The Global Life: Home of the Hobbit

New Zealand's luxury lodges are a match for its natural beauty

If you admired the natural beauty depicted in the first filmed installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, you will love seeing the real thing in New Zealand, where the Oscar-winning film was shot. And there's a lot more to love. New Zealand's wines, especially its whites, are winning top prizes in international competitions. And its outdoor delights--beaches, ski slopes, trout streams, vineyards--are increasingly within reach of luxury accommodations. During a recent visit, my wife and I discovered three sumptuous lodges worth the 12-hour flight.

Blanket Bay Lodge

A stunning interpretation of an Alpine resort, Blanket Bay faces Lake Wakatipu,...

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