BEST PLACE FOR AN ADRENALINE RUSH
WHY IT'S GREAT
This luxe lodge is situated on a 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm in Hawke's Bay, one of the country's premier wine regions. It offers 24 suites, spread among several cottages (all have private decks with sweeping views).
WHAT TO DO
There's no end to the activities, whether you love the beach (surfing) or the countryside (hiking). Ask the lodge to arrange sporting expeditions with an expert guide, a helicopter excursion, or a trip to local wineries. And don't miss the stunning seaside golf course, designed to make the most of the natural topography.
BRING IT BACK
Sheepskin slippers (locally made from merino wool); a bottle of sauvignon blanc (Hawke's Bay is known for it).
Melissa Biggs Bradley of indagare.com
additional reporting by Elisabeth DurkinRead MoreLess