NESTLED ON THE NORTHERN part of New Zealand’s North Island, cosmopolitan Auckland deserves more than a passing glance. Although the jumping-off point for many tours, Auckland holds its own as an urban destination with a wide range of activities.
The iconic Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, anchors this city positioned between two large harbors. The observation platform provides superb views of Auckland’s glitzy waterfront and Hauraki Gulf. Daredevils who prefer to take the easy way down attach themselves to a Sky Jump cable and leap off the top.
Check into the lovely Hotel DeBrett, a short walk from the restaurants and bars of Viaduct Harbour. Spend half a day visiting the Auckland War Memorial Museum and then recharge by ducking into a café to put Kiwi coffee culture to the test. Sample a long black, a short black or the widely favored flat white (a double shot of espresso with velvety steamed milk instead of froth).
For a memorable meal, seek out Elliott Stables, where you can sample a wide range of cuisines in an epicurean village and then walk it off while shopping on nearby Queen Street.
On Auckland’s west coast, explore windswept beaches and the subtropical bush-clad hills of the Waitakere Ranges. If time permits, join a cruise to Tiritiri Matangi Island out in the Hauraki Gulf and spy some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds, including the kokako and saddleback.
Explore another highlight just a short ferry ride from Auckland: Waiheke Island. Beautiful beaches and a bucolic blend of forest and open farmland make for the perfect dose of nature within the city’s reach. Enjoy activities like sea kayaking, mountain biking and vineyard tours. Ananda Tours offers a Gourmet Food and Wine tour visiting some of the award-winning wineries, including Stonyridge Vineyard.
Should you miss the last ferry back, snag a room at the boutique Boatshed Hotel, situated above the white, sandy beaches of Oneroa, and rest up before exploring the rest of the mythical Middle Earth.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
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