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  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Island Gold Coast

    Gold Coast mainstay The Island has been reimagined as a tasteful modern boutique hotel with gorgeous rooms and a buzzy rooftop bar.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Weekender's Guide to Rotorua in New Zealand's North Island

    This famously sulphur-scented town offers far more than just zorbing — visitors can expect rich cultural experiences, delicious dining, and more than a little bit of mud.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Rydges Melbourne Is Getting a Huge Makeover Complete with Refreshed Rooms and a New Rooftop Terrace

    Relaunching this autumn, the new-look hotel will feature 370 rooms and apartments, plus a hefty collection of event spaces.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Pan Pacific Perth

    Enjoy views of Swan River and the cityscape from your spacious room, the rooftop pool or one of the many restaurants and bars.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You Can Now Soak in 24-Hour Hot Springs with Mount Fuji Views at Tokyo's Haneda Airport

    You mightn’t want to leave the airport on your next trip to Japan, with new travel hub Haneda Airport Garden also boasting shops, restaurants and two hotels.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Anchorage Port Stephens

    This Hamptons-style waterfront spot is one of the best places to stay in Nelson Bay.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Yarra Valley's Levantine Hill Estate Is Getting a New $20-Million Fender Katsalidis-Designed Hotel

    The boutique accomodation will feature 33 rooms decked out with private spas and fully stocked wine fridges.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Remote Islands, National Parks and Regional Towns: Here Are 20 of the Best Places to Visit in Australia in 2023

    Make this the year you explore more of Australia's outstanding natural and cultural offerings.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Most Luxurious Boutique Hotels In and Around Auckland and Wellington

    Whether you're planning an out-of-town jaunt or just a much-needed staycation, these unique spots have something for everyone.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Your Guide to Exploring Tokyo on Foot If You're Itching for an Adventure

    By all accounts, it's the perfect time to travel to Tokyo.

  • Food & Drink

    Five Scenic Spots to Watch the Sun Go Down in Auckland

    Head to one of these scenic spots when the forecast promises clear skies and dreamy colours.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Movenpick Hotel Melbourne

    This is one of the city's most luxurious places to stay — with superb dining options, spacious rooms and a daily chocolate hour in the lobby.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: KU Villas

    Luxury island living — without the steep price tag.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

    All of Wollongong is at your fingertips when you stay at this relaxing beachside hotel.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Seven New Zealand Holiday Homes That Come With Private Beach Access

    From exclusive campgrounds to secluded cabins in the winterless north, here's where you can stretch out on your own private beach this summer.

  • Stay of the Week: Lomani Island Resort

    Find this adults-only resort on a sleepy Fiji island surrounded by palm trees, long sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Henry Jones Art Hotel

    Australia's first ever dedicated art hotel continues to build upon its credentials as one of Hobart's top stays.

  • Travel & Leisure

    This Otago High-Country Sheep Farm Has Just Made Condé Nast's Gold List of the World's Best Accommodation

    A far cry from the list's usual five-star hotels, this sheep-and-cattle station offers four accommodation options in the middle of a working farm.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Forget the Springtime Cherry Blossoms, Here Are Seven Reasons to Visit Japan in Winter

    Head to the Japanese Alps for skiing and snowboarding, bathe in natural onsens and stay in some magical mountain villages.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Auckland Summer Guide 2022-2023

    Everyone's favourite season of the year has arrived, and we're here to help you make it your best summer ever.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Glamping Sites to Hit Up Next Time You Go Road Tripping Around New Zealand

    Choose from seaside glamping spots, campsites in the mountains and tents scattered about countryside farms full of roaming sheep.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Skiing and Snowboarding Destinations in Japan For Pros and Rookies Alike

    Get the most out of Japan's famous winter sports regions, both on and off the slopes.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: The Lindis Pods

    Get closer to New Zealand's epic landscapes without losing any of your creature comforts.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Our Guide to the Best Glamping Sites Around Australia

    Stay in luxury tents scattered among remote deserts, lush rainforests and tropical islands.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Dandenong Ranges is Poised to Get a New Luxury Resort Set Within a Heritage-Listed Mansion

    The Great Gatsby-esque estate will bring a new dose of luxury to The Dandenongs.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Naumi Launches Its Second Brightly-Hued Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Wellington

    Expect a flurry of colour, texture and pattern in every room at Naumi's newest 62-room hotel.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Jetstar's Huge Christmas Sale Is Slinging $28 Domestic Flights and $135 International Fares

    Score discounted flights to Melbourne, Queenstown, the Gold Coast and more — because the airline knows you're already thinking about your post-Christmas vacation.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Five Best Beaches for Learning to Surf Around Auckland

    Whether you're a first timer or looking to brush up on the basics, nab a lesson or two at one of these popular surf beaches.

  • Travel & Leisure

    One Airbnb to Rule Them All: Hobbiton Is Opening for Overnight Stays for the First Time Ever

    Calling all 'Lord of the Rings' fans: you'll be able to slumber like you're in Middle-earth, then tuck into second breakfast and elevenses, at this most precious of Airbnb listings.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Beachfront Pavilions at Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort

    Your own patch paradise awaits you at these adults-only accommodations, located on the shores of a private Whitsundays island.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Adults-Only Hotels and Resorts in the Whitsundays

    Kids can be cute — but sometimes we need a holiday without the little ones running around.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Fiji's Best Islands to Hit up Next Time You're Seeking a Tropical Getaway

    From private islands turned into luxury resorts to hidden archipelagos surrounded by coral reefs teeming with turtles and tropical fish.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Queenstown's Carlin Hotel Just Took Out Top Honours at the World Boutique Hotel Awards

    After only opening its doors seven months ago, the new "beyond five-star" hotel took out the top gong.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Sanctuary by Sirromet

    Drink plenty of good wine, get back in touch with nature, and then drink even more wine at this gorgeous glamping site in South East Queensland.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Jetstar's Black Friday Sale Has Landed with Domestic Flights Starting From $29

    You've got one day only to book in a bargain getaway, with discounted fares on offer to Queenstown, Christchurch, Sydney, the Gold Coast and more.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: Hanging Gardens of Bali

    This multi-award winning resort is hidden in a remote valley surrounded by a rainforest and rice fields.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Mövenpick Hotel Auckland

    The sweetest stay in the CBD.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Experience the World's First Gin Heli-Tour and an Onsen Retreat on This Queenstown Trip

    Fly around this alpine region on a helicopter gin tasting tour and spoil yourself rotten at a spa retreat up in the mountains

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stay of the Week: San Domenico Palace, Where 'The White Lotus' Season Two Was Filmed

    Live 'The White Lotus' fantasy, rubbing shoulders with the rich and the famous.

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