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  • Travel & Leisure

    Voco Auckland City Centre, an IHG Hotel

    The new hotel boasts plush rooms with floor-to-ceiling views of Auckland city and a cosy all-day Italian trattoria — but it's the new rooftop bar that's bound to be the drawcard.

  • Travel & Leisure

    We're Giving Away a Wild Winter Escape For You and a Mate (or Date)

    Spoil your mate or impress your date with an unforgettable holiday this winter.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Wellington's First Movenpick Hotel Has Just Opened with a Signature Daily Chocolate Hour

    With chocolate treats galore and ice cream sundaes available 24/7, this new hotel offering in the heart of Wellington is offering sweet-toothed travellers the stay of dreams.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Fortitude Valley

    The Constance Hotel Fortitude Valley

    Local Brisbane artists have made this hotel their very own work of art.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Spring Hill

    The Johnson Brisbane - Art Series

    Luxury accommodation decorated with the work of one of Australia's premier artists.

  • Travel & Leisure

    You'll Be Able to Slumber in the Sky in Air New Zealand's Lie-Flat Economy Sleeping Pods From 2024 

    The game-changing bunk bed-style economy skynest will feature on the airline's new Dreamliners, and will boast room for six sleepers.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Now You Can Travel to Fiji, Here's Everything You Need to Know Before Your Trip

    We asked the Tourism Fiji team all your burning pre-holiday questions, including where to stay, whether you'll need cash, and yes — what happens if you test positive for COVID?

  • Travel & Leisure

    Six Ways to Make Your Winter Trip to Hawke's Bay the Best One Yet

    The east coast winemaking region comes alive in the colder months.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sixteen of the Most Enchanting Winter Escapes You Can Book in the Blue Mountains

    From a mountaintop villa with an outdoor spa to a getaway inside a clifftop cave, there are lots of magical Airbnbs primed for weekend escapes.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Japan Has Officially Reopened to Tourists From Down Under — But Only As Part of Package Tours

    To make the trip, you'll need to wear masks everywhere, have private medical insurance to cover your visit and be chaperoned during your whole stay.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australia's Highest Suspension Bridge Has Opened in the Snowy Mountains for Spectacular Alpine Walks

    Part of a new nine-kilometre track in NSW's Kosciuszko National Park, this new bridge is strung across Guthega and Charlotte Pass.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Attention Geminis: Jetstar NZ Is Giving Away Free Flights to Everyone Who Shares Its Birthday

    Plus they're slinging 60,000 dirt-cheap deals for flights across the country — and across the ditch.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Airbnb Wants You to Stay in the 'Scooby-Doo' Mystery Machine — and Matthew Lillard Will Be Your Host

    Celebrate the live-action 'Scooby-Doo' flick's 20th anniversary with a vanning holiday across Southern California.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand's First Off-the-Grid Unyoked Cabins Will Pop Up in Stunning Regions Next Month

    Providing all the creature comforts, these small houses and cabins will be right in the thick of some of the country’s most breathtaking surroundings.

  • Travel & Leisure
    St Kilda

    The Prince Hotel

    Expect chic beachy vibes within this restored art deco building in St Kilda.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Fortitude Valley

    Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments

    Sitting on the rooftop and admiring the sunset is one of the best ways to soak in this gorgeous city.

  • Travel & Leisure

    QT Is Opening a Lush New Hotel in Newcastle with a Rooftop Bar and a Huge Suite Inside a Clock Tower

    Also big drawcards: harbour views and Newcastle's largest library of Japanese whisky.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Christchurch's Observatory Hotel Is Now Open As Part of Its $290 Million Arts Centre Quake Restoration

    With wild colours and textures throughout each of its 33 unique rooms, Christchurch's luxe new hotel marks a significant milestone in the central city's post-earthquake revival.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Qantas Has Ramped Up Flights From Australia to NZ Just in Time for Wintry Snow Holidays 

    The Australian airline has restarted five routes travelling across the ditch, including the first international flight into Queenstown in almost a year.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Beach House at Merewether

    It's time you made a beeline for the laid-back coastal haven of Newcastle.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Southern Hemisphere's First-Ever Super-Sleek Ace Hotel Has Finally Opened in Sydney

    The 257-room hotel is now welcoming in guests — and its ground-floor restaurant and lobby bar are serving up bites to eat and cocktails, too.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand's First Movenpick Hotel Has Just Opened in Auckland with a Daily Chocolate Hour

    The chain's 207-room site in the CBD joins more than 110 other Mövenpick hotels worldwide.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Come What May: You Can Now Spend a Night in the Moulin Rouge's Iconic Windmill Thanks to Airbnb

    Even better: your overnight stay in the Parisian windmill's secret room, which has never been opened to the public before, will only cost you AU$1.49.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Fifteen Unique Stays with Breathtaking Views of New Zealand's South Island

    From rugged secluded cottages to luxurious lakeside retreats.

  • Travel & Leisure

    All of the Best Inner-City Airbnbs Around Australia with Breathtaking Views

    Spend your next break over the ditch eating your way around Sydney, shopping until you drop in Melbourne, or soaking in city views from beside the pool in Brisbane.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand Ski Fields Are Preparing to Open for the 2022 Season

    Resorts across Aotearoa are starting to roll out plans for this year's ski season, which is set to be one of the biggest yet as the country finally welcomes back Australian tourists. 

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Cordis Pinnacle Tower

    From the higher levels of this luxury hotel's new $170 million tower, you can take in full-circle views of Auckland and its most iconic landmarks — best enjoyed with a pre-dinner drink and canapé in hand.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Seven Hotels in Sydney's CBD for When You Want to Treat Yourself to an Australian City Break

    Looking for a hotel that'll make you feel good about hitting snooze? We've found it.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Brand-New Luxury Hilton Hotel Is Opening in Karaka South of Auckland This Week

    Boasting a cocktail bar, a pool and celeb chef Mark Southon at the restaurant's helm, this luxe new hotel offering is just 25 minutes out of the city.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Bali Has Reopened to Australian and NZ Tourists Without Quarantine If You're Dreaming of a Holiday

    Since early March, Bali has implemented a Visa on Arrival program for double-vaccinated visitors — with COVID-19 tests required before departing, and upon arrival at the airport.

  • Travel & Leisure

    12 Incredible Australian Islands for When You Want to Get Off the Mainland

    You don't need to travel to Bali or Thailand to have an island holiday — these adventurous and relaxing spots are just off the coast of Australia.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand Is Reopening Its Borders to Double-Vaccinated Tourists Next Month

    Australian holidaymakers will be able to arrive in NZ without isolating from mid-April, before tourists from visa waiver countries follow suit in May.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Second Super Nintendo Theme Park Will Open in 2023 So You Can Play 'Mario Kart' IRL in Hollywood

    You'll soon have two Nintendo-themed amusement parks to visit, with the new addition to Universal Studios Hollywood joining its sibling site in Osaka.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Warwick Farm

    The William Inglis Hotel - MGallery by Sofitel

    This is a luxury boutique hotel with the lot.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Kiwis Can Return Home to New Zealand Without Isolating from Midnight This Wednesday

    The country's current Omicron outbreak has caused Prime Minster Jacinda Arden to bring forward the five-step border re-opening plan.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ten of the Best Walks You Can Do with Your Dog in and Around Auckland

    Whether you're after native bush, off-leash paddocks or urban wetlands, Auckland has plenty of accessible dog-friendly walks to choose from.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Western Australia's Turquoise Bay Has Been Named the Best Beach in the South Pacific for 2022

    Beaches in Australia and New Zealand took out nine of the top ten spots.

  • Food & Drink

    Five Scenic Spots to Watch the Sun Go Down in Auckland

    We've compiled our fave spots to watch the sun go down with a cold one in hand.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Queenstown Music Festival and Ski Trip Snow Machine Has Launched Its Full 2022 Lineup

    Four snow-filled days of music, skiing and adventure awaits.

  • Travel & Leisure

    New Zealand Is Scrapping MIQ for Double-Vaxxed Kiwis Coming From Australia This Month

    It's the first stage of the Government's five-step plan for opening to the world this year.

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