Best Put to the Test

Travel & Leisure writer sniffs out the best luxury retreats in NZ – a country where “everyone is a hotelier, or so it can sometimes seem.” After testing the waters at Eagle’s Nest (Russell), Otahuna Lodge (Christchurch), Azur (Queenstown), the Glasshouse (Waiheke), and Delamore Lodge (Waiheke), Azur emerges as the clear favourite. “[Hidden] improbably at the end of the street in a blah Queenstown subdivision was…my breakthrough NZ hotel. Azur is nine 800-square-foot guest rooms in nine freestanding villas on a steep cliff opposite a Tolkien landscape of mountains and water. Its managers, part-owners, and creators, Anthony Ross and Nejat Sarp, are very sharp blades.”


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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…