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News from around the region with Jenny McLeod QUEENSTOWN ON SHOW AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW Queenstown put on an outstanding performance for more than 300 international travel and tourism buyers who attended the recent Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (TRENZ) in the resort, according to Destination Queenstown CEO Tony Everitt. “It was the first time Queenstown has hosted TRENZ and it was a big hit with the international buyers. Many had never been to Queenstown and others hadn’t visited for a decade or so and it was part of our strategy to get them here,” He says while the real business benefits from the trade show will not be apparent for at least six months “the buyers were blown away with Queenstown and the signs are positive that it will translate into solid business.” Over 560 travel buyers, exhibitors and national and international media participated in the four day event organised by the Tourism Industry Association and supported by Tourism New Zealand and other tourism related companies. Guest speakers ranged from the Prime Minister John Key who is also Minister of Tourism to 2011 Rugby World Cup CEO Martin Snedden and Tourism Australia GM Jenny Aitken. For the first time at a TRENZ tradeshow delegates took part in familiarisation visits of tourist activities in the region with 40 local tour operators hosting over 500 people. Lake Wanaka Tourism is upbeat about familiarisation visits before and after TRENZ by buyers from Germany, UK, Uruguay, Poland, Australia, North America and Asia which should result in more visitors to the Wanaka area. “Hosting these buyers is a huge benefit for the region,” says Lake Wanaka Tourism CEO James Helmore. “They came from many of our key markets catering for a range of clients from the mass markets to top end luxury.” PRIME MINISTER CELEBRATES SHOTVER JET MILESTONE Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key marked a visit to Queenstown during the recent TRENZ tourism trade show with a ride on Shotover Jet coinciding with the three millionth passengers to travel on the operation. Two Australian couples booked the trip unaware that they were the three millionth passengers. In recognition of the milestone they were treated to a scenic helicopter flight complete with champagne at the top of Coronet Peak ski area. Mr Key says Shotover Jet which started in Queenstown 40 years ago offers “a fantastic ride in a fantastic part of the country.” Shotover Jet General Manager Clark Scott says carrying the three millionth passengers was a significant achievement in the company’s history. “We pride ourselves on being pioneers of the jet boat industry, while also making a major contribution to New Zealand’s overall positioning as an adventure tourism destination.”

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SOUTHERN DISCOVERIES EXPANDS INTO QUEENSTOWN The Te Anau based Southern Discoveries tourist company is focusing on business development and expansion, particularly into Queenstown, reinforced by its recent half-share purchase of Kawarau Jet. Southern Discoveries General Manager John Robson says since the business was bought by the Skeggs Group three years ago, and rebranded as Southern Discoveries, it has been expanding and Kawarau Jet provided a good opportunity. “Kawarau Jet is an extremely well run business with a very strong brand. Both our companies are well established in the tourism market but with very different clients, so we see this as a way of continuing to grow both businesses.” Kawarau Jet John Robson & Shaun Kelly Director Shaun Kelly, who owns the other 50% of the company says “there are very good synergies between the two businesses so we very much see this as a mutually beneficial partnership.” Southern Discoveries has also recently launched the Queenstown Princess cruises on Lake Wakatipu which mainly targets the backpacker market. Further expansion has seen the company acquire Go Milford, a Te Anau based coach and tour operation and approval has recently been granted to introduce a new guided kayaking venture at Harrison Cove in Milford Sound under the Southern Discoveries banner.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART AERIAL MOVIE CAMERA The Queenstown based company, Shotover Camera Systems, has designed and produced a state-of-theart aerial next generation camera that will not only be operated on major movies in New Zealand, but will also be exported and used at different television and film locations around the world. Shotover Camera Systems Managing Director John Coyle has an international reputation for producing quality gyro stabilised camera systems. The new Shotover camera can cost between $400,000 and $1m (NZD) depending on the choice of camera, lens and other system features and is smaller and lighter than other comparable aerial cameras. “Our system provides the highest quality image production available and has been designed specifically for the movie industry for shooting aerial footage from moving platforms, primarily helicopters, with no limitation on manoeuvrability and camera pointing,” says John. The new camera has been tested successfully in Queenstown with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters and aerial filming specialist pilot Alfie Speight.



distinctive jewellers move south

Partridge Jewellers recently opened its first South Island store in Queenstown and is the oldest established jewellery business in New Zealand which still has hands on involvement from family. Jenny McLeod spoke to Managing Director Grant Partridge. The jewellery company was launched in 1870 in Wellington and Grant Partridge is fifth generation while his daughter Nicola, who has an honours degree in design specialising in jewellery, marks the first of the sixth generation to join the business.

For many years Partridge Jewellers remained Wellington based but in 1999 opened in Auckland’s Queen Street with a high profile presence.

Partridge Jewellers has been recognised by Argyle Pink Diamonds as New Zealand’s only “Select Atelier” and one of approximately 35 in the world.

“Nine years later we opened a second Auckland outlet in Newmarket and in 2010 an Omega Boutique attached to the Queen Street store,” says Grant. “More recently we have been looking for a presence in the South Island and discovered the prime corner site in the Mountaineer complex in Queenstown. It is ideal for us and we are perfectly located to attract passers-by.”

“ Argyle Pink Diamonds are extremely rare, in fact they are beyond rare, and are the most revered diamonds in the world. These exclusive diamonds come from a mine in Western Australia and it is an absolute privilege for us to be identified as a Select Atelier.”

“We hope to service a wide area of the South Island and already we are getting customers from Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill as well as locally. There are many people who have second homes in Queenstown and 1.7 million tourists visit the resort every year. In fact 60 per cent of all international visitors to New Zealand have Queenstown in their itinerary.” The company specialises in diamonds, precious coloured gemstones and gold and platinum jewellery, and designs and manufactures much of its own range in its two workshops. “Diamonds are our signature item and our diamond jewellery is in huge demand,” he says. “While we custom make our own distinctive rings, bracelets, necklaces and other items we are very happy to accept commissions, handmaking items to a client’s specifications and encouraging their input throughout the process.”

But it’s not all about jewellery. The company also has an unrivalled reputation for its leading, premium Swiss watch brands including Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tag Heuer, Omega, Hublot and the highly exclusive Patek Philippe brand. “Having Rolex in New Zealand is significant,” says Grant. “It’s very prestigious but so too are the other Swiss watch brands. They certainly provide a lot of credibility particularly in the eyes of visitors and are a definite drawcard into our stores.” Partridge Jewellers has a long and successful tradition in the industry in New Zealand. The original founders were goldsmiths and platinumsmiths who created unique designs, even carrying out commissions for the Government of the day. “We are very proud of our heritage and as a family we are committed to retaining our leading position in the New Zealand jewellery and watch industries which has been built up over five generations. Our arrival in Queenstown marks a fresh milestone in the on going story of Partridge Jewellers.”

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SKI QUEENSTOWN Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Areas have opened for the 2011 season with a diverse range of improvements carried out over the summer creating new terrain for all level skiers and riders. Jenny McLeod talked to the NZSki team. In preparation for the season at The Remarkables more earth was moved during six months than had been during the previous 25 years, according to Ski Area Manager Ross Lawrence. “Throughout the summer we worked closely with the Department of Conservation and made some significant changes to benefit novices, intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders. We blasted about 15,000 cubic metres of rock in both Sugar Basin and Shadow Basin and installed twelve new snow guns on selected trails to provide more consistent snow coverage.” The early, intermediate Turquoise Trail has doubled in width and the Alta Blue run has been widened and has a gentler gradient and better snow cover thanks to the new guns. “Novice skiers will find a big difference here and we are grooming the slopes so that beginners can feel comfortable heading up on the Alta Chair after spending only a day or two on the learners’ conveyors,” says Ross.


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As part of the on going native plant regeneration programme at The Remarkables native plants have been removed, stored and relocated to protect and restore the environment, in a team effort with the Department of Conservation. “With the terrain work that has taken place over a number of months it was hugely important for us to focus on rejuvenating plant life on the land,” says Ross. “Thousands of tussocks and clumps of cushion grasses have been transplanted by hand.” At Coronet Peak trails associated with the Meadows Express quad chairlift which was installed last year were completed over the summer and congestion areas have been improved. Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie says customer feedback from 2010 helped provide guidelines for the changes. A new novice trail from the top of Meadows Express has been designed to divert skiers and riders away from the busy M1 trail. Parallel to the new trail is a designated Kids Fun Zone. Another significant addition this season to the beginners’ facilities is a 102 metre carpet conveyor lift, starting below the base of the Meadows Express running to the learners’ area. “Anyone who has kids on a ski field knows you’ve got to make it as easy as possible so that everyone in the family has a great day,” says Hamish. “This makes access to the learners’ slope much easier and it’s great fun for the kids.” The trail on the Lower Big Easy has also been widened resulting in a more consistent gradient. “The trail splits close to the base of the Meadows Express making loading easier and easing congestion at busy times. Five new snow guns have also been installed on the modified and new trails.”









Shadow Basin, designed for more advanced skiers, has also had a facelift.

“We have widened the intermediate trails below Sunrise Face and the advanced Waterfalls Run has also had some significant earthmoving along with the installation of four snowmaking guns. This area is being groomed for the first time this year.”

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A new multiday pass for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mount Hutt is a flexible option for people who are planning to spend a few days on the mountains this season but are not sure when.

Getting to and from Coronet Peak and The Remarkables has got a whole lot easier this season!

NZSki Sales and Marketing General Manager Craig Douglas says with the new multiday pass system the first day pass is full price and each additional pass, bought in a single transaction on one mypass card, is discounted by $5. “People can pick and choose their days according to the best weather or ski conditions and it is ideal for those visiting Queenstown or Canterbury for a short ski holiday.” “Skiers or boarders can buy as many days on their pass as they want, and use them in blocks of days here or there, or as individual days. It’s totally up to them.”

NZSki’s Snowline Service, which encourages skiers and boarders to “ride and relax” is an affordable round trip from the downtown Snow Centre to both mountains - $12 return to Coronet Peak and $5 return to The Remarkables.. The transport service operates all season and buses depart from the Snow Centre every 20 minutes stopping at designated bus stops on the way. New this season is the door-to-door hotel pick up service, allowing guests to catch their bus at the hotel door, with a guaranteed pre-booked seat. Passengers are dropped at the top of the mountain and returned directly to their hotel at the end of the day. The hotel service operates twice a day to and from both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables – a hassle free way to get to the mountain!



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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS Kids can join Spike the Kiwi and Shred the Kea and the friendly instructors for some fun at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables leaving their parents free to enjoy their skiing or boarding. At both ski areas there is dedicated beginner and novice terrain with easy to use surface conveyor lifts complemented by the Skiwiland Early Learning Centres. Both mountains have licensed childcare in their respective learning centres and provide a safe, fun learning environment for youngsters, catering for children from three months to five years. From Skiwiland kids graduate to the Kea Club offering all day ski and snowboard instruction for all ability levels up to 15 years. There is also a range of school holiday programmes to choose from. For children aged 6 - 17 years there are a number of options such as private or group lessons or combo packages

which include lift passes, rental equipment and group lessons. There is also the private lesson option for the entire family. Snowsports Manager Judy Stevens-Dickerson says both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables have a reputation for their high standard of facilities and programmes for kids of all ages. She says the aim is to allow parents to enjoy their time on the slopes too. “It’s important for parents to know their littlies are in a safe, fun and accredited childcare environment, particularly when visiting the mountains for the first time. We not only ensure the small kids are having fun but we can sort the older kids too - there’s something for everyone.” Kids under the age of six get free lift passes throughout the season at Coronet Peak and under the age of ten at The Remarkables.



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FLYING KIWI FLAG Royals, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, number among the celebrities who have visited George Wallace’s Brixton café, opened 18 months ago and already on the prestigious Time Out guide’s Best London café list. Born and brought up in Arrowtown George recently gave up life in the fast moving London banking world to set up Federation Coffee with Wellington friend Nick Coates. “We realised there was a big gaping hole in London for coffee roasters. So we started out with the café in a renovated complex in Brixton which has become a thriving village market.” While Federation Coffee sells “sensationally good” coffee, according to critics, as well as homemade cakes, pastries and the ever popular Anzac biscuit, the two Kiwis have a much bigger plan. “We currently use coffee roasted by another Kiwi company, Nude Espresso, but we are sourcing coffee samples from around the world including South America and even Ethiopia to create our own Federation brand. Coffee roasting is where we see the potential and until now there have only been a handful of roasters servicing the whole of London.” Federation Coffee is aiming for the high end of the market. “It’s all about educating people in the UK where there is no real coffee culture. The café scene in London is still about ten years behind Melbourne and Auckland.” George and Nick might have their eye on the bigger picture, to make Federation Coffee’s name as a premium coffee roaster, but their creative coffee skills are also much in demand with coffee conoisseurs. “Every coffee has a silver fern or similar sculpted pattern and our customers love it. They think it’s some magical Antipodean process and it gives us a mark of respectability as well as a chance to talk New Zealand up.” JM

MOVIE MAKEOVERS Georgia Lockhart-Adams knows all about long hours on film sets. As a hair and makeup artist she often works 15 hour days on the trot, and has played an integral role in creating the image of actors in movies such as Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Superman Returns, Lovely Bones, Avatar, Water Horse, Spartacus and now the highly anticipated Peter Jackson film The Hobbit. Georgia, who escapes to join her family in the Cardrona Valley whenever she gets a break, is passionate about what she does. Starting out as a hairdresser, she studied make up artistry and graduated from The Design and Arts College of New Zealand 12 years ago. Within weeks she was on the Lord of the Rings set, working with doubles and extras, fast learning the skill of applying beards and wigs. “Two weeks on the job turned into four months and I learned quickly in pretty demanding and challenging conditions. It was an amazing first opportunity and I absolutely loved the work and was determined to make a career of it.” Her next break was joining the renowned makeup and hair designer Peter King and his team in the U.K. “I have been so lucky to work with him on lots of movies, he is absolutely fantastic, a walking encyclopedia of hair and makeup.” She develops a special bond with the actors she works with. “A lot of my job involves people skills and good communication because you are the first person they see in the morning and the last at night. You are required to stay on set with them all day to maintain their ‘look’ and do makeup changes if necessary. I find the journey of the character throughout the making of the film is one of the best parts!” Georgia considers herself incredibly fortunate to have found her niche. “It’s a dream job working in the film industry and being surrounded by so many talented people.” JM Georgia Lockhart - Adams and Avatar

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MADE IN QUEENSTOWN A “Made in Queenstown” sticker on skis in the chairlift queue is hardly a common sight. But the boutique ski company, Core Skis set up by Queenstowners Russell Tilsley and Guy Barker, aims to change that. Russell, who is a heliski guide and former ski patroller had been mulling over the new high end ski concept for sometime. Discussions with Guy whose background as a builder was invaluable led to the development of a pneumatic press and last season they shaped up six pairs of skis to trial. “Mine are high performance, big mountain, skis that are in line with top of the market gear. I skied on them all last season and they out performed any sort of terrain I could throw at them,” says Russell. “Our friends tried them out and they loved them, in fact they couldn’t tell them apart from their store bought skis.” The vertically laminated timber skis are custom built using high spec quality New Zealand and imported materials and bamboo. Personalised graphics can be added and they say it’s all about designing top end skis for skiers who want something a little different than “off the shelf.” “They have fantastic flex, strength and durability and we can customise the process to suit individual skiers’ requirements. It can get as technical as you like depending on how and where you ski,” says Guy who has created his own hybrid pair of rocker skis suitable for the variable conditions and big powder snow in Japan With Core Skis underway with its first orders look out for that “Made in Queenstown” sticker in the ski queues this season. MB



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ACCOLADES FOR MILLBROOK RESORT Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort is celebrating being named the world’s best golf resort by Australia’s prestigious Luxury Travel Magazine almost 20 years after opening. Jane Brooke visited the five star lifestyle resort. Millbrook has collected a string of international accolades reflecting its commitment to providing leading accommodation, golf, dining, health and fitness and luxury spa facilities. The company has invested millions of dollars in recent years providing extensive upgrades to the original championship18-hole golf course as well as creating a new nine-hole golf course known as the Coronet Nine. An innovative covered driving range converted from a former woolshed is part of the golf facilities. The multi-million-dollar investment into the golf course, new land developments and facilities by the resort’s Japanese owners, the Ishii family, has been a

strategic move to place Millbrook and Central Otago as a world-class golfing destination in Australasia, according to Millbrook’s Property and Development Manager Ben O’Malley. He says housing development has been a major focus at the resort in the last three years and there has been strong interest in the Coronet Square homes, built on land to the west of the existing resort alongside the Coronet Nine course. “The fact that buyers from around the world feel comfortable enough to invest so significantly into the resort and its lifestyle is a massive tribute to what Millbrook achieves for its members and owners,” says Ben. “New Zealand’s lifestyle appeal is growing significantly, and Millbrook offers superb architecturally designed homes built by a multiaward-winning builder, within 20 minutes’ drive of a booming year-round destination.” “Six of 13 Coronet Square residences have sold, including our first show home that took top honours in the 2010 New Zealand Master Builders’ awards. Our latest show home at Coronet Square is definitely worth seeing too.”

A further development known as McEntyre’s Tarn has achieved instant success. “Our McEntyre’s Tarn five-home hamlet of cottage-style residences designed by Mason & Wales had barely been released when the first one sold off the plans,” says Ben. “The completion of a show home here has created considerable interest from other buyers.” The show homes at both Coronet Square and McEntyre’s Tarn feature the work of well-known Queenstown based interior designer Jean Foster. “This has proved to be the ‘wow’ factor for potential buyers who like to see, touch and feel the charm of McEntyre’s Tarn stone cottages, complete with their wooden beams and stone fireplaces, or experience the sleek sophistication of a Coronet Square home,” says Ben. “People who visit the show homes are immediately able to get a picture of just how stunning the Millbrook environment is and what it is like to live at the resort.” The Millbrook show homes are open Friday to Sunday from 11am to 1pm or by appointment with the property team.



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PAULA RYAN AT TE HUIA The Paula Ryan clothing range is synonymous with high quality fashion and style and the 2011 winter collection is in store at Te Huia in Arrowtown. Te Huia is a destination fashion and lifestyle store brimming with New Zealand made clothing, gifts and jewellery and the Paula Ryan label is one of their leading brands. This winter Paula Ryan has favoured simplicity over fussiness creating a mix of easy and effective winter essentials. Te Huia storeowner and manager Delvine Wallace says the clothes are modern, smart and superbly suited for women who want effortless style in their wardrobe. “Recession dressing creates a strong reason for our customers to seek investment pieces. This range is classic, versatile and universally chic.” Black is a staple of the Paula Ryan design ethos and a seasonal key look is the tunic worn over leggings. Check out the long-line cardigans that are flattering and perfect for belting over jeans and pants. The Paula Ryan “Essentials” range is now available online at and can be delivered almost anywhere in the world.



Leading global denim brands like Diesel, Firetrap, Gsus, Miss Sixty, Scotch and Soda, Gaudi, Monarchy and LTB are all available at Ikon in Arrowtown. Store manager Fran Marvin says most popular with the gals is the LTB range of denim jeans for their fit and affordability. New Diesel styles are now in store like the mid-rise super slim ‘Hi-Vu’ in a distressed denim and the ‘Ronhoir’ style, a bootcut jean finished with a fine blue wash. Ladies are also loving the Miss Sixty and Firetrap jeans for their European finish and detailing. For guys, both young and old, there are some super cool styles to choose from. Those in search of a more traditional relaxed fit favour Scotch and Soda jeans and the Monarchy label is a good mid-range jean.

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STEP OUT IN UGG COMFORT UGG Australia boots are so popular in Hollywood that celebrities are often photographed wearing their favourite Ugg boots at the supermarket or out and about in LA. The UGG boot craze just keeps getting bigger and the real deal Australian UGGs can be bought locally at The Wool Press and Ikon in Arrowtown’s main street. Super comfy, warm and snuggly, UGG boots have evolved to include a number of new styles with a leather option and different colour mixes like pink, blue, grey and black. The Ugg Classic Tall and Short Boots are still huge sellers as is the Bailey Button. If you’re after a pair of the truly authentic boots then WoolPress is the place to find them to keep your feet happy and warm this winter.”

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NEW ZEALAND LAMBSKIN LEATHER BY CAROLINE MOORE New Zealand’s leading designer of high fashion leather garments, Caroline Moore, has been at the forefront of the country’s leather fashion industry for many years. Working from her base in Christchurch, Caroline has an international following for her unique leather designs and fashion stores Wallace & Gibbs and Te Huia in Arrowtown are both stockists. This season there is an excellent selection of beautiful top end leather jackets and coats. Tailored to perfection with superior quality design, cut and fit, these garments are made using the finest New Zealand lambskins from selected tanneries. Caroline Moore is known universally for her men’s and women’s leather garments and her clients are those who aspire to the very best. Rich in both colour and texture the magic is in the finer detailing including zips, fur trims and intricate stitching. These are leather garments that last a lifetime.



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Prime Minister John Key is confident the 2011 Rugby World Cup will be a major success and the Real New Zealand Festival will showcase the country and what it has to offer in an excellent light. Jenny McLeod reports. The Prime Minister visited Queenstown during the recent TRENZ tourism trade show and took the opportunity to promote the Rugby World Cup along with Rugby World Cup CEO Martin Snedden. An estimated 85,000 rugby fans will come to New Zealand for the event and Mr Key says indications are they will stay an average 23 days with good spin offs for tourism. “In terms of a major event the Rugby World Cup is something we can do here, and do well, and it is an important opportunity.” Martin Snedden says almost half the people who have bought tickets to the matches will arrive in New Zealand before the tournament starts in early September. The visitors are mainly from Australia, UK and Ireland, France, USA/Canada and South Africa and 55,000 are free and independent travellers (FITS) who are expected to move around the country.

“Forty four per cent of the visitors are coming to New Zealand for the first time and 1600 international media are registered.” He says while the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch has had its impact he does not think visitor numbers will suffer. “But the flow of people may change. We are aware of this so when we relocated matches scheduled for Christchurch we kept the UK team in Dunedin to provide support for the South Island.” The Real New Zealand Festival, being held to complement the tournament, would be critical to its success, according to Martin. “It will take the event beyond just a sporting focus allowing communities around the country to be involved.” Festival Director Briony Ellis says the 48 day festival will be the largest ever held in New Zealand with 1000 events planned around the country. “But it’s not about numbers but about the quality of events which will celebrate aspects of living in New Zealand that Kiwis are most proud of, those real Kiwi experiences that showcase our people, landscapes, cultures and stories.” Briony says they are highlighting New Zealand’s “Stadium of 4 million” and encouraging rugby fans to “take the long way around” from one match to the next to experience and understand the real New Zealand and what it has to offer.

MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN Queenstown is creating its own Real Festival to celebrate the Rugby World Cup and showcase the area and its fascinating history. Integral to its success is Matches Made in Heaven, a series of events running from September 1-October 23 highlighting the region’s culture, heritage, food, wine, art and community.



Queenstown RWC Co-ordinator Jono Suthlerland says the message to visitors is that while there is plenty of rugby action during the tournament there are plenty of other “matches” or events to be experienced as well. A key event is Taste Queenstown which will be held on Earnslaw Park to coincide with the quarter final and semi finals. Taste Queenstown (October 8-16) is a mini wine, food and art festival that brings together key elements of the overall Real Festival Queenstown. It will feature the Creative Queenstown art and craft market and Art in the Park, where well known artists team up with local and national celebrities to create art pieces which will be auctioned with proceeds to Queenstown’s Wakatipu High School. Food and wine stalls, fun events including BBQ cook-offs and celebrity wine tastings are programmed along with an outdoor concert centring on the Wakatipu’s rich history and involving local musicians. Jono says a host of other individual events, special menus, art tours, exhibitions and occasions will be developed by different organisations and operators and staged during the Rugby World Cup under the banner of matches Made in Heaven.

“All these events are designed to provide compelling reasons for visitors to come to Queenstown as well as providing an opportunity for the local community to participate and get involved in the festival.” The Real Queenstown Festival will conclude at Labour Weekend (October 22) marking the finals weekend of the RWC and the opening weekend of the Queenstown Jazz Festival.



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The outstanding Classic All Blacks line-up includes former greats such as Christian Cullen, Andrew Merhtens, Jeff Wilson and Reuben Thorne. Other big names include Tony Brown, Charlie Hore, Dion Muir, Kees Meeuws, Scott Robertson and local favourite Kelvin Middleton. The Classic French team is expected to field some of the players who were responsible for the All Blacks 1999 Rugby World Cup demise at Twickenham.

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Chairman of the Sevens with Altitude committee Clark Frew, whose group is organising the event, says it’s an honour to be hosting some of rugby’s legendary players and he expects Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region will be out in force to support the game.


“It will be a great international showcase and as close as we will get to the Rugby World Cup action live right here in the resort. The format will be similar to our ‘Sevens’ tournaments will hospitality tents, food, drinks and entertainment creating an exciting atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy.”

Some of the world’s best known names in rugby will be on show at the Queenstown Recreation Ground on September 18 when the Steinlager sponsored Classic All Blacks meet the French Classics as part of the Real New Zealand Festival.

Destination Queenstown’s General Manager of Marketing Graham Budd is delighted Queenstown has secured the game and believes it will be one of the Real New Zealand Festival highlights.

A huge home crowd is expected to support the international invitational rugby match at the Queenstown Recreation Ground.

“This fixture is going to be a big drawcard for locals and visitors and the Queenstown Recreation Ground is an ideal venue. It really will be a great day out and Queenstown is fortunate to be chosen as a location.”

QUEENSTOWN HOSTS INTERNATIONAL TEAMS Queenstown is hosting four teams during the Rugby World Cup – Ireland, Georgia, Romania and England and a programme is being put together for the community to be involved with the teams at a number of levels. Ireland and Georgia will receive official welcomes at the Queenstown Airport as well as civic welcomes while Romania and England are being officially welcomed to New Zealand at their international point of entry.

Ireland and England are training at the The Oval and Alpine Health & Fitness at the Queenstown Events Centre while Romania and Georgia will be based at the Queenstown Recreation Ground and the Queenstown Gym. Among the community events, Queenstown is hoping to secure opening training sessions with the teams along with school and rugby club visits and skill sessions with youngsters. The teams will be in Queenstown at different times between September 1-15.


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RUGBY MEMORABILIA AT THE WOOL PRESS Rugby fever is about to hit and The Wool Press in Arrowtown is gearing up for an unprecedented wave of national pride and demand from locals and visitors for rugby clothing and accessories. Storeowner Bruce Gibbs says they have an extensive range of rugby jerseys, scarves, beanies, polo shirts and t-shirts in-store with merchandise representing all the countries playing in the international tournament. “Its very exciting for us because when the new look All Blacks jersey is unveiled in July we will have the replica arriving in-store so fans who are keen will be able to get hold of it and wear the jersey to the first games in Dunedin.”

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NEW IMAGE FOR SPAZIOCASA spasioCasa’s new showroom at Terrace Junction

Queenstown design company spazioCasa has relocated to Terrace Junction creating a distinctive boutique showroom. Jenny Mcleod called in to the new look premises.

plays, there are also many affordable products to suit a range of budgets.

Felicity and James Manser say when the opportunity came to shift their exclusive Italian bathroom ware and tile venture from downtown Queenstown to Frankton they jumped at it.

spazioCasa is also displaying its range of external cladding for the first time with an excellent response.

“Terrace Junction has a very busy and vibrant vibe and it’s a very social place to be part of,” says Felicity. “We are excited about our new showroom which is slightly smaller than our original location but we have managed to display as much as possible without compromising the flow.” “The only item we haven’t found a home for is our stunning solid travertine bath but we’re still looking!” Felicity says while there is a boutique ambience to the showroom, with its exclusive and top end dis-

“So while we showcase a bit of ‘beige’ we also showcase a bit of ‘edginess’ as well. We think there is something for everyone in our showroom and we can cater to a diverse range of bathroom needs from contemporary and sophisticated to funky and fashionable.”

“We now stock eight varieties of cladding, including slate and a couple of options that will substitute for schist at obviously half the price. We’re getting a great reaction from people to this product.” The elegant spazioCasa showroom with its variety of bathroom and plumbing products and exquisite Italian tiles is filling a significant gap in the market. “Locals shouldn’t feel as if they need to travel to the city to find the quality, variety and choice which we offer right here in Queenstown, under the one roof,” says James.

REVOLUTIONARY ANTIBACTERIAL TILES Queenstown’s spazioCasa is marketing a “revolutionary” product known as Bios – antibacterial porcelain stoneware tiles made by the renowned Italian manufacturer, Casalgrande Padana, and sold exclusively to spazioCasa in New Zealand. Owners Felicity and James Manser are urging their commercial clients in particular to upgrade to the product in the interest of hygiene and health safety. “The tiles contain anti-bacterial properties that kill 99% of the four main bacteria families and are ideal for use in public areas and have particular application for people involved in the tourism industry,” says Felicity. “I am suggesting such places as ski fields, public swimming pools and local restaurants and cafés.” “We should be aiming to minimise the contamination of foreign bacteria. Rotovirus for example has been creeping into the Southern Lakes region and it can have fatal consequences for infants. Similarly gastric bacteria which causes gastroenteritis is a problem seen locally every year.” Felicity says the tiles also have environmental benefits. “Bios are self-cleaning which obviously contributes to decreased pollution eliminating the need for cleaning products. And aesthetically there is no compromise. Because the antibacterial product is added during the manufacturing process and is embedded within the core of the tile the Bios can be applied to any finish, size and colour and will never wear off.”

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APRES SKI AT ARROWTOWN ALPINE VILLAGE Arrowtown is the ideal après ski destination with an eclectic mix of café’s, bars and restaurants offering the perfect finish to a day on the slopes. Margo Berryman highlights the best spots. Winter transforms Arrowtown into an alpine village and the town’s diverse eating places reflect an international cuisine ranging from Thai and Indian to Italian, French and contemporary New Zealand food. Locally produced gourmet food and wine is prevalent in the historic village that is fast gaining a reputation as a foodie’s haven. From one end of the quaint, cobbled main street to the other it is easy to spend a few hours visiting the pubs and boutique bars and

cosy, firelit cafes and restaurants housed in authentic original buildings. Dorothy Browns boutique cinema is a popular Arrowtown attraction screening an art house mix of new and old movies at day and evening sessions. Arrowtown also has an appealing mix of contemporary design stores and art galleries where exhibitions showcasing the work of New Zealand and international artists are held throughout the year.

past, along with the Chinese village where remnants of market gardens and huts owned by the Chinese miners in the 1860s, still stand. The Museum is located in the main street and provides local information, maps and gold pan hire. An everchanging art gallery area is the backdrop for local and international exhibitions and the internationally renowned travelling exhibition featuring the life of Anne Frank is currently on show.

There is plenty of free parking along the banks of the Arrow River and a host of stylish and sophisticated shops to enjoy – from fashion design stores and gold and jade jewellers to homeware, collectibles and children’s wear and even a handmade chocolate store.

Millbrook golf resort and The Hills private golf course which has hosted the New Zealand Open for three year are close to Arrowtown while the highly rated Amisfield Winery and Bistro at Lake Hayes houses an award winning bistro and cellar door.

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The Queenstown Ice Arena has undergone a multi-million dollar revamp creating a plush new ice skating venue as Margo Berryman found out. The Queenstown Ice Arena, located beside the Queenstown Gardens, has long been a popular place for local and visiting families looking for a winter activity that is both fun and affordable. Ice-skating dates back to the 1900s in Queenstown when people used to travel from all over the region in winter for special open ice skating nights on the frozen gardens pond. The first artificial ice rink was opened in 1966 and has been transformed into the Ice Arena is on the same site.

Owner operators Brian, Ted and Daniel Graham have spent the past summer renovating the facility and they are delighted with the cosy alpine lodge interior which they have achieved, reflecting their Canadian heritage. “We wanted to create a really warm and inviting space where people can feel super comfortable to just hang out and watch the action on ice. Families come and spend the whole day at the rink so it’s important for Mums and Dads to be able relax and watch from the sidelines or for kids to take a rest break, watch TV and refuel with some great food.” A commanding schist fireplace and flat screen television take up almost an entire wall of the viewing lounge set off with comfy black leather couches and tables and chairs built from recycled New Zealand rimu. Floor to ceiling glass provides great spectator views of the ice rink and the new licensed café alongside the lounge area is gaining a reputation for its flavoursome menu.

Skaters on the Queenstown Gardens pond circa 1900. Courtesy of Lakes District Musuem

“Mouthwatering is the only way to describe the food,” says Daniel. “We have dishes that showcase great local produce like award winning free range pork

sausages and homemade beef burgers but it’s more than just burgers and fries on the menu.” The café caters to a range of tastes and serves coffee, snacks, soups, meals, wine and beer throughout the day and evening and is a popular place particularly for local ice skaters involved in the Queenstown ice hockey league. Out on the ice where the action takes place music is piped around the huge arena. Skaters can free skate or there are kids’ holiday programmes or individual lessons for budding ‘Torvell or Deans’ with figure skating instructor, Rachel Formanek. For youngsters the Ice Arena has a fleet of new multicoloured sleds for hire and staff are available on the rink to provide advice and assistance. All gear can be hired at the rink and when booking a family package, the skate hire is included in the price, making it one of the best value activities in town. Daniel says the ice skating arena is poised for an excellent 2011 season. “ We hope everyone gets down here and experiences for themselves what we have to offer on ice – it’s a heck of a lot of fun.”


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NEW LIFE FOR MINERS’ COTTAGES Arrowtown’s historic miners’ cottages have had a makeover and Angela Verry visited the revitalised buildings to meet their new tenants. In 2006 the future of three Arrowtown’s miners’ cottages was looking bleak. An absentee landlord was allowing the 1870s cottages - Granny Jones, Adams and Romans Cottages – to deteriorate. The Buckhingham street frontage was lined with rotting weatherboards and rusted roofs, while inside tree roots wound their way up through the floor boards. Outraged at the poor treatment of the historic buildings the Wakatipu community mobilised, mounting a vocal public campaign. The result saw local businessman John Martin buying the cottages, on selling them to the Queenstown Lakes District Council at purchase price. The council subsequently formed the Arrowtown Trust with the responsibility of restoring the cottages to their former glory and breathing life into the general precinct.

Over an expensive four year period, the dilapidated buildings were stripped back and faithfully restored, at the same time providing for their adaption to modern day use. The grounds were landscaped with the long term vision of creating an attractive community area for future use. Heritage fruit trees provide much needed shade throughout the summer, while the heritage roses and flowers are a vibrant backdrop for the buildings. Then the perfect tenants were found. Romans cottage is now home to the award winning café Provisions, famous for its preserves and jams, obscenely good sticky buns and other delectable goodies. Co-owner Jane Shaw says the decision to take up residence was simple. “This cottage was just screaming Provisions at me. As an artisan bakery, this really is the perfect home in Arrowtown, the garden has grown really quickly, it is beautiful in all seasons. The community uptake has been amazing.” Neighbouring Provisions is the landscape architectural firm Blakely Wallace Associates and Hofmans Architects. Rounding out the creative compound is

Somebody’s Darling, a contemporary art and design store and workshop housed in the relocated Millers Flat Church tucked in behind the cottages. While the restoration work on the miners’ precinct was occurring, the 140-year-old church was looking for a new home. Space was found behind the cottages and the church was incorporated into the restoration project. Co-owners silversmith Sara Muntz and print artist Holly Hargreaves initially viewed the building as a workshop. “We were both working out of retro caravans on our properties, which was a little lonely, so we jumped at the opportunity to work together here.” Sara says the idea for a gallery grew out of feedback from visitors. “People enjoy coming in to see us work and look at our products and we are stocking other local designers’ work as well.” A community celebration is planned later in the year, at Labour Weekend, to mark the restoration and the handing back of the completed cottages by the Arrowtown Trust to the Queenstown Lakes District. The celebration will recognise the significance of protecting and preserving Arrowtown’s gold mining past.




Curated in Amsterdam by the Anne Frank House, this remarkable travelling exhibition has found its way to the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown, after 15 months touring New Zealand. Anne Frank: A History for Today sets the poignant story of Anne Frank and her family against a backdrop of a general history of World War II and the holocaust. More than 200 personal photographs from the Frank family collection, displayed over 11 panels, illustrate the story of the family’s flight from Nazi Germany to Amsterdam and the two years they spent in hiding in the secret annex constructed at the back of Anne’s father Otto’s factory.

about New Zealanders who survived the holocaust, or helped people to hide, also plays. “The interest from schools and community groups has been phenomenal,” says David.” We are also fortunate to be hosting renowned lecturer, Dr Susanne Ledanff, from Canterbury University, who is holding a public lecture discussing the holocaust and its legacy on July 17. The Anne Frank exhibition runs until September 14 and has been brought to Arrowtown with the support of national and local sponsors including the Central Lakes Trust, Ray and Elizabeth Clarkson and the Hineura Trust.

Before she went into hiding, Anne was given a diary for her 13th birthday. Quotes from her diary, reflecting her observations and thoughts about life as a Jewish girl and the challenges of living in the annex and from Otto, who survived the holocaust, are used liberally throughout the exhibition. The exhibition also shares the stories of those who hid with the Frank family and those who helped to hide them. It describes the annex’s discovery, after the Franks were betrayed, and their transportation to concentration camps, ending with the tragic death of Anne in Bergen-Belsen, of typhoid, less than a month before the camp was liberated. Through her diary Anne has become the symbol for the lost promise of the children who died in the holocaust and Museum Director, David Clarke, is excited about the opportunity to host the exhibition in her name.

The compelling story of young Jewish woman Anne Frank whose diary written from a secret hiding place in Amsterdam during World War II was discovered and published following the war is the subject of a travelling exhibition currently on display at the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown. Angela Verry went behind the scenes

He says the Museum has added its own personal touches to the exhibition. “We have a reputation for bringing our exhibitions to life. So, just as visitors to the annex had to enter past a bookshelf, visitors will walk past a bookshelf and through a replica of Anne’s bedroom to enter the exhibition.” Other interactive elements of the exhibition include a wailing wall, where visitors can text their reflections after their visit and watch the texts appear on the screen, then fade away. A half-hour documentary The Frank House-Amsterdam

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putting feet first Former US Ski Team doctor and podiatrist Dr Fred George has been an influence for Queenstown sports podiatrist Gareth Milne, sparking his interest in providing support for skiers and snowboarders. “When I met Dr George I was fascinated by his work and understanding of the combination of the foot and boot on snow. It’s all about a process of creating a rigid lever with the foot to give greater control and obviously greater comfort.” Gareth arrived in Queenstown two years ago after identifying a gap. “At the time Queenstown was being serviced by outof-town practitioners and there was an opportunity there. I established Queenstown Podiatry, which also runs a weekly clinic in Invercargill, and we provide a complete podiatry service. “ Gareth has quickly made a name for himself in

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Queenstown with his specific interest in sports and exercise related activity. He is affiliated to the New Zealand Academy of Sport and is the preferred provider for the Southern Steel netball franchise. In Queenstown the obvious focus during winter is skiers and snowboarders and Gareth is supporting several emerging athletes including snowboarders Duncan Campbell and Hamish Bagley and alpine skier Harrison Steedman. “It is important to get to the young sportspeople early, providing insoles or custom made medical orthotics to suit their feet, which will in turn assist with their overall performance. It’s all about raising awareness of what is possible.” But Gareth is also targeting recreational skiers. “Recreational skiers who want to ski faster and with more control can benefit from a better insole and definitely benefit from increased comfort. Often people tighten their boots to make their feet more stable when in fact it is the foot that is unstable. This can lead to cold feet and on to nerve problems so it is

important to identify issues and deal with them.” Gareth is keen to work in tandem with professional boot fitters in Queenstown. “They know what they are doing in terms of providing the right boots to individuals but if there are any on going comfort issues, other than the shell, then I can take it to the next stage. There is a lot we can do together to make improvements.” Twenty per cent of the population, that’s one in five people, will have foot pain at any point in time. Gareth aims to meet this need by keeping up with new therapies and is recognised for his treatments involving dextrose injections (prolotherapy), dry needling or western acupuncture and combining the use of custom medical orthotics with foot mobilisation. “This has been my point of difference and clients are very receptive to the treatments. The injections are particularly successful in treating Achilles tendon injuries, amongst other ligament and tendon issues, and I have had a 90% success rate in this area.” JM

rESOlvINg PhySIcAl ANd EmOTIONAl ISSuES Health coach and educator, Kim Knight, has achieved an in-depth understanding of the resolution of emotional and physical ailments that can restrict peoples’ ability to live a fulfilled life.

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Her own personal experience of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) took her on a journey of self-discovery around the world, ultimately attaining a better prognosis for herself and others suffering from the debilitating illness.

“ It’s amazing how some times we allow ourselves to get really sick, with our lives totally derailed, before we start looking for real answers,” she says. Today Kim works internationally as a health coach, Mickel therapist and Qi Gong instructor under her company banner, The Art of Health. Her goal is to help people to sort out chronic illnesses like CFS, anxiety, trauma and depression, guiding them to resolve the mental and emotional issues which lie at the core of physical problems. “Disease is a state of ‘dis-ease’ and is often the sign of a disconnect deep within us that develops over time into a chronic state of unwellness. The

amazing thing with Mickel therapy is it allows me to identify what’s really going on mentally and emotionally and then offer tools and strategies to relieve symptoms.” Working from her Auckland base, Kim has clients all over the world communicating by phone and email. “I don’t have to be with the person to work with them. It’s a matter of creating pathways to allow people to gently release suppressed emotions and traumas and then work their way back to their authentic self.” As a teacher of the Chinese art of Qi Gong, Kim will be in Queenstown over winter holding classes and one-on-one sessions at the resort’s Yoga Nadi studio. “It’s an opportunity for people to come and learn about Qi which is the fundamental life force energy in all of us. This system of exercise is great for illness prevention but also for mental clarity, clearing emotions and increased inner peace and tranquillity. It’s also hugely beneficial for skiers and boarders because we work on toning and strengthening core muscles, plus improving flexibility of the spine and joints, which helps reduce the risk of injury.” Kim will also be available for individual health consultations for anyone with specific health problems they are having difficulty resolving. “I am dedicated to empowering people to take control of their wellbeing so they can be free to live the life they want.” MB


SLEEP TALK CREATES SELF ESTEEM loves you, Daddy loves you, we all love you” could apparently get such dramatic results. I have been and continue to be amazed at the results which range from total changes in unwanted behaviours to children becoming more confident about expressing themselves and their feelings. When I tried the process with my own children I managed to get their very sceptical father to do it, and even he was surprised at the results. Our son was now staying in his own bed at night and wetting his bed less while our daughter was getting out of bed with a bounce in her step rather than having to be dragged out. Parents do the best they can. What I really like about SleepTalkTM is it provides an additional tool for parents to assist their child in a gentle way to reinforce, encourage and enhance their self-esteem and help make their lives more positive.

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Did you know a few simple words spoken to your child while they sleep can make a profound difference to their self-esteem, confidence and view of the world? Tracey Neil from Your Life Live It is an accredited Goulding Sleep Talk consultant and she talked to Life Synergy about the benefits of the Sleep Talk process. When I trained in the Joanne Goulding SleepTalkTM process, I was initially very sceptical due to the simplicity and ease of the process. I wondered how could something as simple as saying “Mummy

SleepTalkTM has been created in consultation with psychologists and has been described as a “powerful process of positive parenting” that helps develop a child’s emotional resilience. It is a simple process where the parent or caregiver delivers specific words to their child, taking 3-4 minutes each night, while the child sleeps. The words deliver suitable beliefs and life strategies, which then become “ingrained habits”. The results are changes in behaviours and beliefs. Ultimately for me it is about giving your child the greatest gift of all - an attitude of happiness and confident self-esteem. In the words of Joanne Goulding “it’s not what we leave to our children that matters, it’s what we leave within their minds.”

YOGA MASTER OPPORTUNITY International master yoga teacher and trainer, Lance Schuler will be in Queenstown later this year to run a specialist teaching workshop on behalf of Studio Sangha. A practicing and teaching yoga expert for the past 25 years, Schuler travels the world imparting his knowledge of the spiritual art form. Orientation and training classes will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Queenstown for students wishing to complete the Yoga Alliance Certified Level one teacher training. This is a 200 hour workshop limited to just 39 students. Applications are now open and accommodation packages for out-oftown students are available. For more information contact Peggy Preston at Studio Sangha.


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WINTER GAMES HAS LONG TERM VISION The 2011 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games are being staged in the region in August expanding on the inaugural programme in 2009 to provide a competitive programme by day and festival atmosphere by night. Jenny McLeod spoke to Winter Games NZ CEO Arthur Klap. The first Winter Games held in the Queenstown, Wanaka, and Central Otago and Dunedin area two years ago was a punt for the organisers – but as it transpired a highly successful one. Arthur Klap was always confident it would become a permanent two-yearly event. “The Winter Games was always a long term vision, not a one-off, and having staged the first games people are able to understand that vision a lot better. The commercial world and local businesses are much more responsive this time round because they have seen what we can achieve and what we want to achieve.” The on-snow events will be held at Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Park NZ, the Snow Farm and Mt Hutt with the shift of the FIS Alpine Super G to the Canterbury field.

“The Super G will be run in conjunction with the New Zealand National Ski Championships Arthur Klap which is an ideal way for us to share resources,” says Arthur. “We are doing this with several established events, such as the Burton Open and the NZSki Rail Jam. It makes so much more sense to join forces and share costs and manpower.” Adaptive skiing has been broadened this year to include a World Cup snowboard cross for adaptive athletes and a World Cup Winter Triathlon is attracting international interest from triathletes. The ice sports including curling, ice hockey and figure skating will be held in Naseby and Dunedin. A key feature of the 2011 Winter Games is the dual sanctioning between Ticket to Ride (TTR) and Federation International de Ski (FIS) for snowboard events and FIS and Association of Freeski Professionals (AFP) for freeski events, including the first ever FIS sanctioned freeski Big Air. “This is a world first and underlines how much New Zealand punches above its weight in terms of the influence it has on global competitive snowsports,” says Arthur.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN Festival events and medal ceremonies will be the focus of the new Downtown Sessions at the 2011 Winter Games. “We want to profile the games better and provide more activities for the international and New Zealand athletes who are here for the 12-day event. The QRC Downtown Sessions will have a range of entertainment which will centre round the award ceremonies,” says Winter Games NZ CEO Arthur Klap. “Previously medals were presented at the venues but we want more people to attend the ceremonies and downtown is the obvious place.” Downtown Sessions will be held in Queenstown, Wanaka, Methven and Dunedin featuring music, comedy, food and wine, film, photography and extreme sports. The NZSki Rail Jam is scheduled for Queenstown and alongside it will be an Adventure Sports Expo showcasing the region’s

adventure sports experiences, merchandise and products. The Winter Games Film Festival will travel between Queenstown and Methven, featuring high adrenaline adventure films, workshops and guest speakers while The Winter Games Comedy Roadshow, in conjunction with the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, will perform in Wanaka, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch.

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Leading New Zealand band, The Black Seeds, will play at the Methven Big Air after party and will close the Winter Games Downtown Sessions in Wanaka. Other festival events include the London Calling musical in Arrowtown and Wanaka, the Skyline Murder Mystery in Queenstown, a Wine Down and Beer Festival, a Cyclocross, dog sledding and market days.

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cArdrONA rEINfOrcES fAmIly fOcuS Creating excellent facilities for families and kids has been the focus of redevelopment over the summer at Cardrona Alpine Resort highlighted by the installation of a new beginners’ surface lift. Penny Simpson reports. Cardrona’s reputation as an ideal family mountain has been further cemented with its redeveloped learners’ area and the opening up of additional intermediate terrain this season. Sales and Marketing Manager Nadia Ellis says “our operations team has worked extensively on both the size of the learners areas and also on the quality of that terrain. It ensures that learning to ski or board is fun and easy. That’s always our aim at Cardrona and this year’s new equipment adds to the overall experience.” A new state-of-the-art ‘Sunkid’ surface conveyor lift has been installed to improve accessibility and make learning easy for beginners.



The new Sunkid conveyor replaces the existing magic carpets and platter tow which has been relocated to service the Olympic and International half pipes. Nadia says installing the platter at the half pipes has had a great response from top winter athletes and more experienced skiers and riders. “It means super-fast laps and no more hiking for these guys, as well as reducing queues on McDougall and the Whitestar chairlifts,” says Nadia. “It’s recently been announced that the ski half pipe will be included as an event at the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014. Having a dedicated tow for our pipes positions Cardrona as one of the best training facilities in the world.” World champion freeskier Jossi Wells and his three brothers, whose home ski area is Cardrona, are among those who will take advantage of the faster access this

season in their build up for world class events. Meanwhile the focus for families with pre-schoolers, aged from three months to four years, is on providing facilities where kids can be left safely while their parents take time out to ski. Options include a nursery and kindy for the younger children with private or group ski lessons to get them started on skis. The Skiwees and Lowrider groups offer all day ski and snowboarding programmes for over five-year-olds. “In the holidays there are four day programmes for youngsters that help to develop skills that can lead to a competitive edge for those looking to progress,” says Nadia. The installation of a new Valley View Quad chairlift in 2010 was part of a two-phase development with Cardrona offering more chairlifts than anywhere else in the south. The new novice developments this year, coupled with increased snowmaking, reinforce Cardrona’s image as a go-ahead Southern Lakes ski area.




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New Zealand, and particularly the Southern Lakes, is renowned as a heliskiing destination and Southern Lakes Heliski owner and Managing Director, Julian Field’s role is to hunt out exclusive terrain to meet the demands of clients. The company now has exclusive access to seven mountain ranges in this area.

While the Classic option is the most popular the Ultimate package is for the diehards.

“It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it,” he laughs. “What we have access to is primo terrain that provides over 5000 square kilometres of choice so that our guides have the flexibility to cater for individual abilities.” Southern Lakes Heliski uses B2 and B3 Squirrel helicopters which provide the ultimate in comfort and power for flying in a mountain environment. Combined with helicopter safety the expertise of the heliski guides is a crucial component in heliskiing. Julian says his team is highly skilled and motivated with a professional approach to caring for clients. “We have operated in the Southern Lakes for over 25 years so our guides have a wealth of experience and

The company has four packages to choose from, including an introductory level for first-timers on gentle sweeping terrain, with the option to purchase extra runs. For the more experienced skiers and riders there are options, aptly named the Classic and the Max Vert, that are aimed at those chasing the best heliski experience available.


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“The Ultimate really does sum up this world class experience where the runs are super long and the powder is fresh and dry all day long,” says Julian. Each package includes a sumptuous buffet lunch, served on the snow, and pick up and return transport. There is also a private charter option where clients design the itinerary, flying into spectacular scenic areas such as the Mt Aspiring National Park, the Rees Valley or the Harris Mountains. Julian says they have many repeat clients, from both New Zealand and overseas, who come back year after year and are “hooked on” the heliskiing experience. “Heli skiing is not as extreme as some people think but we have the expertise to make it whatever you want. Average runs are about three times longer than a normal ski resort slope and at altitudes between 1200 and 2300 metres it’s an opportunity to sample supreme snow conditions.” This season Southern Lakes Heliski will provide its expert guide and heliski services to the internationally recognised Wanaka Heli Challenge where some of the world’s best skiers and boarders will demonstrate their skills in the steep and remote Southern Lakes mountains.

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BIG DAY OUT AT TREBLE CONE Treble Cone offers a big mountain experience and skiers and boarders travelling from Queenstown have the option of a thrilling scenic flight to get them there. Margo Berryman took up the option. Choosing between driving to Treble Cone from Queenstown or taking a scenic flight was a no brainer. It was not hard to work out that a 15 minute flight was better than a 1.5 hour drive with the added bonus of viewing the mountains from high above the valley floor. Dubbed Queenstown’s Big Day Out the scenic flight option includes a Treble Cone day pass and some awesome scenery en route. What a way to start the day! Treble Cone is a big mountain experience. Locals refer to it as a “real mountain” and there is enough undulating terrain to satisfy the most demanding skiers and boarders. The lift lines are smaller than most other Southern Lakes fields and the unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka are spectacular. This year heralds the return of TC Cat much loved by young children visiting the ski area. The cool cat has an updated image for 2011 and some great incentives such as badges, stickers and competitions for youngsters. Treble Cone has initiated some significant changes to customer services this season starting with the double shift grooming. “This has come about through an upgrade of our grooming fleet which has allowed us to double the grooming staff which ultimately means improved slope conditions on a daily basis particularly for

intermediate and advanced skiers and riders,” says Grooming Supervisor Dave Crotty. With the longest lift serviced vertical runs in the Southern Lakes of 700m, from the top of the saddle chair to the base, Treble Cone gives a lot back to its clients. Advanced grooming is just one of the many benefits. This season also sees a new electronic ticketing system in place that is super fast, speeding up processing and providing a greater range of services. “People will be able to take advantage of the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, such as tracking their vertical distances over the season, and they won’t have to continually find their pass at the lift line which can be frustrating at times,” says Dave. For the first time Treble Cone is offering an exclusive Sofa Ski School or Ski Improvement Camp with Austrian skiing veteran Klaus Mair. Klaus is an expert in perfecting ski styles and his group of top instructors from around the world will introduce people to new and upgraded skills. Treble Cone is an outstanding all round experience from the excellent food in the mountain café and bar to the mix of groomed slopes and uncrowded off piste challenging powder runs. Small wonder that it has recently been ranked first in an Australian magazine survey of 11 major ski resorts to find the best value resort in Australia and New Zealand.

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Snow Park NZ’s reputation as a world class terrain park is well established and this season the crew at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest freestyle facility has taken things to a new level, according to Penny Simpson.

skiing venture in the Roaring Meg adds another dimension. Managing Director Robin Sadowski Synnott says this new development is an important progression for the company.

There’s a whole new agenda with the introduction of cat skiing, groomer rides, tubing, a brand new rental section and innovative shaping technology.

Joining the Snow Park team this year is world-renowned half pipe and terrain park builder John Melville, who is responsible for managing, building and maintaining the terrain park.

But top of the list is the Snow Park’s inaugural Snow Park School. The new snow sports school is headed by professional instructor, Jo Lynch, who is looking forward to seeing people improve or learn to ski and snowboard in a fun, relaxed environment, while being part of the overall Snow Park experience. There’s a dedicated learners’ lift and beginners’ area and the brand new rental skis and snowboards are top of the line. As a boutique mountain resort, Snow Park NZ is a true Kiwi experience and this season the new cat

“We are really pleased to have the cat skiing operational, people are going to love this ride. It’s a 30-minute trip out to some spectacular, untouched backcountry and you can either hook up with three hour morning and afternoon trips or hire the machine for your own private tour.”

Robin says John’s groundbreaking half pipe technology, the Global Cutter, was used to prepare and shape the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics half pipe with outstanding results. “Our terrain park has evolved dramatically since opening in 2002 and John’s innovative shaping, especially of our Olympic size 22ft half pipe, is going to ensure we deliver the best snow experience for everyone from beginners to the world’s best athletes.”

MORE THAN JUST A TERRAIN PARK Fun and affordable activities for the whole family at Snow Park NZ include a new tubing run which is 150m long and easily accessible from the learners’ magic carpet. Then there is the challenge of fast and furious sledding down a 500m descent and back to the top via a chairlift. Groomer rides are new this year and can be booked for a front seat trip, bird’s eye view of the whole area. Night skiing under floodlights happens every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 5pm to 9pm and this season the night skiing run is available for private hire on alternate evenings. “This is certainly the best way to have a winter party and teamed with the awesome Kiwi cuisine from our Woolshed Restaurant and bar it’s a winning combination,” says Robin. Accommodation is available at Snow Park NZ and includes backpacker style or luxury apartments complete with spa pools. Holding a mid-winter on-snow wedding, and taking advantage of all the facilities available is an option, or for those who

simply want to chill out in the mountains there is free wifi, an outdoor fireplace and magnificent views to soak up. “We welcome everyone whether they want to ski and ride or just relax in our stunning environment,” says Managing Director Robin Sadowski Synnott. “This season we have made a lot of innovations which we believe will enhance our reputation even further as a leading international terrain park.”

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BROKEN SHED MAKES ITS MARK While Central Otago is best known for its exceptional pinot noir wines an award-winning vodka is now also being produced in the region. Viv Milsom met the people behind Broken Shed vodka in Wanaka.

Despite their international success Broken Shed will initially focus primarily on the New Zealand market. “There is a trend towards drinking more vodka because it’s such a versatile spirit. You can mix a wide range of fancy cocktails with vodka, or serve it straight,” says Mark. “An added bonus is that it’s not as ‘heavy’ as a whiskey or rum on the body or breath. And if you stay on a premium vodka like Broken Shed you should feel pretty bright the next morning.”

Broken Shed vodka has been developed by Americans Mark O’Brien and Steve Turner, who along with Kiwi partner Mark Simmonds, all live in Wanaka. Vodka is traditionally made from water and alcohol, although additives often improve the taste. In Poland and Russia potatoes are used to produce alcohol, but Broken Shed is using whey, providing “a very pure alcohol” which is then blended with Southern Alps water. Their goal was to develop a premium vodka, with a smooth well rounded profile without using any additives. “We tried over ten different water sources from throughout New Zealand, but liked the Central Otago

The Broken Shed owners advocate serving their vodka either “on the rocks” or as a dry martini.

water the best,” says Mark O’Brien. “Then working with staff from Otago University, we spent over a year developing Broken Shed.” Their detailed research has paid off. Earlier this year Broken Shed was awarded a silver medal at the 2011 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. “It was their biggest competition so far with over 1,000 different spirits from 61 countries entered. So it’s a nice affirmation that we’re on the right track.”

“Coat a martini glass with a little dry vermouth, then tip it out, add crushed ice and vodka, stirred, not shaken, and either a green olive or a twist of lemon.” Broken Shed is rapidly gaining recognition for its quality and its Central Otago flavour. Pierre Poyet, Food and Beverage Manager at the newly opened Hilton Queenstown in the Kawarau Village highly recommends it - “Broken Shed is a great local product and we’re featuring it in our bars and cocktails. What makes it stand apart from its competitors is that it has a really clean finish, with a hint of sweetness.”



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Tarras is home to New Zealand’s most famous sheep, the hermit merino Shrek who was discovered in a cave on Bendigo Station in 2004 carrying an astonishing 27kgs of wool. Shrek leapt to international fame and, along with his owners John and the late Heather Perriam, has raised many thousands of dollars for Cure Kids which funds research into children’s life threatening illnesses. The House of Shrek Museum in the Tarras Village, celebrates the life of Shrek who died in June 2011, and allows visitors to experience Shrek’s story as do two bestselling books, one written by children from the little Tarras school and the other by John Perriam.


1. Mrs Robinson’s vintage-ware store. 2. Café owner Imelda DeFreese, Christine Perriam, Sarah Perriam, Fiona Robinson. 3. Wine cellar, Tarras Country Store. 4. Fiona Robinson – Mrs Robinsons. 5. Sarah Perriam –Tarras Country Store

THRIVING TARRAS village The tiny Central Otago town of Tarras is home to only about 250 people but boasts a thriving retail hub which is becoming a significant South Island attraction. Jill Herron explains. This population would be quite typical of many isolated rural communities in New Zealand. What is extraordinary about Tarras, however, is that its local village, about 30 minutes drive east of Wanaka on SH8, is now a modern retail centre with a unique range of designer stores. The village showcases high-end fashion, cutting-edge kitchen gadgetry, wine, quality café fare, merino clothing, gourmet produce and a quirky vintage objects store. At the heart of the transformation of Tarras is a special mother and daughter story. While it is tinged with sadness due to the passing of Tarras stalwart Heather Perriam in 2010, it is also cause for great pride and celebration as her vision for the tiny town is realised. Heather was a long-time business owner in Tarras selling merino wool garments mainly to tourists travelling through to Wanaka and Queenstown. Her dream was to put Tarras on the map as a destination

in its own right making it a unique place for people to enjoy. Her daughter Christina, now at the helm of most of the Tarras businesses, says her enterprising mother was determined to get the place “humming” and encouraged her to continue her vision. “She knew we had to make Tarras unique, we had to be worth the visit. I’m so incredibly lucky that my mother has left me such a wonderful legacy. She built a village up from nothing.” Around $200,000 was invested in remodelling the village using local stone, aged timber and wrought iron fittings. The renovations house her own established Christina Perriam fashion label as well as a large country kitchen store and wine cellar managed by her cousin Sarah Perriam. Close to the village is a vintage store stocking vintage ware, fabric and quality rediscovered treasures, opened by Fiona Robinson in 2007 under the banner, Mrs Robinsons. The new look village was officially opened late in 2010 and visitor numbers have grown steadily ever since. Christina says the response to the beautiful stores is tremendous and a recent remark by an English visitor says it all - “I feel like I’m in the middle of nowhere but I’ve landed in heaven.”

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OHAU’S WINNING COMBINATION It’s definitely a Kiwi way of life for the owners of Lake Ohau Lodge and Ohau Snowfields, Louise and Mike Neilson and their son Jock, who recently joined the business. They have developed the high country venture over 20 years combining their special brand of hospitality with the stunning Ohau alpine environment. Penny Simpson reports. Just two hours drive from Queenstown or 60 minutes from Cromwell, Ohau (turn off SH 8 between Omarama and Twizel) is slightly off the beaten track which adds to its distinctive charm. Perusing the guest book, it is apparent that the many summer tourists and the winter skiers and snowboarders who stay at the lodge year-round, are romanced by the sheer dramatic beauty and peacefulness of the place. Louise says it is a privilege to share the valley with others. “We are so fortunate to live here in this beautiful place and I never ever tire of coming to work and looking out the window and marvelling at the extraordinary light on the hills or the beautiful sunsets.” The Ohau Snowfields are 20 minutes drive from Lake Ohau Lodge and cater for all abilities of skiers and snowboarders. The ski area has an altitude of 2000m and snow making, via 23 snow guns, ensures conditions remain consistent throughout the season. “Our terrain is undulating and offers a range of excellent beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes. In the last couple of years we have upgraded our facilities to include a snow mat, platter and chairlift

and there are two purpose built terrain parks, one specifically for beginners.” says Louise. Rental snowboards and skis are available on the mountain and the Snowsports School offers professional lessons every day with special school holiday programmes such as the Mountain Goats beginner series. “People love to come and experience an area that is not so commercially driven and a lot of local people from Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell really enjoy it here, particularly because our lodge is such a great place to hang out for a weekend.” Ohau means ‘Place of Wind’ and its alpine lake, at 600m above sea level is a defining feature of the surrounding mountainous landscape. The Lake Ohau Lodge is nestled above the lake with great views over the area and guests love its retro character. “We know we are only the keepers of this place for future generations so as long as we are here it is going to be a bit of a time warp,” says Louise. “It is a step back into the 1960s and the décor is reminiscent of that true Kiwi place which is fast becoming unique, away from the crowds and the big resorts.” Lake Ohau Lodge was opened in 1952 and has 72 rooms separated into various wings named after iconic local landmarks. A fully serviced restaurant and bar operate and the emphasis is on “family friendly” hospitality. Louise says the staff are the ones who make the difference providing Ohau with its outstanding reputation. “We are working with lots of wonderful people and fortunately for us most of them have returned for another season.” The Neilson’s aim is to make every visitor feel like a guest in their own home. Undoubtedly they are achieving this - the guest book certainly attests to Ohau as a place of good times and great memories.






Vudu Cafés in Queenstown both cafés have a reputation for their mouth-watering dishes and fantastic warm and friendly atmosphere. The Vudu buzz starts early morning with classic breakfast dishes like Eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes and organic porridge with fruit topping. As winners of the 2011 Southern Lakes Barrista competition, both cafés hum with locals calling in for their early morning fix of organic Allpress coffee – the best in town. Take out coffee orders can be texted through for a quick turn around if you’re heading up the mountain. There is much to enjoy about the fresh and organic foods made with love at Vudu Cafés and the all day winter menus have loads of options for vegetarians and those who are gluten and dairy free. Classic dishes like the cashew and chicken noodle bowl, haloumi, beetroot and spinach salad and the organic steak sandwich have an almost cult-like following. Freshly made juices, organic loose teas (served with cute wooden timers) and smoothies are also popular.

Queenstown’s Vudu Café in Beach Street is a long standing favourite and with its sleek new sister café, Vudu Café + Larder in Rees Street, the Vudu brand has an iconic status with both locals and visitors. Producing an amazing array of freshly prepared food, with plenty of counter and blackboard menu options,

A fine selection of organic and locally produced beers, lagers and wines are available and this winter Vudu Café+Larder will open till 8pm for a fun, social hour or two of après ski relaxation. Think organic fries, tasty snacks and smaller dishes to wash down with a locally brewed beer or two after a big day on the hill. Bliss! Vudu Café has been a consistent winner in the New Zealand Café Awards winning Best Café

for Queenstown and Wanaka over consecutive years. Awards judge, Michael Guy highlights Vudu’s attention to detail both in food and presentation. “They appear to be ahead of the game with a really fresh approach to food and service” – well deserved praise for two of Queenstown’s favourite cafés.



café directory LICK DESSERT BAR & SLURP SOUPS When is a dessert bar not just a dessert bar? When it is also home to the most delicious soups in town. Award winning gelato and ice cream makers, Dean Teddy and Tracy Stratford recently transformed their delightful little Lick Dessert Bar on Shotover Street into a dual area serving both soups and desserts. This great little place started up four years ago serving freshly made gelato and ice creams that quickly gained attention at the New Zealand ice cream awards for boutique flavours like apple crumble and hokey pokey. Now Dean and Tracy have expanded their products to include their own brand of super tasty Slurp Soups. As a qualified chef Dean has a passion for soup and his personal favourite, Seafood Chowder, is a winning combination of seductive smokey flavours. The tomato and herb is a great second. With 18 flavours of freshly made soups rotating daily there is already a huge following for the different varieties including family favourites bacon, leek and potato, Thai pumpkin and coconut, cauliflower and blue cheese and pea and ham. Eat in or take out the Slurp soups can be enjoyed with a selection of fresh, crusty wholegrain and ciabatta breads with GF options. And this winter a medium spice chilli (both beef and vegetarian) is on the menu and a top seller. The soups and desserts are ready to go making Licks a great place for fast, nourishing food that is freshly made each day. The new look interior is smart yet casual with bi-fold doors opening on to the street. Wall heaters out front make it an ideal place to hang out and enjoy Queenstown’s busy atmosphere – and maybe a delicious ice cream as well.

PANNIKINS CAFE Old-fashioned treats are on the menu in Arrowtown’s main street café Pannikins. Owner Charlotte McCoy has a knack for knowing what her customers want whether it’s a great selection of gluten free food or a bottomless cup of coffee and tea she is happy to oblige. This little café is unashamedly old fashioned, cute and easy to find right beside the Coachman’s Hall on Buckingham Street. Freshly baked scones, cakes, sandwiches and legendary homemade beef pies are the big attraction at Pannikins with a quick and tasty range of counter food –great for take aways if you’re travelling through. Grab a Southland-style cheese roll or try the heavenly Devonshire teas which are such a treat served on pretty plates and cups. The delightful café interior features handmade cushions, dolls and crafts. Bottomless cups of coffee and tea are a highly successful new initiative at Pannikins. No need to ask for more hot water here…its all laid out for you with brewed coffee, a range of New Zealand breakfast, English and herbal teas and hot water on demand. And you can fill up as many times as you like. If you really want to spoil yourself go for a world famous hot chocolate - a truly decadent “winter warmer” treat. Charlotte ensures there are plenty of home-made gluten free options - pies, sausage rolls, pancakes and scones to name a few. The GF lamingtons are the best we have tasted anywhere. Such a delightful, quirky café - Internet is free with any purchase, there are gifts such as homemade jams as well as locally roasted Venus coffee beans for sale. Pannikins can turn a cold winter’s day into a warm and inviting visit with their genuine, welcoming hospitality. View it on YouTube under Pannikins Café Arrowtown.

cup & cake Queenstown’s newest foodie haven, Cup & Cake in the lane between Church St and Searle Lane is proving to be a neat success story - a combination of the delicious cup cakes and the friendliness of storeowner Jaimie Stodler and her amazing team, Sam and Simone. You just feel so good with a Cup & Cake cupcake in your hand because these little beauties are truly divine in both looks and taste. Jaimie’s mantra is “freshly baked, locally sourced, each day” and true to form walking into the cute little store (just around the corner from Angel Divine in Searle Lane) you’re instantly enveloped with delightful fresh baking smells. Fresh, modern and stylish with vintage chairs and floral tea cups, the Cup & Cake experience is one that will have you going back for more time and time again. There is a daily changing black board menu of flavours and gluten free options. With over fifteen flagship flavours like Peanut Butter Cup, Fairly Vanilla, What’s up Doc (carrot), Espresso Yourself, Funky Monkee and Creamiscle it’s sometimes a hard decision to make. There’s also a nod to Kiwiana with Jaffa, Chocolate Fish and Pineapple Lump flavours. Cup & Cake is also a tea house serving Australasia’s most popular loose-leaf teas from the T2 Tea Company, the perfect match for the light delicate flavours of the handmade cup cakes, made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Don’t leave town without trying one of these seriously good cup cakes, or at the very least leave with a Cup & Cake bag in your hand luggage.





Veteran winemaker Alan Brady takes a look at the 2011 vintage and its challenges and uncertainties for Central Otago wine producers.

As I write this the 2011 Pinot Noirs from a difficult year in Central Otago have been tucked away in barrels for the winter-spring maturation process. Most of the region’s white wines, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurtstraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc have finished fermenting. Some are already being spruced up for bottling.

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The weary winery and vineyard crews have celebrated the end of harvest with due ceremony and enthusiasm, and the hundreds of seasonal workers and winery interns who come here from all over the world, have returned home or headed off to begin spring work in another hemisphere. Winemakers have shared their highs and lows about the vintage and in-house post mortems have been completed. Could we have handled the stubborn outbreaks of powdery mildew (oidium) better? Could we have better managed our vines in a season that started with prolific growth and vigour in spring but lost momentum in a grey and cooler than average summer? We tend not to spend much time pondering what might have been. Part of the uniqueness of wine is its reliance on nature in all its phases from vineyard to bottle. Right now the 2011 vintage is what it is, a reflection of the year, the place where grapes grew and the degree of sensitivity with which we as

BEFORE AND AFTER THE MOUNTAIN The historic Cardrona Hotel is a delightful country retreat where traditional après ski is enjoyed every day of winter. It’s an ideal time to visit with its comfy leather sofas in front of the large schist fireplace and a great spot to sample the diverse range of local Central Otago wines on offer.




“Pinot Noir is a favourite and our local wines are a real showcase of what’s being produced here,” says general manager Peter Bryne. “ People enjoy après ski and we serve a lot of beer but local wines are equally important.” The Cardrona Hotel has an enduring history of high country hospitality, dating back to 1863. “This is one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels and people enjoy the fact that much of what they see here

winemakers reacted to the fruit the season delivered. There’s nothing we can do now to make it any better. So it’s time to move on, learn from things observed and mistakes made and focus on a whole new year, with all the unknown twists and turns nature will undoubtedly throw at us. The viticulturists are already out in the vineyards pruning and making decisions which will affect the way their vines perform in the next 12 months. And almost before the lees had settled in tanks and barrels, winemakers were packing their bags and taking off to show their wines at endless tastings and trade events around New Zealand and in the far corners of the world, where Central Otago wines are now sold. Regardless of the uncertainties posed by nature there is a reassuring predictability about the annual cycle that is the winemaking year. The dormant buds will burst into life in spring producing shoots and canes and bunches of grapes which we will harvest in March and April next year and turn into wine. It may be ordinary but the year might just bring the potential for it to be great – and that’s what keeps us going. One of the Grand Dames of French wine, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild had this to say about the wonderful uncertainty of wine - “wine is a sort of paradox in our society. It teaches us patience in a world that goes faster and faster and where the immediate and urgent are the law. It teaches us to make roots in a world where we travel without a pause. It teaches us conviviality in a world of violence and brutality.” “Last but not least, in a world which knows everything, where everything is computerised, wine teaches us about uncertainty; it reminds us that life is always an uncertainty, a question without an answer. Wine is the only product in today’s world with this wonderful uncertainty.”

is original,” says Peter. “ There are plenty of great stories about the hotel and the Cardrona Valley.” This season the historic hotel will be opening its doors at 8am every morning to serve coffee and take out breakfast to those heading up to the ski fields. “Our chef, Blyth Adams, has created some hearty breakfast foods like the old fashioned egg and bacon roll which is quick and nourishing. People can phone their orders in as they head over the Crowne Range and it will be ready when they pull up outside. The hotel is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an appetising menu filled with winter warming foods such as soups, hearty lamb shanks, crusty homemade bread, beef and merino lamb dishes. Whatever time of the day there is always a warm welcome in Cardrona. MB



THE WAKATIPU GRILL EXPERIENCE The Wakatipu Grill overlooking Lake Wakatipu is Hilton Queenstown’s signature restaurant headed by renowned Chef de Cuisine Peter Thornley and a team which includes highly rated pastry chef Brian Campbell. Jenny McLeod visited the new brasserie-style restaurant in Kawarau Village. Peter Thornley is one of New Zealand’s best known chefs and the only one outside Europe to win the Mandarin Napoleon Culinary Grand Prix, Singapore Chef of the Year for four consecutive years. He has also won the New Zealand National Business Review’s top achiever award, among a string of other tributes. When he was invited by the Hilton Queenstown to establish the Wakatipu Grill he did not need much persuading. “It’s a beautiful space with a fantastic vista over Lake Wakatipu. It was a pretty easy decision particularly because I’m a South Island boy and it was a great chance to come back south.” Peter and Brian Campbell who hails from Scotland have worked together in restaurants spearheaded by Peter for the past 15 years. “We work as a team and Brian is the best pastry chef in the Asia Pacific and rated in the top 100 in the world,” says Peter. “While many places see the pastry chef as a luxury I consider it is one of a restaurant’s most important components after all the sweets are

the last flavour people leave with.” The Wakatipu Grill features a contemporary open kitchen and rotisserie and an appealing ambience is created by two indoor circular fireplaces while an outdoor firepit is nestled in front of the restaurant beside the lake. Outdoor seating has overhead heating and is a popular place for brunch, lunch or just coffee. Peter says the Wakatipu Grill’s year-round menu is defined by four distinct seasons. “We have sought locally supplied fish, meat vegetables and other produce which is all seasonal. You won’t for example find lettuce salads on the menu in winter but there is a winter salad using swede, whitlof, radish and pickled walnuts.” The entree menu includes oysters in season, scallops, salmon and whitebait. The mains feature wild shot

red deer, blue cod or sole, Perendale lamb, duck and Hereford prime beef ribeye. The flagship desserts created by Brian are unique, according to Peter. The exceptional variety includes orange marmalade sponge with Hokonui whisky, pumpkin and tamarillo capsule with popcorn and caramelised quince and salted caramel mousse with Dulce de Leche, apple and feijoa, spiced bread and cider jelly. The Wakatipu Grill is very much a locals’ restaurant and hotel guests and visitors who eat there can expect a distinctive local experience. “Sitting in a restaurant on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, eating locally produced food amongst Queenstown people,” says Peter. “What a wonderful way for tourists to experience our New Zealand way of life and great Queenstown hospitality.”



BOUTIQUE CASINO – FUN DESTINATION Steamer Wharf on Queenstown’s lakefront is the focal point for a cluster of restaurants and bars and home to Lasseters Wharf Casino. Penny Simpson dropped in. Situated upstairs in the Steamer Wharf complex, Lasseters has a reputation for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Late last year the boutique casino expanded taking over the high profile neighbouring restaurant, Boardwalk, renaming it the Waterfront Bar and Bistro. The casino’s new acquisition has created a seamless flow of hospitality with the restaurant open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. “This is the first winter season that we have had the restaurant under our operation and it’s an exciting time for us with so many winter guests and visitors enjoying the combination of food and wine with the entertainment of a great night out in the casino,” says Marketing Manager Alex Vitale. As a boutique casino, Lasseters prides itself on delivering an intimate experience with the casino floor designed to maximise the interior space. This winter sees a new floor plan roll out with additional

games and promotions to entertain guests.“We have a lot of local people who are Club Lasseters members which gives them special incentives but there are also lots of great opportunities for visitors to get in on the action. We operate a $1000 dollar draw on Friday nights between 9pm and 10pm which everyone can participate in.” Alex believes the strength of the Casino is reinforced by the local employees. “We have people who have been here over three or four years which is amazing in a resort town. Between the table, bar and security staff we have a very tight team of super- friendly people who really do make it a great night of entertainment.” While the casino is open every day from 11am to 3am, the Waterfront Bar and Bistro is open for full a la carte lunch and dinners and there is also a very popular daily $10 lunch menu. The food and service is smart, casual and relaxed focusing on quality local produce and wines. There is something for everyone on the menu from fresh New Zealand green lipped mussels to New Zealand lamb and beef, South Island Whitestone cheeses, salmon, seafood , pasta and even chicken burgers with fries. “The views over Queenstown Bay are truly outstanding in the restaurant and they really blow people away.” says Alex. “The bar is a great place for cocktails and aperitifs before trying your luck in the casino where there is also a continuous food service and full bar service.”



DAYTIME DINING AT JACKS POINT The contemporary Clubhouse Restaurant at Jacks Point has a superb location overlooking Lake Tewa and backdropped by the Remarkables Mountains. The outstanding alpine setting is equalled by the quality of the menu as Jenny McLeod discovered. Clubhouse Restaurant Head Chef Andy Lisseman is passionate about his job overseeing the kitchen of one of Queenstown’s most popular lunch and après ski spots.

we have so much here in our backyard such as Stewart Island salmon, Foveaux Strait blue cod, Otago virgin olive oil made from Bannockburn olives and locally grown herbs and vegetables.”

The roaring log fires in the rustic, traditional woolshed style complex are welcoming during winter and the Clubhouse menu is designed to appeal to a range of people coming in for lunch or visiting after a day on the skifields.

The Clubhouse Restaurant menu is unpretentious and reasonably priced featuring simple, tasty and organic freshly produced food. All the menu items are made in house, using fresh, quality ingredients and include breads, pastries and muffins.

“Being so close to the Remarkables Ski Area Jacks Point is the perfect stop off and even in the winter it can at times be warm enough to sit outside on the patio taking in the awesome scenery. It is a great place to linger and there is plenty of space for the kids to play,” he says.

There is an all-day deli menu serving homemade breads, deli cured meats, cheeses, sandwiches, fish and chips, beef burgers or free range eggs on ciabatta. The lunch menu from 11.00am-4.00pm daily is more comprehensive and includes a seafood style soup, tomato and olive tart with onion jam, braised lamb, Stewart Island salmon or BBQ rib-eye steak.

Andy’s pedigree includes experience with the UK based Terence Conran restaurant group and later the 97 Group in Hong Kong. “I love the Queenstown and Central Otago region and

The menu is matched with award-winning local Amisfield Wine Company wines and other New Zealand wines and beers, non-alcoholic organic

drinks and coffee. Andy pays tribute to his committed team as “one of the best I have ever worked with.” They include talented Southland Sous Chef Carl Veint who initially trained at Queenstown’s Boardwalk restaurant, later working at the exclusive Matakauri Lodge, Eichardt’s boutique hotel and The Spire hotel in Queenstown. The Clubhouse is also a popular function venue for weddings, corporate events or private dinners for large groups. “We have an excellent local clientele and local following,” says Andy, “and we are superbly positioned for a range of functions. We are happy to discuss any proposals for larger events and can be as flexible as people want.” The Clubhouse is the focal point for the Jack’s Point golf championship golf course and the residential village its intimate, welcoming ambience, outstanding food and strong emphasis on service sets it apart.

QT Magazine Winter 2011  

QT Magazine Winter 2011

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