Choice stays ... Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet, Wanaka.

Rising stars

New Zealand's coterie of luxury lodges continues to grow, renovate and reinvent. Max Anderson reports.

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Otago Peninsula, New Zealand Driving along low-lying Portobello Road, waves lapping at the car tyres, you really feel ...

Your questions

My husband and I are planning a trip to New Zealand for three or four weeks. Any ideas for a suitable itinerary to get the most out of our trip?

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Whakarewarewa geyser

The space and the pace

Wrong meal. Late flight. Bad start. There's nothing like a half-assed departure to dampen expectations.

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Natural beauty ... geothermal mud is good for the skin.

Here's to mud in your eye

Invigorating therapy for mind, body and spirit is just a matter of following your nose, writes Mal Chenu.

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