New Zealand

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LODGING, KIWI STYLE Add Kauri Cliffs to New Zealand's growing list of luxury lodges. A colonial-style creation on the bucolic North Island, Kauri Cliffs is home to a must-play golf course, designed by David Harman of Mauna Kea fame (15 of Kauri's ...
As a wine writer, I love visiting winemakers in their tasting rooms, sampling small-production rarities I can’t find at home. But that’s hardly the only benefit of traveling to great viticultural regions. Wine tastes better at its source, and vine...
I first fell in love with New Zealand eight or nine years ago. I was doing a lot of riding at the time, and the place has amazing horses. I had started out that trip in Sydney, where I damaged my knee messing around in the ocean; it was as big as ...
New Zealand is the new Eden, its clean and green image the beneficiary of a public-relations windfall direct from Middle-earth. Americans are not just visiting the country in numbers unimaginable only five years ago—they...
BEACH WHERE: Grand Cayman WHY: The Ritz-Carlton drafted the equivalent of the NBA Dream Team for its new Grand Cayman resort, scheduled to debut this month. The starting lineup: celebrity chef Eric Ripert, opening two restaurants (one formal, ...
Following in the footsteps of Sopranos and Seinfeld tours, three companies have created trips that bring devoted fans behind the scenes of a novel and two films. The Da Vinci Code THE SET London THE PLOT A private car follows the Holy Grail tra...
See our slideshow of the World’s Top Aerial Tours. The hum of the single-engine Cessna fills your ears as you ascend above the Peruvian high desert. Below you, flat expanses of dry, brown earth extend in every direction, punctuated only by twisti...
See our slideshow of the World’s Highest Hotels. High in Peru’s Andes Mountains, nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, you start to feel the onset of what locals call mal de montaña—altitude sickness. Your head pounds, your body feels weak, and your...
Once known mainly for wine and sailboats, Auckland has recently undergone a style makeover. Owing to financial support from the city and a vogue for renovating historic buildings, the town is now home to a lively boutique scene. In its newly anoin...
Turangi, the trout fisherman's pilgrimage site on the banks of New Zealand's Tongariro River on the North Island, is typically associated with stodgy, seventies-era fishing lodges where deer heads adorn dark pine walls. The remote River Birches ai...
See our slideshow of 20 Life-Changing Trips. Some travel to change their lives, others the world. But, a truly transformative trip has the power to do both. Just ask Claire Russo, who last year spent her holiday vacation with Habitat for Humanity...
LOCATION Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand START/END Antares Homestay, outside Renwick DISTANCE BIKED 23 miles TRIP LENGTH Three days DIFFICULTY Easy RENTALS Wine Tours by Bike charges $35 a day (64-3/572-9951; www.winetoursbybike.co.nz) ...
About 650 years ago, the first Maori ventured from Polynesia to claim the two vast, primordial islands that now comprise New Zealand. Today, golfers are exploring the country's newest wonders: the most spectacular courses built anywhere in...