HIK­ING AUS­TRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

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The cou­ple: Stephanie and Dar­nell Smith, mar­ried Oc­to­ber 24, 2015, in Healds­burg, Cal­i­for­nia. The plan: The Tiburon, Cal­i­for­nia, duo (who own a con­sult­ing busi­ness) wanted a place nei­ther of them had vis­ited—and one that, to some ex­tent, pushed them phys­i­cally. But Dar­nell also had his own agenda. “I’m on a path to hit all seven con­ti­nents, and this was my sixth,” he says. (All that re­mains: Antarc­tica.) They set­tled on Aus­tralia and New Zealand, the self-pro­claimed “ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal of the world.” Tough trails: Their out­door ac­tiv­ity of choice was hik­ing New Zealand’s di­verse land­scapes, in­clud­ing the in­tense Ben Lomond Track near Queen­stown. “We climbed rocky, moun­tain­ous ter­rain be­fore reach­ing the top, where you come to an elec­tric-blue lake with snow­capped peaks on one side and green moun­tains on the other,” Dar­nell says. “It was amaz­ing.” Un­der­wa­ter out­ing: Stephanie had snorkeled in Florida and Hawaii, but the Great Bar­rier Reef was un­like any­thing she had ex­pe­ri­enced. “I didn’t know how colorful co­ral could be when it’s thriv­ing,” she says. Their guide from Mar­crista Lux­ury Char­ters (mar­crista.com.au) took them to a se­cluded spot where they saw reef sharks in the wa­ter be­fore div­ing. “I can’t be­lieve I went in af­ter that,” Dar­nell says. “But when in Rome. . .” Fa­vorite ho­tel: The town of Te Anau is known as the gate­way to New Zealand’s fjords. Af­ter nav­i­gat­ing wind­ing roads, the cou­ple fol­lowed a nar­row path to the quiet Dun­luce Bed & Break­fast ($180 per night, dun­luce-fiord­land .co.nz). “It’s run by a sweet re­tired hus­band and wife,” Stephanie

Syd­ney Har­bour Spe­cial­ists (syd­neyhs.com.au) to tour the bay. “The concierge at the Park Hy­att (from $500 per night, parkhy­att.com) made sure our room over­looked the wa­ter so I could point out the boat below,” she says. But as she did just that, an­other cou­ple got on, think­ing it was a wa­ter taxi! Luck­ily, it was quickly re­turned to the right­ful renters.

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