Queenstown

Girls’ Skate Night

Sunday evening marked the premier of Site Trampoline’s Girls Skate Night. With the weather presenting less than ideal conditions the success of the event was at first looking questionable. Though with a promise of popcorn and a “chick flick” numbers inevitably came trickling through the door.

Continue reading  

Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner

I sit here and have to take a moment to take it it all in. Infront of me the beautiful Lady of the Lake; The Earnslaw toots it’s horn, people meander around the shoreline marvelling at the pink sunset infront of us and a gorgeous concoction of smells from the bbq behind me meanders towards my nostrils.

Continue reading  

Queenstown’s MajorDomo brings Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary to the luxury international tourism market

Queenstown-based accommodation and concierge company MajorDomo is introducing an exclusive-use hosted experience at the Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary to the luxury international tourism market. It will feature rustic yet stylish accommodation sleeping up to 12 guests and an array of private guided and hosted experiences at Mahu Whenua – over 550 square km (200 square miles) of …

Continue reading  

Dart River Jet Locals’ Weekend

Leading tourism operator Dart River Jet is inviting Wakatipu locals to experience the wonders of the Dart River Valley and stunning Mt Aspiring National Park, as part of its annual Locals’ Weekend on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October 2016.

Continue reading  

Shotover Canyon Fox ‘coins it’ for local charity

The tourism superstars held two popular fundraising events, seeing adrenalin junkies jump for the price of a few gold coins on the new Shotover Canyon Fox, with all proceeds going to the charity. Over 130 Queenstowners attended the ever-popular Locals Weekends to experience the gnarly ‘Zipline/Flying Fox with freefall’. Thrillseekers paid just $35 each, including free GoPro footage, and a …

Continue reading  

Lawton brings science and wide resource management experience to Otago Regional Council election

Nominated by Alistair Porter of Queenstown and Clair Higginson of Alexandra, Lawton says long-term sustainable development is her priority, a view she shares with her nominators. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) exists to ‘promote the sustainable development and enhancement of Otago’s resources working to ensure that these unique resources are used in a way that preserves them for future generations’ …

Continue reading  

Queenstown’s newest dining experience is ‘all fired up’ to open this week

Long-established hospitality group, Wai Dining Group, have spent six weeks renovating the historic Eureka House in the Mall and developing a unique menu that’s ‘flavored by fire’. There’s over sixty items on the all-day menu, inspired by pit masters and kitchens from around the globe. The dishes will carry a distinctive smoky flavour that comes from being cooked ‘low and …

Continue reading  

Drag racers hit the streets for Downtown Day

Competing for the title of The Hits 90.4 Drag Queen involved sashaying across the stage, hurdling hay bales, hula hooping and applying make-up resulting in the eventual winners appearing more than a little worse for wear once they finally reached the podium. “Each year I am lost for words to describe the flurry of wigs, lipstick, stilettos and fishnet stockings …

Continue reading  

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival Lights up Clear Southern Skies

Lisa Buckingham, American Express Queenstown Winter Festival Director said the American Express Opening Party and Fireworks was always a great night as months of organizing came together in a spectacular display. “Clear skies and a large crowd of families and friends enjoying the American Express Opening Night and Fireworks is what makes it all magical for me,” said Lisa Buckingham. …

Continue reading  

Wakatipu junior rugby gets boost from Skyline Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown has sponsored the jerseys for the entire junior club, as well as providing Gondola and Luge rides as prizes for the most committed player of each team every week for the next six years. Thirteen teams ranging from Under 7s to Under 13 open grades will wear the Wakatipu light blue and dark blue strip. Where there are …

Continue reading  

360 New Zealand partners with Flightcontroller on South Island exclusive aerial imagery

A Queenstown and Wanaka-based digital media company has become one of a select few South Island aerial imagery businesses recently qualified to provide the highest level of services to clients across New Zealand. 360 New Zealand Ltd is excited to announce a new partnership with Flightcontroller Ltd, a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recognised company which holds the necessary approvals to …

Continue reading  

TEDxQueenstown 2016: Interpretations of Connexions and one truly standout talk!

The theme for the 2016 TEDxQueenstown was Connexions. On the buildup to this year’s event I was asked about this theme a number of times, my answer being; “It’s Conexions… interpret how you will!” Connecting with what or whom? Is it family and friends? Work colleagues possibly? Or maybe it’s the natural environment or unseen world of spirituality. Knowing the …

Continue reading  

Tickets on sale for DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown

Renowned as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event, hundreds of gay men and women will converge on Queenstown between August 27 and September 3 for a week-long celebration of skiing, socialising and fun-fuelled evenings. Organisers Sally and Mandy Whitewoods described this week’s event calendar as “action-packed”, with new events and some familiar favourites returning. “Gay Ski Week QT is …

Continue reading  

Endurance specialists sprint to victory at 2016 Merrell Tour de Wakatipu

Richard Dunnett from Suffolk, England finished joint first with road racing specialist Luke Macpherson from Invercargill after a dead heat in the men’s elite category, whilst Ronel Cook from Dunedin dominated the women’s elite field. They headed around 200 other elite, sport and recreational competitors who took part in the eighth – and possibly last – annual trail ride. A …

Continue reading  

Brendon McCullum leads the charge in trans-Tasman challenge during BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

The current Black Caps captain and world renowned batsman will represent New Zealand in a trans-Tasman ANZ Celebrity Challenge as part of the BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. The Challenge will be played concurrently with the Open, seeing a 4-man Australian celebrity team (captained by Allan Border) go head to head in match-play against the 4-man New Zealand celebrity …

Continue reading  

New scholarship scheme to recognise young rural athletes and help preserve traditional sports

The scheme recognises each individual’s outstanding potential and provides grants of $1,000 towards their ongoing education and development as rural sports competitors. Further awards will be made annually. The first five recipients of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Youth Scholarships are David Cook (New Zealand Arboricultural Association) aged 24 from Nelson; Jack Fagan (Shearing Sports New Zealand), 23 from …

Continue reading  

Stunning Queenstown Park Station to Open for Community Ride

The free recreational mountain bike ride is intended to be relaxed and non-competitive (as opposed to a timed race) and will take riders on a 14km one-way journey from Boyd Road to Chard Farm through rolling open country between the foot of The Remarkables mountain range and the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to open …

Continue reading  

Queenstown and Wanaka Ski Racers Compete for Trofeo Borrufa

Trofeu Borrufa is an international junior ski competition for children in U14 and U16 age categories, which is held annually in Andorra. Each year approximately 30 countries compete in this prestigious racing event. Each participating country can field a team of up to 10 racers. Andorra, as host nation and neighbouring Spain and France are allowed to send two teams. …

Continue reading  

Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park celebrates 30th anniversary

Invercargill-born Dick Wilson and his wife Noeleen moved to Queenstown in the 1950s with their family and opened the first garage and shop in Frankton. Twenty years later, Dick, a remarkable visionary, noticed that customers at his garage were increasingly asking where they could see New Zealand’s famous icon the kiwi. An animal lover who was passionate about nature and …

Continue reading  

Historic Bendemeer Woolshed to become an ‘iconic’ cellar door with wine pioneer’s acquisition

Hay – a founder of renowned award-winning Chard Farm and Peregrine wine labels – has recently purchased The Woolshed to be the home of his new label, Wet Jacket. Named after Wet Jacket Arm in Dusky Sound, Fiordland National Park, the boutique label will have four varieties – pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and rosé – sourced from grapes grown …

Continue reading  

Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park opens new reptile wing

Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park has this week opened a brand-new reptile wing to house its collection of rare and endangered wildlife. The yet-to-be-named reptile facility will be the park’s new home for tuatara and critically endangered Otago and Grand skinks, designed specifically for their needs as they grow into adults. With an average life expectancy of over 100 years and …

Continue reading  

Huck Yeah time at Queenstown Bike Park

This past winter the team at Skyline Mountain Biking and Queenstown Mountain Bike Club put their mammoth efforts into trail upgrades at the Queenstown Bike Park, including changes to Vertigo, Thundergoat, Grundy, Original and the latest addition to the park… Huck Yeah! 360 got up there last week for our first ride of the summer and we were certainly not …

Continue reading  

Riding Corotown for the first time!

A few weeks back, a couple of us at 360 decided to dedicate a whole Sunday to the sole purpose of getting dirty on two wheels in Queenstown. Having spent the morning working on our pedaling fitness around 7 Mile, it was time to switch into lazy mode and enjoy more downhill riding and less uphill… In steps the shuttling …

Continue reading  

Four Queenstown AccorHotels only New Zealand properties to offer more benefits with new MyResorts programme

The MyResorts programme launched this week in over 100 resorts across Asia Pacific, extending from private villas designed for romance to sprawling beachside resorts for family fun. For New Zealand, it’s the four AccorHotels properties in ever popular Queenstown that fit the bill. Hotel St Moritz, Sofitel Queenstown, the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside and Mercure Queenstown Resort are the only hotels …

Continue reading  

Queenstown's favourite obstacle course gears up for Halloween spectacular

The Mule is back! Queenstown’s popular all-terrain obstacle course is back for a Halloween spectacular, taking place on October 31 2015 at stunning Moke Lake. Returning for the fourth time, The Mule is a Queenstown adventure like no other, combining mud, rivers, mixed terrain and hard-core obstacles, challenging even the toughest of individuals and teams. Teams or individuals can take …

Continue reading  

Mind Blowing Performances at The North Face Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain Finals

The 2015 The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand wrapped up in spectacular style today with the three star Freeride World Qualifier ski and snowboard Big Mountain Finals. The steep and exposed terrain of the Alta Chutes at Queenstown’s The Remarkables Ski Area once again provided the perfect venue for what the judges described as some “mind blowing” action. …

Continue reading  

The North Face Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain Qualifiers Highest Level of Competition Seen in NZ According to Freeride World Tour Judge

Qualifying rounds for The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand Big Mountain were held today in Shadow Basin at Queenstown’s The Remarkables Ski Area. With Freeride World Qualifier tour points available to snowboarders as well as skiers for the first time in the event’s 11 year history the start list boasted a strong international line up. Adding extra motivation …

Continue reading  

Crowne Plaza Queenstown team plants over 50 native trees in one day

The Queenstown lakefront property recently celebrated a special week with its sister hotels around the world as part of IHG Corporate Responsibility Week. This year the hotel chose to partner with the local Wakatipu Reforestation Trust (WRT) to make a difference by planting over 50 native trees at Peace Park reserve on the Frankton foreshore. Crowne Plaza Queenstown Administration Executive …

Continue reading  

Gold Medal for Adam Hall at IPC Snow Sports NZ National Slalom Champs

Queenstown, New Zealand (27 August2015) – New Zealand Paralympian Adam Hall today claimed his second gold medal for the NZ season, winning the Snow Sports NZ National Championship Slalom at Coronet Peak ski area near Queenstown.

NZ Paralympians Adam Hall and Corey Peters were amongst a small international field of 22 competitors to compete on the Outwide course at the Rocky Gully Arena.  

Adam, who specialises in the Slalom discipline, looked at home attacking the tight technical course and stopped the clock on 42.31s to lead the men’s standing field after run one.

“It’s a quick course, you need to be smart with the entry and exit for those tight combinations (of gates). I felt pretty aggressive in my run, I just need to keep attacking and reducing any mistakes,” he explained. 

Corey Peters was the first of the sit skiers to take to the course, posting a fast first run time of 43.98s. When main rival Tyler Walker of the USA posted a DNF immediately afterwards it looked as though the pressure might be off the Kiwi. However, last skier to run, Korean Sang Min Han, had other ideas, speeding through the finish to match Corey’s time of 43.98s and hold the joint lead after the first run.

The Korean Paralympian won a silver medal in giant slalom at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. Although he has not competed on the IPC circuit in recent years, podium results in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom at IPCAS Southern Hemisphere Cups Slalom held on Monday and Tuesday as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ suggest that he is still one to watch.

Run two got underway after a course re-set, with run order reversed so the fastest racers were last to take to the gates.

When Australian skier Mitchell Gourlay – second after run one – made an error and skied out of his second run, Adam Hall’s gold medal in the standing category never really looked to be under threat. The Kiwi skied home for the win in a combined time of 1:26.76, second placed James Stanton (USA) over six seconds back in a time of 1:33.31s and Great Britain’s James Whitley third in 1:34.10s.

“The second run was a lot better than the first and I was able to give more oomph,” explained Adam. “The course was full of different combinations of gates and that worked well for me. I’m happy with my performance and happy with where I’m at with my training. Now it’s about getting stronger and stronger and building progression.”

The technical course set found less favour with the sit skiers and the attrition rate was high. Corey Peters and Sang Min Han were the last two racers in their category but neither was able to make it through the course, Corey straddling a gate in the mid-section and posting a DNF.

Han’s team mate Chi Won Lee claimed the win for the men’s sitting category in a time of 1:37.91s. Ben Sneesby (GBR) finished second on 1:45.16 and Aaron Howell third on 1:58.48s.

Patrick Jensen (AUS) was the only competitor in the men’s visually impaired class and finished in a time of 2:07.71s. Melanie Schwarz (USA) competing in the women’s standing, was the only female competitor to finish two runs and posted a combined time of 1:56.35s

Full results here

Ends

Image: Adam Hall 

For further information follow us on social media:

Facebook.com/snowsportsnz

Instagram: snowsportsnz

Twitter: snowsports_nz

Continue reading  

New Zealand Paralympian Adam Hall wins slalom gold at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

Prominent New Zealand paralympian Adam Hall has stamped his name on yet another Audi quattro Winter Games NZ slalom title after romping home to win the gold medal in today’s International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing (IPCAS) Southern Hemisphere Cup at Coronet Peak near Queenstown. Hall who is ranked fourth in the world in the slalom standing category won back-to-back slalom …

Continue reading  

US superstars win spectacular Coronet Peak Night Slalom during Audi quattro Winter Games NZ opening ceremony

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 were officially launched at Coronet Peak Ski Area near Queenstown tonight. A huge crowd gathered for the opening which featured a world-class dual slalom under floodlights and saw US Sochi Winter Olympic gold medallists and World Champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety take out the honours. The Coronet Peak Night Slalom was an overwhelming …

Continue reading  

US Olympic Gold Medallist Ted Ligety flies in for the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Opening Night Dual Slalom at Coronet Peak

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 dual night slalom at Coronet Peak on Friday 21 August has leapt to another level with confirmation that current Olympic giant slalom gold medallist and World Champion giant slalom title holder, American ace Ted Ligety, will be in the start gates. “Ligety joins fellow countrywoman Mikaela Shiffrin, who is the Sochi slalom gold …

Continue reading  

Southern Discoveries named Operator of the Year 2015

Premier South Island tourism company Southern Discoveries has been named Operator of the Year 2015 at the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand Awards (TECNZ). Delivering exceptional tourism experiences in Queenstown and Fiordland, Southern Discoveries is a joint winner of the award, which was announced in Dunedin at the annual awards ceremony on Monday night. Inbound tour operators selected the …

Continue reading  

Queenstown's The Landing has nationwide appeal

Queenstown’s newest shopping centre is drawing in businesses and shoppers from all over the country, as The Landing continues to expand the town’s retail offering. Located in Frankton close to Queenstown airport and Remarkables Park retail centre, The Landing opened in December 2014 and has so far welcomed new tenants from as far as Australia, Auckland and Christchurch. Director Lindsay …

Continue reading  

Euro Carve Pano at The Remarkables

We’ve been out on the snow shooting lots of 360 degree panoramas lately, with the goal of expanding our virtual tours of the local ski resorts. Last week we were at The Remarkables on a gorgeous blue-bird day making the most of the recent chairlift upgrade, The Curvey Basin. We shot a bunch of new 360 panos, including this euro …

Continue reading  

World Number One Slalom Exponent on Show at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 Opening Ceremony at Coronet Peak

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 is counting down to a spectacular opening ceremony at Coronet Peak ski area near Queenstown on 21 August, which will feature American alpine superstar Mikaela Shiffrin competing in a full field of international athletes, in a night dual slalom race under floodlights. CEO Arthur Klap said attracting someone of Shiffrin’s calibre underlines the …

Continue reading  

Podium Finish for Piera Hudson and Willis Feasey at Coronet Cup Slalom

Queenstown, New Zealand (12 August 2015) – New Zealand Alpine Ski Team members Piera Hudson (Hawke’s Bay/Wanaka) and Willis Feasey (Twizel) rounded out a successful four days of racing, both claiming podium spots in the Coronet Cup Slalom held at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today. 

“It’s been a fantastic four days of racing,” said Willis who claimed the national titles in Giant Slalom and Slalom earlier in the week and made a significant improvement in his Giant Slalom world ranking moving from 190 to 105. 

The women were the first to tackle today’s slalom course which was set on the Outwide run. 12 racers fell foul of the technical set and failed to finish but the New Zealand women held strong, with 10 Kiwis successfully making it down the course and qualifying for a second run start. 

Piera Hudson carried the form which had seen her successfully defend her titles in the Slalom and Giant Slalom at the start of the week, putting together a good run to hold second place for the first run. 

Run two for the women got underway after a course reset. Piera started out strong but killed her speed coming off the pitch and lost some time, dropping back in the rankings to finish third overall in a time of 1:40.06s. 

Kristine Haugen (Norway) took the win in a time of 1:38.29s, Sabina Majerczyk was second in 1:39.93s. 

Frustrated with her slight mistake on the second run but nevertheless pleased to make the podium, Piera said that she was happy with her results over four days of racing at Coronet Peak. 

“It’s been a really good way to sharpen our focus for the rest of the season,” says Piera’s coach Jonny Rice. Piera will now travel to Australia to compete at Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) races before returning to New Zealand to compete at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. 

In the men’s race Willis Feasey also made a convincing start, laying down the third fastest time for run one. 

“The course suited me,” he explains. “It was quite open which meant you could carry speed into each turn.” 

Holding on to that same speed and feeling confident from the previous days’ results, Willis stepped things up a gear for run two. His overall time of 1:30.84 pushed him up to finish second overall behind Marc Gini (SUI) on 1:28.91. Semyel Bissig (SUI) finished third on 1:30.95s. 

Willis will also now compete at ANC races in Australia and the Winter Games NZ alongside NZ Alpine Ski Team mates Nick Prebble and Adam Barwood.

Full results can be found here

Ends

For further information follow us on social media:

Facebook.com/snowsportsnz

Instagram: snowsportsnz

Twitter: snowsports_nz

Continue reading  

Free screenings and 48-hour competition for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro has a fresh image this year, with an entirely free week-long event hosting creative and outstanding true-life international and New Zealand adventure films, in the Queenstown and Wanaka Games Villages. Winter Games NZ Festival Manager Malcolm Blakey said the support from GoPro has made it possible to …

Continue reading  

Piera Hudson and Willis Feasey Defend National GS Titles

Congratulations to Piera Hudson and Willis Feasey on defending their national titles in the Giant Slalom on day one of the New Zealand Alpine National Championships hosted by Coronet Peak, the official ski area partner of the New Zealand Alpine Ski Team. Full results can be found here Snow Sports NZ represents the interests of skiing, snowboarding and other snow …

Continue reading  

Queenstown-based tourism internet company expands service nationwide

A merger of two of the country’s dedicated tourism ‘hotspot’ and internet access providers will see a Queenstown-based company expand to servicing 400 tourism hotspots nationwide. Queenstown’s HeadQuarters Network Consultancy Ltd (HQ) has officially bought The Internet Access Company Ltd (IAC). The move will add HQ’s Southern Lakes staff, offices and resources in Queenstown to the existing IAC team based …

Continue reading  

Virtual Tour for Outside Sports Queenstown

Outside Sports’ new, rather impressive store in Queenstown has been open for a few months already. Haven’t been to check it out yet? Well now you can even if you’re not in the area; here’s a 3-stop virtual tour we shot for them last week… Your browser does not support iframes. The new flagship Outside Sports store is especially spacious. …

Continue reading  

Gay Ski Week Queenstown

I am shouting this from the rooftops, from the top of my car, from inside the fridge (the actual fridge, not the one I call my home) “I LOVE GAY SKI WEEK QUEENSTOWN.” All it represents, all it does, all the hard work that it takes to bring it here to this small town that many of us call home. …

Continue reading  

Central Otago and Southern Lakes schools weigh in with support for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ is spearheading a diverse programme aimed at involving school students in this year’s event, being staged in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby, and there has been widespread take up from almost 20 schools in the region. Schools Project Manager Jo Guest said there has been an excellent response across the board following on from a successful …

Continue reading  

New mouth-watering winter menu at Queenstown's Lombardi restaurant

Award-winning restaurant Lombardi in Queenstown’s premier boutique hotel, Hotel St Moritz, has launched a mouth-watering new winter menu. Designed and created by executive chef Avi Yochay, the menu boasts fresh, locally-sourced produce, complemented by a variety of diverse cultural influences aimed to warm and tantalise during these cold winter months. The winter menu includes brand new dishes and returning Lombardi …

Continue reading  

Queenstown - there's snow-where better to be for school holidays

There’s snow-where better to be than Queenstown right now – with New Zealand’s most popular ski resort town buzzing with snow fever. A fresh dump of light-as-air powder has perfectly timed its arrival, as Queenstown welcomes school holidaymakers from across the country and across the ditch. Marking the second week of the Australian school holidays and the first weekend of …

Continue reading  

New homes and yoga centre coming to award-winning Millbrook Resort

Luxury home and land packages on offer at Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort tell the continuing success story of a development boom driven by increased business confidence. The Pioneers is an exciting new eight-home hamlet to be positioned on four elevated north-facing terraces overlooking the resort’s Coronet Nine golf course. Designed by architects Mason and Wales and complemented by award-winning landscape design …

Continue reading  

Multisport Legend Steve Gurney Wins Auckland Airport Suitcase Race on Coronet Peak

Dressed as “Turbo The Racing Snail” nine times Coast to Coast winner Steve Gurney took top honours in the adrenaline filled Auckland Airport Suitcase Race held this afternoon in perfect snow conditions on Coronet Peak. Held as part of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, the race saw competitors ride their suitcases down one of the steepest downhill runs trying …

Continue reading  

Opening Weeks of Winter 2015 in Photos

What an unreal start to the 2015 winter season! Six weeks ago, when Queenstown and Wanaka saw it’s first decent snow fall for 2015, you would hear the usual “snow in May never stays” phrase. But this time it did! Apart from a very short, warm/wet spell at the start of June, the ski resorts of Queenstown and Wanaka have …

Continue reading  

Dogs Rule The Day at the DB Export Dog Derby

High Country sheep dogs and suburban pure breeds shared centre stage today as their owners raced them down the fresh powder snow of Coronet Peak in the DB Export Dog Derby, part of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. The DB Export Dog Derby saw tough working dogs and pampered pooches race down the slopes, sometimes with their owners in …

Continue reading  

Queenstown's Top Businessman Strut Their Feminine Stuff at The Hits 90.4 Drag Race

The great and the good of the Queenstown business world came out today to stun the world with their feminine side at the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival for the infamous The Hits 90.4 Drag Race. Fishnet stockings, neon pink boas and high heels replaced the normally conservative, and warmer, business attire favoured by the town’s top Chief Executives. The …

Continue reading  

Queenstown Celebrates Winter as Festival Breaks Records

Queenstown could see multiple records broken following a stellar start to the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. Coronet Peak has reported a 50% increase in skiers up on the slopes for the first weekend of the Festival, while virtually all Festival events have seen record, sell-out crowds. Bright sunshine and deep snow on the mountains have proved to be a …

Continue reading  

Key research outlines a bright future for Central Otago's wine industry

Results from a survey of wine tourists in Central Otago are being described as “invaluable” by leading winegrowers in the region. Lincoln University has just released the results of a survey carried out last summer at 17 of Central Otago’s top cellar doors. The results provide positive insights into the characteristics, habits and perceptions of wine tourists in the region, …

Continue reading  

2015 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival Gets Off To An Explosive Start

Clear, starry skies and snow covered mountains were the setting for Prime Minister John Key to launch the 2015 American Express Opening Party and Fireworks in front of over 10,000 lakeside festival goers this evening. Yesterday’s heavy snow gave way to bright sunshine for the first day of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, the southern hemisphere’s biggest winter celebration. …

Continue reading  

Snow dump delivers epic powder day at Coronet Peak

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak was all big smiles and fantastic conditions as the ski area delivered a “perfect powder day” today. Ski area manager Ross Copland said he’d been “waiting for a day like this for three years” as this week’s heavy snow falls blanketed the mountain with fresh snow. “We were really thrilled to see the aftermath of the snow …

Continue reading  

The Remarkables ski area delays scheduled opening

The Remarkables has reluctantly delayed its ski area opening scheduled for Saturday (June 20) while it carries out final preparations to its new base building. NZSki CEO Paul Anderson said it was disappointing to be so close to opening the multi-million-dollar building but the top priority was to ensure the building was properly completed and certified for public use. “The …

Continue reading  

Grab the best view in town for Queenstown Winter Festival with Southern Discoveries

Queenstown tourism company Southern Discoveries is offering the best view in the house for this Friday’s (June 19) American Express Queenstown Winter Festival opening party. Revellers can escape the crowds by boarding the Spirit of Queenstown vessel and watching the fireworks display from a prime viewing location on Lake Wakatipu. The ‘party within the party’ includes bubbles on arrival, live …

Continue reading  

Opening Weekend for 2015 Winter Season

Both Cardrona and Coronet Peak opened their doors for the first days of the season this past weekend, and while the weather put a few hurdles in the path on Saturday, Sunday was a stunner! Team 360 managed to get up Cardrona for a run on the Saturday before the wind picked up a little too much and the lifts …

Continue reading  

The snow is back at Queenstown's Coronet Peak ski area

Gale force winds and heavy rain earlier this week haven’t dampened the spirit of ski area manager Ross Copland ahead of Coronet Peak’s scheduled opening this Saturday. “Although it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, Coronet Peak is a very resilient mountain and it’s amazing to see how quickly the weather can turn things around,” he said. “We have …

Continue reading  

Give your conference the adrenaline buzz with KJet

The world’s first commercial Jet boat company, KJet offers a high-speed, adrenalin packed Jet boating experience for conference and incentive groups visiting Queenstown. Established in 1960, and still locally owned and operated, KJet offers groups one of the most unique and thrilling “welcome to Queenstown” activities available. KJet is all about action, adrenalin and the absolute buzz of Jet boating. …

Continue reading  

Full steam ahead for The Remarkables new base building

The wait is almost over! There are only two weeks to go until The Remarkables ski area’s scheduled opening in Queenstown on June 20, and the highly-anticipated unveiling of its new base building. The striking new building is taking shape and progressing well, with the construction and management team working 24/7 in all weather conditions to get it over the …

Continue reading  

Property management professional wins highest industry accolade

A Queenstown businesswoman has been named top New Zealand’s top property manager in a national competition. Katrina Roberts, senior property manager at Queenstown-based property management company Housemart, has taken home the coveted award for ‘Property Manager of the Year’ at the 2015 Leading Property Manager of New Zealand Awards for Excellence. Katrina has been involved in property management for more …

Continue reading  

Snowmaking starts early at The Remarkables

Snowmaking at The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown has started ahead of schedule as the country gears up for what’s set to be a great start to winter, with The Remarkables on target to open on June 20. A huge dump of natural snow earlier this week combined with low temperatures has provided a great opportunity to fire up the …

Continue reading  

Winter arrives with a bang at Queenstown's ski areas

The latest southerly storm has given Queenstown’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables the best possible start to winter with up to half a metre of snow blanketing both ski areas. Staff at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables found themselves knee-deep in fresh powder this morning. NZSki CEO Paul Anderson said the snow was perfectly timed for Queenstown’s winter preparations. “This …

Continue reading  

What's in a glass? Austrian Glass Maker designs a Glass for Central Otago Pinot Noir

Austrian Riedel Crystal, widely recognised as the world’s leading wine glass producer, has unveiled a striking stemmed glass designed specifically to emphasise the attributes of Central Otago Pinot Noir. The glass was shown to winemakers, retailers and restaurant operators at an official unveiling and tasting at the Queenstown Hilton Hotel yesterday (May 21). Riedel’s Australasian managing director Mark Baulderstone said …

Continue reading  

Queenstown businesses win major Chinese business award

Two of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Queenstown based businesses have been instrumental in helping the national tourism operator win the Excellence in Tourism award at this year’s HSBC New Zealand China Trade Association Business Awards. Dart River Jet has undergone significant change in the last three years after developing experiences specifically for the Chinese market, according to Chief Executive Quinton Hall. …

Continue reading  

Staying at The Sherwood Queenstown

So, yes, I bang on about The Sherwood on 360qw. I’ve eaten, worked, drank cocktails, listened to music and then, then I got to stay. To wander over to my room. To nestle in the perfect white sheets. To wake up and know I didn’t have to drive to get there. (I Iive about 3 minutes drive from the place). …

Continue reading  

Skyline Queenstown plans New Zealand's first suspended viewing cube

One of New Zealand’s most photographed views is set to become even more popular with Skyline Queenstown’s plans to build the country’s first suspended viewing cube. The tourism operator has today applied for resource consent to build the glass cube off Skyline Queenstown’s famous viewing deck, at the top of Bob’s Peak. The 1 metre-wide, 1m-deep and 2m-tall ‘cube’ will …

Continue reading  

One Month Until Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown

n one month’s time, 20 of the world’s finest young violinists will descend on New Zealand for the eighth biennial Michael Hill International Violin Competition. The superbly talented group of 18 semi-finalists, who made it through a competition record of nearly 160 entries and grueling selection process, will be joined in Queenstown and Auckland by the recipients of the New …

Continue reading  

Spectacular floodlit ski racing to feature in 2015 Audi Quattro Winter Games

The opening ceremony of this year’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 will include a dramatic, spectator-friendly dual slalom contest staged under floodlights and featuring top alpine skiers from around the world. The exciting race format is part of a gala opening event at Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown on Friday 21 August. Free to watch, hundreds of spectators, …

Continue reading  

Autumn in Queenstown

If you haven’t been here in Autumn before I forgive the gasps and jaws on the floor. The colour’s here are absolutely mindbendingly awesome. They come at you like a freight train, but look around and they’re gone. So snapping like mad is expected. It’s also the time for us to get ready for Winter. I’ve been around here a …

Continue reading  

Close battle for top titles in male and female divisions of Routeburn Classic adventure run

Challenging race conditions – wet, windy and foggy – did not deter runners in the 12th annual Routeburn Classic adventure run yesterday (Saturday April 25 2015). The exclusive adventure run is staged on New Zealand’s world famous Routeburn Track, and never fails to deliver tight tussles and stiff competition among some of the country’s top male and female endurance racers. …

Continue reading  

Pecha Kucha Shows a Different Side of Winter at the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is excited to announce the addition of a winter-themed Pecha Kucha event in association with new clothing partner Macpac. The line-up of speakers includes local mountaineer and hero Ben Dare, artist and explorer Joseph Michael and Bruce Wells – father of New Zealand’s top alpine athlete brothers Jossi, Byron, Beau-James and Jackson. Queenstown local …

Continue reading  

A Melting Pot of Entertainment confirmed for American Express Queenstown Winter Fest. Opening Party and Fireworks

The entertainment for the American Express Opening Party and Fireworks is being announced today, with Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood and Annie Crummer from When the Cat’s Away joining together with The Band of Gold to perform their top hits like ‘Free Ride’ and ‘Melting Pot’. The addition of these iconic New Zealand artists to the Friday June 19 line-up sets …

Continue reading  

Internet's number one travel photography blogger to talk at TEDxQueenstown

Trey Ratcliff, author of the number one travel photography blog ‘Stuck in Customs’ will be speaking at the TEDxQueenstown event on Sunday April 19. Ratcliff is the latest to be announced in a plethora of speakers descending upon Queenstown later this month at the independently organised version of the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks, another phenomenon to have taken the …

Continue reading  

SKYCITY brings Masquerade en Blanc to the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

With just ten weeks to go before the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest celebration of winter kicks off, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has added a night of mystery and glamour to the programme with the annual SKYCITY Ball themed announced as ‘Masquerade en Blanc’. Always one of the first events to sell out, the increasing popularity of this Winter Festival …

Continue reading  

Glenorchy community shaping their future

The Glenorchy community will gather this weekend to discuss the long-term vision for the area. A day-long forum on Saturday, April 11 at the Glenorchy Hall will bring the community together to develop a set of high-level outcomes and a 30-year vision. The vision aims to describe an ideal future for the town and community and unite the full spectrum …

Continue reading  

Italian pizzeria, bakery and organic health store to open at Queenstown's The Landing

Two new businesses opening in Queenstown will bring a touch of European flair and organic goodness to The Landing development. Experienced restauranteur and chef Jovan Sivakov and his family are moving from Auckland to establish The Artisan Bakery and Pizzeria, and open up right next door with the Organico Health Store. The Italian family – which includes Jovan’s parents relocating …

Continue reading  

Fairclough edges Aussie junior in Vertigo Bikes Dirtmasters Downhill win

Action on the second Sunday of Queenstown Bike Festival 2015 returned to Queenstown Bike Park for the Vertigo Bikes Dirtmasters Downhill, New Zealand’s original gondola-assisted downhill race. Seeding runs in the morning sorted the superhuman from the merely mortal, but there was nothing light-hearted about the steep and challenging course designed by Jimmy Carling of Queenstown Mountain Bike Club. Top …

Continue reading  

Czech Zejda cashes in with Veolia Slopestyle victory

Last night’s Veolia Slopestyle took Queenstown Bike Festival 2015 to new heights with a global field of riders thrilling a packed downtown crowd of around 4,000. Final results showed it was tight at the top with less than four points separating the best five riders in this Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour bronze event. Tomas Zejda came out on …

Continue reading  

Winter fast approaching as developments continue at The Remarkables ski area

The new Remarkables ski area base building high above Queenstown will be a world-class facility, reflecting its environment while offering ski area visitors the best possible experience on the snow. New images released today (Monday March 16) show a striking building designed by Michael Wyatt, one of New Zealand’s leading architects. Featuring strong angles and high peaks, wraparound decks and …

Continue reading  

International stars and local heroes compete in Queenstown Bike Festival six-hour Super D Enduro

The fourth annual Queenstown Bike Festival got underway yesterday with French Enduro Word Series (EWS) riders Rémy Absalon and Fabien Barel mixing it with the Wakatipu’s best in the Vertigo Bikes Super D Enduro. After six hours continuous lapping of a purpose-built track in Queenstown Bike Park, Queenstown’s Jimmy Pollard took the men’s open title completing 16 laps. Pollard is …

Continue reading  

First two days of BMW New Zealand Open off to a spectacular start

It’s been a spectacular start to the BMW New Zealand Open with the first two days hailed a success. Players, fans and organisers have all expressed their delight with the tournament’s opening days. Tournament director Michael Glading said he’s “encouraged” by feedback so far. “Players tell me the courses are in fantastic condition and are even more beautiful than last …

Continue reading  

Queenstown mountain biker conquers 3,500 km ride for charity

When Queenstown mountain biker Carey Vivian set off on a 3,500km fundraising ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff last month, there was one matter he needed to run past riding companion and brother-in-law Kevin Calvert first. “We had to develop very strict rules around the application of our anti-chaffing cream, called ‘Butt Butter’, supply,” the 42-year-old father of two said. …

Continue reading  

Crocky’s Cold Brew Coffee

I love coffee. If you carry on reading I’m assuming so do you. The taste, the smell, the whole ordering it, the delivery, the pretty swirls on top. What I also love is when it’s cold, the coffee that is. I’m not a big Winter fan but that’s a whole other debacle. I also like it  with some rum in …

Continue reading  

Caddies urgently wanted for BMW New Zealand Open

With just three days to go until the start of the BMW New Zealand Open, organisers are calling out for more caddies to be part of the action. From Thursday March 12 to Sunday March 15, the BMW New Zealand Open is held across two stunning golf courses in Queenstown -The Hills and Millbrook Resort. There’s still time to sign …

Continue reading  

Welcome Rock Trails on Two Wheels

Last week Richie from 360 had the pleasure of riding the Welcome Rock track near Queenstown – part of the Roaring Lion trail. The Welcome Rock Trails operation is a unique setup, steeped in history, and 360 were proud to be invited up to join the Welcome Rock team for an overnight trip… With clear blue skies ahead of me …

Continue reading  

A world first for unique 'hole-in-one' competition

The BMW New Zealand Open has announced details of a ‘world-first’ hole-in-one competition. For the first time anywhere in the world, amateur players, as well as professionals, will be able to win one of two incredible prizes – each worth tens of thousands of dollars – if they hit a hole-in-one at either of the two separate holes on any …

Continue reading  

Ticket and event details announced for TEDxQueenstown illumination event

TEDxQueenstown announced tickets are now on sale for the highly-anticipated event at 8am Thursday March 19 2015 and cost $119, making it the first TEDx event in New Zealand for 2015. Available via the organisation’s website www.tedxqueenstown.com or eventfinda.co.nz the number of tickets will be limited to 300 to create an intimate environment while also ensuring as many people who …

Continue reading  

Chard Farm Winery celebrates 25 years on the farm

Central Otago’s Chard Farm Winery is celebrating 25 years on the farm later this month with a VIP wine tasting, birthday party and a family-friendly locals’ Open Day. Celebrations will be held over the weekend of Friday and Saturday February 20 and 21, and in a ‘nod’ to the community that has supported the business over the decades, all proceeds …

Continue reading  

Millbrook Resort starts public consultation process for new developments

Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort has started on a public consultation process for a proposal to develop 66 hectares of adjacent land. In November last year the Overseas Investment Office approved Millbrook’s purchase of the former Dalgleish Farm land on Millbrook’s western boundary. Millbrook is now working with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to review the District Plan as it applies to …

Continue reading  

DNA Gay Ski Week QT first Highlands Hook Up event for 2015

Organisers of DNA Gay Ski Week QT have teamed up with Highlands Motorsport Park to host an ‘adventure day’ as part of a week-long celebration of skiing, socialising, adventure and dazzling entertainment. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event sees hundreds of people converge on Queenstown between August 29 and September 5 2015 for a ‘full to the brim’ programme …

Continue reading  

Secrets of the Chef - The Sherwood

Feast your eyes on this people. Thank you Ainsley and The Sherwood again for just being born. Sherwood “Fruit Salad” Sherwood Summer fruit salad…. the Watties tinned variety gets a makeover here at The Sherwood! I popped out to Glenvale Orchards on Friday and picked 3 glorious varieties of cherries: New York (white!!!), Dawson and Santina. These inspired the January …

Continue reading  

New Outside Sports flagship store to open

The new Outside Sports flagship store in Queenstown will officially open its doors on Monday February 2nd, offering the highest levels of expertise and equipment. Managing Director John Knight said he and the staff “couldn’t wait” to get into the new store, which has two separate entrances on Shotover Street and Memorial Avenue. The purpose-built 700sqm store is all on …

Continue reading  

Pioneering zip lining company launches new tour for Mandarin-speaking guests

Multi-award winning eco-tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is launching a new Mandarin hosted tour, harnessing the increasing popularity of ziplining amongst the Chinese speaking market. New Zealand’s original zipline tour company will be launching ‘Feng Huang Hua Suo Zhi Lu’ (凤凰滑索之旅) which translates into ‘Phoenix Zipline Journey’ from February 2 2015. The journey will be hosted entirely in Mandarin and incorporates …

Continue reading  

TEDxQueenstown 2015 promises to enlighten and entertain with illumination theme

Organisers of TEDxQueenstown, to be held in at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre April 19 2015, have announced the theme for the third event will be Illumination to shine the spotlight on a town with entrepreneurial spirit. Unveiling the theme, accompanying artwork and two event speakers today (January 26 2015), TEDxQueenstown co-curator Trent Yeo said Illumination was a “broad topic that means …

Continue reading  

Millbrook Resort Named Number 1 Hotel in New Zealand and 4th Within South Pacific

Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, today announced it has been recognised as the overall winner for a third consecutive year in the Top Hotel category of the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels, ranking first out of ten. For the 13th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single …

Continue reading  

International wine enthusiasts coming to Queenstown to sample the best in Central Otago Pinot Noir

One of the world’s premier wine events returns to Queenstown next year, bringing together international wine enthusiasts from across the globe for a special celebration of Central Otago Pinot Noir. The two-day ‘Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration’ is now in its 11th year, and is featuring up to 40 Central Otago winemakers and 200 other wine enthusiasts. It’s a unique …

Continue reading  

Exciting new restaurant, bar and grocer to open in Lake Hayes Estate, Queenstown

Much-anticipated Queenstown restaurant Grazë is expected to turn heads with its unique, innovative food and drink offering when it opens its doors this weekend. Grazë – a stylish restaurant, boutique bar and separate grocer at Lake Hayes Estate – promises to be an iconic, must-visit destination for locals and visitors thanks to its quality cuisine, plus distinctive homemade breads (including …

Continue reading  

Issimo Queenstown The Mighty Purse

My name is Queenstown Life and I am addicted to Social Media. All well and good when I’m at home with an ample supply of battery power to juice me up but not so good when I’m swanning around this fair land of Queenstown and Central Otago taking photos, recording moments and emailing all and sundry. Most of my work …

Continue reading  

Where to have Christmas in Queenstown

“You think you’ve tried it all and then they come along with this…..mint Baileys”  (Bryn. Gavin and Stacey) As many of us are ‘orphans’ in Queenstown during the silly season- parents, families on some other remote Island in the world, it’s the time when we all go running in search of friends who have become our families here. The only …

Continue reading  

Shotover Jet installs high definition cameras in all Jet boats

Leading New Zealand tourism operator Shotover Jet has installed state-of-the-art High Definition (HD) cameras on its entire jet boat fleet, providing guests with improved footage of their once-in-a-lifetime experience. The equipment has been uniquely designed especially for the Queenstown-based tourism giant by leading photographic and video company Magic Memories. Shotover Jet Business Manager Clark Scott said he was “chuffed” to …

Continue reading  

Millbrook Japanese Restaurant Kobe

I was very lucky indeed to be invited to try out some of the dishes at Milllbrook’s Japanese Restaurant Kobe. I love love love Japanese food. The dumplings, the chopsticks, Sake, noodles, sashimi. So when it came to the evening I had saved myself with no lunch to try and fit in as much as possible. They should be scared, …

Continue reading  

Growing popularity of enduro mountain biking brings renewed support for Queenstown series

Organisers of the Queenstown Bike Festival are staging two Coronet Enduro races next year as outdoor equipment and clothing retailer, Torpedo7 renews its support for 2015. The first event, run by festival director Geoff Hunt’s company Southern Traverse Ltd, takes place on Saturday 17 January with the second race on Friday 20 March as part of the Queenstown Bike Festival …

Continue reading  

Dart River Jet locals' day raises $5000 for Paradise Trust

Queenstown’s Dart River Jet raised an incredible $5000 for the Paradise Trust this weekend at the leading tourism operator’s annual locals’ day. Wakatipu locals were invited to experience the wonders of Dart River Valley and stunning Mt Aspiring National Park on the world-renowned ‘Dart River Wilderness Jet’ or ‘Dart River Funyak’ at significantly reduced prices. Dart River Jet business manager …

Continue reading  

Queenstown International Marathon

Wow. Rain. Torrential rain. Wind. Trees falling down. Sideways rain and in your face rain. Drizzle and hardcore downpour. We got it all and I loved it. Queenstown International Marathon arrived and in it’s first year they delivered. Total respect to the Marathoners who would have been cold shivering wrecks by the end but what a great start to a race …

Continue reading  

Dart River Jet local's day to raise funds for Paradise Trust re-build

Wakatipu locals can experience the wonders of the Dart River Valley and stunning Mt Aspiring National Park on Saturday 29 November when leading tourism operator Dart River Jet hosts its annual local’s day to raise funds for the local Glenorchy community. Local residents are invited to grab friends and family to enjoy the world-renowned ‘Dart River Wilderness Jet’ or ‘Dart …

Continue reading  

Queenstown's Millbrook Resort set to expand with land acquisition

Future development at Queenstown’s award-winning Millbrook Resort is assured, with news that the Overseas Investment Office has approved the acquisition of 66 hectares of land adjacent to the five-star resort. Following a six-month process to prepare and lodge the application, OIO approval was granted late last week. The land is adjacent to Millbrook’s western boundary and gives the ‘green light’ …

Continue reading  

360 pano at Skyline's new restaurant Stratosfare

What a great name… ‘Stratos’ – meaning ‘up high’ – and ‘Fare’, a collection of food; Stratosfare is the remodeled, buffet-style restaurant found at the top of the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown. Yesterday, Skyline hosted a few hundred local tourism and media businesses for a rather substantial lunch buffet, to show off their $250,000 refurbishment. 360 were in attendance, sampling …

Continue reading  

Skyline Queenstown launches brand new dining experience

Following a substantial redevelopment, iconic tourism operator Skyline Queenstown has officially unveiled its brand new restaurant and bar, Stratosfare. Skyline has completely overhauled its famous restaurant and bar, offering a fresh new experience to the 150,000 guests dining there each year. Chef and guest interaction is one of the highlights of the Stratosfare redevelopment. Guests are able to watch as …

Continue reading  

Southern Sports Podiatry

My hooves needed sorting, that is, my feet. I just love the term ‘hooves’ as I’ve been slamming the pedal to the metal recently (what’s with all these code words and craziness. I think the running is going to my head) ANYWAYS… I headed to the best person I know to sort me out. I am training for the upcoming …

Continue reading  

Nomads Queenstown voted number one accommodation choice

Popular backpacker’s hostel Nomads Queenstown has been voted number one accommodation choice in New Zealand at this year’s Adventure Travel Awards. The Adventure Travel Awards are Australia and New Zealand’s newest and best tourism awards for the youth and adventure tourism industry. Thirty three awards were handed out in Sydney recently, following an eight-week campaign. Nomads Queenstown was voted ‘Best …

Continue reading  

Queenstown’s pioneering Public Kitchen and Bar leads the way with best new business award

Leading Queenstown restaurant Public Kitchen and Bar is celebrating in style this week after taking out the title of Best New and Emerging Business Award at the 2014 Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards. More than 300 people from the local business community attended the glamour event at Skyline Restaurant on Saturday November 8 which saw local businesses crowned ‘best-of-the-best’. In …

Continue reading  

New Zealand's original ziplining company celebrates five years in business

Pioneering eco-tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating five successful years in business as New Zealand’s first zipline tour operator. The multi award-winning company continues to lead the way in zipline innovation and sustainable business practice after first launching in New Zealand in November 2009. Ziptrek Ecotours has a heritage of over 13 years in operation with its parent company, the …

Continue reading  

Shotover Jet annual locals' day to raise funds for local youth

Leading tourism giant Shotover Jet will host its massive annual local’s day on Saturday November 15 with 100% of monies raised going to a not-for-profit organisation that improves the lives of local youth. The Queenstown adventure tourism pioneer celebrated its three millionth passenger just three years ago and next year will celebrate 50 years of business, making it one of …

Continue reading  

Major tenants secured as work forges ahead on The Landing development

The Landing retail development at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park is forging ahead on schedule with significant construction over the last six weeks and key tenants already secured. Stage one of the development is due to open on December 1 2014 with Australasia’s leading automotive re-seller Repco announced as the first of the anchor tenants to open its doors. Tenant leases at …

Continue reading  

Skyline Queenstown earns top award for environmental efforts

Skyline Queenstown has been awarded the highest accolade from New Zealand’s tourism quality assurance organisation, Qualmark, for its environmental and social initiatives. The premier tourism operator has received the Qualmark Enviro Gold Award following a series of projects targeted at making Skyline Queenstown a cleaner, greener and more socially cohesive place to work and visit. The award comes just 18 …

Continue reading  

Off Road Adventures marks 25 years as adventure tourism pioneers

New Zealand’s most pioneering off-road adventure tourism company reaches a momentous landmark this month as ‘Off Road Adventures Queenstown’ celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Queenstown-based company has grown from humble beginnings to become the largest operator of its kind, not only in New Zealand but across the globe. Still owned and operated by original founders Denis and Marilyn Columb, the …

Continue reading  

Ziptrek's fifth anniversary celebrations kick off with locals’ day

Multi-award-winning Queenstown-based tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours kicked off its fifth anniversary celebrations this weekend with a locals’ day to raise money for a deserving community organisation. New Zealand’s original Zipline tour company saw almost 230 locals taking to the trees on Saturday (November 1), bringing in over $2,340 for the Queenstown Scout Group. Reduced ticket prices of just $40 for …

Continue reading  

'Topp' entertainment unveiled for Hilux New Zealand Rural Games as tickets go on sale

Spectators at the first ever Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, taking place in Queenstown next Waitangi weekend, will be entertained by well-loved music and comedy duo, the Topp Twins and a live music concert headlined by rising New Zealand country pop star, Jody Direen. Tickets for the two-day Games and concert went on sale yesterday (Tuesday, 4 November) via Ticket …

Continue reading  

Queenstown ski areas looking forward to 2015 season

Spring may be in full swing, but Queenstown’s ski areas are already looking forward to next season with the release of Early Bird season pass sale for 2015. Early Bird season passes for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt go on sale today and are available until March 19, meaning snow lovers can plan (and budget) for their winter …

Continue reading  

Secrets of the Chef No 5 Church Lane

Have you been to No.5 Church Lane yet? I love the name of it as it makes me think of London for some reason. Like I expect a victorian couple to come wandering out of there saying ” No 5 Church Lane. How frightfully marvellous. And it is. Marvellous. It’s all dark with sexy lighting and gorgeous food and having …

Continue reading  

New naming sponsor aims to outperform at Tour de Wakatipu

The Tour de Wakatipu, one of the biggest mass participation cycling events in the South Island and part of the Queenstown Bike Festival, has a new sponsor for 2015 with Merrell taking over from long-time supporter, New World Wakatipu. Earlier this year the sixth annual ride from Arrowtown to Chard Farm winery in the Kawarau Gorge attracted around 500 elite, …

Continue reading  

Business personality Theresa Gattung to speak at PERRIAM launch

Leading New Zealand business personality Theresa Gattung will be guest speaker at the exclusive launch of Central Otago fashion brand PERRIAM next weekend. Theresa – author, former CEO of Telecom and named in the 2006 Forbes list of the World’s 50 Most Powerful Women – will speak about being a woman in business and the importance of branding on Saturday, …

Continue reading  

Aspiring Conversations sessions sell out as Ngai Tahu representative joins water panel debate

Strong interest in a range of literary, economic and political speakers at Aspiring Conversations, the new annual festival of ideas coming to Wanaka and Queenstown this weekend, has seen its headline sessions sell out. Political economist and terrorism finance expert, Loretta Napoleoni’s session Money makes the world go round is sold out in Wanaka on Friday evening with just a …

Continue reading  

Madam Woo Brew

I like beer. I’d have beer on toast if I could, so when I discovered one of my favourite restaurants Madam Woo was bringing to the masses a new sample, I needed to shout about it. Welcome ‘Woo Brew’.

Continue reading  

Queenstown Swimming Club wins Earlybird Shield

Queenstown Swimming Club got its competitive swimming season off to a good start this weekend, taking home the winner’s Earlybird Shield following a day of racing at Queenstown’s Alpine Aqualand pool. Fifteen clubs from around Otago and Southland had around 180 swimmers competing in Saturday’s (October 4) races, with Queenstown taking back the shield on points from last year’s winner …

Continue reading  

Koko Black Queenstown

I’m going in. Today I went to heaven, the heaven that is on this earth. Chocolate heaven also known as Koko Black. Koko Black is a beautiful chocolate experience started in Australia and thankfully, wonderfully, is now here in Queenstown. Thank you Koko Black we salute you. The minute you step inside the gleaming white doors you are transported into …

Continue reading  

Secrets of the Chef Amisfield

Have you been here? Have you waltzed up the stairs knowing your taste buds are soon to be tantalised? Have you tried their mashed potato? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then run run run like the wind to your car and get there pronto. I must have gone up a dress size last winter after …

Continue reading  

Bendemeer showhome sale significant for development and Queenstown market

The rapid sale of the first house-and-land-package at Bendemeer is a further lift for the premium residential lifestyle development and a boost to Queenstown’s rural real estate market. The stunning architecturally-designed Contemporary Barn, the first show home built at Bendemeer, has been sold at asking price for $2.595 million – going under contract just 14 working days after hitting the …

Continue reading  

Crowne Plaza Queenstown installs market-leading audio visual technology for conference and event spaces

Crowne Plaza Queenstown has invested significantly in its business installing state-of-the-art audio and visual technology for its conference and events rooms and spaces. The $100,000 development means the hotel has the market leading technology in Queenstown for the competitive conference, events and meetings market. Host to hundreds of business events each year –from large conferences to incentive groups and intimate …

Continue reading  

Dart River Jet's Re-vegetation Project

A team of seven volunteers kicked off Dart River Jet’s re-vegetation project near Glenorchy at the weekend by planting a thousand native seedlings. The seedlings were planted at an area of the riverbank known as ‘The Narrows’ near Paradise. The initiative is part of a long-term project dedicated to re-vegetating wilderness areas in which Dart River Jet operates. To give …

Continue reading  

Chinese business delegation explores potential for regenerative medicine and research centre

A Chinese business delegation accompanied by world-renowned medical experts is in Queenstown this week exploring the potential to open a multi-million-dollar regenerative medicine and medical research centre in the resort. The four-day fact-finding mission is being welcomed with open arms by business and tourism leaders, keen to encourage the possible investment by the owner of the largest chain of diagnostic …

Continue reading  

ON the scene: Gay Ski Week 2014

ON mag’s Man About Town Martin Cedes sampled Gay Ski Week in Queenstown and caught up with “big loud English” Bob Tovey, a Cromwell based businessman who happens to be the ambassador of GSWQT, the only LGBT ski and tourism festival in the South Island in which party animals spend a seven days enjoying on and off snow celebrations in the …

Continue reading  

Winter’s not over - new snow, more in forecast, spring snow deals and extended night skiing!

It’s official – winter’s not over yet. New snow, powder skiing, and more in the forecast means night skiing at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak has been extended for one more weekend. NZSki’s also announced the freshest spring deals on offer at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt. These include two-for-one ‘Spring Fling’ midweek adult lift passes, special ‘Spring in Your …

Continue reading  

Private tertiary education celebrates success at annual awards

The country’s top private tertiary performers and the increasing importance of private tertiary providers were celebrated at the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand Awards held in Queenstown last week. ITENZ, the national organisation representing 52 per cent of NZQA-registered private tertiary institutions, recognised students, tutors and education providers at the awards held as part of its annual conference. The conference …

Continue reading  

SweetPix Photo Booth

You know the scene. White dress, mother-in-law in floods of tears, cake (I’m smitten already), band playing Michael Jackson on the lawn. You’ve had your fill, smooched to a dance or two and out of the corner of your eye you see it. A upright tall box standing, waiting, alone. You’re intrigued. Your curiosity gets the better of you. Wandering …

Continue reading  

Cruikshank Furniture celebrates 10 years of bespoke design

Arrowtown, New Zealand: Award-winning bespoke furniture designer Ed Cruikshank is celebrating 10 years of running his Arrowtown-based business Cruikshank Furniture. Ed moved to Queenstown in 2002 from the United Kingdom, where he worked as a designer for the son of Princess Margaret, Viscount Linley, at his company Linley. After establishing Cruikshank Furniture in 2004, Ed has has forged a successful …

Continue reading  

2014 DNA Gay Ski Week QT puts Queenstown on the map with week of colourful festivities

The 2014 DNA Gay Ski Week QT has thrilled its largest gathering yet, drawing around 1,300 revellers for a week-long celebration of skiing, socialising and frivolity. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event, which wrapped on Saturday night (September 6) with a finale circus-themed dance party at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre, saw Queenstown painted in rainbow colours and hosting an exciting …

Continue reading  

Golden Bibs for Piera Hudson & Adam Barwood at Coronet Peak ANC Races

National alpine ski team and development level athletes have been testing their mettle against a competitive international field at recent Australia New Zealand Continental Cup (ANC) races held at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area from 3 – 6 September. Piera Hudson (Wanaka) won the Giant Slalom ANC yellow bib and Adam Barwood (Queenstown) the Slalom ANC yellow bib for the …

Continue reading  

Lusso and I Heart Design

I am blown away at what women are doing in this community. Squirrelled away in their homes creating, designing, business-ing. (It’s a word damn-it.) And all the while keeping up with family, children, work, looking good, paying the bills and laying driveways. Which is the state of play I met the gorgeous Amie in at her home in Jack’s Point. …

Continue reading  

Shotover Jet ride rated in top 19 in the world

Queenstown’s world-famous jet boat thrill Shotover Jet has once again been rated amongst the best in the world for tourism experiences. Global media giant CNN has just published a ‘scrap all those other bucket lists’ collection of the top 19 most amazing travel experiences in the world. Shotover Jet is the only New Zealand activity to make the global list, …

Continue reading  

Carlos Garcia Knight 1st, JJ Rayward 3rd at Tric Slopestyle

New Zealand snowboarders Carlos Garcia Knight (Christchurch) and JJ Rayward (Nelson) had a successful day of competition today, both making the podium at the Tric Slopelstyle competition held at The Remarkables Ski Field in Queenstown. Carlos won the event and JJ placed third. Both athletes are members of the Snow Sports NZ development squads. “I’m so stoked with the result,” …

Continue reading  

Start Up Weekend Queenstown

In all things scary, I will find this to be one of the most scary things. But at the moment I’m all about doing stuff and giving it a go, flaws out there and balls to the wind (as it were). Start Up Weekend courses have been gaining some momentum around the world and now it’s here in sunny Queenstown! …

Continue reading  

Springbored Snow Carnival celebrates sun and snow

Sun, snow, beats and parties are the name of the game next month as Queenstown ski areas Coronet Peak and The Remarkables celebrate spring with five days and nights of action and fun. Wrapping up the 2014 season with a bang on the snow and downtown, the carnival will include everything from the Burton Stash Gathering, to scavenger hunts, night …

Continue reading  

Modern life, literature and legends feature in Aspiring Conversations programme

The full programme for Aspiring Conversations, the new annual festival of ideas held in Wanaka and Queenstown, launched this evening includes a member of President Obama’s Global Development Council, an expert on China’s economy and Isis/Islamic State, the present and a former New Zealand poet laureate and singer-songwriting legend, Tim Finn. Sponsored by global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company …

Continue reading  

Crystal Ball Snow Report; 3-Day Outlook on Monday 25th August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Queenstown and Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report on Monday 25th August 2014. Note: We’ve changed how we publish our wee Crystal Ball report. Having previously been focused on publishing daily, we’re now changing to a 3-day outlook, with the intention of providing more detail, more images and a more in-depth weather/snow forecast …

Continue reading  

Crystal Ball Snow Report; 3-Day Outlook on Friday 22nd August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Queenstown and Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report on Friday 22nd August 2014. Note: We’ve changed how we publish our wee Crystal Ball report. Having previously been focused on publishing daily, we’re now changing to a 3-day outlook, with the intention of providing more detail, more images and a more in-depth weather/snow forecast …

Continue reading  

Queenstown choirs sing and raise funds for children in war-torn Gaza as part of global Peace One Day

Queenstown choral groups are coming together next month for a special one-off performance to promote peace and unity in the world and raise funds for children suffering in war-torn countries. As part of the worldwide initiative Peace One Day, the Queenstown Community Choir, Lakes Community Music School and Corus Children’s Choir will join choir groups across the globe to use …

Continue reading  

New course joins suite of Executive Education programmes offered in Queenstown

Queenstown Resort College is introducing a new course on media training and crisis management as part of its successful Executive Education series. Survival Kit for the New Media Age joins the suite of top-level academic courses offered at Queenstown Resort College for senior executives, as Queenstown continues to become a recognised study destination. Run in partnership with the Otago University …

Continue reading  

Coronet Cup Slalom Race Report

The New Zealand Alpine Ski Team were back in action on their home ground at Coronet Peak today, taking on the Slalom as part of the New Zealand Alpine Coronet Cup (ANC).

With the national Slalom title under his belt after yesterday’s championship race, Adam Barwood (Queenstown) could relax a little and in doing so put down a solid first run, finding himself in sixth place overall going into the second run. 

Continue reading  

Crowne Plaza Queenstown concierge named only female finalist in awards for hotel excellence

Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s chief concierge Fiona Lawson has been named finalist in the concierge of the year category at this year’s Hotel Management (HM) Magazine Awards, making her the only female to make the shortlist. Ms Lawson, who is a member of the prestigious Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand (HCSNZ), has worked for almost twenty years as …

Continue reading  

Crystal Ball Snow Report; 3-Day Outlook on Tuesday 19th August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Queenstown and Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report on Tuesday 19th August 2014. Note: We’re changing how we publish our wee Crystal Ball report. Having previously been focused on publishing daily, we’re now changing to a 3-day outlook, with the intention of providing more detail, more images and a more in-depth weather/snow forecast …

Continue reading  

Adam Barwood Defends National Slalom Title, Piera Hudson Claims Second National Title

The New Zealand Alpine National Slalom Championships were held at Coronet Peak today, the official ski area partner of the New Zealand Alpine Ski Team. Olympian Adam Barwood (Queenstown) would be looking to defend the national title which he has held since 2012. In the women’s field Piera Hudson (Hawke’s Bay/ Wanaka) would be aiming to claim her second national championship title for the season having taken out the national title in the Giant Slalom on Sunday.

Continue reading  

The Millhouse at Millbrook Resort wins exclusive award for Wine Excellence for third year running

Millbrook Resort’s award-winning restaurant The Millhouse has received the prestigious Wine Award for Excellence by US Magazine Wine Spectator for the third year running. Only a handful of restaurants in New Zealand have received the accolade in the influential magazine’s 2014 wine awards, which applauds restaurants with a wine list of over 100 that accurately match the restaurant’s food and …

Continue reading  

Queenstown & Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report, Friday 1st August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Crystal Ball Snow Report on Friday 1st August 2014. Thunder, lightening, rain, wind… Mother Nature is certainly dominating the skies these last few days. 100kph winds battered both Cardrona and Treble Cone, forcing TC to close yet again. Unfortunately, the freezing level has been rising and Cardrona recorded 5 degrees Celsius at …

Continue reading  

"Significant" investment delivers growth for the NZ tourism industry

A “significant” and brave investment that is helping the tourism industry succeed was praised by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English today (Friday July 25) when he officially opened the new Curvey Basin chairlift at The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown. Mr English opened the high-speed six-seater chairlift as snow gently fell on the ski area, praising NZSki and Trojan Holdings …

Continue reading  

Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park reels in major sponsors to open new reptile facility

Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park is expanding its collection of rare and endangered wildlife investing in a brand-new New Zealand reptile wing to house tuatara and the critically endangered Otago and Grand skinks. Leading eco-tourism operator Ziptrek Ecotours and building supplies provider ITM Southern Lakes have provided “very generous” financial support for the building as the new wing’s major sponsors. Based …

Continue reading  

Consent lodged for $25million hotel at Remarkables Park by established property development company Safari Group

A resource consent to build a 48-room, six apartment Ramada Hotel at Remarkables Park adjacent to the planned convention centre has been lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Auckland-based development company Safari Group has applied for the consent, with construction planned to start on the $25 million project before Christmas this year. As part of the continued economic development …

Continue reading