A blind wine tasting saw New Zealand chardonnays wipe the floor against offerings from Burgundy in France. And all of these wines came from the one producer.
After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.
This innovative museum could serve as a blueprint for all Australia's cultural institutions.
The 146-room Hotel X has an enticing rooftop pool, a well-equipped fitness centre and two destination restaurants.
Auckland's All Blacks Experience showcases the rich heritage and impressive achievements of NZ's two national rugby union teams.
For the first time, the two South Australian walks have been combined this year to create an epic nine-day "Ranges to River" trip.
This harbourside hotel has fine dining, a fine location and a bar with 60 rums.
Alien ships, secret kingdoms and the magic of Mordor are revealed in this New Zealand homage to the world of movie mechanics.
Luxurious comfort and green cred go together in this funky Auckland hotel.
If you'd told me a year ago I'd be participating in a silent meditation retreat, I'd have scoffed with derision.
It's easy to overlook the Hunter's impressive credentials - not only is it Australia's oldest wine region, it also has the most cellar doors (more than 150).
From great wines and food, to art, to bike riding on the Shiraz Trail, to stand-up paddleboarding: few wine areas offers as much as McLaren Vale.
The 30.5-metre turntable was the largest in the southern hemisphere when it opened in 1947.
Noticing the look of dread on my face, Silvia tries to reassure me. "If you don't want to be bothered by the spirits, just tell them," she says. "They're very respectful."
Off the beaten track, the Mausoleums of Revash, Peru are a reveleation
Colombia's culinary renaissance is best discovered at these three restaurants.