Blog posts from 2012

 Queenstown adventure activities

Top 5 Summer Picks

By Charlie Curel on 24 December 2012 (0 comments)
Summer is here in Queenstown and the holidays are in full swing. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to fill the beautiful days then check out our top picks for inspiration...

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Bringing the winery to Arrowtown…

By Charlie Curel on 19 December 2012 (0 comments)
Fine clothing stores, galleries, cafés, restaurants, traditional pubs, boutique bars and now a gorgeous new tasting room! Arrowtown... how could we not visit you this Christmas!

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The Hobbit fever and Queenstown's Middle-earth locations

By Esther Small on 14 December 2012 (0 comments)
With the launch of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand this week there has been plenty of talk surrounding the locations used in all the films set in Middle-earth.

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Save the date for Queenstown’s Wedding Show!

By Charlie Curel on 12 December 2012 (0 comments)
White frocks, flowers, tuxedos and elaborate cake designs will take centre stage at Queenstown’s Wedding Show on 11th May next year.

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This Christmas in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 3 December 2012 (0 comments)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with a beautifully decorated tree in central Queenstown and decorations going up around the region !

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Ho, Ho, Ho, less than 4 weeks to go!

By Charlie Curel on 29 November 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown is heating up for an action-packed festive period with Christmas markets, New Year’s Eve celebrations, free community events, and sporting matches.

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Chinese actress Yao Chen weds in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 21 November 2012 (0 comments)
Multi award-winning Chinese actress Yao Chen married her fiancé Cao Yu in Queenstown over the weekend.

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Jamie McDell to headline NZ PGA Championship concert in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 16 November 2012 (0 comments)
Young Auckland musician Jamie McDell will be the headline act for a free open-air concert to be held at The Hills as part of the 2013 NZ PGA Championship in February.

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Lydia Ko confirmed for 2013 NZ PGA Championship

By Charlie Curel on 13 November 2012 (0 comments)
Lydia Ko, World Number 1 Women’s Amateur Golfer has confirmed that she will once again play at the 2013 NZ PGA Championship in Queenstown.

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Take a hike and discover Queenstown this summer

By Libby Baron on 12 November 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s reputation as one of NZ’s most popular walking and hiking destinations has been enhanced this summer with the launch of a new network of trails.

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New Queenstown Trail launched

By Libby Baron on 6 November 2012 (0 comments)
After two years in the making, the new 110km Queenstown Trail was officially opened on 18 October 2012 by the Rt Hon John Key.

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Win a weekend getaway to Queenstown with Air New Zealand

By Esther Small on 5 November 2012 (0 comments)
To celebrate how easy it is to get a direct flight to Queenstown this summer Air New Zealand are giving away a weekend getaway for two.

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Spring begins and the Remarkables Market is back

By Esther Small on 29 October 2012 (0 comments)
The hugely popular Remarkables Market has re-opened for its third summer season while the Arts and Crafts Market in Earnslaw Park changes to summer hours.

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Queenstown ranked one of top cities in South Pacific by Condé Naste

By Esther Small on 21 October 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has earned international acclaim as one of the ‘Top 5 Cities of the South Pacific’ in Condé Naste Traveler’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Heritage celebrations galore this weekend

By Esther Small on 17 October 2012 (0 comments)
This Labour weekend will be one for the Queenstown history books as multiple milestone celebrations take place around the region.

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Couples flock to get married in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 9 October 2012 (0 comments)
More couples are choosing Queenstown's idyllic surrounds to tie the knot.

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Queenstown Jazzfest 2012 lineup announced

By Esther Small on 5 October 2012 (0 comments)
The Jazzfest returns to Queenstown this Labour weekend with a great lineup of local, national and international jazz acts.

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Queenstown Trail opening soon!

By Esther Small on 24 September 2012 (0 comments)
After two years of intense construction the 110+km Queenstown Trail is close to completion. An official opening is planned for October 18 2012.

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Benatar headline Queenstown concert this summer.

By Esther Small on 18 September 2012 (0 comments)
A classic rock extravaganza will hit Queenstown this summer, with a triple headline act spearheaded by Pat Benatar at Gibbston Valley.

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Gold fever hits Queenstown. Win a $5,000 holiday!

By Esther Small on 18 September 2012 (0 comments)
To celebrate the discovery of gold in our region 150 years ago, we’re giving away two trips to Queenstown, each valued at $5,000 NZD.

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Spring snowfall turns skifields into white gold

By Libby Baron on 13 September 2012 (0 comments)
Thousands of locals and visitors have taken to the slopes around Queenstown today to enjoy superb spring skiing conditions and bluebird skies after some heavy snowfalls over the past week.

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Kiwi Olympic medalists love Queenstown

By Esther Small on 4 September 2012 (0 comments)
Kiwi Olympic medallists are favouring the Wakatipu to wind down from their London exploits.

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New Zealand is 100% Middle-earth

By Esther Small on 27 August 2012 (0 comments)
Unveil your very own Middle-earth experience in a place that will forever keep you under its spell.

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DNA Gay Ski Week kicks off

By Lisa Nilsen on 22 August 2012 (0 comments)
Hundreds of revellers from around the world are beginning to arrive in sunny Queenstown this week to celebrate Gay Ski Week, the Southern Hemisphere's largest Winter Pride event, which starts this Saturday.

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Unique freestyle event in Queenstown this Saturday

By Esther Small on 20 August 2012 (0 comments)
The Remarkables Parklife Invitational Rail Jam has some returning favourites and new stars in its line up this year with the addition of freestyle motorcross.

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Man living in a snow cave for a month

By Esther Small on 13 August 2012 (0 comments)
Local Queenstowner Blair Whitaker is to spend 30 nights alone on The Remarkables ski field to raise money for an avalanche dogs charity.

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Release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey draws closer

By Esther Small on 6 August 2012 (0 comments)
New Zealand is the home of Middle-earth as many people know and excitement is building around the November world premiere here in New Zealand of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Sporting elite heading our way

By Esther Small on 30 July 2012 (0 comments)
It has been confirmed that Winter Games NZ 2013, to be held in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby 11-25 August, will host at least five World Cups.

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Market atmosphere for Arrowtown’s ‘Twilight Trading’

By Lisa Nilsen on 26 July 2012 (0 comments)
For the first time, Winter Twilight Trading comes to historic Arrowtown.

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Snowbroads on snowboards

By Esther Small on 24 July 2012 (0 comments)
The Remarkables ski area is holding the annual Burton Snowbroads, girls only snowboard and ski freestyle camps this season, with the first event being held this Saturday 28th July.

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Celebrity chef coming to Queenstown’s menu

By Esther Small on 23 July 2012 (0 comments)
Simon Gault from the reality TV series MasterChef New Zealand has confirmed he will be opening a steakhouse and oyster bar in the Sofitel hotel complex.

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World class Kiwi snowboarding and surfing feature in first winter webisode

By Esther Small on 18 July 2012 (0 comments)
Diaries Down Under is back with another winter series, releasing the first of five high definition webisodes which showcase Queenstown and the surrounding region.

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Mountain fix on film

By Esther Small on 10 July 2012 (0 comments)
This year’s New Zealand Mountain Film Festival has had audiences buzzing with excitement at the thrills, spills and adrenaline-inducing action on-screen in Wanaka and Queenstown during the past few days.

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Global cyclocross queen – "The Queenstown course is the most beautiful I have seen anywhere in the world"

By Esther Small on 5 July 2012 (0 comments)
International cyclocross superstar Katie Compton has pronounced the Queenstown cyclocross course to be the most beautiful in the world.

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More winter events in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 2 July 2012 (0 comments)
The ten coolest days of winter fun, laughter and celebrations came to an end last night as thousands of people descended on Earnslaw Park for Mardi Gras.

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Lunchtime antics draw large crowds Queenstown Winter Festival

By Willy Hunt on 28 June 2012 (0 comments)
More madcap antics ensued on day six of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival with hundreds of people gathering at Earnslaw Park for the highly anticipated MoreFM Downtown Day.

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Snow comes to the party in Queenstown

By Willy Hunt on 26 June 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown is buzzing after overnight snowfalls brought snow downtown and turned the resort and surrounding mountains into a magical winter wonderland.

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Lara Bingle in town for Winter Festival and reality show

By Esther Small on 26 June 2012 (0 comments)
Perhaps best known to Kiwis for her ''Where the bloody hell are you?'' catchphrase, Australian model Lara Bingle has touched down in Queenstown.

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Irish Rugby Team enjoy Queenstown Attractions

By Willy Hunt on 22 June 2012 (0 comments)
The Irish rugby team's trip to Queenstown before its final match against the All Blacks proved an enjoyable one, with players getting a chance to relax and take in the town's beauty.

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3 day countdown until the 2012 Amex Queenstown Winter Festival!

By Esther Small on 19 June 2012 (0 comments)
The three-day countdown to the 2012 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has begun with construction of the American Express Wonderland Ice Rink now well underway...

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Remarkables ski field opening

By Willy Hunt on 15 June 2012 (0 comments)
The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown is all set for opening day on Saturday June 16th 2012.

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Penny Farthing and Vintage Cycle Tour to visit

By Willy Hunt on 13 June 2012 (0 comments)
This year the Oamaru Penny Farthing and Vintage Cycle Tour will be on board the TSS Earnslaw's 100th anniversary sailing from Kingston to Queenstown, on their way to Arrowtown.

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Global Cyclocross Queen confirmed for Queenstown event

By Willy Hunt on 11 June 2012 (0 comments)
International cyclocross superstar Katie Compton has been confirmed to take part in the New Zealand Cyclocross National Series this July – including the first race on July 1 during the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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Queenstown's still kiwi's top domestic travel destination

By Esther Small on 11 June 2012 (0 comments)
Once again Queenstown has taken top honours as the number one destination for Kiwi travellers according to a survey of 17,000 New Zealanders by Travelbug, the travel website run by Trade Me.

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Wintry blast bodes well for Queenstown ski areas

By Willy Hunt on 6 June 2012 (0 comments)
A wintry blast that swept the South Island of New Zealand has brought excellent snow making conditions for Queenstown ski areas in the lead up to opening weekend.

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Outstanding 2012 vintage expected by winery

By Esther Small on 6 June 2012 (0 comments)
Gibbston Valley Winery is predicting an outstanding 2012 vintage due to a dream run of summer and autumn weather that's produced a high quality of fruit this season.

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NZ Personalities on where to spend Winter Holidays

By Willy Hunt on 5 June 2012 (0 comments)
To celebrate the start of the season, Kiwi personalities reveal their favourite ways to spend winter.

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Diaries Down Under winter teaser video out now!

By Esther Small on 24 May 2012 (0 comments)
Bring on ski season 2012... the Diaries Down Under winter teaser video is out now! The Diaries Down Under boys speak to a couple of locals about mother nature and have some of last years footage to get you pumped on another winter.

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Top travel photography blogger moves to Queenstown

By Esther Small on 23 May 2012 (0 comments)
Trey Ratcliff, top travel photography blogger for the popular blog www.stuckincustoms.com was obviously impressed with Queenstown during his travels because he's just relocated with his family here.

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Gandalf's a big fan of Queenstown

By Esther Small on 18 May 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has enchanted English actor Sir Ian McKellen yet again while he's in New Zealand for The Hobbit filming.

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'Lady of the Lake' turning 100 years old

By Esther Small on 16 May 2012 (0 comments)
Real Journeys is planning a week of centenary celebrations including a re-enactment voyage marking the Lady of the Lake’s official birthday, 100 years to the day of her first voyage.

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Winter's on its way!

By Esther Small on 14 May 2012 (1 comment)
As we pass mid May the winter buzz around town is increasing as the temperature drops and the surrounding mountains get yet another dusting of snow.

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Celebrity chef Farah Quinn thinks Queenstown is great for kids

By Esther Small on 10 May 2012 (0 comments)
Indonesian 'sexy' celebrity chef Farah Quinn visited Queenstown this week with her five-year-old son and believes the outdoor environment is a major drawcard for Indonesians.

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Celebrity chef opens restaurant in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 8 May 2012 (0 comments)
Kiwi celebrity chef Josh Emett and business partner Fleur Caulton launched their new restaurant, Rata in Queenstown on May 4th, entertaining 300 invited guests.

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Queenstown voted best NZ destination in Trip Advisor awards

By Esther Small on 3 May 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has been ranked the top New Zealand destination in the Trip Advisor 2012 Travellers' Choice Awards 'Top Destinations in the South Pacific.'

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    Routeburn Classic women’s winner Whitney Dagg crossed the Harris Saddle

Routeburn Classic Mountain Run

By Willy Hunt on 30 April 2012 (0 comments)
Records topple as perfect conditions make for record times in 2012 Routeburn Classic adventure run.

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Kingston Flyer has a stellar season

By Willy Hunt on 30 April 2012 (0 comments)
The Kingston Flyer steam train finished it's 2011 - 2012 season on Sunday, bringing to a close a very successful return to the tracks. However the 'Flyer' is doing a Queenstown Winter Festival special run on July 1st.

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25 years of wine in Gibbston Valley

By Esther Small on 23 April 2012 (0 comments)
This week Gibbston Valley Wines is celebrating the 25th anniversary of commercial grape harvesting in Central Otago.

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2012 Arrowtown Autumn Festival - 50 events over 10 days

By Willy Hunt on 18 April 2012 (0 comments)
Starting Friday 20th April and running till the 29th, the Arrowtown Autumn Festival is a feast of entertainment, parades, mucic and colour!

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 Queenstown Bike Park's 100,000 rider Richard Smithers

Queenstown BIke Park's first full summer season a success!

By Esther Small on 16 April 2012 (0 comments)
The hottest new destination in southern hemisphere riding, the Queenstown Bike Park is celebrating success as its first full season draws to a close with kudos from international biking stars and rides passing the 100,000 mark.

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Orion Health GODZone Adventure race kicks off today!

By Lisa Nilsen on 9 April 2012 (0 comments)
It's on! The inaugural adventure race got off to a magical start this morning in Milford Sound

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NZPGA Pro-Am Set to be Bigger & Better in 2013

By Willy Hunt on 2 April 2012 (0 comments)
The NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship is set to get bigger and better. Plans are well advanced for 2013, with dates already in place and an expanded tournament on the cards after a highly successful inaugural event.

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Winter Festival programme now live

By Lisa Nilsen on 29 March 2012 (0 comments)
Full programme announced for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party

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Celebrities and Golf Pros arrive for the PGA Pro-Am Championship

By Esther Small on 29 March 2012 (0 comments)
Hollywood movie star Don Cheadle, a celebrity playing in the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship this weekend is blown away by Queenstown.

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Queenstown becomes a movie set this week

By Esther Small on 22 March 2012 (0 comments)
Parts of Queenstown’s CBD will become a movie set this week as the ‘Top of the Lake’ mini series begins filming street scenes.

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Win a trip to the Queenstown Winter Festival

By Esther Small on 20 March 2012 (0 comments)
The programme for the 2012 Queenstown Winter Festival is filling up with some fantastic events. Win a chance to come down and experience Queenstown's world-famous celebration of the start of winter!

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Flight of the Conchords coming to Queenstown!

By Esther Small on 16 March 2012 (0 comments)
The rumours have been confirmed - Flight of the Conchords are coming to Queenstown!

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Release of Stan Walker's new music video filmed in the area

By Esther Small on 14 March 2012 (0 comments)
Just released! Watch Stan Walker's new music video - 'Music Won't Break Your Heart', a lot of the footage was filmed around the Wakatipu region. Keep your eyes peeled for scenes of the Kingston Flyer, the Glenorchy area and from Coronet Peak.

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Motatapu 2012 has record runners

By Esther Small on 12 March 2012 (0 comments)
The temperate weather on Saturday was perfect for competing during the 2012 Motatapu Adventure Race.

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Chinese movie star in love with Queenstown

By Esther Small on 6 March 2012 (1 comment)
Dong Xuan, a popular Chinese film star, visited Queenstown last week and she loved it so much that she'd like to live here!

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Win a Queenstown holiday!

By Esther Small on 2 March 2012 (0 comments)
How would you spend $5,000 NZ on an amazing Queenstown holiday?

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ANZAC spirit alive in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 1 March 2012 (0 comments)
The Queen's representative in Australia, her excellency Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO joined New Zealand's Governor General Jerry Mataparae on a whirlwind state visit to Queenstown.

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Stan Walker steams up the Kingston Flyer

By Esther Small on 22 February 2012 (0 comments)
Stan Walker was heating up the rails on Saturday filming part of his new music video on the Kingston Flyer steam train.

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BMX riders crank out the big tricks at the 'Red Bull Roast It'

By Esther Small on 20 February 2012 (0 comments)
The crowds were treated to truckloads of thrills and spills at the 'Red Bull Roast It' BMX Dirt Jump Comnpetition at the QMTBC Gorge Road Jump Park in Queenstown.

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The ebb and flow of the 33rd Don Hay Classic Yacht Race

By Esther Small on 20 February 2012 (0 comments)
Bright sails dotted Lake Wakatipu as 27 yachts competed in the 33rd Don Hay Classic Yacht Race from Kingston to Queenstown on Saturday.

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The perfect time for wine and sunshine

By Esther Small on 27 January 2012 (0 comments)
The long summer days, lush green vineyards and cool nights made summer the perfect time to visit the Gibbston Valley to taste some of the fabulous wines grown in the region.

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Routeburn in Lonely Planet Top 10

By Willy Hunt on 18 January 2012 (0 comments)
Trekking options around Queenstown, including the Routeburn track - good enough to make Lonely Planets list of the 10 best treks in the world.

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Hot events coming up!

By Esther Small on 12 January 2012 (0 comments)
There's an abundance of great events happening in Queenstown in the next few months... you might need to visit more than once!

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A "destination on the rise"

By Lisa Nilsen on 4 January 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown ranked by Trip Advisor's discerning traveller community as one of 15 "Destinations on the Rise"

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