Blog posts by Esther Small

There's something in the water - New adrenaline activity hits Queenstown

By Esther Small on 9 December 2013
Hydro Attack is New Zealand’s newest adventure activity and it’s another world-first attraction for Queenstown.

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WIN a Queenstown summer holiday by putting yourself in the picture!

By Esther Small on 10 October 2013
Anything is possible on a Queenstown summer holiday. Win the ultimate trip for two to Queenstown valued at $3000 just by putting yourself in the picture doing one of Queenstown's amazing experiences. It's easy, enter now.

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 Winter Festival Ice Rink - Village Green

Enter the Queenstown Winter Warmer Competition and win!

By Esther Small on 12 June 2013
To celebrate the start of winter for the next four weeks we're giving away some great winter prizes every Magic Monday.

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Five great ways to relax and indulge in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 21 May 2013
A holiday is perfect for some 'me' time and a little indulgence is an essential element. Take some time to boost your well-being and soak up the local vibe.

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New art for the greens

By Esther Small on 15 May 2013
These life-like horse sculptures are the latest artworks to grace Sir Michael Hill’s growing collection on The Hills golf course near Arrowtown.

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Mad Mike conquers the Crown Range

By Esther Small on 9 May 2013
New Zealand Red Bull drift driver Mad Mike pushed his car to new limits in this new video when he conquered the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka.

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Celebrating the ANZAC spirit

By Esther Small on 23 April 2013
Aussies love Queenstown and Queenstown loves Aussies. Anzac day is just a few days away. So if you're an Aussie, Kiwi or maybe an honorary Kiwi here in town lets remember our shared history together at the first dawn service here in decades.

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The top 5 reasons to get hitched in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 19 April 2013
With stunning scenery, four distinct seasons, a diverse range of locations and experiences, having your wedding in the Queenstown region is the perfect romantic setting for your proposal, wedding, weekend getaway or honeymoon.

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Air New Zealand

The Routeburn Track stars with Bear Grylls in popular video

By Esther Small on 15 April 2013
Local 'Great Walk' The Routeburn Track was the filming location for Air New Zealand's current viral safety video starring celebrity survivor Bear Grylls.

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New bike resort opening in the region

By Esther Small on 12 April 2013
A year-round biking resort catering for beginner and intermediate riders will open at the end of this month on 400 hectares of land adjacent to Queenstown's award-winning Gibbston Valley Winery.

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A pie and a pint at the Arrowtown Autumn Festival

By Esther Small on 8 April 2013
A highlight of the upcoming Arrowtown Autumn Festival is the Pie and Pint Festival – grab the opportunity to savour local gourmet pies accompanied by NZ craft beer.

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The Hobbit fever and Queenstown's Middle-earth locations

By Esther Small on 14 December 2012
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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Win a weekend getaway to Queenstown with Air New Zealand

By Esther Small on 5 November 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Mountain Scene

Kiwi Olympic medalists love Queenstown

By Esther Small on 4 September 2012
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
Unveil your very own Middle-earth experience in a place that will forever keep you under its spell.

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Unique freestyle event in Queenstown this Saturday

By Esther Small on 20 August 2012
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
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
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
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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Snowbroads on snowboards

By Esther Small on 24 July 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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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Lara Bingle in town for Winter Festival and reality show

By Esther Small on 26 June 2012
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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3 day countdown until the 2012 Amex Queenstown Winter Festival!

By Esther Small on 19 June 2012
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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Queenstown's still kiwi's top domestic travel destination

By Esther Small on 11 June 2012
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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Outstanding 2012 vintage expected by winery

By Esther Small on 6 June 2012
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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Diaries Down Under winter teaser video out now!

By Esther Small on 24 May 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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25 years of wine in Gibbston Valley

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

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

By Esther Small on 29 March 2012
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
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
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
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
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 Marathon

Motatapu 2012 has record runners

By Esther Small on 12 March 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Hot events coming up!

By Esther Small on 12 January 2012
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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Plan your New Year's celebration

By Esther Small on 9 December 2011
Fireworks and festivals, it's all happening around the Wakatipu region during the New Year's period.

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Christmas in Queenstown

By Esther Small on 7 December 2011
The festive season is now upon us and Queenstown is a great spot to base yourself for a real kiwi Christmas.

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A First Timer Goes Downhill Biking

By Esther Small on 21 September 2011
I really enjoy a good bike ride. There’s nothing better than a weekend ride around the trails of Queenstown.

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What They're All Saying...

By Esther Small on 14 September 2011
Reality stars, famous politicians and sports stars have been talking about it. Steven Fry, the British actor, has been tweeting about it and the Irish and English rugby teams can’t get enough of it. What’s it? Queenstown!

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A Photographer's Paradise

By Esther Small on 9 September 2011
Everyone agrees Queenstown is a photographer's paradise.

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Kingston Flyer Returns!

By Esther Small on 2 September 2011
The Kingston Flyer, a vintage steam train and an iconic South Island attraction, is set to be back on the tracks and running again by late October after sitting idle for nearly three years.

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Queenstown Rugby Fever

By Esther Small on 24 August 2011
With just over two weeks until kick off, Rugby World Cup 2011 fever is starting to build around Queenstown and the rest of New Zealand. Yesterday Graham Henry, the All Blacks coach, announced the All Blacks squad for the big event.

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Party time during Winter Games

By Esther Small on 12 August 2011
It’s time to party! 100% Pure Winter Games are cranking up the action off-mountain this year with a festival celebrating music, comedy, film, theatre, food and wine, extreme sports and rail jams.

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Final Countdown to Winter Games

By Esther Small on 3 August 2011
We’re getting excited as we head into the final countdown for the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games 2011.

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Kiwiana Your Holiday

By Esther Small on 26 July 2011
Planning a trip to Queenstown? Why not add some uniquely kiwi elements to your holiday.

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Hollywood loves Queenstown

By Esther Small on 12 July 2011
Eight years after the last film from the’ Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was released, New Zealand is back once again as ‘Middle Earth’ with production for ‘The Hobbit’ movies in full swing.

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Party Atmosphere up Coronet Peak

By Esther Small on 1 July 2011
Visitors and locals alike enjoyed blue skies and rocking tunes up Coronet Peak during the Queenstown Winter Festival Coronet Concert.

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REAL NZ festival events coming

By Esther Small on 16 June 2011
Queenstown will roll out the welcome mat and join the party to celebrate all things Kiwi when the REAL New Zealand Festival kicks off for Rugby World Cup 2011.

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All Black superstars coming

By Esther Small on 13 June 2011
A stellar lineup of legendary rugby superstars are heading to Queenstown later this year for a ‘classic’ feature match that promises to ignite old rivalries.

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Burlesque inspires Ball

By Esther Small on 31 May 2011
The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party is about to get sexy with a little inspiration from Hollywood’s latest smash hit musical, Burlesque.

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