Waiheke Island To Get Major Resort
New Zealand's Waiheke Island is soon to be the home of a new lavish resort. International chain Langham Hotels and Auckland developer Brent Gibson are creating Langham Place which is said to be the country's first five-star boutique vineyard resort. The 79-room resort will have a Tuscan theme and will capitalize on the growing wine tourism in the region. Hotel amenities will include the Chuan Spa, a gym, tennis courts, fine dining and meeting facilities. The hotel will also have an interactive wine theater and will highlight wine from the region. The resort will be 35 minutes by ferry and 8 minutes by helicopter from the heart of downtown Auckland and is set to open in 2010.