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Travel Week Top Picks #5: New Zealand

HEAD TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD!  NEW ZEALAND, THAT IS.  A ONE OF A KIND DESTINATION WITH EVERYTHING FROM CITIES TO RAINFORESTS TO VOLCANOS.  WE LOVE NEW ZEALAND FOR ITS ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT AND GOOD-NATURED PEOPLE.

 


 
New Zealand Vineyard

Wine

New Zealand's wine growing regions are spread throughout the country with a variety of climactic conditions and unique soils.  While less than 1% of the worlds wine comes from New Zealand, it is well regarded for high quality varietals.  The award-winning Sauvignon Blanc has set an international benchmark for style.

 

 

 

Lodges

Travel to the ends of the earth with these remote lodges in New Zealand's countryside. Family owned, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers & Matakauri Lodge are some of the most awarded and acclaimed luxury destinations in the world.  Intimate escapes for you and your family amid stunning views and beautiful landscapes.

 
Kauri Cliffs, Kerikeri NZ

Kauri Cliffs, Kerikeri NZ

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Te Awanga NZ

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Te Awanga NZ

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown NZ

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown NZ

 
 

 
Hobbiton

Middle Earth

Over 150 actual New Zealand locations were used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy from 2001-2003.  Embrace your inner Tolkien!  Visit Matamata where the region of the Shire and village of Hobbiton were created.  Then check out Wellington's Kaitoke Regional Park which became Rivendale.  And in the South Island. visit the goldsmith responsible for creating the 40 rings used in production with one of the original rings on display.