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.

NEW LISTING – 115-117 Long Beach Road, Russell, Bay of Islands

Premium Long Beach location with ocean and island views

Integrating within the coastal landscape, this is arguably the most sophisticated property along the premium Long Beach strip. Architect-designed by Tim Hooson of Jasmax, the contemporary beach house captures sweeping ocean views to showcase an idyllic location.

Few properties achieve such sense of seclusion and privacy with this degree of beach access. Finished to an impeccable standard, there are three levels to this sanctuary.

For more information regarding this new listing follow the link to:
115-117 Long Beach Road, Russell, Bay of Islands

SOLD – Crawfords, Arrowtown

This beautiful historic home built in 1900 was the original Arrowtown police station

Situated on Arrowtown’s beautiful tree-lined main street is the original police station and residence built in 1900. The property was taken over by the current owners in 2009 and has been substantially upgraded including new bathrooms in the main residence.

This beautiful historic house which has more modern extensions, is located in one of Arrowtown’s largest sections and is set back from the main road; so is surprisingly private and quiet. There is ample parking for six cars. The location is a short walk to the local dining outlets and bars. 70 Buckingham is an ideal and charming family estate.

For more information regarding this recent sale follow the link to  Crawfords, Arrowtown

SOLD – Hidden Sanctuary, Russell, Bay of Islands

Tropical hideaway surrounded by native bush and birds

Established overlooking the boats and bay, this colonial-style home offers elevated privacy on a generous section of approximately 2,571m2.  The natural bush features kauri, rimu and many other New Zealand species, attracting an abundance of native birds and creating a hidden sanctuary.

Russell’s restaurants, cafes and shops are approximately 800m and the popular Boating Club is just around the bend, making the location a standout for ease of living and lifestyle.

For more information regarding this recent sale follow the link to: Hidden Sanctuary, Russell, Bay of Islands.


SOLD – Wellington Street, Russell, Bay of Islands

Prime harbourside position on Wellington Street in Russell

With captivating views from sunrise to sunset, this property holds immense appeal as holiday or permanent residence. Russell is a much-admired destination and this is an opportunity to secure a property central to all of its charms.

Extending over three levels, the house presents as new, having been remodelled to an architect’s design. As such, it accommodates the luxuries of modern day living with a contemporary layout and generosity of space.

For more information on this latest sale follow the link to: Wellington Street, Russell, Bay of Islands

Gibbston Wine and Food Festival at Queenstown Gardens

Gibbston Wine and food festival will be held at Queenstown Gardens 21 March  2015

The annual Gibbston Wine and Food Festival (previously known as Gibbston Harvest Festival) is well known for attracting visitors and locals who like to sample delicacies produced by local vineyards, smaller boutique wineries and many fine food establishments.

Master classes with 6 Food classes and 6 wine classes are held throughout the day.

Activities which make this a great family day out include live music, food and wine, barrel rolling, bouncy castles and face painting.

New Listing – Apt 1/1 Brunswick Street, Queenstown

With its sophisticated feel the heart of the property lies within its large open plan living

Tender: Closes on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 4:00pm unless sold prior.

This is an opportunity to own a 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.

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

2015 New Zealand Open Golf Tournament

Sir Michael Hill and Eiichi Ishii will host the New Zealand Open from March 12 to 15

The 2015 BMW New Zealand Open will be the biggest golfing event to be held in New Zealand for many years.

Sir Michael Hill and Eiichi Ishii, who developed The Hills and Millbrook golf courses, respectively, will be honoured at the Open’s Arrowtown welcome party on March 12. The pair will be given ceremonial keys to Arrowtown in recognition of their business accomplishments which have benefited the town.

The BMW New Zealand Open is a cornerstone event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and has now also entered into a partnership with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation which will result in fifteen leading professional golfers from the Japan tour playing in the tournament. The event showcases Queenstown and New Zealand as a world-class golfing destination and also provides a platform for New Zealand business leaders to engage with counterparts from the Asia Pacific region.


New Listing – 7 McChesney Road, Arthurs Point

Impeccably presented property with good hours of sunshine

Elevated and basking in morning sun this established home sits on 1663m2 most of which is useable flat land, a rare find in old Arthurs Point.

This four bedroom, two plus bathroom home takes on a commanding, yet very private position overlooking the Shotover River and beyond. The use of hardwood and schist gives an immediate connection to its alpine environment.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to:  7 McChesney Road, Arthurs Point 

Sea of Dragons Exhibition by Max Gimblett at Gow Langsford

Lady of the Ocean by Max Gimblett

This series of recent works by Max Gimlet was chosen by Gallery Director Gary Langsford on a recent visit to his New York Studio.

“There is a lot written about Max Gimblett’s paintings yet there is an element of his practice that resists definition. In a sense his works are easy to define: they are mostly abstract, mostly expressionist or sometimes a bit hard-edged; there could be a reference to the divine or Eastern philosophies; they may be bright and wild or perhaps calculated and reticent. Yet beyond this lies something else, something captivating and knowing, ephemeral – something like emotion. Standing before a painting in Sea of Dragons there is an undertow of energy. It is as if these works emit fleeting pulses that are briefly tangible.”

There will be an opportunity to buy publications personalised by Max Gimblett himself at Auckland Arts Festival’s White Night on Saturday 14 March.