New Zealand Travel Guide
The tip of the Otago Peninsula is home to the Westpac Royal Albatross Centre, the world's only mainland breeding colony for the formidable birds, which can live longer than 60 years and have a wingspan of 10 feet or more.
Now owned by Moët Hennessy, Cloudy Bay is increasingly known for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and an extraordinary cellar-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Te Koko.
Starting in Wellington and ending in Queenstown, this nine-day tour covers much of the natural landscape of New Zealand’s South Island.
For hats and hair accessories with a retro spin, stop by Natalie Chan; even Lady Gaga has one of the designer's one-off creations. Her pearl-and-feather motif is a standout.
Vintners Jason and Anna Flowerday unveil their latest vintages as if they're introducing their children. Gewürztraminer is the specialty here, but the Sauvignon Blanc is also excellent—the peppery flavors of the 2004 have given way to softer herbal notes in the 2005.
The bar holds the oldest pub license in New Zealand.
Allan Scott's cellar door, or wine-tasting area, looks like an old-world French tavern. The standouts here are a citrusy 2004 Riesling and a subtle Prestige Chardonnay from 2002 with hints of butterscotch.
Spend two weeks in a rugged, diverse landscape. Led by a seasoned naturalist, search for the elusive Brown Kiwi on Stewart Island and trek to Westland National Park—a World Heritage Area covered by vast icefields.
You'll find 1950's French industrial Jieldé lamps and vintage tapestry pillows.