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Why We’re Leaving the World Behind for New Zealand’s South Island

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New Zealand’s South Island is a place where time just slows down and you feel completely disconnected from the rest of the world. It’s a place where you can stay in a boutique hotel in the middle of nowhere and not see another person for days; where you can devour some of the world’s finest local produce and where you can lose yourself to nature’s beauty for hours upon hours.

There are so many reasons to fall in love with New Zealand’s South Island but here are just a few of ours…

Eat: Charcuterie Boards

New Zealand’s South Island has some of the best local produce in the world and the best way to sample a little of everything is with a charcuterie board.

Louis Champagne Bar, Christchurch: Serving champagne, oysters, seafood and charcuterie boards all year round, this Christchurch gem attracts foodies looking for the freshest and finest local produce. Grab a glass of bubbly and order the platter complete with cured meats, duck liver parfait, cheese, olives, bread and a selection of mustards and pickles.

Little Blackwood, Queenstown: Perched on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, in the famous Steamer Wharf Waterfront, Little Blackwood’s food lives up to its epic location. Graze on an artisan meat and cheese board prepared using locally sourced Gibbston Valley Cheeses and Zamora meats.

Gibbston Valley Cheese, Queenstown: This is the only cheesery nestled amongst Queenstown’s valley of wines so expect a bustling gathering of dairy lovers. Share the charcuterie love with friends with a platter of three cheeses, chorizo, smoked salmon, crackers, bread, dipping oil, chutney and antipasto.

Drink: Craft Beer

If you’re into small, independent breweries then New Zealand’s South Island is the place for you.

Three Boys Brewery, Christchurch: This small-scale brewery handpicks the best malt and hops to create natural, non-pasteurised beers that are bottled and canned on site. Pay these guys a visit to sample some of their brews in the cellar door.

Brew Moon, North Canterbury: A family-owned brewery and taproom, Brew Moon is all about producing high-quality beers alongside exotic seasonal brews. Spend the day lazing in the beer garden and sampling 16 tap-poured beers straight from the brewery next door. There’s also a great selection of local wines and wood-fired pizzas.

Wanaka Beer Works, Wanaka: Creating hand-crafted, micro-brewed beers using pure ingredients and micro-water, Wanaka Beer Works is heaven for true beer lovers. The brewery has a tasting room inside The Toy Museum next door and offers tours and tastings from Monday to Saturday.

Stay: In luxury

Annandale: Fancy staying at one of the world’s leading Luxury Experiential Properties? At Annandale, a working farm set along the New Zealand Banks Peninsula in Pigeon Bay, there’s an experience for everyone. Loved up couples looking for a romantic interlude or families seeking a digital detox can indulge in some much-needed downtime.

The retreat’s four properties boast super modern touches mixed with historic charm with sea-facing terraces, open-air fire pits and heated pools. The only interaction you’ll have is with the chef when he delivers your farm-to-table daily breakfasts and nightly dinners each day, so whether you’re stargazing with a cocktail in hand or kayaking through emerald green waters…getting away from it all has never felt so good!

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Hotel Montreal, Christchurch: Rated one of the top properties in Christchurch, this all-suite hotel has just 26 rooms allowing the staff to provide an attentive and personalised service for each guest. Expect modern facilities and plush furnishings with a touch of Hamptons style and a fun polo theme.

Modern, creative, urban and thriving, the flourishing city of Christchurch is known for its art galleries, beautiful gardens – including the nearby Hagley Park – cool street art and stylish cafes all set against a majestic alpine and ocean background. Stay in the heart of the city and hop on one of the beautifully restored trams to enjoy a 17-stop loop, departing every 15 minutes, taking in a host of city highlights including Cathedral Square and New Regent St.

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The Spire Hotel, Queenstown: The Spire Hotel is one of New Zealand’s most impressive all-suite boutique properties and features just ten elegant rooms, ensuring a peaceful ambience at all times. It’s no surprise, that this five-star sanctuary has won multiple awards including 11 World Travel Awards and a World Luxury Hotel Award.

Perfectly located in the heart of irresistible Queenstown, this boutique property is situated just a two-minute stroll from the stunning shores of Lake Wakatipu, ten minutes’ walk from Skyline Gondola and the sprawling grounds of the Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve are also within easy reach.

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch: Stay in the heart of the city at this modern hotel that is located next to major attractions including Cathedral Square, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, Victoria Square and the famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

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Play: Outside

Get lost for hours in the endless natural beauty of New Zealand’s South Island.

Abel Tasman National Park: This may be New Zealand’s smallest national park but that doesn’t mean it isn’t packed to the brim full of beauty at every turn. Pull on your hiking boots and set out to explore this coastal paradise where you can go kayaking, snorkelling, sailing and swimming. There’s also an abundance of walking trails that pass by crystal clear streams, sandy beaches home to blue penguins and fur seals, moss-covered valleys and marble formations.

Queenstown: A city for adrenaline junkies, on a night out at a pub here you’re bound to meet someone who has just skydived or bungee jumped earlier that day. It’s easy to find a tour company that can organise canyoning, canyon jetting, hikes, mountain biking, river rafting, off-roading and horse riding excursions.

Fiordland National Park: Home to the Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park is a natural wonder that you have to see to believe. Once described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, expect to see waterfalls, mossy valleys, alpine lakes, mountain peaks and an abundance of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.

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