Celebrating the beauty of serendipity, our winter issue is here

If there’s one person who epitomises the beauty of serendipity, it’s New Zealand-based Hollywood rising star Jess Hong. The lead actor in Netflix’s biggest show of the year, 3 Body Problem, was plucked from small-town New Zealand — the result of a serendipitous series of events, where everything fell into place to present the opportunity of a lifetime in the blockbuster series. Hong’s enigmatic personality shines on our cover, photographed at the picturesque Ayrburn precinct in Queenstown — the ultimate winter paradise. We could speak similarly of writer Trent Dalton‘s journey, who we talk to in our Culture section — his unfathomable upbringing setting the stage for his award-winning novels that deftly blend fact and fiction, one of which is now the basis of Netflix’s acclaimed series Boy Swallows Universe. While Chris Meehan, Winton founder and CEO and the developer behind Ayrburn, has a life story that is filled with serendipitous sliding door moments, but also a whole lot of grit, determination and hard work. Much like many others gracing this issue’s pages, his success lies in a unique ability to embrace the unknown, lean into opportunities, and ultimately, make his own luck.

In this issue, we also offer an extensive edit of everything worth enjoying this winter — from relishing Central Otago’s many spoils, to what to wear — both on and off the slopes, alongside a dedicated Watch and Jewellery special that is sure to inspire. You’ll find an extensive round-up of the many compelling reasons to get out of the house to support our local hospitality industry this winter, and, as always, we lay out the design trends worth buying into, the latest in Wellbeing, and a whole winter’s worth of books, films, shows, and live events to fill your cultural calendar.

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If we have one hope for this issue, it’s that it inspires you to throw caution to the wind and step outside of your comfort zone (and the comfort of your home) this season. There’s so much to explore and experience in our corner of the world, and you never know what might come of it — serendipity has a way of favouring the curious.

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As Muse Boutique welcomes coveted Parisian label Nour Hammour to the fold, we explore the brand’s surprisingly rebellious origins
Making a valid and visually enticing case for lab-grown diamonds, Swarovski brings its striking new collection to our shores
Shop the look: Take cues from our inimitable cover star, Jess Hong, with this edit of fashion and jewellery to buy now