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Check-in: Azur, New Zealand

Guest blogger Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve continues her New Zealand adventure with two nights at the awe-inspiring yet downright homey Azur property in the Queenstown area.

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Check-in: Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

Guest blogger Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve travels to New Zealand with her family and finds Matakauri Lodge magical, complete with a steamship ride and farm tour. Lest we forget those spectacular mountain views….

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10 Questions: A Conversation with Franz Donhauser, GM of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

In our ongoing General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Franz Donhauser of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

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Check-in: Blue Sydney

Guest blogger Rick Molinsky lives like the stars he’s interviewed at the Blue Sydney with a overnight stay of his own, and, not surprisingly, spots a few more celebs.

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Destination Dispatches: Getting the Heart Racing Around Taupo, Part II

Whenever guests are ready to break with the ducks on their decks at Huka Lodge and kick it up a notch, there’s no shortage of other activities around Taupo (see: the resort’s 41 page activity book). Here’s the rundown on a few, in order of the affect they had on my heart rate.

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Destination Dispatches: A Lazy Day In at Huka Lodge, Part I

New Zealand might as well be called Adventureland. They sell much of their country to visitors on the idea, and did so long before it was synonymous with Frodo and the Fellowship. The North Island town of Taupo is no exception. Not only is it home to the mountain moviegoers know as Mordor, it hosted […]

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City Travel Guide: A Breezy 24 Hours in Windy Wellington

I had one day in Wellington, Auckland, and I wondered what worthwhile things I could find within walking distance of my 24 hour home-away-from-home, the Museum Art Hotel; as it turns out, quite a lot. Herein, my whirlwind itinerary.

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Check-in: Huka Lodge

I arrive at Huka Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand, and I really have arrived. At this plush, riverside resort, check-in isn’t the perfunctory desk-side, stand-up experience most of the world is accustomed to, rather they whisk you to their deck overlooking the rolling Waikato River.

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Check-in: Museum Art Hotel

In between wild adventures in Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island, and Taupo on the North Island, I spent 24 hours in Wellington. My home for the night was the aptly-named Museum Art Hotel.

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Spotlight: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

There’s something special about each and every luxury hotel. In our Spotlight series we showcase one property and highlight its most fantastic features—both the latest and longstanding. This week, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is making us hungry.

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