Recharge by the river

The view of the stunning Southern Alps is the real attraction.

This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.

Forest walks lift the spirits

Bernadette Barrett sets out on the Forest Journey walk.

The trail twists on, a slow meandering journey of discovery deep into the recesses of the tall trees.

Capital stay: Culture club

The Museum Art Hotel's facade is sleek, stylish and dark.

Sea views, a handy location and an eclectic art collection combine to make a fine capital stay.

Auckland: Slow boat to slumber

TRUE ROMANCE: Despite the fact that you're sharing it with 70 or so others, getting around the Hauraki Gulf on a giant catamaran can be surprisingly romantic.

An overnight cruise around Auckland's harbour turns out to be a very calming - albeit undemanding - experience.

6 of the best stays on Waiheke Island

Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island.

Discover the great wine, food, views and laidback luxury on offer on Waiheke Island.

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