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50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Auckland, New Zealand

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The Good Life: Auckland, New Zealand

This yachting-obsessed city has more than its share of sophisticated food and wine. At Merediths (dinner for two $110), chef-owner Michael Meredith turns out modern New Zealand dishes such as smoked salmon with candied fennel. Don’t miss a day trip to the island of Waiheke, an up-and-coming wine region. The downtown marina is the site of the new Westin Auckland Lighter Quay, an understated 172-room hotel. Be sure to book one of the Corner Harbor View rooms, which have floor-to-ceiling windows. Best of all, the exchange rate turns the city’s hotels, restaurants, and boutiques into affordable indulgences. Doubles from $216.

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