“Flat out beautiful”- Queenstown Marathon, 22 November 2014

A dash of inspiration before the final stretches of the Queenstown Marathon

The countdown is on and the inaugural Queenstown Marathon kicks off this Saturday 22 November.  The course is described as “flat out beautiful” and covers a unique mix of running terrain – 70% on hard packed trail and 30% on road.

Starting at Millbrook Resort the full marathon then takes you along the shores of Lake Hayes exiting at Rutherford Road,  via Speargrass Flat Road where the half marathon runners join the course.  From here it continues along the road until meeting up with the Wakatipu Trail on Domain Road.  The trail follows the spectacular Shotover River and takes in epic views of the Remarkables Mountain range and eventually follows the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu to the Queenstown Gardens and finishes at the Queenstown Recreation Grounds.

The event has attracted over 10,000 visitors and participants to the region along with it extensive media coverage and huge economic benefits for the local region.  There will be a number of road closures on the day, visit the Queenstown Marathon website to find out more.

New Listing – 582 Speargrass Flat Road, Queenstown

A timeless country home set on 2.8 acres of beautiful parklike grounds

Located just a few kilometres from Arrowtown, this latest listing is a timeless country home, clad in cedar and stone and set on 2.8 acres of beautiful parklike grounds. This is a substantial home which remains true to its style throughout, with outstanding attention to detail. The open plan kitchen, dining and living areas have high ceilings, which fill the rooms with natural light and open out to the garden. A veranda wraps around the house creating great indoor / outdoor entertaining spaces.

Thoughtfully planned, the four bedrooms provide ample space and privacy for family and guests. The extensive master wing includes a luxurious tiled bathroom and there are two guest bedrooms which share an en-suite, all opening onto a private central courtyard. There are several outdoor areas in which to soak up the magnificent surrounds, and perhaps the most charming aspect of the home is the north facing courtyard, which opens to lush green grass and a crescent shaped stone wall.

Ideally located inside the Arrowtown school zone, just 2.7km to picturesque Lake Hayes, 3.8km to historical Arrowtown and 17km to downtown Queenstown it also shares the neighbourhood with internationally renowned The Hills and Millbrook golf resorts.

For  more information regarding this listing follow this link to 582 Speargrass Flat Road, Queenstown

Ocean Swim Series – Bay of Islands Classic

Photo by Simon Watts.

Coming up on Saturday 22nd November is the Bay of Islands leg of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. This popular event sees swimmers of all ages line the shores of the Bay before donning their goggles to take to the water. There are three swims to encourage swimmers of all ages and abilities to participate in an ocean swim.

For swimmers prepared for the distance, there is a 3.3km swim from Russell to Paihia. Those newer to ocean racing or wanting a more leisurely dip may prefer the 300m swim taking place off the main event site at Paihia Beach.  There is also a ‘State Ocean Kids’ swim for children aged between 6-10 years old.  The kids enjoy a fun 30-minute safety activity session followed by a 200m shallow water swim along Paihia beach, lined with Surf Life Saving NZ guards.

Given the Bay of Islands is an aquatic playground, what a fitting place to kick off the summer’s Ocean Swim Series.


New Listing – 79 Mountain View Road, Queenstown

This recent renovation has transformed the original dwelling into a modern home

This latest listing is situated in prestigious Mountain View Road is this easy care acre of north facing land with expansive views of the Remarkables Range.

Recent renovation designed by local companies Kerr Ritchie and built by Edge Construction has transformed the original dwelling into a modern home with all the fixtures and fittings expected at the premium level.

Three bedrooms are all of a generous size, one with an en-suite and the other two sharing a very well appointed bathroom with glass shower, separate bath and floor to ceiling tiles. A second living space completes the picture, currently used as a media room it is an easy conversion to another bedroom if required by the new owners.

For  more information regarding this listing follow this link to 79 Mountain View Road, Queenstown


The Gold of the Kowhai by Paul Dibble

Gow Langsford: 10 Nov — 06 Dec 2014

It is part tribute, part lament that this exhibition by Paul Dibble is titled The Gold of the Kowhai. Its tribute is shown in the giant kowhai flower blown up from its usual few centimetres to a towering 3.3 metres, painstakingly modeled and cast in bronze and then gilded in 24 carat gold and lacquered to produce a glowing yellow. For it is this glowing colour that make the kowhai unique.

In the New Zealand bush, famed for its rich density of green, a beauty heightened by absence of colour, we view the arresting scene of the full yellow kowhai against its green backdrop at the beginning of spring each year. As well as beauty, the kowhai are rich suppliers of nectar, feeding many birds that then populate the forest.

Depicted as large emblems of their former self, they also suggest the concerns of loss, a worry that one day, in their native setting, they might be few. Conservation is always deemed an issue of today, a cause for election slogans and the rallying of new generations.

Text and image via Gow Langsford Gallery


SOLD – Morven Ferry Road, Arrow Junction

A gorgeous outdoor fireplace provides the perfect entertaining area

Our latest sale is this substantial country home is set on 8150m2 of mature landscaped grounds. With its schist and cedar exterior there is an immediate sense of harmony between the house and its surrounding environment.

Internally the home takes on the same rustic charm as its exterior with exposed wooden beams and schist flooring being a feature of the house. The large 271m2 floor plan includes five bedrooms and two bathrooms providing ample room for family living. A separate self-contained one bedroom flat is perfect for extended family, guests or in its current form as a long term rental. Recently renovated ensuites and new carpets have further enhanced the properties appeal and in keeping of its rural rustic charm.

For more information on this latest sale follow this link to Morven Ferry Road, Arrow Junction


New Listing – Resort Style Haven, Russell

Outdoor decks wrap around to offer elevated views with options for privacy and sun

Privately positioned, this family haven is set in beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking Russell village and the sparkling waters of the bay. This generous sized property offers resort-style living, extending to double street frontage in a dress circle location. The house is designed to accommodate a family, featuring an upstairs retreat with a master suite, deck, private study and lounge.

On the main level, there are three further bedrooms, bathroom and open-plan living and dining. The layout provides for effortless indoor and outdoor entertaining with a fabulous island bench kitchen. Light and stylish interiors feature a pavilion-high ceiling to enhance the sense of harmonious space.

For more information regarding this listing please follow this link to Resort Style Haven, Russell


Open Home – 149 Pigeon Rock Road, Bannockburn

Open Home: Saturday 8 November 2014, 9.30 – 11.00am

At the end of Pigeon Rock Road sits this private, elevated home in the unique landscape of Bannockburn. The landholding spans 23 acres and overlooks neighbouring horticultural blocks of vineyards, cherry orchards and olive groves . Extensive views take in wide mountain vistas of the Pisa Range and Mount Difficulty then beyond to Lake Dunstan.

If this property interest you follow this link to 149 Pigeon Rock Road, Bannockburn


New listing – Hensman Road, Queenstown

The large deck takes advantage of the fantastic views

Available for the first time in eight years is a high quality home in an excellent Queenstown Hill location only a few minutes from central Queenstown.

The open plan kitchen and dining room leads into a very cosy living area with an open fire and amazing views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain range.

Purpose built five bedroom design featuring twin master bedroom suites both with ensuites, and a spacious double car garage.

For more information on this latest listing follow this link to 73 Hensman Road, Queenstown


New Listing – Slope Hill Road, Queenstown

This 443m2 classically designed home by David Stringer Architects 

This stunning and opulent home is set beautifully into the landscape, positioned on just under 10 acres of lush lawns, native planting and picture perfect north facing views of Coronet Peak and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Upon arrival via the Porte Cochere and into the main hallway you are greeted with the warmth of natural timber beams and wooden floors. In the distance the stunning open fire in the atrium crackles away and encourages a local pinot noir from the wine cellar. This centrally positioned atrium is the main entertaining hub with the en-suited master bedroom to the east with a walk in wardrobe and romantic gas fire. Along the hallway is a self-contained wing for guests with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a family lounge room with access to an outside open fire and courtyard for alfresco dining, as well as a separate dining room. This area is connected to the laundry and a guest’s butler style kitchen area.

For more information on this latest listing follow this link to Slope Hill Road, Queenstown