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Smiths Down Under

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There’s a new addition to my Christmas wishlist… It’s the new Mr & Mrs Smith Guidebook to Australia and New Zealand!

We all know that the Smiths are the people to turn to when it comes to luxury accommodation. Their stable of hotels stretches all around the world, and they offer great discounts and deals on arrival.

I can’t wait to see who they’re featuring in my ‘local’ region. Looks like that might even be Sal Salis on the cover, the Ningaloo Reef gem I featured last week. Thanks Smiths!

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Milford Sound

Rudyard Kipling described Milford Sound, in the Fiordland of New Zealand’s South Island, as the eighth wonder of the world*. Middle Earthy mountains, waterfalls, and sheer cliff faces surround the fjord. It’s New Zealand’s top tourist attraction and, guess what? I’ll be there in seven weeks time!

It’s a pretty distracting thought.

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*What else has been claimed as the eighth wonder? The list includes the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and the Empire State Building.

photos by: vitch, f0rbe5, big frank, & adymace

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Treehouse Love in New Zealand

The boyfriend and I are heading to New Zealand’s South Island in November, so when a bunch of deluxe Kiwi hotels popped up on Gourmet Traveller, I was all ears.

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The treehouses at Hapuko Lodge in Kaikoura have got me smitten. Emerging from the treetops of a grove of Manuka trees, 10 metres above the ground, these tiny treehouses offer a breathtaking view through the massive windows.

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The Lodge’s unique eco-focus really sets it apart too. The town of Kaikoura is a proud holder of Green Globe Benchmark status for its sustainability initiatives, so Hapuku fits right in.

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I’m not sure if the treehouses will fit into our backpackers budget for this holiday, but you can bet I’ll be campaigning pretty hard to spend a night in a treehouse!

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