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Joni Stone   Meet Joni, one of our travel experts for New Zealand.


Born in the Southwest, raised in the Northwest, I have called the South Pacific home for nearly 25 years. I founded J2 Travels in the late 1990s to share our knowledge with other like minded travelers – remembering always, that the joy is in the journey. I currently live on Maui, I'm endorsed by IATA, and am a member of the Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand Tourism Boards.




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Joni's Favorite Resorts in New Zealand

Joni's Favorite Resorts in New Zealand

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Peppers Parehua Martinborough

Of my eight trips to New Zealand, we have found ourselves at the Sophisticated and Elegant Martinborough Hotel on more than one occasion. Lower North Island location, smack dab in Wine Country! A stay here will have you smile with an ease each time you remember time well spent.

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  Peppers Parehua Martinborough

Hotel St Moritz

There may be more sophisticated resorts in Queenstown, but I LOVE staying at the St. Moritz. We book the same suite each time - the 1 bedroom Alpine Suite Lakeview! It offers one of the most gorgeous views of Lake Wakatipu from one side and The Remarkables mountains on the other. Ideally located in the heart of the town, it is an easy stroll to dining, fun and shopping. Do NOT overlook this wonderful little gem on the hill.

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  Hotel St Moritz

The George

The George - where you will find "George" the Teddy Bear gracing your pillow! A few sweet touch to a fine Boutique-ish hotel overlooking Hagley Park in Christchurch. You will expect, and receive personal service, attention to detail, great on site restaurants and well done amenities (many complimentary). Wonderful jumping off location to explore the area.

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  The George



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