The Beautiful New Zealand Destination Everyone Should See
Samantha Wennerstrom lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Todd and daughter Elin. Starting out with a career in publishing, Samantha created Could I Have That? as a creative outlet to house all the things she was coveting and loving. What started out as a hobby in 2009 has since organically grown into a business that has been featured on the covers of The Wall Street Journal, C Magazine, Who What Wear, Lucky Magazine, The Zoe Report, Santa Barbara Magazine, and more. Could I Have That? is a destination for all who love upping the ante in their everyday lives. Wennerstrom recently went on a trip to New Zealand and details of her highlights are below.
When we booked our tickets for our trip to Australia, we thought It’s kinda crazy to go that far and not see New Zealand! So we tacked on a couple weeks and got some help from our friends at World Odyssey who pointed us in the direction of the best places to stay and things to see and do. The first stop was Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand (more info about that trip here). If you’re unfamiliar with New Zealand, here’s a tidbit I didn’t realize before planning our adventure: The islands are totally different in terms of scenery and climate.
The south island has glaciers, lots of impressive mountains, snow, crazy-beautiful waterfalls, and lots and lots of green. The north island is warmer, with idyllic beaches, crystal-clear blue water, cave jumping, and surfing. Choosing just one was impossible, so we did a sprinkling of both. Our second stop in New Zealand was a little place called The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay. Find out why I think this resort is a must-visit destination below.
Just about every element of this gem was perfection, down to the vintage Ralph Lauren chairs I wanted to smuggle home with me. The expansive grounds, which were full of hiking trails, wildflowers, the most prestigious golf course in New Zealand, endangered Kiwi birds, a working sheep farm and the lodge’s very own organic garden were breathtaking, to say the least. The entire time I felt like I was staying in someone’s private home and getting an authentic feel for New Zealand at the same time. Our cottage was nestled into the hillside, which provided an epic view for a rainstorm we got to watch from our porch.
Every day during our stay, I discovered a new design element that I was obsessed with. This round cellar room was too cool for words. It was cozy with a warm fire, fur throws, and that amazing smell that immediately lets you know you’re at a ranch—a combination of a wood-burning fire, and leather; give me more. Every evening before dinner we’d meet here and have a drink.
We met A LOT of sheep during our time in New Zealand. It was pretty amazing watching the trained dogs herd these animals. Elin couldn’t get enough, especially when they brought over the only black sheep for her to pet—her favorite song is "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep!"
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Overall the resort was incredibly accommodating with Elin, they even brought her toys to play with at dinner. All in all, it's an amazing spot for families. A special thanks to World Odyssey for helping us piece this trip together! (You can check out its amazing travel services over on the website.)
I lived in this Doên dress during the trip. It was warm enough for the cool days we experienced yet comfortable and sophisticated for dinner. Also an easy piece to layer with jackets and sweaters.
This coastline was beyond beautiful. We got to see it during a pretty intense rainstorm, and it was so fun to see the ocean look so mysterious while turning every shade of blue. So what’s up with the name—Cape Kidnappers? Back in the late 1700s, there was a little miscommunication between a Maori tribe and a British captain and his crew, which resulted in an attempted kidnapping, hence the name. It was one of the first questions I asked. It happened right here at this point.