Whether your tastes are wild or mild, there’s al­ways some­thing to blow you away across the Ditch

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - BEST OF AUSTRALIA 2018 - JOHN COR­BETT

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.


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