The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Hamil­ton is in the heart of horse coun­try. Mark Todd came from Cam­bridge, the sur­round­ing Ken­tucky-like pas­tures pro­duce some of the best thor­ough­bred stock in the world and most week­ends you can hear the thwack of polo mal­lets hit­ting balls. So it’s fit­ting there should be a lux­ury lodge with a classy pedi­gree 20 min­utes from the city. For “classy” read wel­com­ing treats of cho­co­late-dipped apri­cots filled with cream cheese, toi­letries made from lo­cal laven­der, vin­tagestyle bikes to cy­cle along the coun­try roads, cast-iron slip­per baths, fresh flow­ers, well-stocked pantries and hand-crafted lo­cal china.

Sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion has never looked so good. 106 Maun­gakawa Road, Cam­bridge, (07) 823 4136, hunt­ing­

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