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Barack Obama attends a powhiri at Government House on March 22, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Surprise, surprise: Former President Barack Obama is on yet another glamorous trip.

Since leaving office, the one-time commander-in-chief has seemingly been on one great adventure after another. He and his family have gone to Bali, Paris, sailed on yachts in French Polynesia, dined with Bono in New York City, spent a little time on Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean, lounged around at a private Italian estate, and now, it appears Obama is spending a little alone time with the Kiwis in New Zealand.

To be fair, it’s somewhat of a working vacation for Obama; he is the guest of honor at a 900-person dinner as part of a corporate speaking function organized by the NZ-US Council. According to the Australian, Obama was paid upward of $290,000 to speak and attend the event.

But locals are hoping the president’s visit pays off for years to come in the form of tourism.

“He’s still one of the most influential people on the planet,” former Prime Minister Sir John Key told NZ radio. “From a New Zealand-US perspective [this is] really important, and from a tourism perspective the reality is there’s 100 million people [who] follow him.”

So, are you ready to follow in Obama’s footsteps and head to New Zealand? Here’s how you can have the exact same trip as the former president.

How to Stay Like Obama

According to reports, Obama stayed at The Landing, a fabulous little hideaway featuring 1,000 coastal acres alongside six private beaches and a vineyard in the Bay of Islands. There, guests can choose from a number of different bungalows to stay in including the Cooper residence, which offers panoramic ocean and country views, a private library, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and can sleep up to 12 guests.

How to Play Like Obama

Obama, an avid golf lover, also hit the links with Key, playing a round at both Kauri Cliffs and Tara Iti courses, both of which provide stunning ocean views.

If golf isn’t really your thing, New Zealand has plenty of other options, like visiting the Kaikoura’s Hope Springs, hiking Wanaka falls, going black water rafting at the Waitomo Caves, or simply sipping the day away in one of the country’s many wine regions.

How to Dine Like Obama

Obama dined with Chef Peter Gordon, one of New Zealand’s most notable chefs who is lauded as the “father of fusion cuisine.”

To taste Gordon's work with a side of breathtaking views in Auckland, check out The Sugar Club, where you can dine on dishes like saffron linguine, beef pesto, and sweetcorn blueberry fritters. Or, try Bellota for tapas-style dishes and a huge selection of Spanish wines.