Best of the Best 2018 - 192
New Zealand Buzz
Golf with the masters, set sail in Auckland and step inside the movies.
Lodges and Lakes
Drop in on Minaret Station Alpine
Lodge, set in the Southern Alps,
where gourmet "heli-picnics" are
real, glacier-fed springs teem with
fish and elk gallop in the distance.
From here, transfer to Otahuna
Lodge, a Victorian mansion in
Christchurch. This two-week, twoisland tour takes you to amazing
properties and on spectacular
adventures, from sailing
Auckland's Hauraki Gulf to a night
at Wharekauhau Country Estate,
a stunning working farm outside
the Wairarapa wine region.
Clockwise from top:
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course;
vineyards on Waiheke
Island; getting in character
on The Hobbit movie set.
Tee off at New Zealand's newest
golf course, Tara Iti, with Pacific
views reaching all the way to
Taranga Island. The country's first
private course was designed by
renowned architect Tom Doak
and is shaping up to be one of
the world's most exclusive. Your
five-day Kiwi golf adventure also
includes a round at Kauri Cliffs, a
fittingly named oceanfront course,
currently ranked as one of the top
50 golf courses in the world.
Go behind the scenes of Middle
Earth and Avatar's Pandora at
Wellington's Weta Workshop. The
design studio is the force behind
many of cinema's groundbreaking
designs and visual effects, and
your tour will access several
areas not open to the public,
including the boardroom and
postproduction spaces. Get up
close to famous props, models
and even the five Oscar statues
the studio has pulled in.
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.