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LUMA Southern Light Project is back to switch on winter for 2024 with the popular event being held over Kings Birthday weekend from the 30th May - 3rd June. The Queenstown festival is in its ninth year and will feature a vast range of expert soundscapes, live music, illuminated art

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After a six-year hiatus, Aspiring Conversations festival is set to return, transforming Wānaka into a hub of intellectual exchange and cultural celebration. From 4-7 April the festival will host 14 events across three venues, featuring a diverse line up of forty speakers and artists, exploring themes ranging from culture and history to

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Arrowtown is officially New Zealand’s most beautiful small town. Scooping the 2023 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards comes after the historic village also took out the award in 2020. Arrowtown claimed the title over Turangi and Keep New Zealand Beautiful chief executive and awards judge Heather Saunderson says the town has “an

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A new community and recreation hub close to the centre of Wānaka has created fresh opportunities for people to connect and get active. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has transformed the former Mitre 10 building on Plantation Road into Paetara Aspiring Central.nQLDC Community Services general manager Kenneth Bailey says there

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 New Zealand’s largest Kiwi owned home building brand, Signature Homes, celebrated its 40th  anniversary in 2023 underlining its commitment to constructing quality homes nationwide. Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago franchisee owners Chris and Renee King say - “it is a testament to the company’s unwavering dedication to the community and its

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An original 1882 Queenstown stone cottage is home to Yonder widely upheld as an essential part of the daily brunch and coffee DNA for Queenstown locals. Co-found Gary Livesey encourages visitors to discover for themselves what the restaurant is all about. “This summer it’s our mission to invite visitors to come

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Millbrook Resort is a high-profile award-winning five-star golf and lifestyle resort in Queenstown and is renowned for its quality residential neighbourhoods. QT Magazine spoke to director of property and development Ben O’Malley. What premium property is currently available?  In recent years Millbrook’s development has been progressing in an orderly westward direction away

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Wānaka’s Escape has a diverse selection of elegant fashion from leading international brands reflecting owner Lucy Lucas’s love of classic designer clothing. “I source for quality, uniqueness and timelessness. Uniqueness in fashion is a huge thing for me along with exceptional quality, fabrics and prints.” From statement dresses, skirts and jackets to

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The Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow has been left on the sidelines for six years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic – but organisers are upbeat about the prospects for the Easter 2024 event on March 29, 30 and 31. General manager Ed Taylor says the last airshow was in 2018 and

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The Cardrona Hotel is a drawcard for summer hospitality and a destination for artisan style food, premium craft beers and top regional wines within its relaxed country garden setting. Angela Cook is head chef of the historic country pub and her focus is on retaining its popular hospitality legacy. “The hotel

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With new designer ranges arriving continuously throughout summer Arrowtown’s boutique store Ikon is a fashion destination. "The store is revamped for the summer season with new looks from some of the world’s most successful fashion brands like Ksubi, MINPINK, C&M, Coop, Diesel, Amuse Society, Scotch&Soda, Superdry, Maison Scotch, Oneteaspoon, Rue Stiic,

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Jack’s Point championship golf course was a recent nominee in New Zealand’s Best Golf Course category at the 2023 World Golf Awards and is a past winner. QT Magazine caught up with general manager of golf John Griffin. What importance does the Jack’s Point golf team place on international accolades? Ongoing global

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After a year in business at Bannockburn Riverside Gallery owner Andie Pearce is upbeat about the pleasure her destination gallery, in its exceptional garden setting beside the Kawarau River housing a curated selection of art works, brings to visitors. “The location alongside the Dunstan Trail gives me the opportunity to combine

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The unveiling of a new state-of-the-art packhouse mid 2023 has consolidated production levels for Jackson Orchards cementing it as one of Central Otago’s largest orcharding enterprises. Kevin Jackson and his team operate more than 200 tonnes of stone and pip fruit through their newly installed MAF RODA grader each season

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The Headwaters Eco Lodge offers fresh, seasonal and destination dinners seven nights a week prepared by well-known executive chef Pete Gawron and his talented team. The former owner and head chef at Arrowtown’s Saffron restaurant  Pete spearheaded the naming of Saffron as one of Condé Nast Traveller’s Top 100 Tables which

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The new timber clubhouse complex at the Queenstown Country Club (QCC) on Ladies Mile is a central feature of the development and makes a significant impact underlining the sustainable creativity of JTB Architects. "We're seeing an exciting growth in demand for sustainable design," says lead architect on the QCC development Mike

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Arrowtown golf course is ranked amongst the top ten in New Zealand and has significantly been singled out by prominent US golf writer Tom Doak as one of the country’s most charming and quirky courses. “We recommend it not because it’s short and bunkerless but because its narrow and bouncy fairways

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Queenstown boutique hotel The Spire has confirmed its luxury status in the resort after winning a number of 2023 World Luxury Hotel Awards including the coveted Luxury Small Hotel title. “These awards acknowledge the important and integral role The Spire plays in the Imperium Collections high-end hospitality footprint in Queenstown,” says

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Wānaka artist Sierra Roberts has attracted a national and international following for her vibrant artworks exploring perceptions of beauty and the female experience. After graduating from university with a Fine Arts degree Sierra spent time travelling and working in Australia, Asia and South American which influenced her decision to start full

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The 2024 Warbirds Over Wanaka international airshow will be without its greatest supporter – founder patron and number one fan Sir Tim Wallis who recently died aged 85 in Wanaka. He was recognised as the driving force behind the event for 20 years after the first airshow Warbirds on Parade was

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The highly anticipated completion of the Arrowtown to Arthurs Point to Tuckers Beach cycling trail will coincide with the start of work on the Kawarau Gorge Trail, connecting Queenstown to Central Otago with a spectacular off-road trail. “It’s an exciting time for trails in our region as we begin to see

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Summer fashion comes to life at boutique activewear store Goals. "We are all in love with summer at Goals,” says executive director Caroline Walak. “New labels instore are Aussie fitness brand Ryderwear and resort sport wear The Upside. There are plenty of fresh arrivals happening weekly from our leading brands Lorna

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The world-class Arrowtown trail network embodies a vast range of walks and backcountry hikes appealing to all ages and fitness levels. “The trails come into their own in summer with people getting out experiencing these special areas that are right on Arrowtown’s doorstep,” says Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association manager Nicky

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Wānaka bookshop Next Chapter celebrated its third birthday in October underlining the important role it plays in the community. Owners Jenny Ainge and Sally Battson have been overwhelmed with the support from local and out-of-town book lovers which has reinforced the continued growth of the independent store. “It is hard to believe

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Kinross’ purpose built cellar door celebrates five of Central Otago’s best known wineries and is the highlight of a visit to Gibbston either by car or on the Queenstown cycle trail. “Kinross is a great place to sample wines ranging from world-beating classics to small boutique gems all in one place,”

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The enduring appeal of Queenstown for visitors and avid golfers has enabled organisers of the 103rd New Zealand Open to play the long game in the build-up to the 2024 event from February 29 – March 3. The largest event on New Zealand’s golfing calendar is back in play for

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Standing out from the crowd, Queenstown's newly launched food and wine destination, Ayrburn, is set to be summer’s most notable hotspot. Set amongst the rich 160-year history of one of the region’s most historic farm holdings, Ayrburn offers an unbeatable setting for expansive modern culinary experiences. The innovative, ambitious new precinct developed

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The distinctive work of artists Neville Porter and George Gray has a special synergy. Porter Gray Gallery recently opened in downtown Queenstown, opposite the Steamer Wharf, providing a shop window for their combined artistic talents with Neville’s outstanding photographic works hanging alongside George’s exceptional oil paintings. “It is a totally collaborative endeavour,”

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Clyde’s Eade Gallery, co-owned by Melanie and Rex Eade, is hosting three solo and duo solo exhibitions this spring centring on the work of artists represented by the gallery.  Stories - October 7– November 1 2023 Impressionist painter Paul Samson has a new collection of oil on canvas works entitled Stories which

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Cromwell based Infinite Energy celebrates ten years in business this year with innovation the backbone of their success according to CEO Regan Heal. “Our team’s technical expertise has allowed us to play a leading role in the design and delivery of bespoke and complex systems for a massive range of applications.

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A stylish selection of international designer fashion makes an elegant statement at Wānaka’s Escape Clothing which has attracted a dedicated following since opening in 2002. “Wānaka has grown massively since then and the business has really developed with the town. I think our customers are much more fashion focused today and

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A core belief in inner beauty and skin care led beauty therapist Alecia Hodgson to immerse herself in the industry and subsequently open Silver Sixpence skin clinic and spa in Wānaka. “After qualifying from Christchurch’s National School of Aesthetics I went to Canada for spa experience and then travelled to various

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Indoor golf has arrived in Queenstown with the opening of Golf Federation in the centre of the resort. The indoor golf simulator in Athol Street is the brainchild of PGA golf professional Ben Guilford who saw an opportunity for a facility where people can practice and play golf in all weathers

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From design concepts and project management to installation and delivery Central Otago based Power Solutions is a results driven company. Managing director Mark Laming has shaped the company that works specifically with developers, surveyors,  planners and councils to provide effective power solutions for a broad range of infrastructure, building and land

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Spring marks six years since Queenstown’s Five Mile launched with the shopping centre today one of the region’s fastest growing retail destinations. “We have a vibrant array of clothing stores offering everything from sports and outdoor clothing to streetstyle and footwear,” says Five Mile retail manager Regan Allington. “ Our centralised

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One of Arrowtown’s oldest, heritage buildings in Buckingham Street houses The Jade and Opal Factory which has been creating original jade sculpture and jewellery collections for over three decades. Lee Roy Mullings, a master carver in his own right, heads the business started by his father, Gary Mullings in the early

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Spring breathes new life into the rural home, garden and gallery of Queenstown artist Angus Watson and his many paintings on display reflect his love of colour. “Another year has passed and I have been painting prolifically turning the surrounding spectacular landscape into vibrant, contemporary colours.” Angus enjoys commissioned work and receives

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Easy Big Trees have been growing high quality plants and trees for over 100 years and the Southland horticultural enterprise is the largest of its kind in the South Island. “We offer an extended range of the highest quality plants and trees, all expertly cared for with the wisdom and experience

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New owners of Arrowtown’s Provisions Matthias Schmitt and Monika Ederer are relishing stamping their mark on the café housed in an original miner’s cottage in Buckingham Street. The professional chefs moved to Arrowtown with their two young children this year after spending more than a decade working and living on

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Creative Space Architecture is a leading architectural design agency based in Queenstown and Tauranga. QT Magazine spoke to executive director Andre Laurent about designing energy efficient homes for the Southern Lakes region. How do you maximise energy efficiency through architecture? We guide clients to select the most appropriate construction methods and materials

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F L Bone has been an importer of luxury home appliance brands for over 100 years and features a selection of exceptional designer products for the home. The high-end appliances include range cookers and fireplaces and are on display in their Queenstown store at The Junction in Gorge Road. Queenstown store manager

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A new couture collection created by Wānaka bespoke jeweller Alice Herald reflects her ongoing love of nature so prominent in all her designs. “I see jewels when walking through forests. Nature’s colour, its architecture and quiet energy have such an influence on my design and in the story telling of the

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Quartz Reef Wines was one of several Central Otago wineries to be recognised recently in The Real Review Top Wineries of New Zealand 2023. The list is a national benchmark identifying where New Zealand wineries are placed amongst their peers. The awards panel reviews around 10,000 wines each year with certificates awarded

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The 2023 Rhythm & Alps music festival, now in its 13th year, has a stellar line up for New Year celebrations in the Cardrona Valley from December 29 until December 31. The festival is a highlight on the Australasian music calendar with more than 10,000 festival goers expected to experience three

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In the past five years the Future Hospitality Group headed by James Ace and Bert Haines has grown its portfolio of high-level restaurants and bars to seven venues across Queenstown. The pair are ardent advocates of hospitality excellence  and their restaurant Margo’s in the Queenstown Mall is a fun, contemporary place

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High-quality and innovative cuisine is the calling card of Lil Red, the new 40-seat restaurant at luxury boutique hotel QT Queenstown. Originally set up as a pop-up in 2021, when the hotel opened, Lil Red at QT promises stylish fine dining in an intimate setting. Local ingredients blended with traditional Japanese

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Conceived as an original New York style American steak house for the New Zealand market Jervois Steak House (JSH) in Queenstown punches well above its weight. Owned by the Foley Group  JSH in Queenstown, housed in Sofitel hotel, is a sister restaurant to Auckland’s flagship Jervois Steak House in Herne Bay

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Queenstown’s only dedicated agaveria Little Mez has a reputation for its impressive range of premium, authentic tequila and mezcal varietals sourced directly from Mexico. Opened in July 2022 by the award-winning Future Hospitality Group the sophisticated, speakeasy style basement bar is tucked away in Cow Lane and is a popular addition

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Gibbston Valley Winery’s upmarket $750 million lifestyle development project has reached a significant milestone with the first homes currently being built in the prestigious settlement. “This is great progress for the Gibbston Valley Resort,” says CEO Greg Hunt. “The Reserve stage is now titled with 70 per cent of the sections

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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa’s French inspired hospitality is legendary and its latest addition –  Le Salon Rouge – is reminiscent of a prohibition era speakeasy. The intimate cocktail bar and lounge has a mix of fine food and wine and cocktail experiences from early afternoon until late evening. “Our decadent French

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A Central Otago alpine village development is celebrating over $50million in total sales and will release its first titles to buyers this spring. Mt Cardrona Station in the Cardrona Valley is also offering fixed pricing on a range of architecturally designed luxury house, land and landscaping packages and has recently launched

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Contemporary artworks by Eelco Hilgersom were recently unveiled at Bonham Art & Design Gallery in Arrowtown. Showcasing the Amsterdam based artist's lifelong fascination with structures found in nature, the series entitled Habitat features organic shapes in vibrant hues inspired by organism's intricate communication systems . "The response to Eelco's work

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Glass-fronted, architecturally-designed new builds to restored heritage homes, sprawling glades to manicured inner-city patio gardens – tickets for the 2022 season of the NZ House & Garden Tours are on sale from October 5, 2021. And for the first time the tour will also have weekend getaway packages planned around

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From running a ski lodge in Australia to appearing on celebrated chef Al Brown’s Hunger for the Wild television series to starting an award-winning artisan preserves company and operating her own cafés Jane Shaw’s life has always revolved around food. Her popular Arrowtown café Provisions is a warm and inviting winter refuge to

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Arna Craig, founder of rebranded change marketing agency Conscious is turning her business model on its head and wants other local businesses to follow her lead.  “The world is in climate crisis and we as a business community are not doing enough. We are in the midst of a global climate

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With a portfolio of award-winning design to their name, brothers  Ben and Hamish Lewis have captured the imagination of New Zealand homeowners with their exquisite selection of tailor-made luxury furniture and European design on display at their Trenzseater stores in Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown. The Covid-19 lockdown last year led to Trenzseater

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Queenstown’s Future Hospitality Group consistently offers exceptional hospitality experiences across their premium Queenstown restaurants, café and bars. QT Magazine takes a look behind the scenes. Industry Innovator Future Hospitality Group has a reputation for creating venues providing unforgettable innovative experiences. Co-owned by Queenstown entrepreneurs James Ace and Bert Haines who have 12

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