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Bookabach Blackhouse Lodge – First to See the Light

 Bookabach Blackhouse Lodge – First to See the Light By Justine Tyerman When celebrities come to Gisborne, they stay at the Bookabach Blackhouse Lodge, a magnificent private residence overlooking the golden sands of Wainui, one of New Zealand’s primo surfing beaches. From this elevated, ridge-top location, guests can experience something totally unique. Gisborne – or Gizzy as it’s known to the locals – holds the distinction of being the most easterly city on the planet, so it’s the first city in the world to see the light of each new day. The sun rising from the Pacific Ocean is a dazzling...

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TranzAlpine Rail — One of the World’s Great Train Journeys

 TranzAlpine Rail — One of the World’s Great Train Journeys By Justine Tyerman New Zealand is such a tall, slim-waisted country that you can travel across it in leisurely style and comfort by train in just five hours. The TranzAlpine Rail travels daily from the garden city of Christchurch and the golden sands of the Pacific Ocean on the East Coast, to the old gold mining town of Greymouth and the black sands of the Tasman Sea on the wild West Coast. The breathtaking and infinitely-varied TranzAlpine, justifiably known as one of the world’s great train journeys, takes passengers across...

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Dart Stables — On Horseback in New Zealand

Dart Stables — On Horseback in New Zealand By Justine Tyerman Horseback riding with Dart Stables is by far the most peaceful way to explore the exquisite part of New Zealand’s South Island known to Maori as Te Wāhipounamu: The Place of Greenstone. The stables are located at Glenorchy, 45 minutes from Queenstown along the side of Lake Wakatipu, rated one of the world’s most scenic drives. Our guides Lindsay and Julia led us along a grassy lane to the broad shingle flats of the glacier-fed, braided Dart River, encircled by a necklace of majestic mountains named after Greek gods. The names...

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The Largest Alpine Resort in New Zealand Announced

   New Zealand’s Largest Alpine Resort Announced By Justine Tyerman Attention all skiers and snowboarders! The announcement we’ve been praying for, here in New Zealand anyway, has finally taken place. There’s been dancing in the streets of Wanaka and crazy antics in the mountains. Cardrona General Manager Bridget Legnavsky, and Real Journeys CEO Richard Lauder last week announced a partnership between Real Journeys Group, the owners of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Queenstown businessman John Darby who owns Soho Basin, to create the largest Alpine Resort in New Zealand...

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The Amazing Accom Gucci Luxury Vacation Home

Amazing Accom’s Luxury Vacation Homes: Gucci Luxury Globe Media Contributing Editor Justine Tyerman has had plenty of personal experience with Amazing Accom’s luxury portfolio of properties. She’s also had the great pleasure of meeting the founder of the business, Campbell Bevan, at one of his gorgeous Queenstown, New Zealand, houses. The Amazing Accom Gucci property, featured in this video, is a beautiful stone home at sunny Arthurs Point that accommodates 12 guests with ease. It’s one of Amazing Accom’s 3,000-plus quality private rental properties around the world. Soon to partner with...

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Lodge at The Hills on New Zealand’s South Island

  Lodge at The Hills on New Zealand’s South Island By Justine Tyerman Before or after your trip to Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of New Zealand‘s South Island (4.5 hours by road or a short hop by helicopter from Queenstown Airport), LuxuryNewZealand.com recommends staying at Lodge at The Hills. Located near Lake Hayes, 20 minutes from Queenstown and two minutes from Arrowtown, this magnificent private residence is surrounded by mountains and set on 500 acres of land adjacent to the world-renowned private Hills Golf Course, home to the New Zealand Open. Lodge at The Hills is...

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Everyone’s a VIP at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Everyone’s a VIP at Cardrona Alpine Resort By Justine Tyerman Cardrona Alpine Resort sits high on a mountain range between Queenstown and Wanaka in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The views are breathtaking – on a clear day, you can even see Aorangi / Mt Cook. I’ve skied at many resorts in New Zealand and around the world but Cardrona makes me feel like one of the family. I’ve skied there since it first began in 1980 and it’s so familiar, I can even handle it in a whiteout. At Cardrona, everyone’s a VIP – whether you’re a first-time skier or snowboarder, there on a ski holiday with...

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Fiordland National Park – Hiking the Hollyford Track

 Fiordland National Park: Hiking Hollyford Track By Justine Tyerman The Hollyford Track is an ideal way to experience the very essence of New Zealand’s wilderness, as well as the country’s rich history and heritage. Located in Fiordland National Park, the remote and spectacular Hollyford Valley is home to breathtaking beech forest and a rich New Zealand history. On the three-day / two-night all-inclusive Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience, you will be transported from the mountains to the sea, traversing the valley by foot, jetboat, and helicopter. The trip concludes with a...

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The Dacha by Touch of Spice – Lake Wanaka Luxury

 The Dacha – Luxury Overlooking Beautiful Lake Wanaka By Justine Tyerman While in Wanaka and exploring the magnificent Rob Roy Glacier, LuxuryNewZealand.com recommends staying at a luxurious property such as the Dacha by Touch of Spice, one of the country’s finest private residences (see the video above). The Dacha is part of The Residence Collection by Touch of Spice. The Residence Collection is a carefully-curated portfolio of the very finest luxury accommodation available throughout New Zealand. From expansive private estates and oceanfront retreats to boutique lodges, owners’...

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Cascata – Luxury Stays in Queenstown, NZ

Cascata – Luxury Stays in Queenstown, NZ By Justine Tyerman If you’re planning on tackling the Hollyford Track, consider staying in Queenstown at a luxurious Touch of Spice property such as Cascata, part of the company’s Residence Collection. The Residence Collection by Touch of Spice consists of the very best luxury accommodation available throughout New Zealand. From exquisite private estates and waterfront retreats to magnificent lodges, quaint cottages, and luxury homes, you can expect to pay between $5,000NZD to $35,000NZD a night. During your Residence Collection stay you will be...

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