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NEWfrom the Huka Re­treats group is a splen­did pub­li­ca­tion of more than 300 pages cel­e­brat­ing its trio of lux­ury properties — Huka Lodge in New Zealand, Dol­phin Is­land in Fiji and Grande Provence Es­tate in South Africa. Worlds Apart ($NZ74.95) has a fore­word by Bryce Courte­nay, who passed away dur­ing the book’s pub­li­ca­tion process. Courte­nay was a long-time friend of Huka Re­treats founder and owner Alex van Heeren (pic­tured) and he writes warmly of the three hide­aways, es­pe­cially flag­ship Huka Lodge be­side the Waikato River near Lake Taupo on the North Is­land. The pic­ture book is full of gor­geous im­ages by Ge­off Ma­son — not just of the ac­com­mo­da­tion but sur­round­ing land­scapes, boun­ti­ful lo­cal pro­duce and staff, in­clud­ing, on Dol­phin Is­land, the amaz­ing Dawn Simpson, host­ess and hon­orary mother to those for­tu­nate guests (like me) who have found shel­ter there. More: hukalodge.co.nz/shop.

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