HANG ON TO YOUR HATS
Whether your tastes are wild or mild, there’s always something to blow you away across the Ditch
Is there no end to the ingenuity of our Kiwi cousins? Just when you think you’ve bungeed and gawked and eaten and drunk your way through all the possibilities, they add another tweak or something completely new. No surprise then that New Zealand has plenty to interest Aussie travellers in 2018.
Sofitel recently upped the accommodation supply and the glamour quotient with the reopening of its 129-room Wellington property, a $6 million refurbishment of its Queenstown 134-room Hotel St Moritz, in the MGallery collection, and the addition of the boutique 79room Hotel Grand Windsor in Auckland to the MGallery portfolio.
Not to be outdone, there’s much buzz about the opening of QT Hotels & Resorts’ new 69-room lakeside property in Queenstown on December 1. Billed as a blend of nostalgic alpine and apres-ski ambience, the hotel’s quirky interior design and sophisticated food and drink offerings are sure to make QT the city’s next special-occasion hotel.
Not enough luxury? Three of the country’s Relais & Châteaux luxury lodges (Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Matakauri Lodge) have been rebranded as Robertson Lodges, offering high-end itineraries throughout the country.
Among Robertson’s 2018 line-up of luxury experiences is the nine-day, golf-centric The Tiger Tour, playing world-renowned courses designed by David Harman and Tom Doak.