Today: Check into Matakauri Lodge, which opens on the shore of Lake Wakatipu outside Queenstown in New Zealand. The luxurious lodge features contemporary styling and stunning lake and mountain views (

This Week: Manchester airport will be celebrating on Wednesday, with its debut Airbus A380 departure to Dubai making it the UK's second venue (after Heathrow) for the world's biggest jet. On the same day, Singapore Airlines' Manchester-Munich service reverts to daily (

In The Diary: Book the UK's first overnight beach hut accommodation at Whitley Bay, Tyneside. Opening next summer, they feature high-spec design ( And grab a chance to look behind the scenes at the art deco landmark The Dorchester. For Open House London, the hotel is offering 20 people a private tour on 19 September (email: diary.dorchester@; closes 6 September).