New Listing – Wilton Lodge, Queenstown

Four bedroom home with spectacular lake and mountain views

Privately positioned on 3,450 square metres, this substantial north-facing waterfront property overlooks Lake Hayes with magnificent views to the mountains beyond. Award winning architect John Blair designed this home to achieve maximum sunshine and lake views from almost every room.

Italian marble features throughout the spacious and elegant home, greeting you at the entrance then flowing into the formal living room and stepping down into the dining room. Bi-folding doors lead from these spaces to reveal stunning lake views and an informal external dining area.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: Wilton Lodge, Queenstown

Queenstown’s Record Guest Nights

Queenstown had a record number of 919,103 guest nights from January to March 2015

The first quarter of  2015 has shown record growth to tourist numbers in Queenstown according to Statistics New Zealand’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM). International guests were up 13.1% while domestic guest nights declined by 4%.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd said the record first quarter supported positive anecdotal reports from Queenstown operators.

“These results have confirmed our expectations that the summer season saw significantly increased international visitor numbers from our key markets, while domestic popularity for Queenstown is only slightly down against the prior year after several years of strong growth. Occupancy rates are well up and yield is also improving which is really positive for business profitability and re-investment.

Queenstown now has a few weeks of high demand during summer when finding hoped for accommodation can be difficult.

“To avoid disappointment we do recommend that travel groups and independent visitors plan and book ahead over this period just as you would expect to do at any popular destination around the world,” says Mr Budd.

Queenstown Airport Voted World’s Most Scenic Landing

PrivateFly’s 2015 World’s Most Scenic Airport Landing

An annual poll conducted by international private jet booking service PrivateFly has voted Queenstown ‘World’s Most Scenic Airport Landing.’ International travel experts compiled a short list of airports they considered to offer passengers the most spectacular views on approach.

Other airports included in the top ten are Las Vegas, Nice Cote D’Azur and Cape Town.

Queenstown Airport Chief Executive Scott Paterson  says it’s fantastic international recognition both for the airport and the region: “We’ve been in the Top 10 for the past few years so it’s very exciting to take out the number one spot, especially given the beauty of the other airport approaches worldwide,” he said.

“The approach to Queenstown is truly spectacular and we’re delighted that so many travellers around the world think so too.”

Queenstown Winter Festival 2015

Queenstown Winter Festival fireworks will be ignited on 19 June 2015

Tickets are already on sale for featured events at the Queenstown Winter Festival which commences on Friday the 19th of June.

In 1975 a group of Queenstowners thought the arrival of winter was a “great excuse for a party” and the winter festival has evolved as New Zealand’s top celebration of all things winter.

Fireworks over Lake Wakatipu mark the beginning and highlight of the festival,  preceded by live entertainment including music by When The Cat’s Away and The Band of Gold.

Comedy Debate night  on June 20 features a line up of popular performers including Urgila Carlson, Oliver Driver and Jeremy Corbett. Saturday June 21 begins with a sustainability-themed street parade and ends with a glamorous ball for the white witches of the south, a Narnia extravaganza.

Autumn events are sparse in Queenstown as locals prepare for a large and comprehensive array of entertainment worth marking on your calendar.

New Listing – Arcadia Lodge, Russell, Bay of Islands

Highly reputable profitable business or stunning family home and income

There’s nowhere in the Bay of Islands quite like historic Arcadia Lodge. A landmark residence in Russell, Arcadia occupies a picturesque setting, private and elevated with captivating views over the waters of tranquil Matauwhi Bay.

The property comprises a beautifully presented lodge and separate owners’ cottage set in gardens complete with both native and fruit trees.

The main residence has five elegant guest rooms, country-style kitchen, spacious living and outdoor entertaining areas. A separate two-bedroom cottage with kitchen, living, sunroom and deck enjoys equally stunning views of the bay

For more information regarding this new listing please follow the link to Arcadia Lodge, Russell, Bay of Islands

SOLD – 1 Brunswick Street, Queenstown

Sophisticated, luxury apartment located within vibrant Queenstown

Q1 is a stunning contemporary apartment building with views across Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and the town’s most iconic view – The Remarkables at sunset.

With its sophisticated feel the heart of the property lies within its large open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, with floor to ceiling glass capturing the stunning surrounds. The spa is unique, encapsulating the views with curved glass surround.

For more information regarding this latest sale please follow the link to: Apt 1/1 Brunswick Street, Queenstown

New Listing – 379a Gordons Road, Waiheke Island

North facing island sanctuary framed by magnificent views

Perched at the end of an exclusive enclave, this prestigious Waiheke home offers all you could want in an island sanctuary.

Acclaimed architect Simon Carnachan has configured this striking property to maximise the panoramic views, which stretch uninterrupted through the house to the sea and islands beyond.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: 379a Gordons Road, Waikeke Island

New Listing – 222 Lower Shotover Road, Queenstown

Spacious Kerry Mason designed home with additional self-contained accommodation

Situated on one of the most sought after land positions in Queenstown, this 547 square metre Kerry Mason designed home was completed in 2012. The adjoining barn offers a further 244 square metres and has its own self-contained living areas of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two car garaging and a large workshop.

The land parcel offered is 3.926ha with an option to purchase an adjoining land parcel increasing the area to 8.1 hectares. Planting has been in place for many years creating an established environment for the two buildings. A large pond to the north of the main house captures incredible reflections from the surrounding mountain ranges.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: 222 Lower Shotover Road, Queenstown

Arrowtown Autumn Festival 2015

During the gold rush, settlers planted European deciduous trees throughout Arrowtown

Now running for 30 years, the Arrowtown Autumn Festival  held from April 10 to 19, attracts large numbers of locals and visitors. Each year people come in droves to take in the stunning scenery and see festival attractions such as the street parade, the Arrow Miners Band play on the Old Red truck and the Buckingham Belles Can Can at the lunchtime entertainment. Many long held festival traditions like the Art Exhibition, the Grand Variety Concert, the Vintage Cars, the Shotover Country Music Concert and the Arrowtown Entertainers Musical remain very popular today.

Over 110 stallholders for this year’s Market Day have been confirmed, expanding out the Village Green. Food vendors will be operating from a new area this year to encompass more of town. Entertainment will be provided by Lyall McGregor, Muscians from the Rock Formation Trust, and street performer Adrian Kirk. The day culminates with the Street Parade showcasing the town’s businesses and community groups.

Queenstown voted top destination in New Zealand and the South Pacific

Queenstown has been rated as one of the world’s top 25 destinations by TripAdvisor.

Queenstown has been named the number one destination in both New Zealand and the South Pacific in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards. This is the third consecutive year Queenstown has won New Zealand’s top destination but it is the first time the lake and alpine resort has taken the title of best South Pacific region.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd believes the reward is a fantastic achievement as well as great international recognition for Queenstown.

“Trip Advisor has incredible reach in terms of influencing the travelling community, so the news that Queenstown has been ranked the best destination in the South Pacific and New Zealand, and also in the top 25 best destinations in the world, reflects the amazing experience people have when they visit here and the quality of the activities and attractions in Queenstown.

“It’s particularly exciting for the region to take out the top South Pacific spot after Sydney has held that position for the last four years” says Mr Budd.