Blog posts from 2011

Action-packed summer events line-up released

By Lisa Nilsen on 30 December 2011
If you're hitting Queenstown this summer, there's a packed events calendar to choose from

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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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Queenstown to host inaugural NZ PGA Pro-Am Champs

By Lisa Nilsen on 7 December 2011
Hot off the press... The Hills is to host NZ PGA Pro-Am Champs from 2012 for 5 years

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 TSS Earnslaw entering Queenstown Bay

Queenstown is No. 1 for Kiwis

By Willy Hunt on 6 December 2011
TravelBug survey shows Queenstown is the most sought after destination for New Zealanders.

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Summer events line-up launched

By Lisa Nilsen on 1 December 2011
Heading to Queenstown this summer? There's a loaded events calendar to choose from.

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 Photo courtesy of Jack's Point.  Jack's Point

Queenstown’s fishing season opens

By Willy Hunt on 11 November 2011
The Wakatipu fishing season kicked off with high country rivers opening on 1 November. Local guides are out checking the conditions, testing tackle and gearing up for visiting anglers.

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 Autumn in Queenstown

Queenstown wine tour co. wins

By Willy Hunt on 4 November 2011
Premier wine tour company Appellation Central Wine Tours has received an International Best of Wine Tourism Award in the Wine Tourism Services category.

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Southern Lakes in World's Top 10 - Lonely Planet

By Willy Hunt on 31 October 2011
NZ’s Southern Lakes named one of the world’s must-visit destinations for 2012

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Queenstown golfing activities

President’s Cup spectators should tie in a golf visit to Queenstown

By Willy Hunt on 28 October 2011
Boasting five stunning golf courses, all within 25 minutes drive from the town centre, the Queenstown region is earning a reputation as an internationally renowned golf destination.

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 Queenstown conference and incentive

Queenstown's iconic steam ship turns 99

By Ben Chapman on 21 October 2011
The twin screw steam ship, TSS Earnslaw has been plying the waters of Lake Wakatipu for 99 years. Affectionately known as the "Lady of the Lake", her birthday was celebrated this week in style.

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Queenstown's road cycling season starts

By Willy Hunt on 13 October 2011
Road cyclists hit the group training rides around Queenstown.

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Former English rugbystar jets into Queenstown

By Lisa Nilsen on 7 October 2011
Former England rugby captain Phil Vickery took time out from his busy ITV Sport commentary schedule this week to enjoy Queenstown's fun and food.

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Queenstown - TripAdvisor's Number 1 in NZ for Food & Wine

By Lisa Nilsen on 7 October 2011
The growing reputation of Queenstown, New Zealand as ‘foodie heaven’ has been reinforced by a top award today from the world’s largest travel website.

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Dates locked in for 2012 Queenstown Winter Festival

By Willy Hunt on 28 September 2011
Dates released for the 2012 Winter Festival.

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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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Queenstown’s Spring Loaded

By Willy Hunt on 17 August 2011
There's heaps on during spring in Queenstown.

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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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300 FREE room nights up for grabs

By Lisa Nilsen on 1 August 2011
300 free hotel rooms up for grabs in beautiful Queenstown... enter now!

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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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School Holidays in Queenstown

By Willy Hunt on 21 July 2011
On and off snow recommendations for kids here during the winter school holidays.

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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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Lisa's Top 5 Off-Mountain Picks

By Lisa Nilsen on 28 June 2011
Here are my Top 5 things to do off the slopes in Queenstown this winter. Go ahead and tell me yours!

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Meet The New Guy

By Willy Hunt on 24 June 2011
I’m the new and excited one here at Destination Queenstown and you’ll be hearing a bit more from me from now.

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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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ANZA coming to Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 2 June 2011
Queenstown will host Australia and New Zealand’s largest education and student travel trade show, the Australia New Zealand Agent Workshop (ANZA), next year.

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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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World-class...why thank you!

By Lisa Nilsen on 5 May 2011
Queenstown’s staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills have earned us international accolades at this year’s Travellers Choice Awards run by the world's biggest travel website.

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 Tim and Carolyn enjoy a glass of bubbles 4,500 feet above Queenstown

Magnifique kiwi generosity

By Lisa Nilsen on 28 April 2011
A French couple travelling around New Zealand enjoy a helicopter flight and a picnic 4,500 feet above Lake Wakatipu!

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Local trails are “off the chain”

By Lisa Nilsen on 21 February 2011
Just read an article titled ‘The Ultimate Meal Deal’ in Australian Mountain Bike Magazine, which follows three mates from Australia Mountain biking around the South Island. Basically it’s a big rave about Queenstown!

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