38 STYLE | travel TRAVEL NEWS Itchy feet? If winter’s approach is giving you a touch of the travel bug, try one of these wanderlust remedies. Words Gaynor Stanley Jewel Changi Airport HIGH FLYERS Named Best Airport in the World by Skytrax for six consecutive years, Singapore’s Changi has just added yet another reason to dally in the terminal. Jewel Changi Airport is a gigantic steel and glass dome, designed by Moshe Safdie – the same architect behind Marina Bay Sands – located landside and attached to Changi Terminal 1, with easy access from Terminals 2 and 3. Inside Jewel are 280 shops and eateries (including homegrown favourites such as Naiise and Supermama and Tiger’s first beer lab), plus attractions like Forest Valley’s four storeys of lush indoor gardens with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at its centre, the 40-metre tall Rain Vortex, and a hotel suited to travellers who desire flexible check-in and check-out times. Still to open next month is the 14,000sqm Canopy Park on the top level offering gardens and walking trails to stretch jet-lagged legs or mazes, a bouncing net, slides and a glass-floored Canopy Bridge suspended 23 metres above ground level to inject some adrenalin into your stopover. Our national carrier will launch a new direct service to Seoul this November, along with additional flights to Taipei and Chicago. Air New Zealand is also now offering free Wi-Fi on international flights where the aircraft has internet connectivity. Those travelling long-haul at the pointy end can look forward to an upgraded Business Premier product at the end of this year, while the rest of us are promised a new, more spacious, economy service from mid-2020. STRAIT-SIDE In Wellington, DoubleTree By Hilton has opened in the iconic T&G building, smack bang on the premier shopping strip of Lambton Quay. The historic building, which was built in 1928, was one of the city’s first office towers. The hotel design complements the building’s Chicago-style architectural elements and fine art deco interiors with marble, copper and wooden accents throughout. First item on your itinerary: munch on DoubleTree’s signature warm chocolate chip cookie that guests receive checking-in at all of its 560 hotels worldwide. Echoing the Real Journeys story (page 18), locallyowned Marlborough Tour Company has had a busy summer of expansion. It’s just bought rival day cruise operator Cougar Line having added a fourth more luxurious and intimate vessel to its own fleet, the MV Mantra, in November. This 25-passenger beauty operates charters and transfers to the Sounds’ swankiest place to lay your head, Bay of Many Coves Resort as well as the afternoon Seafood Odyssey Cruise from Picton. Cruise the most scenic and interesting of inlets and aquaculture farms, as you imbibe copious amounts of Regal Salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and greenshell mussels matched splendidly with Framingham Sauvignon Blanc. And the news we’re really excited about is the company’s acquisition of iconic Queen Charlotte Track lodges, Punga Cove Resort and Furneaux Lodge, with both now being refurbished. New look Punga Cove Suite with water views.
STYLE | travel 39 Elemental AKL Vivid Sydney WINTER FESTIVALS Vivid Sydney enters its second decade of brilliance when it returns 24 May until 15 June. Among the light installations not to miss are Pixar Animation Studios’ projection on the ceiling of the Argyle Cut tunnel in The Rocks, the Austral Floral Ballet twirling across the Sydney Opera House sails and the harbourside light walk to Campbells Cove and Hickson Road Reserve. A star-studded programme of events includes film director Spike Lee headlining Vivid Ideas, plus The Cure, Rufus Du Sol and FKA Twigs on the Vivid Music bill. Not to be outshone, Auckland has launched its inaugural winter festival, Elemental AKL, weaving themes of fire, water, earth and air into a July-long party. Highlights include the illuminated, all-wheels In Motion parade on 6 July, giant glow-in-the-dark puppet shows to celebrate Matariki and Albert Park being transformed into Turama, an interactive playground of light installations, fire shows and performances from 25 to 28 July, and Lights Out on Great Barrier Island to enjoy the night sky’s own magical display. Queenstown Winter Festival is planning one helluva party for its 45th birthday, 20 to 23 June. And Visa Wellington On a Plate expands to an entire month of burger, dining and cocktail hedonism this August.