New Zealand is getting a lot of attention lately as a getaway for the rich and famous. For one thing, Silicon Valley's billionaires are setting up shop there for a pretty freaky reason we'd almost rather not think about. And then of course, Bravo stars deem it worthy of an epic honeymoon destination... with a resulting Instagram album that would make any jet-setting soul add the place to their bucket lists.
And now, it's also the spot selected for a girls trip we'd conjure in our wildest dreams if we were putting together a roster of fantasy travel buddies. Yes, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling are exploring the verdant lands together as part of (womp womp) not a proper vacation, per se, but a trip to film their new film A Wrinkle in Time.
Mindy prepped for the trip by rewatching Lord of the Rings — naturally — and solicited recs from her fans on Instagram. " Your country is so beautiful and I am lucky to be able to go," she wrote.
Among the copious tourism feedback she got? “Queenstown and Wanaka,” as well as, “Please visit lake Taupo, the biggest lake in new Zealand and some of the friendliest people as well!”
Indeed, the trio found time to combine work and play, as evidenced by their Instagrams on the trip.
To start out, Reese had a pretty awesome plan for conquering New Zealand. She wrote, "We're heeeeeerrrree & Ready to 1) Hike these mtns, 2) Snuggle some sheep 3) Meet awesome Kiwis."
She also posted a scene of an epic, lush mountain landscape, and noted, "Pinch me, I'm dreaming!"
Mindy also posted a stunning landscape from Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand:...and another with gorgeous snow-capped peaks in the background and turquoise water in the foreground, showing the destination's topographic diversity.
She caught some air in front of the stunning scene.
For all the fun they had, turns out stars are just like us: Jet lag gets them too. Fortunately, Reese found a picturesque nap spot backed by a pretty, Instagram-friendly green wall.
Oh, you know — just blue skies, rolling grass, and a dream trio of celeb travel buddies. NBD.
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