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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Australian & Nz Ski Holidays - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

THE Spire, an award-win­ning bou­tique ho­tel in the heart of Queen­stown, of­fers a chic al­ter­na­tive to the town’s fa­mous lake­side lodges. All 10 suites fea­ture stone-clad fire­places, large fur­nished bal­conies, New Zealand art­works, con­tem­po­rary de­signer fur­ni­ture and iPod-en­abled in­for­ma­tion sys­tems (with com­pli­men­tary in­ter­net ac­cess). When step­ping out, go di­rect to the ho­tel staff for inspiration; bustling restau­rants, bars and shops sit a mere block or two from your suite, and our strong cur­rency makes the whole Queen­stown ex­pe­ri­ence more affordable than ever. More: thes­pire­ho­tels.com. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Prop­erty De­vel­op­ing Abroad: Pre­miere of an­other Bri­tish prop­erty show, sort of like Amanda Lamb’s A Place in the Sun but with more tools and trades­men; first up, af­fa­ble Ir­ish host Gary Mc­Caus­land is help­ing Ge­orgina from Cam­bridge find a ski chalet in Bul­garia. Tonight, 8.30pm, Life­Style Home. In­spec­tor Ge­orge Gen­tly: Durham Cathe­dral and the city’s Univer­sity Col­lege fea­ture as back­drops in this fea­ture-length Ge­orge Gen­tly out­ing set in north­east Eng­land in the 1960s; guest-star­ring the mar­vel­lously crum­pled War­ren Clarke (from Dalziel and Pas­coe). Sun­day, 8.30pm, ABC1.

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