Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 106
Bigger than the United Kingdom but with
one-fourteenth its population, New Zealand
is made for travelers who are passionate
about outdoor living, indigenous cultures,
and fresh, hyperlocal cuisine, the last of
which was on display at every meal. "There's
no question that New Zealand served up
some of the most creative culinary experiences I've ever come across," Matthew says.
"Chef Paul Froggatt at Huka Lodge draws
daily inspiration from nearby farms and
vineyards. And during a visit to Kauri Cliffs,
we dined on snapper that Clay caught in the
surf, along with fresh-picked cauliflower and
sausages made in the kitchen."
"I don't think we had one meal where
some of the ingredients weren't harvested
in the previous 24 hours," adds Jessica. "On
the South Island, Matt Wallis, Minaret Station's general manager, jumped right into
the ocean and came back with three huge
lobsters - locals call them crayfish - that he
then cooked for us. There's a deep connection among the land, the sea, and nourishing,
ON THE NORTH ISLAND, A HIKE INTO
Waipoua Forest organized by Eagles Nest
lodge leads to Tane Mahuta ("Lord of the
Above: Benji Upchurch and a kiwi.
Below, from left: High adventure
with Minaret Station guides, the
Bay of Islands, and Clay Upchurch's
catch of the day at Kauri Cliffs.
bush was one of numerous eco-highlights
during the family's journey through New
Zealand - their second trip in a yearlong series of travels honoring the United Nations'
2017 International Year of Sustainable
Tourism for Development. "As a family, and
as part of Virtuoso, we believe in the power
of travel to make the world a better place,"
Seasonz Travel, one of Virtuoso's incountry tour connections, organized the
12-day adventure, beginning with an exploration of New Zealand's North Island,
including Lake Taupo, Hawke's Bay, and
the Bay of Islands, then moving on to the
South Island's Fiordland and Southern
Alps. "Most people think that sustainable
tourism is only about the green footprint,
but it's much more than that," says Matthew, noting that the family chose New
Zealand in part for its myriad activities and
lodges that safeguard cultural and natural
heritage and benefit local people. "Sustainable tourism matters because protecting our planet for future generations is the
right thing to do," he says. "More travelers
today are looking for peak experiences that
also have a positive impact on the people
and places they visit."
(KIWI) CLAY UPCHURCH, (BAY OF ISLANDS) GEORGE CLERK/GETTY IMAGES
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