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 Reigning Race to the Sky Champion Monster Tajima and Highlands general manager Mike Sentch

Race to the Sky motorsport event to return in 2015

By Charlie Curel on 20 August 2014
It has been announced that New Zealand’s iconic Race to the Sky motorsport hill climb will be returning to the Cardrona valley next year after an eight year break.

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Rural Games

Rural Games to be held in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 6 August 2014
A brand new event celebrating traditional country sports and New Zealand’s rural heritage will be held in Queenstown over Waitangi weekend next summer (7 & 8 February).

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Amisfield Winery & Bistro

Amisfield Winery & Bistro launches new book

By Charlie Curel on 29 July 2014
Hot on the book shelves this Friday (1 August) is a new book that shines the light on Central Otago wine producer Amisfield and its award-winning Amisfield Bistro.

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Airspresso Cafe

New café for Queenstown Airport

By Charlie Curel on 22 July 2014
Queenstown Airport’s latest arrival, Airspresso Café, is now open for business and already receiving high praise.

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Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration

Central Otago Pinot Noir to be celebrated at annual festival in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 9 July 2014
For the 11th year Central Otago Pinot Noir will be celebrated as wine lovers, connoisseurs and local wine makers gather in Queenstown.

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Blue Kanu

New on the menu in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 7 July 2014
Looking for a bite in Queenstown? Here’s a few of the newest features to Queenstown’s vibrant dining scene.

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Dates announced for 2015 Gibbston Valley Winery Concert

By Charlie Curel on 27 June 2014
It has been announced that legendary rockers Heart, Foreigner and Three Dog Night will play in Queenstown at the Gibbston Valley Winery, as part of the Summer Concert Tour, on January 31st 2015.

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The 40th Queenstown Winter Festival is here!

By Charlie Curel on 20 June 2014
Today marks the start of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival which is celebrating its big 4-0!

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Australia’s Sunrise breakfast show coming live from Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 17 June 2014
Australia’s Channel Seven breakfast show, Sunrise, will be broadcast live from Queenstown 19 and 20 June, marking the first time Channel Seven has ever broadcast an entire live show from New Zealand.

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Queenstown kicks off 2014 ski season

By Charlie Curel on 6 June 2014
In less than 24 hours, Queenstown’s Coronet Peak will welcome skiers and snowboarders for the first day of the 2014 New Zealand winter season.

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Calling all blushing brides

By Libby Baron on 30 May 2014
The New Zealand Wedding Fair is coming to Queenstown and is set to showcase the traditional alongside the latest in global wedding trends.

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Queenstown blanketed in snowfall

By Charlie Curel on 27 May 2014
Downtown Queenstown and the surrounding mountains have been blanketed in snow, following a bumper overnight snowfall on Sunday (25 May), giving local ski areas a good boost before the start of the winter season.

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Queenstown Airport rated as one of the world’s most scenic approaches

By Charlie Curel on 21 May 2014
Queenstown Airport has been voted 10th in the world’s top 10 Scenic Airport Approaches by private jet booking company privatefly.com

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Real Journeys

‘Lady of the Lake’ heads into annual survey

By Charlie Curel on 15 May 2014
Queenstown’s 101-year-old “Lady of the Lake” the TSS Earnslaw has left her home in Steamer Wharf for nearby Kelvin Heights to begin her annual maintenance.

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Winter Festival

American Express Winter Festival tickets on sale

By Charlie Curel on 2 May 2014
The countdown is on to the 40th American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, arguably the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter celebration (20 - 29 June).

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Queenstown voted New Zealand’s top destination on Trip Advisor

By Charlie Curel on 28 April 2014
Queenstown has again been named New Zealand’s number one destination in the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel community.

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Queenstown turns it on for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

By Sarah Stacey on 14 April 2014
Queenstown turned on a stunning, sunny autumn day yesterday (13 April 2014) to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Queenstown wineries 'pop up' in Sydney

By Sarah Stacey on 2 April 2014
Destination Queenstown has teamed up with The Winery Surry Hills to host ‘Urban Vineyard,’ a week-long celebration in Sydney showcasing Queenstown as a world-class wine and food destination.

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Action packed autumn

By Charlie Curel on 28 March 2014
The days might be getting cooler here in Queenstown but the events calendar is heating up for an action packed autumn!

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Blues & Roots Festival

Buskers given the chance to play alongside musical legends

By Charlie Curel on 21 March 2014
A number of talented acts have flocked to enter a busking competition which will see the winner play on the main stage at the first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival to be held on Saturday April 26 2014.

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Coronet Peak

New on the Queenstown slopes this winter

By Charlie Curel on 13 March 2014
Winter may be a few months away but the region's ski areas are already busy preparing for another bumper season ahead. Read on to find out what’s new this winter.

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10th Motatapu celebrates in style

By Charlie Curel on 11 March 2014
The 10th annual Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event held in Wanaka and Queenstown last weekend (Saturday March 8) has been hailed “the best yet” attracting a spectacular and record-breaking line-up of competitors.

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New dates announced for 2015 New Zealand Open

By Charlie Curel on 6 March 2014
Organisers of the New Zealand Open have announced that the 2015 New Zealand Open will be moved back two weeks to be held from March 12 to 15.

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Watch the NZ Open live wherever you are

By Charlie Curel on 24 February 2014
The NZ Open, which will be staged at The Hills and Millbrook Resort this week from February 27 to March 2, will carry live streaming for the first time in the tournament’s history.

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‘The 19th’ at NZ Open bigger and better for non-golfers

By Charlie Curel on 19 February 2014
A line up of great kiwi music, food and wine are just some of the things spectators can expect off the greens at ‘The 19th’ during the New Zealand Open next week here in Queenstown (February 27 to March 2).

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Summer continues in Queenstown with full event line up

By Charlie Curel on 11 February 2014
Live music, world-class golf and the best of the region’s food and wine are just some of the great reasons to visit Queenstown over the next few weeks.

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Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort

Queenstown to host 3-6-12 hour bike race

By Charlie Curel on 31 January 2014
Queenstown’s first ever 3-6-12 hour bike race will be held on 22 February 2014 at Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort in the beautiful Gibbston valley.

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Qantas to increase services from Sydney to Queenstown

By Christiana Zhu on 24 January 2014
Qantas has announced plans to increase its Sydney to Queenstown services over the 2014 Australian Easter school holidays and peak ski season.

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Aro ha

First of its kind wellness centre opens near Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 17 January 2014
Aro Ha, a purpose built, self sufficient, luxury Wellness Centre set in spectacular surroundings, has opened near Queenstown.

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NZ Open

Cris Judd announced as celebrity player for NZ Open

By Charlie Curel on 6 January 2014
The 2014 NZ Open in Queenstown received some Hollywood glamour with the announcement that well-known American dancer, choreographer and model Cris Judd will join the celebrity field.

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Merry Christmas from Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 23 December 2013
The Christmas holidays are upon us here in Queenstown. Read on to find out the times of church services and what's open and when.

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Public Kitchen & Bar

New eats in Queenstown & Arrowtown

By Charlie Curel on 13 December 2013
Queenstown’s fantastic food and wine scene has further been enhanced by four new additions. Read on to learn more...

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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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Top Festive Picks

By Charlie Curel on 6 December 2013
The festive festivities are well underway in Queenstown - the decorations are up, Santa’s grotto is open for business, and the events schedule is action packed. Read on to find out more.

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The Doobie Brothers and Elvis Costello & The Imposters to star in new Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival

By Charlie Curel on 3 December 2013
The first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival - a one-day outdoor event is to be held on Saturday April 26 2014 and features a stunning line-up of acclaimed national and international acts.

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NZ Open

Kiwi songstress Anika Moa to headline NZ Open in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 28 November 2013
Organisers of the NZ Open have announced iconic Kiwi songstress Anika Moa will headline the inaugural Open Sounds – an open air concert to be held on the Saturday night of the tournament.

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Queenstown to host International Marathon

By Charlie Curel on 27 November 2013
Yesterday it was announced that the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon will be held in less than 12 months’ time.

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New chairlift for Queenstown ski area

By Charlie Curel on 18 November 2013
A busy summer is planned at The Remarkables Ski Area in Queenstown as work has started on installing a new high-speed chairlift.

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Happy 25th birthday to Bungy!

By Charlie Curel on 12 November 2013
The adventure tourism industry is celebrating as AJ Hackett, the world’s first commercial bungy operator, has reached a milestone 25 years in business.

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New Scenic Cruise on Lake Wakatipu

By Charlie Curel on 8 November 2013
Queenstown’s newest tourism attraction Spirit of Queenstown will take to the waters of Lake Wakatipu next Monday November 11 carrying her first official passengers.

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Queenstown voted one of the best honeymoon destinations for 2014

By Charlie Curel on 30 October 2013
In recognition of the region’s stunning natural beauty, diverse experiences and luxury options Lonely Planet has named Queenstown as a top honeymoon destination.

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Classic Hits Winery Tour 2014 - Queenstown show date announced

By Charlie Curel on 23 October 2013
The Classic Hits Winery Tour is once again heading to Queenstown this summer with an all star line up.

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Dates announced for 40th American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

By Charlie Curel on 16 October 2013
Mark your calendars now… the dates for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter celebration are officially locked and loaded for a milestone 40th birthday party in 2014!

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NZ Open

Volunteers wanted for New Zealand Open in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 14 October 2013
Keen golf enthusiasts and those who want to be a part of the action are encouraged to put their hands up as volunteers for the 2014 New Zealand Open.

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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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Looking for an endless winter?

By Charlie Curel on 9 October 2013
Did you know that your Queenstown region season pass could bag you a bargain at other ski areas across the world?

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AJ Hackett Bungy

Iconic adventure operators celebrate 25 years of pure adrenaline!

By Charlie Curel on 27 September 2013
Dart River Jet and AJ Hackett Bungy, two of Queenstown’s most loved adventure operators are in the mood for celebrating as they turn the ripe old age of 25!

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Queenstown’s Diaries Down Under makes Aussie TV debut

By Charlie Curel on 26 September 2013
A 30-minute television version of the snowboarding web series Diaries Down Under made its small screen debut on Australian action sports channel FUEL TV last Saturday (21 September).

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Top of the Lake up for several Emmy Awards

By Charlie Curel on 20 September 2013
Filmed last year in Queenstown, Top of the Lake is up for a number of Emmy Awards in Los Angeles this weekend after already scooping up an award at last weekend’s technical Emmy’s.

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 Queenstown spring season

Snow & blossom; it can only be September!

By Charlie Curel on 13 September 2013
Spring is in the air here in Queenstown and it’s a great time to visit! Read more to find out what’s on this spring…

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Cardrona Alpine Resort

Spring storm delivers the good stuff

By Charlie Curel on 6 September 2013
Superb spring skiing conditions were enjoyed yesterday by those lucky enough to have been in Queenstown.

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DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown 2013 kicks off tomorrow

By Charlie Curel on 30 August 2013
With only hours to go until the opening event, things are full steam ahead for the 2013 DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown.

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Classic rock legends coming to Queenstown this summer

By Charlie Curel on 29 August 2013
Today it has been announced that Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (of Jefferson Starship fame) and iconic British group 10cc will perform in Queenstown on 15 Feb 2014.

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Queenstown’s Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort flinging into spring with official launch

By Charlie Curel on 26 August 2013
Rabbit Ridge, a dedicated Queenstown bike resort, will officially open for year-round riding next Sunday 1 September unveiling a raft of new and upgraded facilities and trails.

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of St Peters Anglican Church in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 22 August 2013
Sunday 1st of September marks the 150th anniversary of the first service held at St Peters Anglican Church Queenstown, built on the site donated to the Wakatipu parish by William Gilbert Rees, the founding father of Queenstown.

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World’s best compete at Parklife Invitational!

By Charlie Curel on 20 August 2013
Some of the world’s top freestyle skiers and riders pulled out their best tricks in front of thousands of spectators at the Parklife Invitational rail jam in downtown Queenstown on Saturday night (August 17).

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Festival programme keeps the excitement pumping downtown during Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

By Charlie Curel on 16 August 2013
The first day of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 yesterday (15 August) also marked the start of a full programme of off-mountain events and entertainment in Queenstown and Wanaka.

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New location for Rhythm & Alps festival

By Charlie Curel on 12 August 2013
Rhythm and Alps has a new home for 2013 and we are very excited to be welcoming the festival to the beautiful Queenstown region.

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Queenstown voted one of world’s friendliest cities

By Charlie Curel on 5 August 2013
Queenstown has earned a top place on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of 20 of the world's friendliest cities.

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Countdown to the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 is on…

By Charlie Curel on 1 August 2013
The countdown is officially on to the Audi quattro Winter Games 2013 with exactly two weeks until the opening ceremony here in Queenstown.

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Not Bad Official Trailer – Pretty good we’d say!

By Charlie Curel on 25 July 2013
The Anthill film crew took a trip to Queenstown this summer and have been busy working on their latest production, 'Not Bad... 30 days of bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand’. Check out the official trailer here.

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Shaun White confirmed for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

By Charlie Curel on 19 July 2013
Reigning Olympic champion and world snowboarding legend, Shaun White is heading our way next month to compete at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013.

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Skyline

NEW mountain bike trail to be added to Queenstown Bike Park

By Charlie Curel on 12 July 2013
Skyline Enterprises have announced that they will invest $75,000 in building a new mountain bike trail on Bob’s Peak (affectionately referred to by locals as Skyline) to cater for the increased interest in Queenstown's mountain biking scene.

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New Zealand Open Returns to Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 11 July 2013
The New Zealand Open is returning to Queenstown next year and is set to be the biggest golfing event hosted in New Zealand for many years.

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Make 2014 the year that YOU take on the mighty Motatapu

By Charlie Curel on 10 July 2013
Queenstown is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in New Zealand. If you are ready to get fully immersed and challenge yourself then we have just the event for you…

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American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

Highlights from the 39th American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

By Charlie Curel on 5 July 2013
Snow, sunshine, laughter and entertainment sums up what was another fantastic 10 days of festival fun thanks to the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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Diaries Downunder Episode 1 is out...

By Charlie Curel on 2 July 2013
The Diaries Downunder crew are back again for the 2013 winter season and the first edit is already out! Warning… this video will make you want to come to the snow!

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Foodie heaven

By Charlie Curel on 26 June 2013
Queenstown definitely isn’t short of great places to eat and the 2013 Cuisine Good Food Awards agree. Read on to find out who scored the top marks…

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Cardrona Alpine Resort

It’s snow time!

By Charlie Curel on 25 June 2013
‘Epic’, ‘best opening day in a decade’ and ‘exquisite’ are just some of the ways that those lucky enough to have been in Queenstown over the weekend have been describing snow conditions.

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Queenstown Winter Festival

Hours away from the 39th American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

By Charlie Curel on 20 June 2013
That’s right; the countdown is now on here in Queenstown until the 39th American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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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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NZSki

One more sleep until the start of the 2013 winter season!

By Charlie Curel on 6 June 2013
Tomorrow (Saturday 8 June) Coronet Peak will be kicking off the 2013 New Zealand winter season! The recent cold temperatures and snowfalls have set the resorts up for a great start.

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Winter has arrived!

By Charlie Curel on 30 May 2013
Queenstown has been buzzing with excitement this week after snowfall blanketed town and the surrounding mountains.

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Queenstown voted one of world’s top destinations on Trip Advisor

By Charlie Curel on 24 May 2013
Queenstown has been named one of the world’s Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel community.

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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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Trey Ratcliffe

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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Snow lovers it is time to get excited!

By Charlie Curel on 6 May 2013
It is starting to look and feel distinctly wintery here in Queenstown. With less than 5 weeks to go until the first ski area is scheduled to open, things are starting to look all white…

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NZ’s favourite comics confirmed for the NZ Comedy Gala in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 29 April 2013
Some of New Zealand’s favourite Kiwi comedians will be making their way to Queenstown for the NZ Comedy Gala at the Queenstown Memorial Centre on Tuesday 25th June, as part of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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Counting down to winter

By Charlie Curel on 26 April 2013
With just over 6 weeks until Queenstown’s first ski area opens, it’s time to start getting excited about my favourite season… WINTER!!

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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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Winter Festival

The Winter Festival Ball is back!

By Charlie Curel on 27 March 2013
After a year away from the Winter Festival programme the Ball is making a welcome return and it is expected to be a fantastic night.

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100 days until American Express Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off

By Charlie Curel on 13 March 2013
Today officially marks the countdown to New Zealand’s ten coolest days with the release of the initial 2013 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival programme.

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Autumn adventure, events and must do’s

By Charlie Curel on 6 March 2013
The leaves are beginning to turn here in Queenstown and we are starting to notice a subtle shift in the seasons.

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NZPGA Championship 2013 – The Lowdown

By Charlie Curel on 21 February 2013
Golfing greats will battle it out with amateur celebrities at the NZPGA Championship at the exclusive The Hills golf course next week. Find out all you need to know here.

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Warbirds Over Wanaka 2014 - Tickets NOW on sale...

By Charlie Curel on 19 February 2013
Tickets are now on sale for Warbirds Over Wanaka 2014. The biannual International Airshow is preparing for its 14th appearance at Wanaka Airport.

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Our fab 5 flirty date ideas

By Charlie Curel on 4 February 2013
With St Valentines’ Day less than two weeks away, it’s time to work out how you can win brownie points with your loved one. Here are our top 5 ways to impress...

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Queenstown accommodation ranked among world's best

By Charlie Curel on 22 January 2013
Queenstown dominated the Top 25 New Zealand Hotels category with Millbrook Resort named NZ’s No 1 Hotel.

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Remarkable Theatre

Twisted Tales set to entertain theatre lovers

By Lisa Nilsen on 17 January 2013
Outdoor theatre is always a real treat and Twisted Tales, in Queenstown Gardens, is going to be truly unique.

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Queenstown Bike Festival returns for a third year

By Charlie Curel on 14 January 2013
The Queenstown Bike Festival is back, bigger and better than ever. The ten day festival is packed with events for both the casual weekend warrior through to the hardened pro.

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Southern PR

Caddy call for NZ PGA Championship in Queenstown

By Charlie Curel on 11 January 2013
Is golf your thing...? If you answered yes, then this could be your opportunity to get involved with the NZ PGA Championship that is to be held late next month.

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Top 5 Summer Picks

By Charlie Curel on 24 December 2012
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
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
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
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
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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