Most Beautiful Islands in the South Pacific

Aerial view of Fiji coastline

Summer is upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time for sunbathing on white-sand beaches, ice-cold beverages with tiny umbrellas, and plenty of outdoor adventures. What’s the best place to do all that? A South Pacific island, of course.

With swaying palm trees, dramatic coastlines, and shimmering turquoise waters, the archipelagos of Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu are the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific. And you live in one of the best places on earth to take advantage of these gorgeous landscapes. Book a stay at one of these pristine properties and hop on the next flight for your most photogenic holiday ever.


Talofa! You’ll be hearing that word a lot in Samoa. It means “welcome”, and these islands are renowned for their hospitality. Samoa is also famous for its traditional dances and gorgeous coastline. It’s one of the most unique cultures in the South Pacific, and has to be experienced to be believed.

Where to Stay in Samoa

Le Vasa Resort

Waterfront huts at Le Vasa Resort in Samoa

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Nestled on the westernmost point of Upolu island, Le Vasa Resort is accessible, yet perfectly secluded. Just ten minutes from the airport and five minutes from the ferry port, you’d never guess you’re actually on a historic site. A thousand years ago, Samoa’s final battle with Tonga took place here—an epic tale the Le Vasa staff is more than happy to share with you. These legends are all part of the experience, which also includes authentic local activities and delectable regional cuisine at on-site restaurant Cocolini’s by the Sea.

Return to Paradise Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for truly untouched coastline, look no further than Return to Paradise, on Upolu’s southwest coast. In 1953, the beach caught the attention of Hollywood scouts, and the movie Return to Paradise was filmed there. However, the landowners refused to sell out to corporate interests, finally developing the land just a few years ago. This resort was built by the villagers, and is proudly 100% owned and operated by Samoans and staffed by extended family. It may be one of the island’s newest properties, but you’re sure to enjoy an authentic holiday.

Things to Do in Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa

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It’s not only Samoa’s culture that’s impressive. This island nation is home to many stunning natural landscapes. Sign up for the Forgotten Bay Scuba Tour and you’ll get to snorkel from a secluded beach, looking beneath the waves for reef sharks and turtles. For the adventurous, there are the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, naturally formed waterslides only about a fifteen minute drive from the capital of Apia. And no traveller can miss To Sua Ocean Trench, which literally means “Giant Swimming Hole”. Climb thirty metres down a wooden ladder to snorkel in this picturesque locale.


When you picture sparkling lagoons, pristine beaches, and over-the-water huts, Fiji is probably the first island that comes to mind. And you’re not wrong: Fiji is one of the most idyllic islands in the South Pacific.

Where to Stay in Fiji

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

Pool area of Hilton Fiji Beach Resort

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Located at the northern tip of Denarau Island and sprawled over 2.5 kilometres of private beachfront, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa is the ideal couples’ retreat. Koro, the resort’s brand-new, adults-only zone, includes a private bar, pools, deck, and beachfront created exclusively to eat, drink, and relax. There is even an adults-only restaurant, KORO, serving up Mediterranean tapas and plenty of fresh seafood. Bringing the kids? The resort has a complimentary children’s club, giving you the peace of mind to relax—and still enjoy these amazing adults-only amenities.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort

Live the laid-back island lifestyle at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort, a sparkling, newly renovated property on its own private island. Yanuca Island sits off Viti Levu’s south coast, surrounded by deepwater lagoons. The resort recently added the Reef Wing, an adults-only section with a separate entrance and check-in desk and exclusive pools and restaurants. It also has nightly entertainment, bringing in international DJs and chefs for pop-up parties and restaurants throughout the year. Relax in the spa or spend an active day parasailing or snorkelling. At Shangri-La’s, the day is yours.

Nanuku Auberge Resort

Pool area of Nanuku Auberge Resort at sunset

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Be treated like royalty at Nanuku Auberge Resort. On this private, 500-acre estate, you’ll discover fine dining among the treetops or on a coastal cliff. Enjoy exceptional massages on a treetop platform suspended over the beach. And you’ll have one-of-a-kind experiences, like tending to mangroves with the locals, planting coral, and even beekeeping. Arrange for a secluded outdoor movie night or an excursion to the resort’s private island—or, simply book a room with a kitchen and bring in the resort’s private chef for the ultimate meal. At Nanuku Auberge, it’s all about you.

Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina

Off the main island’s west coast lie the Mamanuca Islands, one of Fiji’s most beautiful areas. Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina perfectly captures this island chain’s laid-back vibe. Relax around the island’s largest swimming pool—you’ll find plenty of those tiny umbrellas you’ve been dreaming of at this sun-soaked property. With its daily snorkelling trips, sand-between-your-toes beach bar, and bright, airy villas that welcome you with a slice of island-baked coconut lime shortbread, you can’t capture the Fijian spirit any better than this.

Things to Do in Fiji

Snorkelling in Fiji

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If you want to sunbathe on white-sand beaches all day, this is the place to do it. But there are plenty of activities you can take part in, too. The South Sea Island Full Day Cruise takes you just thirty minutes from the city of Nadi. You’ll feel worlds away as you spend the day swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking on this secluded island. Back on land, visit the Naihehe Caves on an off-road quad bike safari. But first, you’ll participate in a traditional kava ceremony, a must-do on any Fiji trip. For another unique experience, the Suva Day Tour takes you around the charming capital, giving you a taste—literally—of Fiji’s culture.


A short hop across the Coral Sea to Vanuatu, and you’ll be witnessing rare traditions like nanggol (bungy jumping from wooden structures), camping on active volcanoes, and diving acclaimed shipwrecks. The treasures of Vanuatu are only amplified by its under-the-radar status.

Where to Stay in Vanuatu

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Over-water huts at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Image by Cleo Codrington, courtesy of Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Located just minutes from town on exclusive lagoon frontage, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is an oasis in Port Vila. The resort offers idyllic overwater accommodation, with uninterrupted views from your private balcony and direct access to the lagoon’s warm waters. In fact, Seema Goundar, director of marketing, says, “When people see images of our Overwater Villas, it can easily be assumed that they are priced out of reach, but the resort team prides themselves on providing competitive rates. Service and that ‘special touch’ are all part of the experience when you stay with us.”

Breakas Beach Resort

Looking for a tropical getaway with an awesome location, atmosphere, and vibe? You can’t go past Breakas Beach Resort. This adults-only hotel is located directly on its own private beach—we’re talking dining with ocean panoramas and your feet in the sand. Lounge by the infinity pool or work your way through the cocktail list at Salt Bar. Oh, and don’t forget your surfboard. Breakas Beach Resort is perfectly positioned on the best surf beach in Efate. It’s just one more way to fully experience all Vanuatu has to offer.

Things to Do in Vanuatu

Boat on a bay in Vanuatu

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Vanuatu’s main island, Efate, is filled with activities for intrepid adventurers. On the Efate Island Safari, you’ll head inland to take a dip in a refreshing swimming hole and get a glimpse of fire-walking and other ancient traditions. The Glass-Bottom Boat & Snorkelling Cruise takes you in the other direction, out into Mele Bay to check out what’s below the surface in this legendary dive spot. Really want to go all out? Nothing will take your breath away like a helicopter flight that lands you on the rim of Ambrym Volcano. Peer into the volcano’s fiery depths for an unforgettable experience.

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Infinity Pacific sails to Sydney

Superyachts and Sydney Harbour go hand in hand. Sailing underneath the Harbour Bridge, past Sydney Opera House and out to the Eastern Suburbs or Manly is a surefire way to get a taste of one of the world’s most spectacular harbourside cities. So when a spectacular 40m Italian-built alloy yacht turns up, it can make a splash.

The Infinity Pacific is owned by The Pacific Hotel Group, hoteliers who are no strangers to luxury. With the Sofitel Noosa Pacific, Novotel Sydney, Manly Pacific and the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific as part of their portfolio, they know how to look after their guests. The yacht itself is a showstopper. With three levels, five bedrooms, floor to ceiling sunroom, formal and informal dining room, upper deck, soaker tub and bar, it’s not your average vessel. The master suite stretches across the full width of the yacht, a rarity that makes cruising a dream. There’s also the ensuite and walk in shower, the combined space larger than plenty of hotel rooms. With a chic interior design scheme, it’s also a lot more stylish than other boats on the harbour.

Beyond the bed for the night, guests are well looked after by the eight person crew – the chef whipping up a menu designed by Aussie celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita, who is well known for serious seafood and his Sri Lankan influence on local menus. Expect Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Ruby Grapefruit to be paired with top notch internal wines and plenty of French champagne. Sit down for a full meal in the formal dining room or head up to the top level to sprawl out on the deck on cushions, with canapés and cold drinks straight from the bar.

The Infinity Pacific will be available for Charter until March 2019, docked at The Foreshore, at Sydney’s Superyacht Marina in Rozelle. Take it out on the harbour, or go further afield around Australia.

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Sensational Singapore: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Wrap-Up

Racetrack of the Singapore Grand Prix at night

Warm nights, racing under lights, trackside parties galore, the hottest acts on stage, all against the backdrop of one of the world’s great cities – it could only be the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.

This year’s 11th edition was one of the best yet, with now five-time F1 World Champion, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, taking his fourth win at Marina Bay, as the fireworks erupted down the main straight and the crowds went wild. Australian Daniel Ricciardo started and finished sixth for Red Bull Racing, a tough race in his last season with the team before joining Renault next year.

On-track, fans were treated to stunning night racing – with F1, as well as competitive sportscar series Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Off-track, we saw epic live performances from 27 acts, featuring headliners Martin Garrix, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Jay Chou, Dua Lipa, and Simply Red.

Of course, plans for F1’s original night race in 2019 are already underway – with more to see and do around Circuit Park – while changes to the F1 cars are expected to make the competition even closer, with an intense three-way battle at the front expected between top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Naturally, you can expect 2019’s entertainment line-up to make news when it’s released, with past headline acts at the event including Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kylie Minogue, The Killers, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, and Jennifer Lopez. There’s something for everyone.

And it’s an easy event for Australians, with just a short flight from all major capital cities – making it easy on annual leave for a quick getaway with the lot, including unlimited dining, shopping and relaxation options just beyond Circuit Park. Plus, you can enjoy up to 33 per cent in savings if you buy Super Early Bird tickets before November 15, 2018.

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Gold Coast’s Hidden Gems

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Queensland’s Gold Coast was once known for its high-rise buildings, sprawling resorts and theme parks, however in recent years, the surf city has transformed from a tourist mecca into an entrepreneurial and creative hub with a host of new restaurants, galleries and boutiques popping up what seems like every week. There are also a slew of hip boutique markets, secret waterfalls and hidden gems to explore – if you know where to look. If you’re visiting the GC this summer, here are some under-the-radar points of interest to add to your hit list.

Echo Beach

Echo Beach in Gold Coast Australia

Yes, there are 57 kilometres of picture-perfect beaches on the Gold Coast, but don’t leave town without taking a dip at the lesser-known Echo Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful swimming spots. Located within the Burleigh Heads National Park at the northern side of Tallebudgera Creek, this sheltered spot is an ideal place for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding – or SUPing, as the locals call it – and people watching. There’s a flagged swimming area across the creek on the Palm Beach side of the bridge for those who prefer a patrolled beach, but this seriously picturesque cove is flat, protected and ideal for basking in the glorious Queensland sunshine. Be sure to get there early, as this Instagrammable beach gets busy due to its natural beauty.

Where: The Burleigh Heads National Park side of Tallebudgera Creek.

The Village Markets

The Village Markets in Gold Coast Australia

When local marketing executives Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller were made redundant from their jobs during the GFC (aka the global financial crisis), it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to them – and the Gold Coast’s cultural scene. Avid travellers and long-time fans of bazaars such as London’s Portobello Road Market, the fashion savvy colleagues were determined to inject some much-needed culture and community into the tourist town and give emerging talent on the Coast a platform to showcase their designs.

A decade later, The Village Markets, which celebrated its milestone 10th birthday on October 7, has become one of the most loved boutique designer markets in Australia and a launchpad for local brands-turned-international success stories like Peony swimwear, Kivari, Children of the Tribe and Grace Bijoux.

The market is held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School, so you can take a morning dip in the ocean at beautiful Burleigh and walk across the road to TVM. Grab a coffee and some food from the range of food trucks, chill on a blanket and listen to some tunes by local musicians – Ziggy Alberts started off at TVM – and shop a carefully edited selection of 100-plus fashion, homewares, ceramics, swimwear, active wear and children’s wear stalls. ‘Good Vibes Only’ is the ethos of TVM, and you will certainly find it in spades.

Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads, 8.30am–1pm.

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach in Gold Coast Australia

It’s easy to miss this idyllic enclave while driving along the Gold Coast Highway to or from Gold Coast Airport. However, turn off at the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which has attracted the likes of Eva Longoria and Pink in recent weeks, follow the road towards the beach and you’ll find one of the region’s most beautiful seaside villages. Currumbin, located 25km south of Surfers, has long had a fierce greens movement who have fought hard to keep the area free from high-rises, so it has a completely different vibe to action-packed spots like Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, but is what many locals consider to be the ‘real Gold Coast.’

Grab an Acai bowl – try the coconut and cacao – and a strong flat white from the friendly crew at hole-in-the-wall The Salt Mill and chill on the grass, browse the selection of boutiques or paddle out for a wave at iconic surf spot The Alley. The estuary where Currumbin Creek meets the Pacific Ocean is the perfect place to take a dip or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. For a late lunch and cold beer, the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, built against Elephant Rock, is as close as you’ll get to the water without getting wet.

From September 14 to 23, the area turns into an open-air gallery for the family-friendly Swell Sculpture Festival, which showcases the work of local, national and international artists. After a long day in the sun, Balter Brewing Company, the beer brand designed by pro surfers Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, is just a five-minute drive away and is open from Wednesday through Sunday.

Natural Bridge Waterfall

The Natural Bridge Waterfall in Gold Coast Australia

The Coast’s coastline might draw tourists to the city in droves, but its natural beauty extends far beyond the world-renowned white sand beaches. With its sub-tropical rainforest, ancient trees and cascading waterfalls, the hinterland is home to a host of natural attractions, including Springbrook National Park, which is a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The jewel in the national park is Natural Bridge, a sunlit waterfall pouring across and down through a hole in an arched cave-like formation.

The natural bridge can be accessed via the Natural Bridge Circuit, an easy 30-minute walking trail which weaves through towering hoop pines, stranger figs, lush palm trees and running streams and into the cave. The cave is home to thousands of glow-worms, micro bats, luminous fungi and fireflies, so the view is just as spectacular at night. You can bring a picnic or head to the Natural Arch Café, a few kilometres down the road.

Where: Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge Road, Springbrook.

Greenhouse Bath House

The Greenhouse Bath House in Gold Coast Autralia

Like the rest of the world, plant-based living is more popular than ever before on the Gold Coast with a host of vegan restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, spas and beauty salons popping up around the city. Sisters Natalie and Charlie Evans took veganism from a sub-culture to the mainstream with their popular plant-based eatery Greenhouse Canteen at Miami a few years ago, and have expanded into the wellness landscape with their unisex communal rejuvenation space.

Tucked away behind some shops at the mouth of the Tallebudgera Valley, this Moroccan-inspired oasis is the perfect place to relax and recharge. There are a few packages to choose from, but a favourite is the Luxe Soak [$75pp], which includes use of the two heated hydrotherapy spas, wet steam room, red cedar sauna, magnesium plunge pool and a plant-based lunch with champagne or kombucha. For extra cruelty-free pampering, you can add a full body massage to your package. Bliss.

Where: 7/37a Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads.

Foodie’s Paradise

Hellenika restaurant in Nobby Beach Australia

Like the cultural scene, the culinary landscape on the Coast has evolved in recent years with some exceptional dining venues attracting foodies to the region. For world-class, modern Greek fare and a buzzing rooftop bar, try Hellenika at Nobby Beach. The hatted Kiyomi at the recently redeveloped The Star Gold Coast offers a flawless Japanese dining experience, while the Moreton Bay bug rolls and cocktails at beachfront Pan-Asian gem Rick Shores, recently voted Queensland’s Best Restaurant in the Delicious 100, are worth visiting the Gold Coast for alone.

Hailed as the new Byron Bay, Burleigh is also home to Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart and his wife Karla’s new upscale bistro Restaurant Labart and the $9.1 million Burleigh Pavilion. The brainchild of the owners of Sydney and Bali’s Mrs Sippy, the beachfront bar and restaurant is set to open in early December with 2 Michelin starred-chef Guillaume Zika at the helm. For a more casual bite and some live music, permanent night food markets Burleigh’s Barbecue Bazaar and Miami Marketta make for a fun night out.

Miami Marketta in Gold Coast Australia

Cougal Cascades

The lush Currumbin Valley at the southern end of the coast is home to the Currumbin Rock Pools, which, sadly, have become a little overpopulated in recent years. However, drive a little further along Currumbin Creek Road to its end and you’ll come to the car park for Mount Cougal, Springbrook National Park. A sealed walking track will take you to Cougal Cascades, a series of beautiful mountain rock pools, small waterfalls and a natural rockslide surrounded by lush sub-tropical rainforest. There are plenty of shady spots for a dip and a picnic, or you can take a 1km walk along the bitumen path to the restored remains of a 1940s heritage saw mill. On the way home, pop into Freeman’s Organic Farm for a coffee from the farm café and some fresh produce.

Cougal Cascades in Gold Coast Australia

Where: Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley.

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The Ultimate Luxury Guide to Queenstown

Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown with lake and mountains

Queenstown may be known as New Zealand’s “Adventure Capital”, but we think it should be known as the Capital of Luxury. After all, what’s better than sinking into the warm waters of your own private hot tub after a day spent jet skiing on the lake? Or returning to a relaxing glass of Krug champagne after an adrenaline-fuelled bungy jump?

We spoke with the top executives at three of Queenstown’s most luxurious properties—Eichardt’s Private Hotel, The Rees Hotel, and Matakauri Lodge—to uncover the South Island’s most extravagant indulgences.


Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Exterior of Eichardt's Hotel in Queenstown

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Location, location, location. Eichardt’s Private Hotel is right on the lakefront in the city centre. “Walk out the door and you’re into the cafes and bars and restaurants”, says Group General Manager James Cavanagh. It makes sense: this historic property is the city’s original hotel, and the town grew up around it. Its façade is heritage-listed, and it features all original stonework and timberwork. With just 11 rooms, Eichardt’s is the definition of a luxury boutique hotel, and includes service befitting such a distinguished landmark.

The Suite: In November 2016, Eichardt’s opened New Zealand’s highest-priced hotel suite: The Penthouse. This 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom rooftop suite has a huge terrace with a hot tub and an indoor sauna and fireplace. It includes an on-call private chef and a 24-hour butler (bonus: your butler is also a sommelier and tour guide).

The Awards: Eichardt’s is the most awarded private hotel in the country. Among other honours, it was named the Luxury Hotel and Restaurant of the Year at the international Luxury Travel Guide Awards, then crowned New Zealand’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at the annual World Ski Awards for the fifth year running.

The Rees Hotel

The Lakeview Penthouse at the Rees Hotel

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At The Rees Hotel, you’ll feel free to just relax. Chief Executive Mark Rose says, “We have an amazing location in an amazing town, but our real point of difference is our engaged, happy, friendly team—nothing is a problem”. Sip world-renowned vintages in the award-winning True South Dining Room, explore the town on an electric bicycle, or just relax in your room with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Queenstown is your playground, and the team at The Rees will ensure you have a holiday to remember.

The Suite: The Rees’ most opulent offerings are the Lakeside Residences. There are only five of these three-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury apartments. Recline on your oversized terrace taking in stunning alpine views, then head to dinner whenever you choose—you’ll have priority booking status in the dining room. Best of all? “People love having our Luxury Curator on call from the moment they arrive to sort their days”, says Mr. Rose.

The Awards: The Rees won Best New Zealand Hotel and Best New Zealand Chef at the 2017 Hotel Management Awards. True South Dining Room chef Ben Batterbury is a rising star, and the restaurant’s wine list has numerous awards as well, including making Fine Wine’s World’s Best Wine Lists 2017 and a Wine Spectator Award for the last seven years.

Matakauri Lodge

Hot tub at Matakauri Lodge

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Matakauri Lodge is located 7.5km from downtown Queenstown, making it the perfect combination of vibrant city life and relaxed country seclusion. “Guests feel like they are a mile away from anything when nestled into the banks of Lake Wakatipu”, says Emanuel Grosch, Matakauri Lodge Manager. Mesmerising views of “The Big Three” (the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, and Walter Peak) are just the beginning of your “home away from home” experience—the hotel’s cuisine is inspired by local, seasonal produce, and the warm service is always welcoming.

The Room: The Owner’s Cottage is the epitome of extravagance: four bedrooms, each with a private balcony with mountain panoramas, plus a main lounge, study, kitchen, and dining room—with a private chef available. And you’ll have a spacious outdoor courtyard and a main balcony with an infinity-edge hot tub. It doesn’t get any better.

The Awards: Matakauri Lodge made the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best, and was named the No. 5 Best Resort in Australia and New Zealand by T+L. It also made the Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List and was named No. 2 Best New Zealand Luxury Property (within driving distance to a city).



Winery in Gibbston New Zealand

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Mr. Rose of The Rees has planned your perfect day. Pedal along the bike trail that links Queenstown and Gibbston and explore the best of the area’s viticulture along the way. Don’t go past the award-winning pinot noir at Brennan Wines and pinot gris at Peregrine Wines. And don’t forget to have some lunch along the way—duck confit or lamb pithivier at Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant will do the trick. Top it all off with a bungy jump from the famous Kawarau Bridge for a day that embodies the true New Zealand spirit.

Southern Lakes Art and Wine Tour

Historic buildings in Arrowtown New Zealand

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Mr. Grosch of Matakauri Lodge says this tour can’t be missed. You’ll be in the care of Black ZQN, the premier luxury tour operator in Queenstown, for a personalised excursion spent exploring the art studios of Arrowtown and the vineyards of Central Otago. Along the way you can feast on indulgent meals prepared just for you. Whether you love art, wine, food, or all three, this tour is ideal.

Private Yacht Charter

Private yacht charter at Eichardt's hotel

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Eichardt’s owns a 24-m-long cruising yacht called the Pacific JEMM, which will be used exclusively for private charters on Lake Wakatipu, says Mr. Cavanagh. Immerse yourself in the inlets and hidden coves of New Zealand’s longest lake, customising your adventure however you choose. Stop in charming lakeside towns like Kingston and Glenorchy, or get away from it all on secluded islands. The day is yours to enjoy.


La Rumbla

Plated food at La Rumbla restaurant in Arrowtown New Zealand

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This tapas and cocktail bar makes the list thanks to Mr. Rose of The Rees, who says, “La Rumbla in Arrowtown is my favourite restaurant”. That’s quite a recommendation coming from an executive of one of Queenstown’s most luxurious hotels. The menu can change, but signature dishes include Brazilian seafood moqueca, linguine con granchio, and ricotta fritti, as well as incredible desserts.

Botswana Butchery

Steak at Botswana Butchery in Queenstown

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For lakefront dining, you can’t beat Botswana Butchery. The best seats are on the deck, near the outdoor fireplace, where the lake will be right in front of you. Inside, sumptuous leather couches next to roaring fireplaces invite you to sit for a drink and stay for a meal. There’s no rush here—start with delectable French onion soup, share the slow-roasted lamb shoulder, and see where the night takes you.

Eichardt’s Bar

Famous seafood chowder at Eichardt's Bar in Queenstown

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When Mr. Cavanagh says, “People come from far and wide to have our seafood chowder in Eichardt’s Bar”, he’s not kidding. This chowder is almost as legendary as the bar itself, which has been around since 1867. Don’t miss out on the cocktails, either. Eichardt’s Bar picked up a 2018 Spirited Award for Best Hotel Bar from Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.

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Google sings songs of Uluru with new Street View vistas
With ever-growing troves of valuable data on its shelves, Google has expanded its Street View range further to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory, Australia.

Source: - Australia | 11 Jun 2017 | 6:55 pm

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General tips for visiting Uluru
Read all you can before you go as I am not going to tell a granny how to suck eggs. Make sure you ingest the advice and be wise to the risks, it gets mighty

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 26 Feb 2017 | 5:54 am

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Finding unskilled mining jobs in WA
This page is a bit unusual in that it isn't for travellers. Or rather I should say not for tourists, because for long term travellers it may well be very interesting! In the section on this website about financing your travels by working in Australia I wrote about the possibility to get temporary jobs in the mining industry, which is VERY lucrative. And that page became very popular also with Australians and New Zealanders looking for permanent mining jobs. I also have two reader pages on the site where people looked for advice on finding mining jobs. No other pages on my site have received anywhere near the same amount of comments! All comments are from people looking for help with getting a mining job. Hence the new page. I hope it helps!

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 22 Nov 2012 | 8:07 am

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