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LONELY PLANET TOP 10 FOR QUEENSTOWN AND SOUTHERN LAKES Queenstown and the Southern Lakes have been selected by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions in its 2012 collection of the best destinations, trends and experiences. The other regions singled out are Coastal Wales, La Ruta Maya in Central America, Northern Kenya, Arunachal Pradesh in India, Hvar in Croatia, Sicily, Maritime Provinces Canada, Borneo and France’s Poitou –Charentes. Queenstown and the Southern Lakes is ranked eighth Sarah Ulmer and Prime Minister John Key with Queenstown Trail supportersand at the is the only New Hilton Queenstown Zealand region to feature in the book – PRIME MINISTER DEFENDSLonely Planet’s Best SAFETY RECORD in Travel 2012 which notes “there is New Zealand Prime Minister andthat Tourism not a bad time Minister John Key defended the safety record of to turn up in the world’s the adventure tourism industry to international top conference adventure and local media at the TRENZ playground. There’srecently non-stop in Queenstown andadventure reinforcedactivities the year-round in theresolve resort to towns of confidence Queenstown, Government’s create Wanaka andvisitors Te Anau, as well as the surrounding amongst to New Zealand. mountains, lakes and parks.” “There is always a degree of inherent risk but the Destination Queenstown Tony of Everitt says the changes we have madeCEO in terms registering endorsement is adventure “priceless tourism for Queenstown and auditing operatorsand willthe Southern Lakes as well as New Planet hopefully make people feel Zealand. confidentLonely we have is atourist giant of the travelwhich industry so making it into their operations provide safe and best Toppractice 10 ‘must visit’ regions for 2012 will give us global methods.” recognition and provide inspiration for their readers In his role as Minister of Tourism Mr Key outlined to visit.” significant tourism attractions such as the New Zealand Cycle Trail which will help increase visitor numbers. TheART 90km Queenstown Trail WANAKA AUTUMN SCHOOL ATTRACTS is LINE amongst 18 trails receiving Government TOP TUTORS and heAutumn says asArtwell appealing Thefunding, 2012 Wanaka School, one oftothe tourists, the trails are aimed at encouraging longest running of its kind in New Zealand is marking New anniversary Zealanders to its 23rd inenjoy April, their with environment. an outstanding line theAustralia Prime and Minister publicly up During of tutorsTRENZ from both New Zealand. recognised Robyn national van partners in theattributes cyclewaysthe Co-ordinator Reenen projectsuccess and ofpaid tributeto to on-going the school “theCycle calibreTrail of the ambassador, gold medallist Sarah tutors, the variety Olympic of courses, the opportunities to hear Ulmer for herthe contribution to promoting thethe discussions from tutors on their own work and trail nationally. friendly atmosphere.” Two distinctive new classes are being offered in 2012. Master guitarist Graham Wardrop is tutoring a course entitled “The Complete Singer/Songwriter – musicianship and practicality” while textile artist and painter Jess Gunn will run her class “Not Quite Haute Couture –reboot your wardrobe.” Leading New Zealand writer Owen Marshall will tutor in fiction writing, Jenny Dolezel (painting and drawing), John Doogan (digital landscape), Dave Milner (cheese making), Mike Weddell (fly fishing) and David McLeod (jewellery). Five Australian tutors will hold classes ranging from print making and at woodcarving to book binding. Trenz delegates Steamer Wharf Around 200 participants ACCOLADES FOR TRENZ are expected at the Queenstown’s Steamer Wharf was which transformed school will for run the finale for TRENZ delegates from with Aprilaround 16-201000 at people gathering at the entertainment centre to– Mt Aspiring College celebrate the official closing of the international registrations on www. tourism trade show. TRENZ is the largest event of its kind to be held

MINI-SERIES BRINGS BENEFITS TO REGION QUEENSTOWN WINTER FLIGHTS Well known New Zealand film director Jane Campion DRAMATICALLY INCREASE will start filming her six-part mini-series “Top of the Queenstown Airport’s flights this of a Lake” in Queenstown earlywinter in 2012, just one season up almost compared toregion. winter number of are confirmed film30% projects for the 2011 with just over 3,000 scheduled flights “Top of the Lake” will feature Oscar winning producer planned between June and August. Neil Sherman (The King’s Speech) and Hollywood CEO ScottHunter Paterson August Moss is the busiest stars Holly andsays Elisabeth along with month with 1148ofscheduled which is actors Peter Mullan Scotland flights and David Wenham 20% more than the same time last year. of Australia. He Jennings says terminal building areticket Kevin of Film Otago expansion Southland plans says big welllike underway and will increaseand the The size Hobbit, of items the Campion mini-series the was departure area significantly. “This will go which on location for some scenes at Paradise a long way to alleviating current terminal near Glenorchy, provide athe welcome addition to restrictions.” television commercials which are the local industry’s “bread and butter.” “The best thing about these projects is that aside WORLD CUPS TO ATTRACT ELITE RIDERS from the immediate cash injection productions of this The Lakes willthe snowballing exposure it size Southern bring to the region, host two is incredible.” international generates World Cup snow sports events at Cardrona Alpine Resort in August, the first Olympic qualifying events to be held this season. The FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Halfpipe World Cups are expected to attract strong fields of elite riders in the lead up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

and named in Winestate as one of New Zealand’s top IN BUSINESS five WOMEN pinot noirs. The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce’s More than 80 medals were also won by Otago wines, Women pinot in Business in recent the 21st Century particularly noirs, at the Air New Zealand conference, featuring athe prominent of Wine Awards reinforcing profile ofgroup the region’s New Zealand business women, attracted 200 wineries and winemakers. people reflecting the demand for on going professional education in the region. Conference MC was television personality Hilary Barry and speakers included lawyer Mai Chen, former Telecom chief Theresa Gattung, Wearable Arts creator Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Miranda Waple of L’Oreal New Zealand, Australian nutrition specialist Dr Libby Weaver, style guru Lisa O’Neill and Kristen Cooper, former president of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand. Chamber CEO Ann Lockhart says most of speakers were household The the Appellation Central Wine Tours teamnames in New Zealand and experts in their particular fields. “We were fortunate to secure this leading group of women who have all been inspirational in their own careers.” She says attendees gained practical and useable skills which will be invaluable in their own business lives.

Winter Games NZ CEO Arthur Klap says the Shaun White at Winter World Cups will also act Games NZ as a preview to the WINE 2013 ACCOLADES CENTRAL OTAGO Winter Games in the region. “We would expect 90% Boutique Central Otago tour company Apellation of the top competitors in the world to come to New Central Wine Tours has won a prestigious international Zealand to compete in the World Cups. The two wine tourism award for its role in showcasing Central events are important build-ups for the Winter Games Otago wines. next year when we will have eight World Cups.” The company which has been operating since 1999 According to Snow Sports NZ CEO Martin Toomey, has won the award for wine tourism services in the “The two world cups this season will give New Great Wine Capitals Global Network awards. It also Zealand’s developing athletes the opportunity won the regional Christchurch/South Island wine to compete alongside the best in the world, an tourism service award while the innovative wine opportunity that is very hard to get through the tourism experience award was won by Northburn limited entries available in overseas competition”. Station near Cromwell. Central Otago winery Lowburn Ferry Wines has won the Winestate magazine Champion Pinot Noir trophy in New Zealand and Queenstown has hosted it for Australasia for its Homeblock Pinot Noir 2010 as for two consecutive years. Queenstown Mayor well as a blue-gold medal awarded at the Sydney Vanessa van Uden says it was a major success International Wine Show and a gold medal at the New for the organisers which included the Tourism Zealand International Wine Show. Industry Association of New Zealand in conjunction Another Central wine, 2009 Pinot with Tourism NewOtago Zealand andPeregrine’s Air New Zealand, Noir, was best pinot noir at the International Qantas andjudged Southern Lakes Tourism. Wine and Spirit Competition based in London while “I have had nothing but praise for TRENZ and Two Sisters 2007 Riesling, from the Lowburn Valley, have received constant feedback that the 1000was named the world’s best single vineyard white plus attendees rated the event as nothing short wine in the same competition. of fantastic.“ She says local operators and Central Otago’ssuch Bendigo vineyard Mondillo won a gold organisations, as Destination Queenstown medal at Wanaka the International and Lake Tourism,Aromatic went theWine extraCompetition mile to for its the 2011 Riesling, a nomination in Winestate ensure Southern Lakes region was “superbly magazine’s Wine of the Year and a pure silver medal showcased”. at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. “Last year the exhibitors reported TRENZ generated Mondillo’s 2010 Pinot over Noir12has also Ibeen in the $164m of new business months. have no limelight stars result by Cuisine doubt thisbeing year awarded will see afive similar and Magazine that’s got to pay dividends for our local operators.”

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS MOTOR DEALERSHIP SIGN OF THE TIMES Queenstown has come of age with the opening of the Queenstown Motor Group’s purpose-built complex at Remarkables Park and General Manager Duncan Wright brings almost 25 years’ experience in the franchise environment to the job. The showroom features European brands Volkswagen and Audi along with Subaru.


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“I have had enormous experience with all makes and models of these brands over the last 20 years based in Christchurch, and it is great to be able to now showcase these vehicles in such a fantastic location,” Duncan says. “We’ve definitely got the right brands for the region with the emphasis on 4WD and sports utility vehicles (SUV’s). Obviously with Queenstown being a ski area and winter destination there is going to be more focus on these models. The show room has all the latest models along with demonstrators and trade-ins and we will trade vehicles of any make.” The dealership, which is part of the Dunedin based Southern Motor Group, has a fully authorised workshop and service facility, led by an extremely experienced team. “This is a very busy workshop employing highly - skilled mechanics and the response from customers is that the new service outlet is user-friendly from the heated customer car parks to the spacious and relaxed waiting area.” Duncan says Queenstown Motor Group is a good sized dealership which was the attraction for him to relocate from Christchurch. “It has a very corporate and big city feel to it, but it is very much appropriate to the area. It is good to be at the forefront of this sort of development in Queenstown which is really a sign of the times.” JM

CRAFT BEER BACKS OLYMPICS Premier New Zealand craft beer producers, the Moa Brewing Company, has pulled off a coup as official beer sponsor for the New Zealand Olympic team bound for London and founder, Josh Scott, says it’s all about Kiwis supporting Kiwis. “As a premium beer brand we know what it’s like to win gold and we want to support our Kiwi athletes in achieving similar success. We believe this is a world-first for a craft brewery to take on this level of sponsorship which we are justly proud of.” Josh Scott

The unique brewing company, established in 2003, is a major player in the industry and recognised as one of New Zealand’s most established craft beers. Moa Beer is stocked in a number of prominent places in the Southern Lakes including the recently opened Josh Emett restaurant, Rata in Queenstown. The company has released a limited edition Moa Olympic range of beer packaged in black labels, “to match our athletes’ black uniforms”, and more sponsorship initiatives are underway. Josh believes the Olympic sponsorship deal will help put Moa and Kiwi craft beer on the international map. “We’re excited that a wholly-owned New Zealand brand is supporting the team and we will be backing them all the way to London. It also means Kiwis can celebrate their success with a decent beer.” MB

Destination Queenstown’s former General Manager of Marketing, Graham Budd, has been appointed Chief Executive of the regional tourism organisation, replacing Tony Everitt who has joined Tourism New Zealand as General Manager Asian Markets. Board chairman Mark Quickfall says Graham’s depth of marketing experience and strong industry relationships, as well as his first-hand knowledge and understanding of Queenstown, made him a logical choice for the position. Gtraham Budd Graham has worked with Destination Queenstown for five years and has driven the organisation’s brand since May 2007, being instrumental in implementing its current ‘Pure Inspiration’ positioning. He also has a strong corporate background in developing and executing targeted brand strategies and marketing plans. He is pleased to be appointed to the key role. “I’m very proud to have the opportunity to lead a great team who already do a fantastic job for our community in promoting and representing Queenstown around the world. Queenstown is among the world’s premier visitor destinations and it’s a privilege to be given this responsibility. I already enjoy very good relationships with the board, team, members, industry and Government so I’ll be looking to build on those partnerships to further strengthen Queenstown’s position in the global market.” Graham will continue to represent Queenstown as a board member of the Regional Tourism Organisations of New Zealand (RTONZ) and the Leading Mountain Resorts of the World. JM

TOURISM COMPANY CEO SETS PRIORITIES Real Journeys’ recently appointed CEO, Richard Lauder, is no stranger to working in a strong, Richard Lauder competitive environment after successfully heading businesses in Canterbury for the past 20 years. His most recent role was as Chief Executive of Martin Aircraft which developed the Martin jetpack and he remains a director of the company. He was also responsible, as head of City Care Ltd, for transforming the Christchurch City Council’s works operation into a competitive contracting venture. Richard says Real Journeys has a significant profile as a leading tourism operator in Queenstown, Fiordland and Stewart Island and the wellestablished management team has many years of combined experience in the region’s tourism industry. “Real Journeys has some iconic products such as the TSS Earnslaw, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound boat trips, Te Anau with its glow worm caves and Stewart Island ferries and excursions. It also has a strong commitment to conservation and sustainability which was an attraction for me. As new CEO I get the opportunity to examine each aspect of the company from a fresh perspective, looking at what we do well and what we could do better and then setting new priorities. I will be promoting a culture of continuous improvement because this is a very competitive market and if you want to be successful, you have to get better and better.” JM




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Extreme thrills and spills on the big screen The programme – completely different to last year’s festival which ran during the biennial Winter Games – includes a line-up of mostly independent films sourced from all over the globe, Malcolm says. “It’s a jam-packed programme of spectacular adventure films, carefully selected to inspire and entertain. The films have been handpicked from the best and many of them have recently won prizes in renowned international film competitions.” Pacific Ocean Wall, El Capitain from the best of Kendall Film Tour 2012

International action and extreme adventure comes to Queenstown this August with the return of a popular film festival. The Winter Games Adventure Film Festival, featuring some of the world’s most exciting sports movies, will be screened at Reading Cinemas Queenstown for the first time this year instead of the Memorial Hall. Festival organiser Malcolm Blakey says the shift adds a new dimension for festival-goers. “The move from the Memorial Hall to the cinema will provide viewers with a much-improved experience, with surround sound and high-definition projection.”

Mammalian - Directed & Produced by Frank Wolf

There’ll be enough action for the most discerning thrill-seekers, Malcolm says. “These are films that portray a brave new world of adventure, a place of extremes where gravity and speed are toys to be played with.” After a successful start last year, the Short Film Competition is back for a second time with all finalists’ work being shown during the festival. Organisers are also introducing a photography competition with the theme of ‘Southern Lakes Adventure’. Categories are Rock, Ice/Snow, Water and Sky. Tickets for the August 24–26 festival are on sale now at Reading Cinema. For more information and programme selections visit

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CORONET PEAk AND THE REMARkABLES SHOWCASE INNOVATIONS BY JENNY MCLEOD Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Areas have lived up to their reputation for providing premier mountain facilities by carrying out significant improvements during the summer, creating a diverse range of ski terrain and amenities to benefit skiers, snowboarders, kids and ski racers. At The Remarkables novice and intermediate skiers and boarders will benefit most this season with new groomed trails alongside the Shadow Basin chairlift, according to Ski Area Manager Ross Lawrence. “Upper intermediate and advanced skiers have also been catered for in the Sugar Bowl where a new trail alongside Fall Line will provide more challenging terrain. Overall we’ve expanded the groomable area of the ski field to improve flow and accessibility.” The Remarkables is trialling two of the latest snow groomers this season which will be used all over the mountain but specifically in the dedicated terrain parks. Ross says the Italian Prinoth Bison x snow groomer is ideal for the terrain park because of it manoeuvrability and precision grooming. Three TechnoAlpin snow guns are also being trialled in The Remarkables learners’ area along with an SMI snow gun.

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At both ski areas there has been an increased investment in the performance rental ski and boarding range in reponse to a high demand for top-of-the-range equipment. “Last year we tested the popularity of high-performance rental equipment and it was huge,” he says. “We want people to know that when they visit the ski areas they are getting the latest equipment and they don’t have to compromise.” Across the valley at Coronet Peak the Kids Fun Zone beneath Meadows chairlift has had small boxes and extra berms added to increase the variety of freestyle terrain features in the dedicated children’s area.

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MYPAss MAGiC The Mypass card launched at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt in 2010 has moved up a level and this season operates as a mountaindebit card for the first time. People with a card can pre-load it with money which can be used in the cafes, ski schools and rentals departments. “Mypass money” is designed to improve the experience at the mountains and with a swipe of the card access a range of services, food and drink. NZSki CEO James Coddington says Mypass money is a significant move. “What it means is that people can load as much cash as they want on their cards and use the card just as they would cash. Not having to take a wallet and credit cards to the mountain is a bonus and we are pleased we have been able to implement the new system for our customers.”

“The Fun Zone is a magnet for kids wanting to try out small jumps and berms and weave their way around flags and through hoops,” says Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie. “Anyone who has kids on the ski area knows they just want to have fun and this is a great place for them to start and progress their skills and confidence.” The giant slalom race course in the Rocky Gully race arena, which attracts international ski teams to train at the Peak, has been extended to an international FIS length and standard. The GS race and training course now extends 250 vertical metres from above the top of the Rocky Gully t-bar. “Over the years our reputation as a southern hemisphere training destination has grown and we attract some of the best alpine ski racers from around the world including the American, Canadian, Japanese and other European athletes,” says Hamish.

CORONET PEAK ROAD SAFETY ENHANCED A new road management strategy at Coronet Peak this season is designed to ensure safety at all times on the mountain access road. Previously the ski area worked alongside the Queenstown Lakes District Council to carry out snow clearing and gritting operations but Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie says the company has invested in new equipment and mountain staff are undertaking the work. A free chain-fitting service is also available and a barrier has been installed at the bottom of the road to help control traffic. “It’s our goal to keep the road clear and keep visitors safe in all conditions.”



The Express chairlift at Coronet Peak

INTRODUCING THE ICE BAR Coronet Peak’s Ice Bar at the top of the Greengates lift is bigger and better this year after a successful trial last season and customers can purchase a variety of drinks ranging from bubbles to mulled wine. Located in one of the most spectacular spots on the mountain, with a stunning alpine outlook, the novel bar is built of snow and has been enlarged this year to create more space. Food and Beverage Manager Jennifer Graham says the Ice Bar is open as long as the weather is good and there are plenty of snow chairs and beanbags for people to lounge on while enjoying a drink and the spectacular views.


“We have two sponsors, Amisfield Wine Company and Zumwhol which is a New Zealand - made schnapps, and we are offering bubbles by the glass and signature cocktails using schnapps as a base. Because we have power to the site this year we are also able to provide traditional mulled wine which gives the bar a distinctly alpine flavour.” Equipment has also been installed for using Mypass and other credit cards. “It makes things very simple for everyone when you don’t have to carry cash,” says Jennifer. “The Ice Bar is likely to be ‘in’ place to be this year and certainly after the feedback last year it is great to be able to provide a more substantial facility for our customers.”

NZSki’s Snowline service is providing an upgraded and expanded fleet of mountain coaches, including a purpose-built Coronet Peak vehicle, for skiers and riders who want to “relax and ride” this season. The affordable round trip from the downtown Snow Centre to both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables costs just $15 return with multiride options available. The transport service operates all season and buses depart from the Snow Centre every 20 minutes, from 8.00am -12.00pm, stopping at designated bus stops on the way. Return trips run on demand from 1.30pm. A door-to-door pick up service at major Queenstown hotels, which has been further refined this year, enables guests to catch their bus at the hotel door, with a guaranteed pre-booked seat. For a fare of $30 passengers are dropped at the top of either Coronet Peak or The Remarkables and returned directly to their hotel at the end of the day.


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MAGIC LIGHTS ON ICE By MArgo BerryMAn This season the Queenstown Ice Arena is lit up like a magical winter wonderland with the installation of professional LED event lights creating specific themes on the ice rink. “The lights are manufactured in Australia and are often used to light commercial buildings and public places. The installation here has created a really amazing environment with the rink bathed in saturated colours and special effects like

flames and other themes,” says Marketing Manager Daniel Graham. The Queenstown Ice Arena is open every day with a Friday night disco session for kids and ‘Date Night’ on Saturdays. Young children are well catered for with unique “on-ice aids” such as cute Penguin Pals to hold on to and sleds that enable the whole family to skate together. “We have brand new hire skates this year, imported from Canadian

company Jackson, and they include both figure skating and hockey styles. Our café is open every day serving delicious hot food and drinks along with mulled wine and hot chocolates. The fire is always roaring in the lounge, with its wall-to-ceiling glass that overlooks the ice arena, making it a great place for parents and families to hang out and watch all the action on the ice.”

QUEENSTOWN ICE ARENA – COOL EXPERIENCE Silver trophies collected by local ice hockey heroes represented in the NZ Ice Blacks and The Stampede teams are prominently displayed at the Queenstown Ice Arena, a legacy of worldclass skating fostered over many years at the rink. There is a strong tradition of excellence at all levels of ice skating at the arena, encouraged by owners Brian, Ted and Daniel Graham who have made a strong investment in the facility.

Marketing Manager Daniel Graham says if people have never skated Queenstown is one of the best locations to try out the sport. “We are amazed every year how many people come in with their kids and it’s a first - time experience for them. Once they have a few turns on the ice they’re hooked because it’s a real buzz no matter how young or old they are.”

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Professional coach Deanna PieLak–Jones with kids on the ice

PROFESSIONAL SKATE COACH In the 2012 season there has been an increase in numbers of both children and adults taking up figure skating which Marketing Manager Daniel Graham attributes to the appointment of a high profile professional figure skating coach at the Queenstown Ice Arena. “Deanna PieLak-Jones is an international figure skating coach from Canada and we are so privileged to have her here. She takes private and group lessons and for visitors here on holiday it’s a great opportunity for the family to try out the sport that’s now back in fashion. “Our adult figure skating classes have lots of local women joining up because they have always wanted to give it a go or simply because it’s a fun social time with friends. It’s pretty cool.”

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Twenty-one-year-old Queenstown woman Taylor Rapley loves risk-taking and gets all the thrills she wants as an elite alpine ski racer. New Zealand’s current overall women’s champion could have gone to the top as a triathlete but it was ski racing that pushed her buttons.

many solid hours of training at Coronet Peak and offshore in the United States. In addition to winning the New Zealand Women’s National Championship title she won the Winter Games NZ Super G and was third junior in the US National Championships Super G.

“It was a no-brainer for me. Triathlon was fun because it was competitive and a challenge but you had to push yourself to the limit in a different way. I have a thing for scaring myself and taking risks, and triathlon didn’t offer that while ski racing does. I find it adrenalin-pumping to be a bit afraid of doing something, then doing it, even if it doesn’t work out and that’s what skiing is all about for me.”

During the past Northern Hemisphere season, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and training with coach Florian Jagodic, Taylor concentrated on slalom and giant slalom, making some significant changes which paid off when she scored a personal best result of 27 FIS points in slalom, at La Crosse in the US.

Taylor joined the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team when she was nine years old. After winning her first medal in her first outing in the Junior Interfield Race Series she became a familiar figure over the years on the podiums locally and nationally. In the 2011 season her achievements reflected the

“I had been training well all season in the US and it had been frustrating not to be rewarded for that in earlier races,” she says. “The competition was definitely tough with six girls from the East, who are some of the top skiers for their age group in the country, racing in the La Crosse series. The result was more than ten points better than anything I have previously scored in slalom.”

Taylor has aspirations to represent New Zealand at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia but that is not her immediate focus. “That’s my ultimate goal but I don’t want to put added pressure on myself. My way of looking at things is to keep my ambitions in my heart and keep my mind on the process.“ Taylor is studying for a Bachelor of Science, through Massey University, and likes the idea of a future career as a clinical psychologist. But she also has her eye on an athletic scholarship at a division one National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) in the US. “That is another significant goal for me and I am definitely focusing on the process to try and achieve that.” The biggest obstacle to Taylor’s successful ski racing career is funding, with training on both sides of the world an expensive business. “The Northern Hemisphere is the most important season for competition and it is key for me to compete over there.” In 2011 Taylor won the annual Bruce Grant Memorial Scholarship which is granted in memory of a former Queenstown ski racer and adventurer who lost his life after summiting K2 mountain. “It was inspirational to win the scholarship and I was very proud to be selected. I have support from companies like Under Armour and Volkl and PC as well as from local trusts and businesses such as Outside Sports and Alpine Health and Fitness. Along with these sponsors family and friends help me both financially and emotionally. It certainly means a lot that people close to me believe in me and are willing to fund me to help me reach my ski racing goals.”



CENTRAL CARWASH CONVENIENCE Carwash Queenstown was launched by Shona Squires and Julian Ford two years ago, the only centrally-located manual carwash venture in the resort. They talked to Penny Simpson. What prompted the idea? We saw a gap in the market for a car valet business in the centre of Queenstown. It was clear to us that having your car hand-groomed while you shopped, worked or visited tourist attractions was a great concept. What is your background? Julian has always been passionate about cars and has worked for various rally teams over the past 20 years, including the Possum Bourne team, both locally and internationally. He operated his own successful sign-writing business, north of Auckland, prior to moving to Queenstown in 2006. Together we operated a property maintenance business before starting the carwash venture. What does Carwash Queenstown offer? A full range of vehicle grooming services, from a quick exterior wash through to a “Remarkable valet”, which includes a wax polish and full interior detailing. We offer two hours’ free parking with every service, and a voucher for a free coffee at Motogrill, allowing

customers to enjoy a coffee fix while their vehicle is being groomed. Who are your customers? Many of our repeat customers are Queenstown-based but we are dealing with an increasing number of overseas visitors, who like to return their rental cars in good condition. There are also a growing number of absentee property owners on our clientele list, who want a clean, well maintained vehicle when they arrive back in Queenstown. We offer a pick-up and delivery service and will return vehicles to anywhere within central Queenstown. We clean a wide variety of vehicles from Fiats to Ferraris and Prados to Porsches! What’s the most popular option? The “Remarkable Valet” which is basically the works. It’s very popular before winter to prepare vehicle paintwork for the onslaught of gritty, winter roads. Tar removal is a frequent summer time request and interior carpet and seat shampooing is very sought after. What’s the feedback from clients? Our customers appreciate the convenience of the service and central location. They enjoy a professional grooming job on their vehicles and the continuity of that service. Where do you operate from? Level 3 of the Man Street Car Park, in the centre of Queenstown. The Man Street Car Park is conveniently located, with pedestrian access directly on to Shotover Street. Although appointments are recommended, we always do our best to accommodate people.

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Macetown Revisited HEAD OF THE The historic town of Macetown LAKE CELEBRATES located 15 kilometres up the Arrow River was once a thriving gold mining 150 YEARS OF town. Today the ghost town is well SETTLEMENT worth a visit on foot, by mountain

Macetown in the 1860s – courtesy of Lakes District Museum

bike or 4Wd vehicle as Angela Verry found out.

to its town original condition whichfollowing will be officially opened The began to decline the demise of on theOctober Premier22. Quartz Mine in 1905 although the local remained until 1916. Macetown’s last Aschool number of otheropen activities and events are being residenttowas the infamous also known staged highlight the 150Billy yearJenkins, anniversary aimed asgathering the “Mayor of Macetown’, who residedtogether there until at former and present residents to the 1940s. reflect on the past and celebrate the milestones that have been achieved at the of Lake Wakatipu. Heading into Macetown it ishead as much about the journey as it is about the destination. Markers along the road identify points of historic interest and a detailed booklet interpreting the sites has been published by

An historic display featuring Glenorchy landmarks during the 150 years, will focus on the high country and gold and scheelite mining, while a beard growing competition is being held with judging at Labour Weekend, following the “close shave” on July 1 which launched the contest. The vintage steamer the TSS Earnslaw is celebrating her 100th birthday during Labour Weekend, and with her arrival on her high country station centennial the Department of Conservation. cruise on October 21, will be set up inatmosphere the streets At Macetown there is stalls a tranquil, nostalgic to welcome passengers from the steamer. A special and conservationists have worked hard to preserve the one hour cruise for Glenorchy residents is ruins and mining relics. There are two notable planned restored during the- Needham’s TSS Earnslaw’s stop-over and residents buildings cottage is nestled among fruit are also being encouraged to join the Queenstown to trees on the terrace to the right while further along the Glenorchy return cruise or take the option of a coach road lies William Tily Smith’s bakehouse. trip one way and cruise the other. Other subtle reminders of human habitation remain. Real who took over bushes the operation of Fruit Journeys, trees, rambling raspberry and mint the vintage steamer from New Railways growing wild, while signs of theZealand once flourishing in December 1969 under thetheir banner ofhibernation Fiordland cottage gardens, emerge from winter during summer, providing an insight into the people who made the town their home.


Gold 150 celebrations in Otago, marking the discovery of gold 150 years ago, are not just about looking back at the past, but making sure the region’s history is continued on into the future. Coordinator Julie Hughes, who is responsible for driving and coordinating the programme says there are an eclectic mix of events designed to involve everyone from school children and families to locals and visitors. On July 7 Cromwell will re-enact the rush to The Junction, as Cromwell was formerly known, when miners poured into the area in 1862 following the discovery of gold by early miners, including Horatio Hartley and Christopher Reilly. In August, Cromwell will also host an international conference organised by the University of Canterbury reflecting on 150 years of riches. In Arrowtown, preparations for the October (Labour Weekend) celebrations and re-enactment of the gold rush on the Arrow River are underway, and shaping up to be a major undertaking. “We have been working with the committees of the previous re-enactment and we are making the most of 2012’s lighting and sound and putting more

Travel, is planning a week of centenary celebrations from October 14–22 highlighting the TSS Earnslaw’s significance as the oldest remaining passenger steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. The key event will be a re-enactment cruise of her maiden voyage from Kingston to Queenstown on October 18, and among those taking part will be descendants of the naval architect Hugh McRae who designed thestarted Lady of the Lake, the family of the Daytrippers making theirand way into Macetown foreman Jimmybraving Alcorn.the 27 river crossings, from thebuilder early 1940s, eagerhope to see gold mining Over the years the “We thata everyone whotown. has an affinity with the ruins have been depleted but the romance of a visit to TSS Earnslaw, both past and present, will join in the a ghost mining town still remains. centenary celebrations and dress in period costume to mark the occasion,” says Real Journeys Operations From Arrowtown walkers can make the return journey Manager “The vintage bikers steamship in aroundTracey six to Maclaren. eight hours. Mountain and has suchcan an integral part ofabout both Lake Wakatipu 4WDbeen vehicles expect to take one hour each and during first 100 years and is way.Queenstown Rental cars may nother always be insured for itthis important we celebrate that.” section of that off-road driving but there are commercial operators providing experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides.

of a focus on Maori Jack Tewa, one of the first to find out about gold in the Arrow,” says Julie. “During August, many men in the area will participate in a shave-off and start growing their beards for Labour Weekend. Those with beards can then play miners in Arrowtown’s re-enactment helping with the authenticity of the event.” Julie has Phoenix Mine, Skippers,1892 been visiting schools around the district teaching students gold panning skills in preparation for the national gold panning championships also being held in Arrowtown at Labour Weekend. “Anyone can register to have a go at gold panning, and learn and watch from previous competition winners. We hope people will take up the skills and then have a go themselves in the Arrow River. There is still a lot of gold in them thar hills!” For more information see

Lakes District Museum

Macetown was established at the end of 1862 and takestiny its name from the brothers, family of The community ofMace Glenorchy at athe head early miners who prospected in the area. By of Lake Wakatipu is recognising itsFebruary 150th 1863 it is estimated that over 500(October miners were at anniversary at Labour Weekend 19-22) Macetown although the population boom was short with two commemorative projects which will lived with a permanent of just 100 people be officially opened assettlement part of the celebrations. established over the following year Celebrations Committee spokesperson Elaine Kirkland As alluvial gold extension became harder find, it wasLagoon quartz says the 1.7km to thetoGlenorchy mining which inspired the town to continue a close boardwalk which traverses wetlands willasprovide knitenduring mining community. Dances, balls and an memorial commemorating 150 picnics years were common and the in New celebrations at of European settlement theYear’s district. The second Macetown were legendary. project is the restoration of the old Glenorchy library

The TSS Earnslaw Maiden Voyage October 18, 1912



Arrowtown’s Winter Appeal By Angela English

The historic gold mining village of Arowtown is ideally located close to three ski areas, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona and the perfect base for a southern winter holiday. Arrowtown Promotions Business Association Coordinator Sue Patterson says there are many accommodation options available to suit everyone’s needs in Arrowtown with hotels, motels, backpackers and boutique bed and breakfast places. Millbrook Resort, with its range of accommodation, is also close by on the outskirts of the town. She says visitors staying in Queenstown should also schedule time for a visit to Arrowtown. “Arrowtown is a great destination for a half or full day visit. There is plenty of car parking and the public transport between Queenstown and Arrowtown is reliable and regular.” She says for a day relaxing off the slopes there is plenty of choice in Arrowtown. “If you feel as though some retail therapy is in order you can spend time wandering Arrowtown’s main street and alleyways to view the array of high quality merchandise in the diverse assortment of shops. We have an excellent range of cafés and restaurants to suit all budgets and everyone changes their menu for

winter. The Arrow Brewery, for example, has a really spicy mulled wine-inspired beer especially for winter customers.” Golfers are spoiled for choice with no less than three golf courses, including the Arrowtown course, Millbrook Resort and the privately-owned The Hills golf course close to the village. Bike hire is available and there are a mix of biking and walking tracks around the town providing easy to more challenging options. “If exerting yourself does not appeal, or your muscles require some loving care to get back up the mountain, Millbrook spa is an ideal place to visit in winter to indulge yourself in some pampering,” says Sue. In the evenings most restaurants and pubs have large roaring fires to add a relaxed and cosy ambience to après ski drinks and meals. The Arrowtown boutique movie theatre, Dorothy Browns, is worth a visit and offers both arthouse and mainstream films, while providing luxurious seating and wine and cheese served during the interval. “Arrowtown is a must-visit destination any time but during winter it has that added X-factor,” says Sue. “There is something for everyone and people always leave feeling relaxed and reinvigorated and determined to return.”


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CLASSIC UGGS TO WARM YOUR SOLE There are many ways to wear the classic UGG boot but during the winter UGG boots come into their own. Now an international icon, UGG Australia boots are available at Ikon in Arrowtown with the latest designs in store. Cosy to wear with your PJs or sports gear UGG boots will also warm up your feet after a day on the slopes. Team them with a vintage dress or skinny

jeans and winter jumper for a relaxed day out shopping. The 2012 styles mix the finest and most luxurious grade sheepskin in the world with a fashion edge. Upgraded looks this winter include embossed leathers, button detail, cable knit features, and a range of warm fashion colours. SHOP IKON

INTERNATIONAL DENIM BRANDS AT IKON Arrowtown’s fashion destination store, Ikon, has a spectacular selection of denim this season from international super brands Diesel, Firetrap, Miss Sixty, Scotch and Soda, Gaudi, Maison Scotch and LTB. The range for men and women is extensive with styles including low, mid-rise, boot cut to super slim and skinnies. New fabrics focus on soft velvety denim and fine corduroy – check out the cords by Workshop that are long, lean and super comfortable. Monochromatic tones from blue and black to deep navy and plum red are clear favorites. LTB’s mens range is top for affordability and Scotch & Soda have a superior fit for guys who want both style and comfort. SHOP IKON

STANDARD ISSUE AT TE HUIA Designer New Zealand clothing boutique Te Huia, in Arrowtown is now stocking knitwear specialist brand, Standard Issue. The 2012 winter range entitled ‘Brother Rabbit’ fuses traditional knitwear techniques with a distinctly progressive aesthetic. Store manager Delvine Wallace says Standard Issue’s signature style is influenced by nature which this season comes through with playful motifs on the Thumper Jumper and Rabbit Cardi. “These are two key pieces from winter’s collection along with the Ladder Stich jumper that has a slightly home spun feel to it with soft and organic shapes. They will make a lovely addition to winter wardrobes or for visitors coming from warmer climes who need an extra layer while on holiday.” Stripes also feature strongly in the collection with a mix of sweaters, cardigans and dresses. “Standard Issue blends well with our range of luxury New Zealand design wear at Te Huia and the fine merino and cashmere yarns are of superior quality. This is an under-stated luxury knitwear range that highlights the use of natural fibres that adds durability to the clothes.” SHOP TE HUIA

HIGH FASHION LEATHER AT WALLACE & GIBBS Leather was a highlight at 2012 New York Fashion week and New Zealand leatherwear brand, Caroline Moore, continues to inspire with the latest collection. Arrowtown designer stores, Te Huia and Wallace & Gibbs, are stockists with a specially selected range of full winter coats and shearing jackets. The lambskin jackets are versatile and soft using the finest New Zealand lambskin that has naturally curly wool finish. Smooth and luxurious tanned leather winter coats add glamour and sophistication with deep trims of lambskin trims. Combining high fashion with superior leather and the finest New Zealand lambskin has been Caroline Moore’s successful trademark that is now right at the forefront of international fashion. SHOP TE HUIA / WALLACE & GIBBS




Professional hair studio La Blond is embracing the latest breakthrough technology from Redken which has just released advancements in hair colouring treatments this season. Owners Sonya Ford and Amanda Stratford are impressed with the new Redken Chromatics range and recommending it as a primary colour treatment during winter months. “This is a vastly-improved permanent option because it locks in moisture, leaving hair healthier than before without the use of ammonia,” says Sonya. “You don’t get the nasty ammonia odor, the product has fewer chemicals in it but you get incredible vibrancy and shine.” The Chromatic range comes in over 56 shades spanning naturals through to rich reds, copper browns, and autumn tones. There is an unlimited palette of colour possibilities and Amanda says not only does the product give 4D definition but also provides 100% grey coverage. “The Chromatics range is a welcome addition to the existing ammonia free semi-permanent range, ‘Shades

EQ & Blonde Glam lightener’ for healthy blondes. “During winter peoples’ hair and skin does get very dry in Queenstown, so to have a gentle colour is definitely a great help to keep hair looking and feeling fabulous.” La Blond recently opened in the Sofitel Queenstown complex and caters for men, women, and children in its modern and luxurious studio. “The guys who come in really enjoy the big flat screen television we have in their area of the studio and we can offer late night appointments for people who work long hours or shift work,” says Sonya. For people visiting Queenstown in the winter who want a hair appointment it is easy to book online or simply call in to the studio. “We will always find a way to fit customers in at short notice.” La Blond offers a variety of promotions and specials on its Facebook page and with a full range of Redken products in-house, Sonya and Amanda are creating “fashion forward” styles for winter.




LeSpa Manager Suiza Sevilla

By KrisTi hoWLey

LeSpa at Sofitel offers the ultimate in pampering for all five senses this season with a new ‘Winter Warm Up’ package guaranteed to take the chill out of any weather conditions in a stunning location.

LeSpa’s luxurious private treatment rooms are a world away from the hustle of downtown Queenstown and the transition from a relaxing steam to a rejuvenating full-body scrub is seamless.

Whether it is a day off from the slopes or a regular treatment, this package not only melts away tension but also encourages total rejuvenation in a tranquil, relaxed setting.

The focus is on natural products to promote and enhance well-being, and the scrub contains a unique mix of cinnamon, yogurt, honey and rice powder. Once applied, reflective paper is wrapped around the body to start detoxification, before Suiza uses her exceptional skills to perform a head and neck massage which hints of things to come.

LeSpa is located in the five star Sofitel Queenstown hotel, spa manager and therapist, Suiza Sevilla, creates a distinct ambience and welcome by combining the sweet scent of frangipani with the serene and elegant décor. The ‘Winter Warm Up’ ritual combines a half-hour session in the Turkish Hammam with a revitalising full-body scrub and a 45-minute massage. The first step of the transformation starts in the Hammam steam room where white clouds of mist wrap around and instantly warm the body. Hammam literally means “spreader of warmth” and is a tradition that dates back thousands of years to Roman times. It is impossible to resist the relaxation of this ancient therapy.


Each treatment room at LeSpa features a beautiful private steam shower, and after a full body rinse it’s time for the full massage. There are options for relaxation, deep-tissue or combination massage and with every knot and tight muscle in the body expertly worked away it’s a blissful way to conclude the treatment. LeSpa at Sofitel is open seven days and the “Winter Warm Up” is available by appointment. Also on offer are a full range of ritual therapies, facials, massages and essential care from waxing to tinting.

Left Bank Café transports diners to the sidewalk cafes of Paris with its attractive, inviting décor and has recently introduced a $15 lunch menu inspired by New Zealand cuisine. Focusing on local ingredients and catering to Kiwi tastes every item on the new lunch menu is tempting. New Zealand green-lipped mussels served puttanesca style, pear and blue cheese tart with fig and walnut jam, King smoked salmon with crème fraîche and a variety of salads, from warm chicken to crispy Romaine, are prepared to perfection.

Sofitel Queenstown Head Waiter Ogie Rizo and Executive Chef Ross Woodvine

New $15 luNch meNu at your local

The French onion soup is Left Bank Café’s signature dish and a nod to its Parisian origins with a combination of sweet caramelised onion and melted Gruyere cheese, an ideal winter dish. The café’s relaxed setting in the heart of Queenstown is a fantastic place to linger over lunch or to pick up a sandwich or salad from the counter to take away.

Winter Warm Up at $155 Boost your immune system and increase your energy levels for winter with our unique blend of cinnamon and orange. This warm winter aromatherapy treatment includes a 30 min steam session, a 30 min detoxifying cinnamon, honey & yogurt body scrub & wrap and a 45 min massage using revitalising spicy orange essential oil full of vitamin C & anti-oxidants.

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DISTINCTIVE WORK AT ANNUAL EXHIBITION Queenstown artist Angus Watson’s 2012 exhibition will run from January 3-14 displaying 30 distinctive paintings at his Little Road studio and gallery. “Having my own exhibition gives people a chance to visit my studio in its stunning garden setting and see where my work is created,” he says. “Clients are always keen to know what inspires specific paintings and the upcoming exhibition with its colourful mix of subjects should have wide appeal.”

not only in New Zealand but around the world. His varied collection features nudes, landscapes, boats, horses and figures which have earned him an international reputation. His nudes reflect detailed tones of golds, reds and silvers and his watercolours use bright, vibrant colours. “I make a bold use of colour and my work tends towards impressionist.”


Angus has been a professional artist for more than 20 years and his diverse work hangs in many homes

Angus is highly sought after for commissions and holds exhibitions around New Zealand. His annual January exhibition is always eagerly anticipated. Visit the studio in Littles Road Dalefield. No appointment necessary.


One of New Zealand’s leading gift and flower delivery companies has put down roots in Queenstown. Auckland-based Wild Poppies has taken on the local team from Renaissance Florist to establish a contemporary store in the Gorge Road Retail Centre. The move combines Wild Poppies’ nationallyrecognised floral style with Renaissance’s local ties to create a fresh new look. Wild Poppies owner Kerry Bradburn says her love for Queenstown drew her business to the resort. “It’s one of the most stunning places in the world,” she says. “The alpine scenery has given us a lot of inspiration especially for our wedding arrangements and we are looking forward to being part of the wider community.” The new store is a natural progression for Wild Poppies which first launched in 1998 in the North Island and has experienced massive growth, selling more than one million flowers nationally. “It made sense for us to develop a presence in the South Island with the Queenstown store carrying the Wild Poppies name along with our full range of luxury gifts, delicious Petal Cupcakes and signature floral designs,” Kerry says.


ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET EXPANDS The new mix is proving to be

a success, with a The Creative Queenstown & Crafts Market broader range of flowers Arts and gifts on offer as well on Parkfaces is holding weekday markets, as Earnslaw the familiar of Renaissance’s Tanya Baker, during summer, in addition to its regular Saturday Stephanie Yeo and Kylie Brown. markets. The new market days will be on the Tanya says it’s an exciting move. first Friday and third Wednesday of each month “Kerry and have known each a long time running fromI December until the other end offor April. and we have a shared focus on floral innovation and The market is a showcase of local artists’ art and service.” craft merchandise and supports New Zealand The increasingly-popular wedding industry and other made products. events are an important part of the business and There are over 40 stalls and new to the market the florists pride themselves on interpreting clients’ this summer are beautifully crafted children’s wishes. toys by Timber Tool, created from recycled “We wood are with committed to twist. fulfilling native a unique Kiwi Othercustomers new requirements and working with their ideas the big stalls include handmade beeswax candlesfor and day. Whether vintage, modern, or any other theme, lanterns and it’s 2012 Queenstown photographic we go all-out to for create that perfect calendars, ideal overseas gifts. style,” Kerry says. Freshly-cut flowers, bouquets designer Market goers can enjoy live musicand in the stunningplants are available daily at the new Gorge Rd store, beside waterfront setting. Refuel Café. There are also aromatherapy products, fruit and food hampers and a large selection of vases and gifts. Wild Poppies also runs an exceptional online service with a selection of high quality flowers, gifts, and gift baskets available for order. The website covers both the Queenstown and Auckland stores and offers nationwide delivery anywhere in New Zealand.

Award winning Queenstown artist Ben Ho is recognised for his impressionist style reflected in his outstanding landscapes, figures and still life paintings. He is stimulated by the Queenstown landscape and together with his artist wife Mary To be in to win this beautiful gift basket simply email your name and contact Mai has fulfilled an ambition to studio and details with the words QUEENSTOWN WILD POPPIES gallery at Lake Hayes. in the subject line before September 10, 2012. The winner will be contacted by October


2012 with the basket sent anywhere within New Zealand. “My dream was always to have my own1st, studio and gallery one day and now here in Queenstown Queenstown galleries and in other New Zealand we have finally achieved this. It’s such a beautiful centres but it is at his Lake Hayes studio gallery place to display our work.” where he enjoys spending time discussing his Ben and Mary Mai are of Chinese descent and work with art enthusiasts. have been exhibiting regularly in New Zealand




Neki Patel is a sports fanatic which is fortunate for the many elite sportspeople in Queenstown and Central Otago. His health clinics in Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra have been developed with a focus on an integrated approach to injury prevention and the results speak for themselves. Neki is an accomplished chiropractor but believes in a holistic style combining the skills of chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists. This is the underlying philosophy of Queenstown Health and the basis for the model of treatment in all three clinics. “What we are doing is looking at the whole person and not just from the narrow point of view of a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. The important aspect is to bring together experts in their own fields, with great education and experience, then get everyone to talk and provide the best solution for the patient.”

Hobbit actor James Nesbitt with Neki Patel

Neki set up practice in Queenstown almost 20 years ago with the goal of establishing a well-rounded family orientated clinic. Other clinics in the area followed creating a strong team with a diverse range of professional qualifications and talents.

teams. He has worked with a number of All Blacks and his clinic also provides massage therapy services, alongside Rebecca Whyte, to the All Blacks and other high profile rugby teams. Physiotherapist Conor Brennan spearheads treatment for the Queenstown Rovers soccer club.

“We have basically established a one-stop-shop for healthcare. Everyone in the practice discusses individual cases, solution seeking for each patient to give them the best possible outcome. With the advent of winter there will be the inevitable run of ski and snowboard injuries and our aim is to get people back on the snow as quickly as possible through our effective treatment process.”

Cromwell Health has physiotherapists who have worked with Ricki Herbert’s football academy, current All Blacks and various elite sportspeople in Central Otago. “Whether we are working with the elite sportspeople or the young emerging athletes we have the one end goal in mind and that is to integrate treatment for the best possible benefit for the patient.”

Neki’s passion for sport has led him and his clinics to sponsor many local sports including soccer, ice hockey, skiing and netball. The Queenstown Health team is often seen on the sidelines and young, up and coming sportspeople in the region have come to rely on the group’s services to keep them active in their sport through the integrated treatment approach.

Wearing another hat Neki is a director of Raleigh International and was previously a co-trustee with Sir Edmund Hillary. Raleigh assists communities in remote areas of countries such as India and Borneo and Neki’s role is to recruit young volunteers from New Zealand.

In his professional capacity Neki has personally provided chiropractic services to New Zealand Commonwealth Games teams, the New Zealand Ice Blacks, the Australasian PGA and international ski

“I love the work with Raleigh and the young people who get involved as volunteers are all very aware about the issues faced by the places we are working in. It is fantastic to see what young Kiwis are doing to support the people in these areas.”

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19th Century Villa


The delicate job of restoring a protected historic Herne Bay villa in Auckland has been a successful project for Queenstown-based builder Tony Stratford. His company Multiline Construction was chosen to renovate the 19th century villa – owned by Auckland CEO Joe Duncan. Joe wanted a builder to add a pool house, a media room, remove the existing garage, build another one and undertake extensive landscaping – whilst paying attention to detail and remaining sensitive to the historic nature of the home. He also needed the job to be completed on time and within budget. “We completed a very protracted exercise with our architect and draughtsman to produce specific design and pre-build documents that detailed everything required for the house, right down to the colour of the tiles to be used, prior to going out to tender,” Joe explains. “This allowed for greater accuracy for builders to quote and we chose Tony out of this process.” Tony won the job because he provided a more detailed and competitive quote than others, and due to the fact that he would be both manager and builder on site. “It was great to have someone who could oversee all the sub-contractors on site, provide quality control

and still pick up a hammer and swing it better than most,” Joe says. The two storey, $1million-plus renovation required a lot of material to be taken off the site and Tony kept a running audit of what and where products were each step of the way. “Because he was there every day managing the team and checking off each process it kept everyone honest and made a massive difference to the final outcome,” Joe adds. “The other significant advantage was his use of Microsoft Project that gave us a detailed and accurate report on a daily basis. We could measure exactly where things were in relation to our pre-build design documentation and the budget.”

TECHNICAL ADVANTAGE AND BEST RESULTS WITH MULTILINE Multiline Construction is a Southern Lakesbased building company owned by Tony Stratford. With expertise in exposed timber, post, and beam construction, the company prides itself on producing highly-technical finishes to exacting standards. They specialise in full onsite construction survey and total construction management. “Working with wood is our forte,” Tony says.

“Tony demonstrated his ability to manage a project in its entirety while also being a very fine builder himself.

“The post and beam work we specialise in requires attention to detail and we use the CAD system to create 3D imagery and models before we get underway. This allows for greater degrees of accuracy and allows no room for error.” The company uses Leica digital construction technology on site that Tony says assists for a faster and stronger build process.

“When we had changes and variations to the original plan, he was able to make the adjustments himself that saved us time and money. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.”

“We can take on very technical work with this system and deliver the results our customers are looking for. It speeds up the initial construction processes by up to 80%.”

The entire project was completed in 30 weeks and the results were outstanding, Joe says.

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Above: Bendemeer Station overlooking Lake Hayes and the Wakatipu Basin Below left: The Pavilion Below right: The Woolshed

BENDEMEER – BEST IN CLASS BY PENNY SIMPSON Nestled in the heart of Queenstown’s Wakatipu Basin, positioned perfectly to capture panoramic views of historic Arrowtown, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, lies one of the region’s most prestigious residential developments. Bendemeer is an exclusive rural property development with a presentation and design leaving nothing wanting as the perfect setting for quintessential New Zealand living. With a new owner in place, Bendemeer is the shining ‘jewel in the crown’ of real estate offerings in the district. New owner Alistair Jeffery is clearly a fan of Bendemeer and everything it has to offer. The former Dunedin-ite and now UK-based entrepreneur originally bought a section in the development in 2006. As sole shareholder and director of Mount Farm Ventures, he recently negotiated the purchase of the remaining 23 lots within Bendemeer, with full confidence in the development’s potential in the light of an emerging upswing in the high-end real estate market. “When you live offshore and come back, you realise how highly Queenstown ranks on a global scale, and how remarkably unspoilt it is. I’m sure that message is not pushed out quite as well as it could be into the international market,” he says. “There’s all the instability and uncertainly in the world these days, both politically and economically, then you have New Zealand, which has a remarkably stable economy and political system. “All those factors have a huge appeal for overseas investors in particular.” Once amongst the beautifully maintained landscapes of Bendemeer, the level of consideration given to the positioning of each lot is immediately obvious – each

carefully situated for outstanding privacy, sun, shelter and views. Bendemeer owners have access to a range of outstanding facilities on site. Located on the edge of a picturesque pond, the Pavilion building appears to emerge from the water, its large deck and jetty the perfect setting for an endless summer eve’s party. At the entrance to the estate is The Woolshed. Part of the farm’s original cottage, this schist stone building complements the very ‘number 8 wire Kiwi’ ambience of the development and provides a spot of whimsy when driving through the entry gates. Carefully restored and fitted with many of the latest creature comforts, it also retains many original features including wool-sorting tables and farm machinery, with wooden walls proudly bearing the scars of its working years. The Woolshed was the winner of a New Zealand Institute of Architects Award following its completion and is now used as a sales and entertainment complex and is available for functions. On the opposite side of the shearing shed are two beautiful lodge rooms - a Queen room with ensuite and an adjacent twin room ideal for additional family or friends - which encapsulate the true essence of this rustic yet cosy building. Mr Jeffery is keen to attract new owners for the remaining lots on the 130-hectare development by reinvigorating interest from local and international buyers and for those interested in making Bendemeer home, available sites range from 0.5ha to over 2ha and are being released into the market over the next three years. “I believe the original essence of Bendemeer is very sound, a high-quality, family orientated community located on an elevated, high sun exposure block of land,” he says.

“There are very strong foundations here to enable us to bring together a tight-knit community of like-minded people, those who have been successful in business or other ventures and are looking for the perfect place in which to bring up a family or to use as a bolt-hole to escape a high-pressure city lifestyle. “There are five ski areas within an easy drive of Bendemeer, multiple wineries and golf courses, an amazing range of walking and biking tracks, and stunning lakes. It’s the perfect lifestyle choice. “With excellent management already in place, the time is right to breathe life back into this very high quality development.”

DESIGNER PACKAGE Behind the scenes, Bendemeer has a strong management team in place. A local property management team ensures the ongoing presentation and maintenance of the estate, and a project management team is available to assist offshore buyers with their design and build projects. Local marketing professional Sarah Cairns has been appointed to drive the rebranding and strategic marketing direction of Bendemeer. With a new found sense of direction and a stunning parcel of land, the new owners of Bendemeer will see this jewel shine once more.



PREMIERE QUEENSTOWN COUNTRY Exclusive Bendemeer Country Lifestyle Secluded from view this exclusive elevated location is ready for your next home. Adjacent to Lake Hayes take advantage of magnificent mountain views to The Remarkables Mountain Range, The Crown Terrace, Coronet Peak and beyond. Sensational sunshine year round with wonderful sunsets. Roam amongst 120 acres of landscaped grounds along with tennis court and lake pavilion. Perfect for entertaining guests. This is your private mountain hideaway just 15 minutes to Coronet Peak. Make this your next destination for your family to enjoy. Price From $750,000

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Air New Zealand Travel Broker Owen Wood advertising agency account, creating those crazy travel prizes that you see on the back of packets, bottle-tops and yes, people do actually win them.” We relocated from Sydney to Queenstown in 1997 where my passion for travel continued creating great travel experiences for Queenstowners for the past 14 years. As an Air New Zealand Holidays travel broker Owen says its great to have the backing of the country’s

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Bellow: Bridget Legnavsky with her daughter Zora at Cardrona


Kids and families are synonymous with Cardrona Alpine Resort where the mission to create superior facilities for tots through to teens is matched by the ski area’s determination to create a world-class snow experience for all its visitors. Sales and Marketing Manager Nadia Ellis says the resort is fun and family friendly and strategic investment at Cardrona Alpine Resort over the past five years has ensured on going development including state-of-the- art chairlifts, access ways, extra snow guns and equipment “We have 345ha of available terrain and the entire area is dedicated to world-class facilities that make the snow experience fantastic. We are recognised for our outstanding service and we focus on delivering something for everyone. The joy of skiing or snowboarding for the first time is a wonderful memory for families to have together and our structure is aimed at making that unforgettable.” Cardrona’s dedicated children’s areas and licensed childcare facilities are designed to give parents and older family members time out to enjoy the resort knowing the youngsters are well catered for. Childcare starts for kids as young as three months and up to four years in the nursery, while private lessons are also available for preschoolers to introduce them to the snow. The Cardrona Kids Ski and Snowboard School is world-renowned for its safe and supportive environment, where qualified instructors offer all-day programmes such as the Skiwee and Lowrider groups, for over five-year-olds. “New facilities added last year include a redeveloped learners’ area with the new Sunkid conveyor making it super-easy for kids to get around,” says Nadia. She says the resort is focused on excellence all round from family-friendly programmes through to a High Performance Centre for up and coming snow athletes. “The unique thing about Cardrona is that we provide something for everyone and despite so much attention on families, we also have amazing facilities like the

Olympic and International half pipe that are drawcards for some of the world’s best skiers and riders. We have a fantastic base here with quality apartments, high quality rental equipment, top line restaurants and retail – it’s the complete winter experience.” TOP TEAM ENVIRONMENT Cardrona attracts high-calibre experienced mountain staff each year to manage the resort and one of the longest standing members is Services Manager, Bridget Legnavsky. Her extensive background as an international extreme skiing competitor, Freeski and Race Coach and past New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance President and Technical Director aids her role overseeing Cardrona’s Ski and Snowboard schools and Kids’ Centre. “I chose to work at Cardrona mainly because I am completely passionate about the product. I don’t want to be anywhere else in the world over winter other than up in the mountains skiing, surrounded by happy and positive people.” Her international experience includes working in Japan, Italy, Aspen and Breckenridge and attending ski competitions and congresses in the USA, Korea, Switzerland and Norway. “I guess my biggest strength is my experience and I have been lucky enough to be involved in a lot of different areas up here. It’s important to create a progressive, fun, and supportive working environment for all staff because we want to deliver an outstanding experience for our guests.” Bridget says the work environment at Cardrona is hugely supportive and family-friendly. “I have been able to keep developing forward while having two children, bringing them up on the resort which is great. No questions from the company, just 100% support and this is the indication of how genuine the Cardrona family values are!

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Kayaking on the tranquil waters of Milford Sound is one of this life’s great experiences as Penny Simpson found out taking a trip with Southern Discoveries on its newly launched kayaking venture. Harrison Cove is a spectacular sheltered cove in Milford Sound and because of its location amongst the dramatic scenery has been selected as the base for Southern Discoveries’ new kayaking trips. The company also operates the Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory cruises. General Manager John Robson says the kayaking venture appeals to people keen for a personalised experience.

“This is the perfect fun activity for people who want to have a short, gentle paddle in the calm, sheltered waters of Harrison’s Cove. At this time of year, kayakers are able to get ‘up close and personal’ with some of the wildlife like the rare Fiordland crested penguin who are nesting in the cove on the water’s edge so that’s a very special opportunity.” A specialised kayak pontoon has been installed that uses a platform to lower and raise passengers into the water while already seated in their kayaks which makes it simple particularly for novice kayakers. Single kayaks are used for the one hour trips and small groups of up to 12 people have the benefit of an experienced nature guide with an in-depth knowledge

“When the machine flies away the silence is amazing and first timers in particular are awed by it.”

of the area and the wildlife. With no experience required and up to four trips a day available as part of the Milford Discovery Centre and Observatory cruise John says it’s easy to see why the new adventure excursion is proving popular. “Many people when they come here wish they could spend more time on the water in this World Heritage Park. It’s a very special place, and this experience allows people to explore the cove and its unique views and features from the water. “Many international visitors in particular have never experienced such a pristine and rugged environment. The kayaking trips enable them to do this without impacting on the environment or wildlife in anyway.” DRINK BROKEN SHED RESPONSIBLY

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ur Where’s yo head at? Southern Lakes Heliski customers invariably claim after a day’s heliskiing – “that was the best day of my life” – according to company owner Julian Field, who has been prompted by demand to introduce a weekly heliskiing package this season. New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region is renowned as a superior heliski destination and people come from all around the world to sample the pristine terrain, outstanding snow conditions and longer runs available from higher altitudes in the region. “Southern Lakes Heliski is like operating a chairlift to nine mountain ranges and over 6,000 square kilometres of otherwise inaccessible terrain,” says Julian. “Almost everywhere we take our customers could be a ski field. It’s really just a question of access and we provide that.” “The introduction of a weekly heliski package gives us the opportunity to start earlier and finish later than everyone else. It is all-inclusive with accommodation and guides provided. If there is a bad weather day then we are lucky to live in an outstanding community where there are loads of other excellent activities.” The company also has a range of exciting daily packages catering to various levels of ability from

beginning heliskiiers, who are off-piste for the first time, to experts wanting to push the limits. “The goal is to match people according to their ability and then have a blast,” says Julian. Southern Lakes Heliski operates B2 and B3 Squirrel helicopters to take clients to spectacular places such as Mt Aspiring National Park and the Rees Valley. The company has exclusive access to many other outstanding locations including the Clarke Glacier in the Forbes mountain range.

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Clients, particularly rookie heliskiers, are always overwhelmed by the powerful nature of the remote areas Southern Lakes Heliski operates in. “When the machine flies away the silence is amazing and first-timers in particular are awed by it,” says Julian. “There is no other experience like it.” After a few runs lunch is served, a buffet style of hot and cold cuisine, followed by a few more runs. The daily packages provide a door-to-door service and include returning any rental gear for clients so they can relax after a remarkable day in the mountains. Southern Lakes Heliski has been operating for 27 years and its reputation is internationally renowned. The guides, who have undergone training to meet international standards, are handpicked for their heliskiing experience.“Our guides are there to ensure the safety of our clients and give them a day they will never forget.”

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In order to rule out any random guesses, the challenger must find two promissory notes hidden in separate locations. Puzzling World Marketing Manager Duncan Spear says psychics wanting to take on the test must also pay a $1000 fee which is donated to a local charity, if the challenge is unsuccessful.

Most visitors to the long-standing Wanaka attraction, Puzzling World are well aware of the visual and mental challenges offered but less is known about the quest to unearth a sixth sense amongst guests. In 1994, Stuart Landsborough, creator of Puzzling World and longtime member of the NZ Skeptics Society, offered a reward for any psychics or mind readers to sit with him, read his thoughts and find a cheque for $50,000 hidden on the business property. With seven failed attempts, and in the face of growing

“The theme of our business is eccentricity so this challenge, along with its own display within the Puzzle Centre, works well within the environment which is geared to getting people to think a little more deeply.” The website has also been launched which aims to question psychic ability, offers reviews of live psychic performances and has a full run down of the Puzzling World challenge rules and background about past challengers. “We will have to wait and see how this latest campaign goes, but in the meantime, visitors to Puzzling World are continuing to learn more about this particular challenge as well our fascinating displays and ultimately their own mental abilities,” Duncan says.




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it’s definitely accessible for everybody.” The tracks vary in length and difficulty to cater for everyone from “novice skiers to elite internationals and there are no physical restrictions”. Cross country skiing is the oldest skiing sport and has always been an Olympic discipline. World class teams from Canada, USA and Japan are drawn to the Snow Farm to train in their off-season because of the excellent facilities. Athletes who make the Snow Farm their Southern Hemisphere base go on to compete internationally and appear on World Cup and even Olympic podiums. But aside from its training focus Jo is keen to see the resort being used in different ways by different groups.

Snow Farm NZ has the distinction of being the only cross country ski resort in New Zealand and this year takes a fresh turn, with the establishment of a charitable trust to operate the venture and the appointment of a new General Manager, industry professional Jo Lynch. Formerly the Waiorau Snow Farm the ski area was established 22 years ago by the Lee family whose name is integrally linked with skiing in the Cardrona Valley and the Southern Lakes. John and Mary Lee have an enviable reputation initially as developers and operators of the Cardrona ski field opened in 1984, followed by the development of the successful cross country resort, Snow Park NZ and a significant vehicle testing facility. This season Mary has handed the Snow Farm NZ reins to Jo Lynch who is widely recognised for her expertise in the industry, working at Cardrona for 14 years, where for a time she managed the snowboard school, before moving last year to the nearby Snow Park NZ to set up the first ski and snowboard school. She has also spent several summers teaching snowboarding and gaining experience in the Northern Hemisphere. “Managing the Snow Farm is an awesome opportunity to take the resort to the next step. It’s a really stunning piece of land and scenery, and with over 50km of tracks

“Schools groups use the facilities and coming to the Snow Farm can also be a fun day out for the girls. There are two back country huts where you can stay overnight. We also offer tubing and tobogganing which are great family activities and dog sledding and skidoo tours. For those into fitness, winter triathlons involve running, mountain biking and skiing, all on snow, while biathlons combine target shooting and skiing.” The Snow Farm is possibly best known for its Merino Muster. The cross country skiing event offers something for all levels, starting with a 7km course around Merino Glen, followed by a longer 21km course and for more experienced competitors a 42km marathon. Snow Farm is easy to access. “It is 13kms from Cardrona village on a wide, safe road,” says Jo. “And the cost of a family day pass, which includes hire of equipment, access to the trails and an introductory lesson is only $270. In summer the resort also plays host to mountain biking and tramping which has a lot of appeal. Mary Lee created an amazing facility at the Snow Farm, and she will continue to be involved as a trustee of the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust (PACT), which will operate the venture, and has been formed to ensure Snow Farm remains a recreational reserve and a cross country skiing facility for the community and New Zealand,” Jo says.




Innovation and technology have been at the forefront of the development of Snow Park NZ in the Cardrona Valley and such is its outstanding location it has been accorded the title of “the most photographed park in the world”. Marketing Manager Kristy Quinn says the ski and snowboard park incorporates a wide range of snow experiences from high-energy free skiing to awesome night riding. “Throw in some brilliant on-mountain hospitality that includes luxury apartments and backpacker accommodation, super nice local food and wine and you have a combination that keeps riders, skiers, and families coming back for more each season. It’s such a Kiwi experience and attitude up here and families in particular really love the laid back atmosphere where nothing is too much of a problem and everyone is made to feel like part of our Snow Park crew.” The Snow Park has an easy going “learn to snowboard” area that, according to Kristy, is not intimidating and a great place for the whole family to spend time learning the basics of riding or skiing. “Our restaurant overlooks this area so parents often like to enjoy the views from the deck and watch as their kids come to grips with the sport.” A point of difference at the Snow Park are the weekly night skiing options on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 – 9.00pm. “Night skiing and riding under lights epitomises the Snow Park hospitality where everyone hangs out on

the slopes together, its super friendly, all our crew get to know the locals really well and visitors quickly become part of the group. This is the kind of experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.” During night skiing dinner, snacks, and drinks are served by the fire in the Woolshed Restaurant, reinforcing the social experience. “Day or night, wether your in the terrain park, or lounging by the fire in the Woolshed, Snow Park’s combination of terrain, activities, great food and family-friendly atmosphere and laid back vibe make for a unique winter alpine experience,” says Kristy. INTERNATIONAL FOCUS ON THE SNOWPARK While Snow Park NZ has wide appeal amongst locals, families and visitors to New Zealand, it’s increasingly becoming the destination of choice for many high profile global events. Built to exacting standards, the purpose-built terrain park has plenty of natural features incorporated into the template. The main chairlift rides high over one of the largest jump lines in Australasia so it’s easy to catch all the action from the chairlift as the pros throw down the best moves. This year the prestigious Burton Open returns to the Snow Park under the new name of Burton High Fives along with the Billabong Bro Down and the North Face Freeski Open, both of which have great synergy with the park.

“We are stoked to be hosting the Burton once again with some of the worlds most high profile riders being invited down under for this exceptional event. We have so many families and young riders and skiers up here now that this creates an inspirational environment for them to hang out in. There is every likelihood that the kids will find themselves standing in a queue line with one of the world’s best which is pretty cool,” says Kristy. Check out all the 2012 Snow Park NZ events at www.

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Di Somerville with the award winning Pinot Noir


A relative newcomer to Central Otago’s viticulture industry has recently gained accolades at two of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine awards. Boutique vineyard Two Degrees, near Wanaka, has picked up the Champion Pinot Noir Trophy at this year’s Royal Easter Show wine awards in Auckland – for just its third vintage. Vineyard owners Richard and Di Somerville entered their 2009 and 2010 pinot noir vintages and both wines scooped gold awards at the show. Two Degrees’ 2009 wine – the third vintage – also won a Pure Elite gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in November 2011.

The vineyard is situated just off State Highway 6 between Wanaka and Cromwell on land sandwiched between the mountainous Pisa Range at the back and the rolling Clutha River in the front.

they’re often one of the latest-picked vineyards. This extra time on the vines gives the grapes a ripeness and flavour development that allows us a beautiful platform to work with,” Sarah says.

Wanaka-based owners Richard and Di decided the two degrees of separation between the iconic landmarks was the perfect name for the vineyard when they planted back in 2003.

“With premium grapes we have more choices to add complexity to the wine.”

Helping to achieve award-winning quality at Two Degrees is prominent Cromwell-based viticulturist James Dicey. James says the vineyard enjoys several natural advantages.

Di and Richard say they’re delighted with their success at two top awards for Kiwi winegrowers.

“The relatively uniform soil type allows a consistency of flavour to develop in the grapes.”

“These awards really establish us as a wine producer who is serious about quality,” Di says.

Two Degrees’ winemaker Sarah-Kate Dineen agrees. She says the terroir – the special characteristics of the vineyard’s geology, geography and climate – plays a significant part in the wine-making process.

It hasn’t taken long for the national recognition to arrive – Two Degrees’ first vintage was produced in 2007 after vines were planted in 2003.

“Because of the northerly aspect and slight elevation,

While pinot noir wine is their main focus, Two Degrees also produces a small quantity of rose from their pinot noir grapes. Sarah- Kate and her husband Dan are both highlyaccomplished winemakers. Together with James, Richard and Di, the group has established a strong wine-producing team in a relatively short time. “We grow only pinot noir grapes, and because we’re interested in quality, rather than quantity, we work hard to achieve these types of results together,” Di says. The fundamentals of producing award-winning wine have now been firmly established at Two Degrees and the future looks bright for this entrepreneurial Central Otago Company.





Every Saturday morning artists and crafts people from the lower South Island convene on Queenstown’s spectacular waterfront, showcasing their creativity at the famous Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market. The arts and craft market is a long-standing feature of Queenstown, established nearly 20 years ago on the Queenstown Village Green. Its popularity has since blossomed and seen it move to Earnslaw Park to accommodate the ever-increasing number of artists keen to be part of this outstanding community marketplace. “Everything at the market is handmade by the person behind the stall which is really unique as far as markets go,” says Coordinator and flax artist Jasmine Clark, who holds a Bachelor of Design majoring in sculpture. “We don’t accept imported, second hand or commercial goods and having the artist at the stall means that there is a passion for the goods on sale.”

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Tourists flock to the market and enjoy roaming the stalls of genuine New Zealand-made art pieces. Exquisite handcrafted greenstone pendants and jewellery, unique clothing and hats, hand-woven flax baskets and lovingly hand-turned bowls are just some of the items that can be picked up as a gift or memento. And once the shopping’s done the open lawn provides a picturesque place to sit back and listen to live music performed by local musicians. A relative newcomer is Riverton artist Laire Purik who displays a beautiful collection of delicate photographs that embrace New Zealand culture and are reminiscent of retro-style Kiwiana. “I like to create a vintage image that looks as if you found it in the attic or grandma’s suitcase,” says Laire. “My focus is on the feelings of the image and that creates a dreamy quality in my work.” Shelley Adams of Dunedin sells her natural hand made soaps, under the banner of Skin Indulgence. LAIRE PURIK WITH HER PHOTOGRAPHY

Beautifully decorated and shaped like cup cakes her delicious soaps look good enough to eat but are a treat for the skin. “I used to own a bakery now I have moved on to soaps that look like bakery treats but don’t have to be made at four in the morning!” A unique array of hand-felted apparel can be found at June and Graham Cooper’s stall. Travelling from Canterbury they are a welcome addition to the market. “We used to exhibit at The Arts Centre Market in Christchurch but after the earthquake that market closed and now we get to come to this beautiful setting,” says June. “We sell a range of products from slippers to hats and all our scarves are made using merino and silk making them luxurious and soft.” The Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market is open year round and winter hours are from 10.00am to 3:30pm every Saturday.


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– the best in town. Take-away coffee orders can be texted through for a quick turn around if you’re heading up the mountain.

taste homemade when heated and served to dinner Amanda Mulqueen guests at home. British visitors love the authentic Cornish pasties, which smell divine and are packed with tender beef and vegetables and there is a selection of hot stuffed potatoes, vegetable tarts and muffins to enjoy. Pop in and collect half a dozen freshly laid free range eggs, a loaf of fresh ciabatta or a bagel. Make sure you have time to browse the café interior which displays beautiful items from vintage washboards, crockery and china to the latest kitchen accessories, cake plates, aprons and tea towels. Cook’s Store and Deli picnic baskets are perfect for a fresh, yummy lunch to enjoy beside the Arrow River or on Buckingham Green.


Therethis is summer much tois enjoy about the fresh and New a delicious fresh baby spinach organic foods made with love at Vudu Cafés and salad with cherry tomatoes, mint, red onions and the all day winter menus have loadslike of the options for toasted seeds or choose from options beetroot vegetarians and those whosalad are gluten dairy free. and apple salad, potato with and a garlic mint Classic dishes the cashew and chicken dressing and like toasted buckwheat groats noodle or the bowl, haloumi, beetroot and spinach the tabouleh loaded with fresh parsley, red salad onion,and tomato organic steak and lemon mint sandwich dressing. have an almost cult-like following. Freshly made juices, organic loose teas Salads can be served in a bowl, take out salad box (served with cute wooden timers) and smoothies or as part of a spicy, gourmet kebab with a vegetarian are also popular. falafel, chicken or lamb. Also on the menu are chicken, A fine selection of rolls organic lamb and lentil pies, veggie and it’s and hard tolocally ignore produced beers, andcakes. wines are are available, the sweet slices, fig lagers balls and Many gluten the perfect foil for après ski relaxation. Think organic and dairy free. fries, tasty snacks and smaller dishes to wash down Fruit smoothies are made to order and Habebes has with a locally brewed beer or two after a big day on a good selection of fresh juices like Teza, Benger and the hill. Bliss! Allganics and of course excellent Allpress coffee.

devilishly spicy Mexican burger with jalapenos, cheese, Halo chilli sauce and salsa. New this summer is a delicious fresh baby spinach The affordable dinner menu features diverse salad with cherry tomatoes, mint, red onions and choices using quality ingredients. The tender toasted seeds or choose from options like the beetroot Aged Ribeye served with sautéed potato, seasonal and apple salad, potato salad with a garlic mint vegetables and jus is a superb entrée, while fresh dressing and toasted buckwheat groats or the Aoraki Salmon fillet served on a crisp salad of tabouleh loaded with fresh parsley, red onion, tomato baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and avocado with and lemon mint dressing. balsamic dressing is heavenly! Salads can be served in a bowl, take out salad box “We take a lot of pride in offering a reasonably or as part of a spicy, gourmet kebab with a vegetarian priced menu that truly delivers on flavour and falafel, chicken or lamb. Also on the menu are chicken, quality,” says Bruce. “We thought quite carefully lamb and lentil pies, veggie rolls and it’s hard to ignore about the location and design here, and our goal the sweet slices, fig balls and cakes. Many are gluten has been from the outset to entice locals and and dairy free. visitors again and again, with excellent food in an Fruit smoothies are made to order and Habebes has outstanding setting.” a good selection of fresh juices like Teza, Benger and Allganics and of course excellent Allpress coffee.

to see what they’ve come up with. Readily available from the counter for a quick taste homemade when heated and served to dinnerbite or takeaway lunch is a wide-selection of guests at home. tempting sandwiches, salads, sweet and savoury British visitors love the authentic Cornish pasties,muffins and desserts made daily by “the resident which smell divine and are packed with tender beefbaking goddess”. The smoked salmon and avocado and vegetables and there is a selection of hot stuffedsandwich on pumpkin bread is inspired and not to be missed. potatoes, vegetable tarts and muffins to enjoy.

and an tourists, Thevisual Post Office Café has to a walk private Pop in and collect half a dozen freshly laid freeExceptional coffees and a bevy of loose leaf It’s absolute delight delight into boardroom with a hi-tech multi-media and range eggs, a loaf of fresh ciabatta or a bagel. Maketeas like Rooibos Blueberry, Otago Breakfast and this charming, little food outlet where thesystem word on the provides everything from “gourmet boxed” lunches sure you have time to browse the café interior whichDream of Fruits stand on their own or complement street is the food is top notch. to canapés for meetings, cocktail parties and private displays beautiful items from vintage washboards,any meal or sweet treat, like a tasty slice of Sicilian Owner Charlotte Ellis-Cook understands the functions both on and off site. crockery and china to the latest kitchen accessories,Apple Cake, nicely. importance of flavour and her take home meals twisted bread,aprons creamand cheese, avocado and tomato cake plates, tea towels. Style and taste make a café great and the Post The ain-house all-dayServed menu inoffers have big following. easy exceptionally to carry tinfoil with bacon or smoked salmon. The blackboard prepared classics like “Thecannelloni Bene” - eggs benedict andof Cook’s Store and Deli picnic baskets are perfect forOffice Café has more than enough of both to draw containers, the lasagna, and a variety specials change daily and are limited only by the old favourites with a and twistleek like or “The – sweet a fresh, yummy lunch to enjoy beside the Arrow Riverbusinesses, locals and tourists again and again. pies such as chicken richBretzel” beef appear and chef’s imagination. It’s well worth a look every day or on Buckingham Green.


36 36 Queenstown’s Gibbston Valley


The intimate atmosphere at Queenstown’s boutique Lasseters Wharf Casino, where the focus is on a high standard of entertainment and dining, is a world apart from the glitz of Las Vegas.

“The opportunity to win a load of cash is exciting and appealing to many of our regulars as well as visitors. We hand out tickets in the casino and restaurant throughout the day and then have two draws each night. The person whose name is drawn out must be present, and instantly wins $100 and the chance to try and crack the safe. We add $1000 every week and everyone really enjoys the hype.”

Glenn Maiden

The casino opened on Steamer Wharf in 1999 and eighteen months ago took over the neighbouring and well-established 80-seat seafood restaurant merging it into the overall operation. Gaming Manager Glenn Maiden believes the combination of excellent food and entertainment is the key to Lasseters success.

For many people a night at the casino is something of a novelty and the venue often holds community and team-building sessions for local businesses free of charge. “It’s always fun, lets people try their hand and we put on tables that use tournament chips, not live money, with our staff teaching the group the rules of the games,” says Glenn.

“It is a friendly and open venue attracting a wide cross section of people. We cater for families in the restaurant and over 20-year-olds on the casino floor. Our style is relaxed, fun, and friendly, definitely not intimidating. We are very much an entertainment venue, not for high rollers, but more for people wanting a good time. People come here frequently to try their hand for the first time.”

Lasseters has recently undergone a stylish refurbishment with black leather seating and tables refreshing the interior along with dark blue walls and table velvets. With stunning views over Queenstown Bay from two balcony windows and an informal bar serving food and drink until the small hours, Lasseters Wharf Casino is a destination for fun and relaxation, and with a lucky roll of the dice, a chance to crack that safe every night.


Roulette, Black Jack and Caribbean Stud Poker are popular while there is plenty of choice of gaming on the casino floor, with over 70 machines available, offering the latest in game technology. The casino aims to provide innovative games such as Crack the Safe which is a competition that runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a big following.


Many of the world’s leading wine writers and commentators are attending the 2012 central Otago Pinot Noir celebration in Queenstown in January which is an indication of the deep passion generated by the mystique of pinot noir. Their attendance is also a tribute to the standing that Central Otago now enjoys as a producer of this wine. Widely read and influential in their own countries and on the internet some 25 writers join 200 wine and food enthusiasts and 35 importers, distributors and retailers for the event, which since 2000, has become established as one of the most important pinot gatherings on the international wine calendar. They come from the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, many for the third or fourth time, to taste, debate and celebrate the subtleties of pinot noir at lunches, dinners and seminars over three days from January 26-28 For Central Otago winemakers whose products are now exported to over 30 countries, it’s probably the most important annual showcase for their wines. Few other gatherings provide the same focus on a single wine variety in an environment of such mutual enthusiasm. The first commercial release of pinot noir from Central Otago was in 1987. Twenty-five years on – a mere blink in the history of wine – the region is established on the world stage as one of the leading producers of the variety. That it has reached a level of recognition some other wine producing regions have taken centuries to achieve, is thanks to the happy home the demanding pinot noir vine has found in the Central Otago soils and climate.

When I planted some of the first few vines here 30 years ago, pinot noir immediately showed it liked the conditions, growing easily and ripening consistently. Being able to produce quality wine certainly made it easier to put the region on the map. But it didn’t happen without the tireless efforts of producers who collectively and individually travel constantly in New Zealand and throughout the world promoting their products. The 2012 Pinot Celebration features 35 Central Otago wineries who will be showing their excellent 2010 pinot noirs as well as precious older wines from their cellar stock. Dozens of volunteers are required to stage the event and hospitality students from the Queenstown Resort College will help to pour wines at the tastings as well as serving meals at the traditional final night Grand Dinner at Skyline. Other events are held across the region over the three days, including lunches at wineries and leading Queenstown restaurants, and a formal tasting of six premier cru Burgundy wines from 2006. The Burgundy tasting has become an important part of the celebration and as well as a pretext for sampling some exceptional wines it serves as means of putting Central Otago pinot noir into context alongside some of the world’s legendary producers of the variety. The French connection is a growing one with the two regions now involved in an annual student exchange programme. The Burgundy tasting has been arranged by Rippon winemaker Nick Mills with the assistance of Mosaique Bourgogne Internationale, Central Otago’s French partner in the exchange programme.





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Which wine should I buy? That was the question asked by someone I knew as I was browsing in the wine section of a supermarket recently. It might as well have been “which fish should I buy or what should I have for dinner tonight?” As a winemaker I may have learned a bit about assessing and appreciating wine but without knowing someone’s tastes, wine drinking experience and budget, I’m no more qualified to recommend the wine they buy, than I am to suggest which music album or piece of art they should invest in. We were standing in front of the Shiraz section so I suggested a $13.99 special from a reliable South Australian producer. It was a very good price for a wine I have had before and she bought two bottles. I hope she enjoyed them. On the other hand a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Shiraz grapes – a very easy drinking one at that – may simply have been the wrong choice for her taste or the occasion on which she planned to open it. The point I’m trying to make is that the range of varieties, vintages, styles and prices today is vast and supermarket wine buying can be ‘hit or miss’ unless you know what you are looking for. Unlike specialist wine shops there is no-one there to provide advice. To Ameliabased Gain on a large extent you are makingLucy yourand purchase price or whatever knowledge you have of the region

Thai fusion tapas popular as an accompaniment to the extensive wine list and cocktail menu. Central Otago winemakers and wine experts can or producer. And the surveys tell us a lot of people regularly be found tasting top wines in the relaxed buy wine because they like the label design – not a surroundings of The Spire’s No5 Church Lane reliable guide to value or quality. Restaurant and Bar. But the occasional wine drinker with little knowledge “They come here to drink the older vintages that of varieties or styles should take comfort from the fact we’ve managed to get our hands on. There’s a sense that even winemakers and serious collectors are faced of sophistication in the bar, but we attract a broad with the same dilemma when confronted with wines cross section of young and older clients.” they have never heard of. They can rely on the blurb The Spire staffshelf have reputation for their pinned to the or athey can follow a fewcreative simple cocktail making skills. The bar features top line spirits, rules. including Angostora 1824 dark rum and 23-year-old The most important is to have a plan, an idea of what Ron Zacapa, sourced in Australia. sort of wine you are looking for and how much you Thaiafford head chef, Suranalong Jaipong (‘Pieak’) who has can to spend. Do some research. There are joined The Spire from Christchurch has put his stamp endless wine columns and reviews in print and on the on the food creating his own opinions curry pastes from scratch internet which will provide about vintages, and presenting his dishes a mouth-watering producers and specific wines.with If you find a writer or to you detail. aattention magazine think you can trust make some notes The take Spire haswith alsoyou diversified into functions for and them to the supermarket or wine up to 80 people and conferencing providing a wellshop. appointed, upmarket boardroom and out-ofBe prepared to experiment and for be local prepared to be town groups. If you are a beginner don’t assume disappointed! Lucybecause and Amelia have on their side both putting that a wine isyouth $50 you are going to enjoy it. in long hours ensure they some achieve thesubtleties exacting The chances aretoyou will miss of its standards they set for themselves and the characteristics that justify and that their priceniche tag. hotelinternational – qualities undoubtedly by the World The economic recognised crisis has ensured that TravelisAward judges. of good wines on the market at there any number

keen prices. Cultivate a relationship with wine shop assistants so that they can guide you and you will find that your palate becomes more sophisticated. Enjoying wine is about the adventure of new flavours and aromas, storing memories of tastes and food and wine matches, learning to appreciate the subtleties of texture and structure of different grape varieties and regions and the fingerprint of different winemakers. Whether we are consumers or winemakers we are all on the same journey of discovery in a landscape of infinite variety and interest. Which wine should I buy?



Above: Rata Restaurant

Below right: Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton. Photos by Daz Caulton


The launch of Queenstown’s newest restaurant, Rata, was a talking point in the resort long before the doors opened in May and celebrity chef Josh Emett and Queenstown business woman Fleur Caulton have not disappointed, living up to their reputations for providing exceptional hospitality.

capturing a New Zealand flavour which is inspired by our environment,” says Fleur. “The name Rata appropriately reflects our overall concept. The idea has been to create that ‘hard to find’ real New Zealand restaurant experience providing a relaxed dining room, great service and delicious food.“

Josh, who is a four star Michelin chef and MasterChef New Zealand judge joined forces with Fleur, founder of Solera Restaurant in Queenstown and former General Manager of Amisfield Wine Company, to open Rata in downtown Queenstown creating a new standard in dining in the resort.

Rata has been inundated with bookings since its launch attracting widespread local support as well as considerable interest from visitors who recognise the Josh Emett name.

Josh worked for almost eleven years with the international Gordon Ramsay restaurant group, and in addition to overseeing North American operations as Executive Chef at the London New York and West Hollywood restaurants, he has been Head Chef at the renowned Savoy Grill and more recently opened Gordon Ramsay’s first two restaurants in Australia. Fleur, who at the age of 21 launched the successful Solera Restaurant in Queenstown, establishing it as a distinctive dining spot, has had a high profile as General Manager of the Amisfield Wine Company since it opened in 2003. She is credited with the outstanding success of the internationally-acclaimed wine label and the award winning Amisfield Bistro and has now turned her skills to the new venture. “Rata is a stylish and ‘edgy’ neighbourhood restaurant,

“We understand the Queenstown market and know we have to be broad-thinking about our customer base,” says Fleur. “Rata is not a fine dining establishment and what we want is for people to feel comfortable here and enjoy a friendly Kiwi New Zealand experience.” The 80-seat restaurant in the Ngai Tahu complex in Ballarat Street includes indoor and courtyard dining and has a chic decor of stone, steel and glass combined with recycled rimu walls, an extensive polished concrete bar and a stunning pictorial feature wall showcasing the Rata theme. The Rata menu ranges from tasty “bites” to “feasts” and is inspired by flavours from the surrounding environment. “The emphasis is on what Central Otago and the surrounding regions have to offer, and people eating at Rata can expect elegant, well-balanced and inspired cuisine,” Josh says.



Eichardt’s Nostalgic charm Eichardt’s Hotel in Queenstown was one of the town’s first hotels developed during the 1860s gold rush. Today it has been transformed into a quality boutique hotel with a reputation for its world class accommodation, food and wine. Penny Simpson reports.

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The elegant accommodation is located upstairs while downstairs the chic bar has a comfortable array of stylish fireside tables and leather seating. The bar is open to the public and is a popular locals’ haunt. Breakfast and lunch are served in the bar or in the upstairs parlour for guests staying in one of the five lavishly attired suites. New Year’s Eve celebrations to welcome in 2012 will be held in the parlour overlooking the revelries in downtown Queenstown. Executive Chef Gwen Harvie, who has worked in Michelin-starred and multi-award-winning restaurants in New Zealand and overseas, focuses on seasonal flavours in her distinctive menus. Below: Wai Waterfront Restaurant

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“We source fresh produce as much as possible and the menu does change throughout each season. There is a nice balance of textural, flavoursome food that’s appealing to most people.” Chicken and fresh asparagus risotto, Hereford beef salad, beetroot, walnut and blue cheese salad and Eichardt’s famous signature dish, the seafood chowder

bar and recycled wooden floors offset by chocolate and cream textured walls. A stunning 120 globe light pendant creates a sophisticated ambience backdropped by commissioned artworks by local artist Simon Morrison Deaker. Competence in the kitchen comes naturally to Martin. He began his career in the New Zealand Army, gaining experience travelling and cooking in remote locations and serving high ranking personnel, providing him with the professional base to launch his exceptional cooking and management skills. “I’m driven and excited by the food we create at Wai because it’s a clever and creative process that my entire team is involved with. We invest a lot of time and energy into each individual dish from the conception through to the final flourish and delivery to table which is hugely satisfying.”

Wai Waterfront Restaurant’s executive chef, Martin James, is one of Queenstown’s most experienced and acclaimed restaurateurs and his exemplary modern cuisine style and meticulousness is widely recognised. Together with business partners Alex Boyes, Jan Rae and Megan James , Martin owns and operates four Queenstown outlets - Wai, Finz, Bella Cucina and the Post Office Café. “Wai is our signature restaurant and one that we are rightly very proud of. This year we celebrate ten years of fine dining success, a legacy that would not be possible without our highly talented team of chefs, kitchen and front of house personnel,” says Martin. “Our guests are from all over the world and we take care and consideration to showcase the local and seasonal flavours of New Zealand.” Wai has a four star rating from Cuisine magazine underlining its status as a leading Queenstown restaurant. Its location overlooking Lake Wakatipu is the ideal setting for the elegant dining room which features a sleek and highly polished, black slate

The Wai winter menu introduces dishes infused by regional flavours and molecular twists that intrigue and delight. Both the entrée and main selections run eight to ten dishes deep and the choice is almost bewildering. Consider Squid Ink Risotto served on a delicate porcelain plate, topped with a silver dome lid, to capture the delicious woody smoked flavours that permeate the dish. Sweetbreads served on a Sumac biscuit with a parsley and lemon jelly are melt-in-the mouth creamy, stimulating the taste buds and wow the palate and the superb Confit of Salmon served with pumpernickel, pickled lemon, oyster cream and sesame cracker, is a masterful delicate Japanese inspired dish. Martin’s unique menu is matched with one of the Wakatipu’s finest wine lists. Furthermore Wai is for everyone to enjoy. “Wai is fine dining but this is also resort dining where you can come in wearing your ski jacket or jeans and feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s all about the experience of enjoying the best food and wine we have to offer.”

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The Forge Building, 35 Camp Street TEL: +64 3 442 5232

The Gallery is located in central Queenstown at The Forge Building, 35 Camp Street (Opposite the Clock Tower Information Centre).

Ivan Clarke is well-known for his powerful landscape paintings that capture the spirit of New Zealand’s untouched wilderness. The Gallery showcases these works along with his celebrated Lonely Dog™ art collection.

Home of the original Lonely Dog ™ art collection Created by local artist Ivan Clarke, this whimsical world and story is now set to move to a much wider audience as developments are under way for a Hollywood movie and this year the world release of the novel. This is an entertainment legacy in the making. Come and view the celebrated Lonely Dog Art collection along with the bronze sculptures developed by Sir Richard Taylor

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