New Zealand

Tips and Articles in New Zealand

Every summer, I head to the Southern Hemisphere looking for a winter environment to test our new gear. Mount Hutt, 50 miles west of Christchurch on the South Island, is the perfect place. The mountains suddenly spike right up out of otherwise flat...
Lodging, Kiwi-style Imagine returning from a sheep muster to partake of a five-course meal. At New Zealand's Wharekauhau (pronounced "forry-ko-ho"), you can encounter an honest antipodean farm while living in luxury. For 17 years Bill and Annette ...
Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane, and regain your literary bearings on arrival by visiting a great bookstore. But where to go?Here,...
Not too long ago, travel to New Zealand implied lumpy beds and overcooked lamb. No more. Guest rooms— whether in a gingerbread house in the North Island's sultry Bay of Islands region or a working ranch in the South Island's rugged Southern Alps— ...
once-in-a-lifetime trips for a once-in-a-lifetime moment The Jet Set Ring in the new millennium with a sonic boom. Aboard the Concorde, on Intrav's Ultimate Trip, you and 95 other passengers will hop your way around the globe in 18 days, touc...
Only a few years ago, bicycle touring was the domain of the athletic and adventurous, people who were willing to load up their bikes with 40 pounds of camping gear and set forth on their own. It has since entered the mainstream; there are now hund...
The word tour often conjures images of buses crammed with tourists and drone-like guides rattling off perfunctory details about sights seen through a window. But a walking tour is something completely different. Walking slows us down and heightens...
Even though I grew up in New Zealand and have great national pride, I must admit the place was clueless when it came to sophisticated country hotels. During my youth any Kiwi farmer with a few spare rooms out back could open a "lodge." It went som...
Remember the days when flashing a few greenbacks—even singles—made you look like a big shot overseas? Alas, those aren't these days. In Western Europe, one euro costs you nearly $1.50, and in Great Britain, the pound now costs a whopping two buck...
For the next five months, Auckland will be playing host to the world's most glamorous yachting event, the America's Cup regatta. The racing series couldn't ask for a more fabulous setting: situated on a hill-dotted isthmus between two natural harb...
As if the Lord of the Rings trilogy weren't enough, here are three more reasons to head to New Zealand. At the 2,500-acre Treetops Lodge & Estate (351 Kearoa Rd., Rotorua, North Island; 64-7/333-2066; www.treetops.co.nz; villas from $650, includin...
The idea of touring wine country was in its infancy three decades ago, as Americans began to discover the joys of the Napa Valley, with its handful of B&B's and restaurants. Today wine tourism has exploded—not only in California, but around the wo...
Three new North Island spas are responding to the country's trend toward naturalism by relying on pure, plant-based products made exclusively with local resources. At Living Nature Day Spa (State Hwy. 10; 64-9/407-0113; www.livingnature.com) in K...
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...