The drive into Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound is as captivating as the destination.
Francesca’s Italian Kitchen left an impression on us, but kika blew us away.
Walking into Francesca’s Italian Kitchen in Wanaka was like stepping into an osteria in Italy itself. The country-style wooden furniture, at once humble but homely, is contrasted against glass jars of various shapes and sizes that hang from the ceiling to encase the light bulbs within.
Tekapo might be little more than a stopover for some, but there’s lots to see both in the day and at night.
And the sunrise here is stunning.
The owners Kimm and Bruce, together with their children, run this family business as a destination dining experience for people in the area.
Our lunch stops were much more memorable than our dinners but to be fair, Wairau River Wines and Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen had set the standards really high.
Having lunch at a winemaker’s restaurant never disappointed, but dining in a vineyard setting makes the experience much more special.
Getting a taste of a major city’s suburbs can be a refreshing change of scenery. Auckland’s Newmarket offers plenty enough for a day or two.
In a recipe for driving pleasure and luxury, BMW has updated the fourth-generation X5 to fit seamlessly into modern lifestyles and those with a sense of wanderlust.