Staying Atop an Alpine Meadow

Whare Kea Lodge pilot James Ford is gunning his helicopter up a wide, verdant valley on a perfect summer’s day,” Toronto Star travel editor Jim Byers describes. “He climbs up and up and clears a stubby ridge of rock and there they are: the sky-high tips of the Southern Alps almost within my grasp. I climb out of the helicopter near a modern mountain chalet. Martyn Myer, a New Zealand retail king and keen adventurer, founded the chalet as part of the nearby Whare Kea Lodge a few years ago. ‘He and his friends used to go tramping and found it a bit rough as they got older, so they built the cabin,’ explains Whare Kea Lodge manager Pamela Simpson. A Relais and Chateaux property, Whare Kea lodge has four deluxe rooms and two suites. The views out over the lake and up towards the mountains are stunning.”


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What to Do in Cool Lil’ Wellington

What to Do in Cool Lil’ Wellington

Wellington is, “of course”, the more “Melbourne” of the North Island’s two largest cities, according to Pedestrian TV correspondent Chantelle Schmidt. Schmidt writes that Wellington is “art, vintage, bars and all-round…