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Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

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Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

You’ll feel like a modern version of Tarzan and Jane with this unique New Zealand accommodation, nested 30 feet above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove. Each tree house has spectacular views of Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains and surf-washed Pacific coastline. The tree houses provide the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion- escape and treat yourself to the Tarzan and Jane Tree House retreat package. This package includes one night in a luxury tree house, a bottle of wine on arrival, dinner and breakfast at $795 per...

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Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008

The multiple-award winning Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc is grown in Marlborough on stony riverbed terraces, gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to give intense passionfruit and gooseberry fruit characters. The wine is fruit-driven in style, with complexity from lees ageing for several months in stainless steel tanks before bottling. This is a classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc with intense flavours and crisp acid in a dry style. The 2008 vintage has won a string of awards in London, Tokyo and San Francisco, and is served on...

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Hot spots

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Hot spots

Wherever you are in Auckland, you’re never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands, boutique shopping and invigorating nightlife. One of Auckland’s true appeals is the world-class food that’s on offer – the city is overflowing with restaurants, café and bars, all waiting to be discovered. So the next time you’re looking for a bite to eat check out these hot spots. Breakfast in Devonport Devonport is the historical maritime village nestled on Auckland’s North Shore. You can take in Devonport’s unique heritage...

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Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2009

This palate-tempter is quite a fruity character and, with a balanced power and richness, the Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is the winner of multiple Air New Zealand Gold Awards. It is a most compatible companion with Bluff oysters for a match made in culinary heaven. If the Eradus’ racy acidity is not enough to get your pulse going, pairing it with the aphrodisiac oyster surely will. Available: www.eraduswines.co.nz...

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A Little Slice Of Los Angeles Life

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A Little Slice Of Los Angeles Life

Santa Monica Santa Monica’s story began when a Franciscan monk, inspired by the region’s natural springs, named the area after Saint Monica. The rest, as they say, is history – and it’s a rich history at that. Santa Monica has 5.6 km of well-maintained golden California beach and enjoys, on average, 340 days of sunshine a year. Both a seaside town and bustling city, Santa Monica has activities for young and old, from beach games and bike paths to art galleries and nightclubs, from shopping and fitness to theatere and concerts. There’s the...

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Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir

Few things in life are better than a good red wine and a hearty meal. And as autumn approaches, now’s the time to think about what to serve at your next dinner party. Look no further than the award-winning Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir. The 2009 vintage took out the overall award at 2010’s prestigious Air New Zealand wine awards, hailed by the chair of judges Steve Smith as “the finest example of the finest red wine variety in this country”. He went onto say, “Wild flowers, thyme and black fruits on the nose, nothing restrained but there...

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Adventure In Whakatane

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Whakatane sits in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand; in a spectacular spot right beside the Pacific Ocean. Its warm waters are world-famous for incredible deep sea fishing and a wide range of marine sports. Relax on the creamy golden sands at Ohope beach, explore New Zealand’s only live sea volcano – White Island. Go whale watching, take a plunge with the dolphins, walk or run through some native bush, watch rare sea birds in flight at the Ohiwa harbour, go on a mountain-bike tour. For the adventurous at heart it’s the ideal playground...

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Family Fun In Lake Taupo

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Family Fun In Lake Taupo

In the middle of a varied landscape offering a range of activities and sights sits a sparkling Lake Taupo against a scenic backdrop of volcanic mountains. It’s the ideal base for a family holiday, exploring restaurants, nature sights, arts and craft galleries and hot thermal pools, not to mention the water adventures on offer by local tour operators. Where to stay: West Wellow holiday property On the hills above Acacia Bay is perched the ideal luxury holiday property for a family in need of a break. Unwind and relax amongst the tall trees,...

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Morton Estate’s 2000 Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle

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Morton Estate’s 2000 Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle

First it was chardonnays, then pinot noirs. Now it seems New Zealand is developing a reputation for sparkling wine. Morton Estate has found sweet success with its 2000 Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle, which recently won a gold medal award in the Spiegelau International Wine Competition. The company uses some of New Zealand’s top winemakers, leading technology and the best traditional winemaking practices to craft a range of wines which are have found international fame. Heading into summer, this sweet and fizzy sparkling wine serves as...

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Thai Adventure

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Thai Adventure

Jungle Trek It is not your typical beach holiday, but Northern Thailand is the perfect destination for holiday goers who don’t like to sit still. With its rough and mountainous scenery it has been a popular destination for many adventure seekers. The perfect gateway for an adventurer’s Thai holiday is the country’s northern city of Chiang Mai which leads straight into the Thai jungle. Rest up in this gorgeous city which is the perfect blend of big city and small town both before and after your trek. Just an hour north out of town is a range...

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