As I flew into Blenheim from Auckland over the small islands that start the South Island of New Zealand, the lush green countryside began to unfold amongst the crystal clear water, separating the finger-like peninsulas jutting out. Budget had my car ready and off I drove for the 70 mile journey to Kaikoura. It is amazing how this coastline is almost as untouched as it was when the Maoris first came here; a real treat. As I approached, the Treehouses and Lodge at Hapuku Lodge came into sight. Continue Reading
Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, offers the visitor a modern buzz blended with old world charm. Continue Reading
ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It takes place every April 25th.
More solemnly, it commemorates the “baptism of fire” both nations suffered in World War I. Hundreds of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders signed up to support British troops and wound up in one of the darkest and most illogical battles of the war– Gallipoli. Continue Reading
Jimmy McIntyre, Otahuna Lodge’s star chef, learned early on not to play with his food.
A native New Zealander, Chef Jimmy grew up in the kitchen. “My step-father was a chef, so from an early age, I was in the kitchen. But my first job, I wasn’t allowed to cook. I washed dishes. But I observed, listened, gleaned knowledge. Charlie Trotter was my idol, a genius. Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver were also huge influences.” Continue Reading
Most claim that this captivating young adventurer made his first appearance in the travel industry at the tender age of five, working diligently to become the most efficient brochure boxer this side of the Atlantic, all the while running up and down the office halls in-between projects. Always following his father around the office throughout the years, Ian began to learn the ropes and become more engaged with the company and travel industry. As Ian grew older, his knowledge and skill set were outpaced only by his passion for travel and desire to see the world, venturing to destinations across the globe from Australia to Africa,. After four years of study, and a few years working within the hotel industry, Ian began his official career much like it started, with a wide-eyed enthusiasm and tireless work.
Cape Kidnappers Farm offers luxury, boutique accommodations, a world-class 71-par golf course, spa, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Perfect for honeymooners or a romantic getaway, the lodge is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux network, an exclusive collection of fine hotels and gourmet restaurants. Continue Reading
Treetops Lodge in Rotorua, New Zealand offers boutique luxury accommodations in the heart of the region’s forest and thermal landscape. Continue Reading