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Keep Dreaming of incredible Queenstown

11th June 2020
Follow us as we now head into volume 3 and into our exploration of one of our greatest Kiwi destinations: the incredible, and internationally adored, Queenstown. Known, iconically, for it’s wondrous mountains and ski fields, it also offers many hidden treats which are sure to tempt your holiday dreams. Perhaps you crave the rush and thrill of slip-streaming across the waterways in a Jet Boat, or the indulgent decadence of sampling wines, canapes and full-course meals? Whatever luxury or opportunity you desire, Queenstown is the greatest host of all. 

Hidden Lodge

Your ideal retreat from the world, you’ll fall in love with this small boutique accommodation. Secluded on a hillside on the very outskirts of town with 4 luxury suites, you’ll find this to be a perfect base for embracing all that Queenstown has to offer. Hidden away from prying eyes and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, the unobstructed views straight to the mountain ranges will mesmerise all - as you soak in sunsets, sunrises, movements of the water and the amazing night sky. Find comfort, decadence and luxury in your retreat room with under-stated perfection or soak up the wonder of experiencing the wide-reaching perfection of the amenities on offer.  

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu

Enjoy the uninterrupted views of Lake Wakatipu and the rugged mountains that fall in the background of beautiful Queenstown. Located just a 10-minute stroll from the centre of town, you’ll find these spacious and luxurious apartments are like home away from home, where you can take advantage of the beautiful amenities to create an experience of your very own. Being in such close proximity to town, you can take a small stroll and find any number of exceptional restaurants, vineyards or experiences that make this a perfect home base for experiencing the true nature of Queenstown. Plus, when you return by night, you’ll fall asleep in the softest of decadence and delight in soaking up the warm luxury in the well adorned bathroom!

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa

Perfection starts right here at the Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa. Experience a Welcome Drink, Daily Wine Tasting Hour, Evening Turn-Down Service, Complimentary Bike Hire, Valley Parking and a Winery Shuttle into town to name just a few of the exceptional benefits of your stay here. In a refined, comfortable and modern retreat, you’ll love spending time amidst the vines, and enjoying the simple pleasures of natural quiet away from the public eye. Relax and revive with a rejuvenating spa package, sample world-class food and wine, or even branch out and have an intimate and private picnic prepared specially for you by the Executive Chef. This an experience quite unlike any other, and quite worth its weight!

Southern Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight

Take to the air in this beautiful helicopter experience where you’ll soar above untouched native forests and glacial icefalls. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the Southern Alps and the Mount Aspiring National Park on this premier 50-minute trip. Enjoy the alpine landing high up above the landscape, and then take in the exceptional views of the beautiful snow-laden landscape all around you. Booking is essential as this private experience is a must-do and is the perfect way to capture forever memories.


Southern Glacier Helicopter. Image credit: The Helicopter Line

Sensational Stargazing

Looking for the best view of the sky in Queenstown? Take yourself up the Skyline Gondola to experience the clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown. Perched high above Queenstown and surrounded by the relaxing snow-capped mountains, you could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Southern Lights (Aurora), find the Southern Cross and marvel at the Milky Way twinkling above you. Enjoy the lack of trespassing light to experience an unbelievably clear view of the night sky and soak in these cosmic wonders.


Stargazing in Queenstown. Image credit: Getty images

Over the Top Golf

Possibly the world's most picturesque golf hole situated over 4000ft above Queenstown and reachable only by private helicopter transfer, this par 3 golf experience is truly exceptional. The altitude golfer can enjoy four tee boxes to attempt their (definitely worth boasting about) hole-in-one. To turn this into an even more exceptional experience, pre purchase food and beverage options to take up there with you and have a celebratory drink and picnic lunch as you soak in the 180 degree views of Queenstown and the magnificent Wakatipu Basin. To make a full day of it, enjoy the traditional 18-hole game at any local course and then have the helicopter collect and transfer you up into the hills, for the grand finale you’ve been waiting for!


Golfing above the clouds. Image credit: Over The Top Golf

Boutique Wine Tour

Undertake a tour of adventure as you hunt for the best boutique vineyards throughout Central Otago. From Queenstown to Cromwell, to Alexandra and more, you will see and taste more of Central Otago on this boutique wine tour! Taste over 30 delicious wines from the best producers throughout the region, and best of all, experience this in a round trip from your accommodation. Your guide will pick you up in the late morning and drop you back in the late afternoon. Sample, purchase and indulge in the best flavours that these exceptional vintners have to offer!

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Boutique wine tour. Image credit: Getty images


We’re fortunate in New Zealand to easily experience the simplicity and delight of Japanese cuisine, however for something exceptional, a dining experience at Tatsumi might be the way to go. Starting in Christchurch, then to Auckland and now based in Queenstown, this stunning restaurant has shifted according to the needs of the restaurant, and thus offers a level of service that is second to none. The success of their dishes lies in the delicate mix of authenticity and innovation. Discover traditionally curated sushi offered in a contemporary manner, sample Tempura that is made with squid ink, or indulge in traditionally French desserts, that have evolved into Japanese flare. You’ll find that this experience is over and above anything you’ve ever experienced before.


A lively joint where the interior decor is as sparingly fresh as the celebrated cuisine on offer. With over 25 years experience in the bag the food is modern, seasonally driven and ranges from simple baked perfections, to exquisitely intricate masterpieces. Experience overwhelmingly perfect flavours that seamlessly complement each other, with ingredients from local ports around the South Island and from farms in the region. Indulge in hand-selected wines to showcase the best of Central Otago and New Zealand as you sample your way through shellfish, the classic fish and chips or a more decadent serving of Blue Cod. For lovers of seafood, you won’t be disappointed with a dinner experience here.

Botswana Butchery

The Botswana Butchery is a crowd favourite, and brings that wholesomeness of the restaurant vibe together with an exceptional dining experience to create an experience worth multiple bookings! Granite bar tops, leather couches and white linen tablecloths that are backdropped by fireplaces are but a few of the simple yet effective design features that lend to the mood of this establishment. Lunch and Dinner both boast delicious options for NZ-based cuisine and employ the use of local ingredients in all their dishes. Glazed Free Range NZ Pork Cheek, Soup of the Day or the Confit Southland Hare Risotto are but a few of the amazing flavours on offer to help cap off any perfect day. Plus, paired with a delicious NZ wine, you’re sure to find a combination of flavours to love.
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