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Spotlight on: winter in Queenstown

05 July 2015
Queenstown is a popular destination in both summer and winter alike, with plenty on offer -read our full guide to Queenstown here . But in winter, Queenstown comes alive as snow lovers flock to the town four access to four stunning ski fields nearby.
Plenty on offer for snow bunnies

The South Island is home to New Zealand's best ski fields, and Queenstown offers easy access to no less than four nearby ski fields. Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone are all within 30 to 90 minutes drive. With plenty of runs for everyone, from beginners to the very advanced there is enough to keep snow lovers busy. The season runs from June to October.

For the non-skiiers, enjoy a chair lift ride to take in the beautiful views and enjoy the 'apres-ski'.
Luxury Accommodation

Enjoy a winter getaway to some of Queenstown's stunning luxury accommodation. Keep warm in front of a roaring fire, enjoy stunning food and wine, and venture out to take part in some of Queenstown's many activities. Some of our favourite picks includeMatakauri Lodge andEichardts Private Hotel.

For something a little different, stunningMinaret Station - only accessible by helicopter - is positioned in the glacial hills near to Wanaka. Or try theARO HA Wellness Retreat , just 40 minutes from Queenstown for zen-inspired luxury.

With a wide range of accommodation on offer, ask us for a recommendation.
Getting to Queenstown : Located on the South Island there are good domestic connections from around the country

Review:  Ārahi gourmet drinks

03 July 2015
Looking for a premium non-alchoholic beverage for the yacht? Look no further than new company Ārahi , which offers a range of elegant alcohol-free beverages with character and depth of flavour, served in fine stemware. Redefining non-alcoholic beverages the company offers gourmet drinks, crafted from cold-pressed, unfermented, premium New Zealand fruits.

Ārahi was inspired by co-founders David and Jo-Anne’s frustration of the lack of fine, non-alcoholic drinks available at bars. “I was stunned, the non-alcoholic choices were one dimensional, boring, there wasn’t any fine glassware, all topped off with a kiddies straw. You stood out as the ‘non-drinker’ in the room, as though there’s something wrong with you,” co-founder David Wilson said. “The truth is you are likely to not be drinking because you are doing something really positive – pregnancy, health, cutting back, keeping a clear head, training or being the sober driver who will be getting everyone home safe that night. So we should be treated with respect like everyone one else; fine glass, sophisticated drink, great night out.
Ārahi is a Maori word meaning  to lead, to guide. The company believes Ārahi is the world’s leading range of gourmet juices and their vision is to be the guiding light on the what is possible in the premium non-alcoholic beverage space.

Review:   Ārahi gourmet drinks
The 2 Kareras are crafted from the finest of Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc grapes and Kuratea from quality Merlot grapes.

Review: The Jefferson

02 July 2015
After a surge of fine dining eateries popping up around the city over the last few years, you’d be forgiven for relegating alcohol to the passenger seat when deciding where to spend the night. The Jefferson on Fort Lane is out to change this.

The new bar and restaurant combines not only a staggering selection of the finest whiskeys but a delicious menu too. Offering 600 – yes, 600 – whiskeys from far flung corners of the earth and bartenders to take you through the whole ride, The Jefferson is perfectly positioned to lead the charge of a resurgent whiskey drinking community in Auckland.
Review: The Jefferson
For those whose eyes water at the thought of whiskey, a more than capable full bar and cocktail menu – named after American entertainers – will take care of your needs.

Slow-cooked pork, beef and lamb ribs complete the all-American taste bud assault, with a number of weekly changing specials, sides and desserts.

Open into the night from Monday – Saturday and for a lazy lunch from Wednesday – Friday, The Jefferson is a unique drinking – and dining – experience.

Pets and bringing animals into New Zealand... don't get caught

02 July 2015
A highly publicised and well known film star’s troubles have brought an unusual issue to light – the immigration status of travelling pets.

The Australian Government gave an ultimatum to Johhny Depp and wife Amber Heard in May after sneaking their two Yorkshire terriers into the country illegally – either leave and take them with you, or we’ll euthanase the dogs.

“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” Australia’s minster for agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said at the time.

But what about New Zealand? With many similar border control and biosecurity laws as Australia, don’t get caught out bringing animals into the country without the necessary paperwork - specific requirements must be met.

Talk to Asia Pacific Superyachts before you arrive to make sure your cuddly friends arrive safely and legally.
Pets and bringing animals into New Zealand... don't get caught

Spotlight on: Matakauri Lodge

02 July 2015
Beautiful Matakauri Lodge is superbly positioned on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Nestled in one of the world's most serenely beautiful landscape settings, this much awarded and stylish hideaway is just a seven-minute drive from all the attractions ofQueenstown , the adventure capital of the southern hemisphere, yet seemingly world's away. Thelodge has spectacular, panoramic view of the lake and the Remarkable Mountains. Accommodation comprises 12 suites and a more recently added 4-bedroom Owner’s Cottage, with all maximising the stunning views.

Under the direction of Head Chef Jonathan Rogers, the menus atMatakauri Lodge change daily and many of the ingredients are supplied from the on-property garden. Homemade cookies and brownies are delivered to guest rooms daily. Matakauri Lodge is a member of Relais & Chateaux, and is sister property to TheLodge at Kauri Cliffs andThe Farm at Cape Kidnappers .
Spotlight on: Matakauri Lodge
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