New Zealand: Fine lodge
Island View Lodge, 122 State Highway 1, Waiwera, North Auckland, New Zealand; 011-64-9-426-7839, www.islandviewlodge.co.nz. "In a rural area but close to town. Glorious sea and river views, luxurious bedrooms. Gracious hosts. Delicious breakfast included in the rate." Doubles from $85 a night.
England: Great guide
Liverpool tour guide Philip Hughes, 011-44-151-228-4565, email@example.com, www.tourliverpool.co.uk. "A vivacious official Blue Badge tour guide who loves the people and places of his lifelong home. He showed us Beatles sites, pointing out John's favorite pub, the hospital where Paul's mother worked. He carries refreshments, postcards and the lore and legends of this wonderful city. A lot of fun." About $20 per person for group tours, $120 for a private tour.
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