Depth are proud to announce the opening of Nightsky Cottage, complete with a private boardwalk through the forest taking guests away from light pollution, this new luxury eco retreat is designed to celebrate New Zealand’s wilderness and the southern night sky.



Set in one hectare of private New Zealand native forest near Tongariro National Park, the new luxury lodge is accessed via a 50-meter boardwalk only with skylights in the lodges ceiling allowing guests to star gaze throughout the evening.

Founder of New Zealand In Depth, Paul Carberry, said; “New Nightsky Cottage gives guests a perfect combination of luxury, isolation, wilderness, and with a wide range of exciting activities on the doorstep will provide the perfect place for a family adventure. As the evening draws in our guests can sit back to admire some of the best views of New Zealand’s night sky.”


At 90 square meters and with 2 bedrooms each including luxury King size beds, the lodge offers spacious but cosy living with each room making the most of views out to the native New Zealand wilderness beyond.

With all of the home comforts in luxuries you would expect from a luxury Lodge, the Nightsky Cottage also comes with a fully kitchen, lounge area, outdoor veranda with a barbeque, and a private picnic area in a native bush clearing. In the bathroom, two side by side freestanding baths along with bath salts and candles await guests to relax and unwind.

Committed to creating a sustainable experience for guests’ the new lodge has adopted a zero waste policy; it’s unlikely you will find a single used plastic item in the cottage as any plastic used is fully recyclable or reusable. The cottage even collects and processes its own water.

As the new Nightsky Cottage is located on the edge of Tongariro National Park guests will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of activities weather hiking, cycling, quad biking, river rafting or taking a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the National Park.

Available throughout the year, a 5-night, family friendly, night sky adventure with New Zealand In Depth ( costs from £2,400 per person excluding international flights. This includes 3 nights at Nightsky Cottage and two at a quality B&B, transfers or car hire, and experiences.

“Whether in search of a luxury retreat or to truly experience the southern hemisphere stars, this new lodge is set to be a highlight of any itinerary,” adds New Zealand In Depth’s Paul Carberry. “This is yet another gem of a property we are looking forward to sharing with our guests.”

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“Whether in search of a luxury retreat or to truly experience the southern hemisphere stars, this new lodge is set to be a highlight of any itinerary,” adds New Zealand In Depth’s Paul Carberry. “This is yet another gem of a property we are looking forward to sharing with our guests.”



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Mark Hayward

Tel: 07731 752 096

Email: [email protected]


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About New Zealand In Depth

The New Zealand In Depth team has created tailor-made holiday experiences to New Zealand for decades and are committed to understanding their client’s needs, sharing their expert knowledge and experience of the country and planning trips that leave lasting memories.

New Zealand In Depth has built great relationships with local activities, accommodation and suppliers to offer their clients the chance to experience the real side of New Zealand and get off the beaten track to experiences that are often not available through other operators.

About Paul Carberry – founder of New Zealand In Depth

“I think it was inevitable that I would work in travel and focus on New Zealand in particular. My dad worked in the airline industry for many years for the likes of BOAC, British Airways and then Air New Zealand before he set up his own long-haul travel business.

I had the excitement of growing up imagining travel to distant lands and, after completing a degree in geology and working in the family travel business for a couple of years, I left the UK and spent several months exploring New Zealand returning to set up my own New Zealand travel company in 2003.

Since then I have been fortunate to have been able to travel back to New Zealand many times, feeling that is more and more like home every time I go.”

About Sally Lilley – Travel specialist at New Zealand In Depth

“I met John (my partner) in 1999 and after 20 years in the Financial Services industry jumped at the chance to take 12 months off and travel around the world as a mature backpacker. On returning to the UK in 2001 I worked for a number of organisations in the charity and hospitality sector before deciding New Zealand was where we wanted to live.

John & I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003 and entered the world of hospitality and tourism. Over the next seven years we ran a number of remote Lodges on the South Island including Milford Sound, Lake Moeraki and Arthurs Pass and in 2010 we took over a small group guided tour company based in Christchurch.

We spent the next four years guiding small groups around New Zealand ensuring they had a trip of a lifetime. After 11 years in New Zealand we moved back to the UK for family reasons and now have the pleasure of sending visitors to New Zealand to enjoy all my favourite places – many of which you will not find in the guide books.”