Above: "Scrubby Bay," a contemporary beach house set on the Banks Peninsula at Annandale - © Stephen Goodenough

Travel is enthralling, but it can often be tiring. For those who would like to spend part of aNew Zealandtrip sequestered in a private world, just reading, relaxing and gazing out to sea,Annandaleprovides the perfect venue. (Full disclosure: I have not stayed at Annandale personally, but I have received enthusiastic reports from people whose opinions I trust.)

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Above: "Scrubby Bay," a contemporary beach house set on the Banks Peninsula at Annandale - © Stephen Goodenough

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