Five-course dinners served in front of a roaring fireplace, sheepskin rugs placed bedside at night, and freshly restored elegant period architecture are enough to make Otahuna Lodge, a Relais & Chateaux property just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand, the stuff of travel dreams. But for the horticulturally inclined, it’s what lies beyond the walls of the Queen Anne–style mansion that begs a trans-Pacific flight. The sprawling grounds of the estate, built in 1895 and overhauled in
Three years ago, a treehouse in New Zealand won the hearts of architecture critics, restauranteurs, and sustainable designers. The pine-slatted pod suspended visitors in a redwood tree, then served them canapes and petit fours. The treehouse was designed with locally milled redwood, built by local labor, and also made an Auckland accordion player named Tracey quite famous.
A compact garden of raised beds near the beach in New Zealand produces "six packs" of vegetables all year round for this couple, a pair of fine art photographers.