Seven getaway locations for the royals

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 11:24 08/04/2014

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The royal couple have escaped to a private residence for the day to rest their travel weary bodies.

They were spotted leaving Government House yesterday but can not have strayed too far from the capital as further travel will be the last thing they want to do.

From the height of luxury to a rustic, secluded hut, Liam Hyslop examines the potential getaway locations in the greater Wellington region.

1. Wharekauhau Lodge, $650 per person per night

The luxury estate on the southern Wairarapa coast presides over the 5,500 acres of rolling pasture and is far from the prying eyes of the press. If the royal couple were up for it they could go horse riding, quad biking or do some clay target shooting.

2. Intercontinental Hotel club executive suite $625 per night

The most expensive room at the five-star central Wellington hotel would offer comfort and luxury but not the same sort of relaxation as being out in the countryside. 

3. Government House

They could have pulled a double bluff and merely pretended to be leaving Government House, only to secretly return. It is off limits to the public so would offer a high level of privacy. 

4. Greenmantle Estate Lodge, $865 per night

Boasting a day spa, an outdoor pool and a hot tub, this lodge is just 10 minutes drive from Paraparaumu Beach. Another with large open spaces, it would be a great place for the couple to relax and is just 45 minutes drive from the capital.

5. Rydges executive king suite, $539 per night

Another inner city hotel which might not offer the seclusion that a lodge can but still a good option. Just down to road from Parliament, so could nip in to check on how the colony is being run.

6. Naenae Hotel, $50 per night

If they wanted to go somewhere where barely anyone would recognise them, then Naenae in Lower Hutt would be the place. Although the accommodation might not be up to their usual standards, the staff are very friendly and the locals won't even bat an eyelid as they enter the bar.

7. Cone Hut, free

This historic Department of Conservation hut is the perfect place to escape. It's a few kilometres walk from Greytown, in the Wairarapa, but features an open fire and six bunk beds. No-one would find them there and it would be a great showcase of New Zealand's natural beauty.

There will be plenty of others not on this list, so comment to let us know where you think they should have gone.

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