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Spotlight on: Eichardts Private Hotel

26 April 2015
Located in the heart of Queenstown, Eichardt’s Private Hotel is our pick for anyone wanting the perfect marriage of sophistication and the alpine town’s famed ‘Southern’ hospitality.

A not so secret haven for those who want to escape but still explore, the hotel is surrounded by Queenstown’s most prized urban comforts and has at its doorstep the Wakatipu lakefront and all the adventures beyond.
Spotlight on: Eichardts Private Hotel
Each of Eichardt’s Private Hotel, the Eichardt's Lakefront Apartments, the Eichardt’s Residence, Eichardt’s Bar and The Parlour showcase the beauty of the area combined with an unrivalled hotel experience.  We’re fans of settling in with a private dining experience at the on-site Parlour, holing up with a pinot at the Bar and having a yarn to the locals who pop in to sample the inspired food and drink offer served up by the talented Will Eaglesfield. 

Try the savoury pannacotta or chowder overflowing with local seafood, washed down with the wine flight of Otago’s finest pinots.  And to whet your appetite before your next visit, we managed to convince Will toshare his most popular dish - Legendary Seafood Chowder - with us , featuring a solid supply of New Zealand kaimoana.

Recipe: Legendary Seafood Chowder. Courtesy of the Head Chef at Eichardts

23 April 2015
Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is partnering with some of New Zealand's leading luxury providers to bring you their recipes, recommendations and more.

Here Will Eaglesfield, Head Chef at Eichardts in Queenstown, shares his beautiful recipe forEichardts Legendary Seafood Chowder.
Recipe: Legendary Seafood Chowder. Courtesy of the Head Chef at Eichardts
Serves 4 as main or 8 as starter

Ingredients


1 tbsp bonito flakes
½ a red capsicum
1 stick celery
1 white onion
½ a fennel bulb
1 bay leaf, preferably fresh
250ml milk
250ml cream
60g flour
60g butter
100ml vermouth
8 clams
8 scallops
8 tiger prawns
8 mussels
100g blue cod fillet or similar, chopped into 2cm chunks
Wakame saweed, hydrated, to garnish

Chowder base:

  • Cover the bonito flakes in 100ml boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, coarsely chop the vegetables and pulse in a food processer until they are evenly finely chopped to pieces around 2mm across. Strain the bonito water through a fine sieve into a large pot. Add the milk, cream, bay leaf and minced vegetables. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat, stirring regularly.
  • While the cream mixture is heating, melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir in the flour to form a roux. Turn the heat down to low and gently cook it, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes
  • Once the cream mix is simmering whisk in your roux. Keep whisking till evenly thickened then turn heat down to low and cook, stirring regularly, for 5-10 mins.
  • Season to taste with salt and white pepper, and fish out the bay leaf. This is your chowder base. Let it cool till warm then chill until needed. Ideally this should be done the day before you need it to allow the flavours to develop. This will also make your life easier when it comes time to serve the soup.

To serve:

Put a large pot on a high heat and add the vermouth. Once it starts to steam add all the seafood, then the chowder base. Turn the heat down to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring regularly. Once all the clams and mussels have opened, all the other seafood will also be cooked. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Garnish with the wakame and serve with a wedge of lemon and hot crusty bread.

About Will Eaglesfield

Most recently at Amisfield prior to Eichardt’s; Will brings British, European and Mediterranean influences to Eichardt’s menu, having spent years in the Med and Alps refining his style.
Recipe: Legendary Seafood Chowder. Courtesy of the Head Chef at Eichardts

Spotlight on: Queenstown

21 April 2015
New Zealand’s beauty is in full force in autumn, and there is no place to better experience that than Queenstown.

In the southern third of the South Island, and based on the serene Lake Wakatipu, the resort town is one of the most stunning places in the country, set amongst mountains, lakes and quaint villages. In autumn, snow hugs the tips of the four nearby peaks and as the leaves turn from green to brown, you’ll be hard pressed not to find striking landscapes wherever you go.

While the snow skiers are after won’t arrive until winter, make the most of Queenstown’s fantastic opportunities with activities for everyone, from the whole family to couples and solo travellers. Known as the adventure capital of the world, bungy jump, kayak, or jump in a speed boat, or if that’s too much for you, wind down with a spa and a massage.

Picturesque scenic and more serious walks are all over the region, with some of New Zealand’s most famous in the area. Whether your ideal walk means staying overnight in a hut on a multi-day tramp, or only as far as the next shop, the beauty and magic of Queenstown is unsurpassable.

Here are our top recommendations

Luxury Accommodation

There is a host of boutique and luxury accommodation throughout and around Queenstown, from the remote tented Minaret Station to the new spa retreat ARO HA Wellness Retreat. We particularly recommend Eichardts, with its lakefront setting right in the heart of Queenstown.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
Tramping (or hiking, for you non-kiwis!)

The ultimate adventure, passing through meadows, ice-covered valleys and waterfalls, the world-famous Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Single-day and multi-day tramps available.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
Golf

Play a round at the internationally renowned Millbrook golf course. Voted the best golf resort in Australasia the last four years running, you can’t miss this opportunity to have a swing at one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world.

Spotlight on: Queenstown
Bungy

Offering three different bungy jumps: the world’s first commercial bungy, the 43m Kawerau bridge jump; the 134m Nevis; and the Ledge jump, 400m above Queenstown. Check something off the bucket list while you’re here and experience an adrenaline junkie’s dream. Run by New Zealand bungy-jumping pioneer AJ Hackett, these jumps are the bona fide Kiwi experience.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
Jet

Billed as the world’s most exciting jet boat ride, the Shotover Jet has given more than 3 million people the ride of their lifetime over 50 years flying through canyons and rivers. Experience 700 horsepower, 85 kilometres per hour speeds and 360 degree turns in as little as 10 cm of water.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
Relax

With stunning mountain views overlooking the Shotover Valley, the cedar-lined Onsen Hot Pools offer Queenstown relaxation at its finest. Private pools can host up to four people with its own changing area and showers. The roof and front wall can be retracted at the touch of a button, offering unparalleled and uninhibited views of Queenstown’s natural beauty.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
Slopes

When the winter snow does finally arrive, Queenstown is the epicentre of winter activities in New Zealand. With four peaks within easy reach (Cadrona, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone), Queenstown is a snow-lover’s paradise. The South Island is known for having some of the best snow in the Southern hemisphere and is a regular stop for the world’s best snow sport athletes training over the Northern hemisphere summer.
Spotlight on: Queenstown
 
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