Rotoroa Island, reinvented

DISTANT SHORE: Rotoroa Island is a couple of kilometres east of big sister Waiheke in the Hauraki Gulf.

Once a facility for recovering alcoholics and addicts, Rotoroa Island has reinvented itself.

When love comes to town

SOLITARY SPENDOUR: Solitaire Lodge sits on an outcrop of Lake Tarawera, with views of Mt Tarawera.

On a weekend break with his fiancee in Rotorua, romance bubbles up in unexpected places

Luxury living in Wanaka

ELEGANT: Whare Kea Lodge aims for understatement, but its lakeside location speaks volumes.

Spending a weekend away at a $500+ per night lodge in Wanaka.

Getting a feel for Sydney

DEVILISH FUN: Ride the Mountain Devil railcar at Scenic World, Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains to the harbour suburbs, a first-time visitor finds Sydney worth stepping out for.

In the lap of Huka luxury

HUNTING GROUND: The trophy room at Huka Lodge (marshmallows available on request).

Sumptuous, glamorous, relaxed and, in some ways, delightfully old-fashioned.

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