Wish List 2010: New Zealand

New Zealand made the list of 12 island destinations on the ISLANDS Wish List 2010 in the December issue. See the two-page spread from the magazine below as well as why it made the list and which resort our editors recommend for your New Zealand trip.

New Zealand Adventure
In just one single day, you can ski Tasman Glacier, get a Maori ­symbol that you don't ­understand ­tattooed on your face, canoe the ­Milford Sound in Fjordland National Park and spot the rare ­Hector's dolphin in Akaroa Harbor ­pictured here ­— a single very long day. And that's just the South Island. The North Island has world-class rapids, world-­record trout and even the world's ­largest volcanic crater. A place this fascinating, with sights so stunning, we usually call "the world." But this is New ­Zealand, perfect for a wish list that never ends.

Best Dream Resort in New Zealand: Eichardt's Private Hotel
"Drawing on 150 years of Kiwi hospitality, this hotel in ­Queenstown, South Island, was the perfect après-ski treat following my adventure on Coronet Peak. This five-room hotel right on the shore of gorgeous Lake Wakatipu not only has the friendliest staff and most luxurious rooms around ­­— my suite had a super-king bed, a deep soaking tub, heated floors and a fireplace — it's in the heart of Queenstown's cafe and restaurant quarter. That's the best place to be." — Jad Davenport, ISLANDS contributing editor