Otahuna Lodge – the Height of Country Elegance

Otahuna Lodge, New Zealand

Arriving at the winding driveway to Otahuna Lodge we catch glimpses of its majestic gabled form outlined through gaps in the tall trees.

A green swathe of lawn opens in front of long shady verandahs and rolls off down towards a still garden lake. Behind, the sun-drenched hills of this dry Canterbury landscape appear rocky and tall, in contrast to the green softness of the lodge gardens. As we near the lodge the gardens close in around us with cooling shade. It’s a sublime place to arrive at.

Otahuna Lodge is one of New Zealand’s grandest homesteads, set just a short drive out of Christchurch, the country’s second largest city. It was built in 1895 for Sir Heaton Rhodes, a politician and local benefactor and he lived there for over 60 years. His passion for horticulture is most evident in the home’s magnificent garden and fine collection of grand old trees, and the present owners of Otahuna have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the gardens are preserved and enhanced to their full potential.

Otahuna Lodge, entrance hall

Built in the Queen Anne style of the late 19th century, Otahuna is considered one of the best examples of this style of architecture in Australasia. The sheer scale of the rooms, the large verandahs, deep roof lines and sumptuous decor all create a feeling of grand comfort and elegance. The entry hall, with its cool greens, ornate arches and solid timber stairway are beautifully offset by the Victorian fireplace and quiet colours. The wisteria-themed drawing room is a soft, elegant space where pre-dinner drinks are served, and it’s also a cosy spot to curl up and read in during the day. The dining room, on the other hand, is a richly decorated space with ornate wallpaper, leather and wood detailing.

The accommodation is in seven beautiful suites. The two master suites are a little larger, and all have luxurious bathrooms and fine linens. Several rooms have verandahs, others have a lounge area or study, and each has a beautiful view of the garden.

Otahuna Lodge, master suite

The lodge cuisine is memorable with a 5-course degustation menu each night. Matched with fine wines, mostly local and New Zealand vintages, the dishes make the most of local foods and flavours.  There is an extensive organic potager garden and orchard – take time to wander through and see where much of this delicious food comes from.

Otahuna is an easy drive from the sights of Christchurch, a city now in full rebuild mode. Other half or full day trips include the beautiful little harbour town of Akaroa, the Waipara wine region, the amazing Southern Alps with their alpine activities and winter skiing, whale-watching at Kaikoura, the small thermal resort at Hanmer and nearby salmon and trout fishing.

For more information email us or check it out here

(C)  Sue Farley  2014

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand

High up on the hilltops overlooking the Bay of Islands in the far north of New Zealand, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs watches over its magical setting in luxurious splendour.

Recently voted in the Top 10 Luxury Adventure Lodges in the World by Forbes Magazine, it combines luxury accommodation with world-class golf, great hiking trails, excellent sport fishing, gorgeous beaches and plenty of adventure activities, both on and off the property.

The lodge is set within a 6,000 acre working farm, Kauri Station – quintessential New Zealand at its best. Guests can wander walkways through the property, join a farm tour or ride horses over the farm trails. These trails wend their way through gentle farmland and native forest before dropping down to sea level. Here riders can let loose and ride along deserted beaches – sand and sea and wind.

Accommodation is in 22 luxury suites near the main lodge. Each suite has a private porch, well-appointed bedroom with sitting area and open stone fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. A two-suite Owners Cottage is the premium option. Set aside from the cottages it has a spectacular view opening across a private infinity pool to the sea beyond. A hot tub on the deck provides yet another option for total immersion.

Pirate's Plank on the golf course, Cape Kidnappers, New ZealandThe Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is probably best known for its world-class golf course. Designed by David Harman, the par-72 championship course has some of the best golf course views in the world. Six holes are perched on high cliffs above the sea and another nine have commanding ocean views. The remaining holes are set in farm land and near patches of native forest (called bush in New Zealand). There’s also an excellent practice range and chipping and putting greens. The course is 6510 metres (7119 yards) long and has five sets of tees, covering all skill levels. It is a very desirable course to play, and definitely one to add to your must-play list.

The Spa at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand

The Kauri Cliffs Spa, another gem, is tucked away in totara forest near a ferny grove. The inviting spa menu features many holistic treatments and indigenous products. Local manuka honey, kiwifruit body polish and fine kiwi mud are just some of the products used. There’s a great selection of massages, facials, reflexology, mud masks, body cleansing, manicures and pedicures. The full-day Aotearoa Day treatment combines several of these treatments with a morning tea and gourmet lunch in the garden for a most luxurious day of pampering.

What’s not to like about this beautiful place? The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers world-class luxury, golf and activities in a glorious setting high above the sea.

Find out more here …..

(C)  Sue Farley  2014

 

 

Cruise to New Zealand

White Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

New Zealand is an island nation, as is neighbouring Australia. So there is no better way to appreciate the lengthy coastlines of these beautiful places than from the deck of a cruise ship.

It’s an idea well worth exploring as there are many options to choose from. If you’ve booked, or are thinking of booking, a holiday in the South Pacific you can choose to join a cruise ship in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia or from  Auckland in New Zealand, and take it from there. Mainstream cruise lines such as Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Princess and P&O all cruise to and around the South Pacific, as do more luxurious options like Seabourn, Compagnie du Ponant and Silversea.

So here’s how you might like to work a cruise in to a trip to New Zealand, or Australia. Fly to Auckland or Christchurch and take some time to explore the country following your favourite interests – be it fly fishing, golf, art and crafts, adventure or pure sightseeing. Plan to end your trip at Auckland, which is also New Zealand’s largest city and main port. Here you can join a cruise ship bound for Australia, or further afield. Some ships head straight to Australia from Auckland, but others will travel via the coastline of New Zealand, stopping at ports like Tauranga (which gives access to Rotorua), Wellington, Nelson, Picton and Christchurch (Akaroa) before cruising through the stunning waterways of Fiordland (there’s no port there). From there you’ll head across the Tasman Sea (it only takes a couple of days) before reaching Tasmania and southern Australia. Once there you can leave the ship to explore Australia or join another to cruise on up into the Pacific Ocean.

Or you may want to run the whole trip in reverse.

Beautiful Maori weaving at Waimarama

Onshore excursions at New Zealand ports give access to a wide variety of places and experiences. Stop at Tauranga to visit the rich cultural area around Rotorua, enjoy a visit to a Maori village or marae at Napier, check out New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington or explore the national parks around the Nelson area. While cruising the coast you’ll see the beautiful islands of the Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel, circle White Island in the Bay of Plenty, which is an active (and sometimes very active) volcano, and follow the beautiful Marlborough Sounds in to Picton. There is so much to see.

To make life easy we can coordinate all these bookings for you, or add in parts to your existing itinerary, and we will help you choose the most appropriate cruise for your interests and budget.  We are New Zealand experts, specialising in luxury travel and cruises throughout New Zealand.

For more info contact sue@nztravelbrokers.co.nz

www.5starnewzealand.com, www.newzealandfishinglodges.co.nz

(C)  by Sue Farley  2014

Luxury Stay at Aoraki Mount Cook, The Cloud Piercer

 View from the Hermitage, Aoraki Mt Cook

We couldn’t believe our luck as we drove in towards the backbone of the Southern Alps along the access road to Aoraki Mt Cook, catching ever-enlarging glimpses of the mighty Cloud Piercer, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. At Pete’s Lookout, 20-odd kilometres from the road-end, we joined a chorus of campervans and tourist buses stopped in the gravel car park, their occupants out snapping countless pics of the snow-clad mountains framing Lake Pukaki’s brilliant blue headwaters.

As we wound slowly higher, past Glentanner Station and its attendant outdoor activities centre, the mountains became larger and began to creep around behind us, enfolding us in their icy claws. Shadows lengthened and the gullys and ravines high above took on a dark foreboding presence. I could almost picture Gandalf riding out of the distance on his white horse, across the stony riverbed feeding into Lake Pukaki – you get the picture.

One more corner, and there it was. More cars stopped beside the road – long lenses propped on car doors and big rocks, trained onto the proud form of the mountain before us. Its jagged outline carved into the blue sky behind, the shiny white snow drawing a stark contrast to the vertical black rock it clung to. Many photo-stops later we crawled up to the Hermitage, completely photographed out, having only just arrived at our destination.

The Hermitage, Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Hermitage is a very handsome building built to take full advantage of its world-class alpine setting. As the porter unloaded the car we commented on the fine view of Aoraki Mt Cook we had photographed all the way up the final miles. “That’s not Mt Cook”, he said, “that is!” and pointed to an even more impressive mountain slightly around the corner from where we were looking. “You’ve been looking at Mt Sefton.” Slightly mortified, we thanked him, wandered through the impressive number of tour-bus passengers checking in at the group counter, and rode the elevator to our room.

Now, one of the perks of this job is that we get to stay in some rather nice places. But nothing had prepared me for this one. Outside the huge picture window, which takes up all of one wall, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mt Sefton and several other equally impressive mountains completely filled the view. We sat there for hours, drinking most of the complimentary hot and cold drinks provided, watching the mountains change from bright white to silver, to orange, then pink to grey, before finally disappearing into the soft alpine gloom of a summer evening.

We felt we had definitely already had our money’s worth and we hadn’t yet left our room. And at this point we didn’t know that waking in the morning, curtains wide open, we would see a complete re-run in reverse as the rising sun hit the soft, pearly peaks at six o’clock. We were in a Premium Plus room but other less ambitious budgets are equally catered for as the Hermitage has a selection of rooms, chalets and family units – most with mountain views, others with garden views – and the restaurants and bars all have great views as well.

A stay at the Hermitage will be governed to a degree by the weather. Some days the cloud stays firmly on the ground, others the sun shines all day. In winter it can snow in considerable volumes, which adds another fantastic dimension to the trip. There are a number of excellent day-walks that take in the terminal lakes of two glaciers, alpine plants and flowers, unbelievable views and some serious mountain terrain. These walks range from ten minutes return to several days. There are scenic flights – both fixed wing and helicopter – and in winter there’s heli-skiing on the higher snowfields. Add in the nearby lake and river fishing and you’ve pretty well filled several days.

And if the weather is bad you can fill your time without leaving the hotel, enjoying all those bars and restaurants with their huge picture windows.

For more info contact sue@nztravelbrokers.co.nzwww.5starnewzealand.com

(C)  by Sue Farley

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is new on 5 Star New Zealand

Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge, New Zealand

We’ve started listing some new lodges for the coming season. First up is the Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge, tucked under the Southern Alps in inland Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island.

The lodge is run by the McSweeney family, who have a strong history in the conservation movement in New Zealand. Their huge 2400 hectare property is part nature reserve and part working farm. During your stay you will get to experience both worlds with lots of hiking and exploring on offer, as well as farm tours and demonstrations of various rural tasks like sheep shearing and mustering. There are 3000 sheep on the property so there’s plenty to be done. In winter there are several ski areas nearby as well.

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is also close to the Arthur’s Pass National Park, with its unique alpine environment. Mountaineering and alpine walking, waterfall and wild flower tours, and kayaking and mountain biking are just some of the activities on offer in the area. There’s also some excellent fly fishing for trout. The daily rate includes up to 1 1/2 hours of guided activities including nature walks and farm tours. Longer guided activities have a charge.

Arthur's Pass Wilderness  Lodge hiking

Accommodation at the lodge is essentially 4 star, but very comfortable. There are also several 5 star suites with luxurious beds, full bathrooms with spa baths and a private deck. All the rooms have amazing mountain and valley views. The lodge overlooks Mt Rolleston, the Waimakariri River valley and surrounding native forest. The 4-course dinner has a set menu with two choices nightly, plus options for vegetarians.

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge is a full immersion experience. If you want to experience New Zealand wilderness then this is a great place to start. Staff are knowledgeable and caring about the environment and impart a lot of information to guests during their day.  We recommend a minimum 2 night stay, and more if possible.

Joint stays can be arranged with sister lodge, Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, down on the coast in South Westland.

Email us here to find out more – www.5starnewzealand.com

(C)  by Sue Farley  2013

 

Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge mountaineering

Napier, New Zealand, an Art Deco City

 

It took a rollicking great earthquake in 1931, that reached 7.9 on the Richter scale, to bring about the almost total rebuild of Napier city, a provincial farming centre on New Zealand’s North Island. And although there are rarely good things to come out of such events, the subsequent rebuilding of this isolated city set on the coastal plains of Hawkes Bay has since become one of the best examples of mass Art Deco architecture, and in fact the only complete small city example, in the world.Napier, Art Deco city, New Zealand

A weekend here sampling the local architecture, wineries and foods, will give you the complete picture.

Styles in Napier vary – although loosely called Art Deco, the various buildings incorporate a number of styles of the time. Stripped Classical, Art Nouveau, Spanish Mission, Neo Classical, the Chicago School and the International Style all feature. Some buildings are strictly one style and others are a combination of several. Within the various styles, certain sub-styles also emerge such as the Zig Zag Moderne, the Streamline Moderne, Spanish Deco and Maori Deco.

As many styles as there are buildings it seems, but not true. In downtown Napier alone there are 89 listed Art Deco buildings (and remember Napier is a city of only 54,000 people), and there are just as many examples in the outlying suburbs and nearby towns of Taradale and Hastings.

Frank Lloyd Wright is well recognised as a leader in Art Deco design and has been named as the inspiration behind several of the architects involved in the Napier city rebuild at the time. Following the earthquake city fathers saw the need to rebuild as soon as possible to retain the economic viability of the region, and within two years the city was officially reopened, with many of the new buildings already finished.

Initially there had been no deliberate intention to create the new Napier as an ‘Art Deco city’. Like all good things, it was a popular movement at the time that loosely covered a number of related building styles, so suddenly everyone was doing it (so to speak).

The Art Deco styles covered several criteria that had become obvious after the earthquake – it was a very popular building style in North America at the time, so it gave the city the appearance of being very modern, almost trendy. Rather than recapturing the past the local people wanted to move to something bold and new.

Secondly, Art Deco as a building form was seen as being very safe. In an area that could easily have been devastated by another earthquake, the solid reinforced concrete construction and low profile, minimalist design produced strong buildings with few ornamentations and parapets to fall down. Moulded concrete was also seen as a perfect way to shape the zigzags, ziggurats and sunburst shapes that were so often used for decoration.

And thirdly, Art Deco was cheap. In a town where almost everyone was faced with a costly and extensive rebuild there was little money for frivolous architecture – design had to be simple and efficient to allow a mass reconstruction effort at the height of the Depression.

One of the most popular design forms was Spanish Mission, with several beautiful examples now easily viewed on an afternoon Art Deco Walk. Popular in Southern California, whose climate and lifestyle was considered to be similar to Napier’s, Spanish Mission was used in several hotels (especially the Criterion, the Provincial and the Shakespeare) as well as the Municipal Theatre. Using smooth cement curves, tiled roofs and small arched or rounded windows it brought a light-hearted feel to a recovering city.

Stripped Classical buildings are also plentiful, and an excellent example of this is the ASB Bank. Featuring simple, flatter lines with it’s literally stripped down version of the Classical style, the ASB building is also the best example of Maori Deco. Arguably the most interesting style of all because of its local uniqueness Maori Deco draws on the delicate curves of the kowhaiwhai design used in traditional Maori meeting houses, or whare whakairo. The high vaulted ceilings are outlined with panels of kowhaiwhai in black, red and white, as they have been used by Maori for centuries.

The unique fusion of other Maori designs, such as the Rauponga, which signifies prestige and status, and the decorated head of a taiaha, or fighting staff, are very appropriate uses of Maori design in an Art Deco setting, as strength was a common theme in its ornamentation. There are only four buildings that have used this beautiful combination.

Other buildings feature styles that drew on the more conventional ethnic patterns of the Mayan, Egyptian and Pueblo cultures, which are distinctive styles in Art Deco around the world. The geometric shapes of these and other styles such as Cubist and Neo-gothic all combine to create a unique collection of buildings in Napier.

 

(C)  by Sue Farley  5 Star New Zealand Luxury Travel

 

Blanket Bay – an Iconic New Zealand Luxury Lodge

 

Blanket Bay view

Follow the road from Queenstown towards Glenorchy, a tiny town on the edge of Lord of the Rings country in southern New Zealand. The road winds north along the shore of Lake Wakatipu, its startling blue water surrounded by high peaks and rugged mountains, before disappearing into the hills as a single lane gravel track. But well before that Blanket Bay opens off the sealed road through sturdy wooden gates. It’s part of the Wyuna Station, a big working sheep, cattle and deer farm that runs up into the foothills of the ranges.

Blanket Bay is a magnificent building, designed in the traditional lodge style with cathedral ceilings, tall windows and lofty spaces. The central two-storey high Great Room opens out to the lake with the Humboldt Range and the Greenstone Valley on the opposite shore. It would be hard to find a more imposing view anywhere.


Constructed with huge jarrah beams, local schist stone and native timbers the feeling inside is of understated but solid luxury. The accommodation is in lodge rooms, sumptuous suites and freestanding chalets, all with serious lake views and splendid bathrooms. No luxury has been spared. There are several dining spaces, including the intimate wine cellar, and a spa pool, billiards room and well-equipped gym round out the ground floor

Blanket Bay Lodge, Queenstown

I arrived on a beautiful clear afternoon in early summer. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A strong breeze was whipping the lake into streaming whitecaps; dust swirled above the Dart River valley. But inside the lodge tranquillity reigned. We sipped well-made coffee and sampled sumptuous sweet slices, the caramel dripping through the cake and onto the plate.

There was the spa pool to laze about in, the gym to raise the prerequisite sweat in, and a fabulous dinner later on the terrace overlooking the sunset-stained lake. Things could be worse.

Blanket Bay is one of New Zealand’s prime lodges. Guests come to fly-fish, to walk the tracks of the nearby Fiordland National Park, to play golf and to relax. It attracts the rich and famous, the five star fishermen and the affluent young executives. And the only thing that equals it in this remote corner of the world is its setting – world class all the way.   

(C)  by Sue Farley  5 Star New Zealand Luxury Travel

 

 

Westhaven Lodge – a new Luxury Lodge listing

 

Westhaven Lodge is a new-build, owner-managed luxury lodge perched out on the north-west corner of New Zealand’s South Island, in a wild, remote spot just waiting to be explored.Westhaven Lodge, New Zealand

The area is of great ecological significance, with the largely unspoilt Whanganui Inlet laid out far below the lodge. This spacious waterway is a valuable nursery ground for local fish species and the southern arm of the inlet is managed as a marine reserve to protect the best of the best. Farewell Spit, also of great ecological significance, is a short drive away, and the vastness of the Kahurangi National Park is a quick helicopter ride away.

High on a ridge overlooking all this beauty Westhaven Lodge sits snugly, protected from the worst of the wild west coast weather. The building is designed around three large octagonal spaces joined by double-storey structures. Accommodation is in luxury rooms and suites, all with beautiful views across the landscape.Fishing from Westhaven Lodge

Local fishing is in a mix of sheltered estuarine waterways and coastal and open sea. And you’ll need all those options as the coast is a wild ocean shore where the weather can often make it a bit wild for fishing. But there are plenty of options so if the sea is up on one coast Mark, the charter skipper, can take you across to the other side of the peninsula where the weather will often be quite different.

Fishing includes trolling, saltwater fly-fishing, bottom fishing and deep-sea options. Available species include snapper, hapuka (grouper), cod, trumpeter, kahawai, crayfish (lobster), paua (abalone) and terakihi. In season there are also albacore and giant Northern Pacific bluefin tuna. It’s an exciting collection.

If you have the time there are a number of places to launch from including Westhaven Inlet, which leads to the open Tasman Sea, Golden Bay and greater Tasman Bay, and the western reaches of Cook Strait. All are well known fishing areas. And in the process you’ll get to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery that makes this area so attractive.

The lodge has a large indoor heated pool, hydro-therapy spa pool and infra-red sauna for days when the weather is not cooperating, and there are multiple dining options to suit – indoors, outdoors, shared or private. The menu changes daily to match available local foods and the cuisine has a definite European influence.

Westhaven Lodge is a destination in itself, taking you to a small corner of the world that is not easily reached. It’s a delicious escape from the rush of the city and you’ll get some great fishing at the same time.

Email for details on Westhaven Lodge or any other New Zealand travel

(C)  by Sue Farley  5 Star New Zealand Luxury Travel

 

Introducing the 5 Star New Zealand Luxury Travel Blog

 

This is the first post for a whole new blog on a whole new website.

What is 5 Star New Zealand?

Marlborough Sounds, South Island

Essentially we bring luxury travellers to New Zealand. But we are so much more than that. We can help you get to one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and bring your travel dreams to life, in style.

Imagine a contemporary-design luxury lodge perched on the cliffs above the gorgeous Bay of Islands. Expanses of glass open you to the view, studded with glimmering green islands and a bright blue sea. Or take yourself to a heritage homestead, high in the foothills of the Southern Alps, now the beating heart of a classic-style boutique lodge close to fishing, skiing and the majesty of the surrounding mountains.

We have elegant, country-style lodges overlooking rippling trout-bearing mountain rivers, and remote coastal lodges set high above the tempestuous Tasman Sea, breathing deeply on the vigorous weather that comes their way. Here you can go kayaking in the sheltered coastal estuaries, hike the nearby national parks or head to sea during a fine spell and enjoy superb deep sea fishing.

There are also a number of stunning lodges around the Queenstown area, surrounded by deep lakes, high mountains and wide vistas. Take some time to enjoy a stay in one of the golf resorts, and spend days out on the championship-standard courses. There’s excellent wine – world-class pinot noir – grown in the surrounding stony valleys, and there’s more high adrenalin adventure tourism in Queenstown than you could do in a month.

We currently have 10 lodges on the 5 Star New Zealand site with at least that many more to add in the coming weeks. Once done we will be able to offer you a top range of New Zealand luxury lodges and travel options. But unlike other lodge listing sites, we are not a directory, flicking you straight through to another website. You are our guest – we work with you personally right through the process, helping to ensure you get to stay at the most appropriate lodges for the activities you want to enjoy, for your personal preferences and your budget. We take responsibility for your booking, liaising with the lodges on your behalf and ensuring your rooms or suites are to your expected standard. We coordinate payment details and arrange transfers to and from the lodges. In effect, we’re a one-stop shop – let us do all the hard work for you.Almyra Coastal Retreat, Nelson

But we can do so much more for you. Although many people prefer to book their international flights from their home city we can arrange your international flights as well. New Zealand is a long flight from anywhere (except Australia) so it’s important to get the best times and connections to make your long-haul flights as easy as possible. You don’t want to lose your first few days to jet lag. We can arrange all New Zealand regional flights and also offer alternative options. Maybe you want to self-drive part of the way? New Zealand is a beautiful country to drive, with stunning scenery around almost every corner once you leave the cities, especially in the South Island. Helicopters are a fun way to fly between lodges.

There are scenic rail trips, very scenic ones, a fiesty inter-island ferry crossing that can range from millpond to challenging, depending on the weather. But how else will you get to cruise through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds as you enter the South Island? There are whole regions full of world-class wines and local foods, all begging to be tried. There is a nationwide network of excellent cycle trails which you can often join from your lodge stay, either as a day trip or something longer. The national parks are all very accessible and, apart from the high alpine areas, are very safe. Did you know that there are no wild predatory animals in New Zealand?

And there are sophisticated central city stays putting you within an easy walk of museums, galleries, restaurants and theatres. Or we’ll arrange for you to be picked up and whisked off on memorable day trips to experience the indigenous Maori culture, cruise to off-shore islands or take in some of the beaches and walkways.Queenstown, South Island

The list is endless really. Picking where to stay, and why, is just the beginning. Your luxury visit to New Zealand can quickly become the trip of a lifetime. We are New Zealanders – we are not off-shore agents selling to you from a guidebook or a off a 5-day agent famil. We are experts in New Zealand, as a destination and as an experience. We live here and we know it intimately. We’d love to share it with you, in perfect 5 Star New Zealand style.

 Email us with your queries or check out the 5 Star New Zealand site.

(C)  by Sue Farley