QueensTown Thrills

A quick flight across the Tas­man will land you and your team in a city that has ev­ery­thing you need for bond­ing, brain­storm­ing and goal set­ting ... in some pretty spec­tac­u­lar sur­rounds.

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Afun-first ap­proach is of­ten the way to go to bring your team to­gether and get the trip off to a pos­i­tive start, and you don’t have to go far to make it hap­pen – queenstown is new Zealand’s ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal, af­ter all. Along with ski fields lo­cated just a half-hour drive from the air­port, adren­a­line-charged ac­tiv­i­ties abound all year round in this nat­u­ral won­der­land, and a range of cor­po­rate in­cen­tives are avail­able.

if bungee jump­ing off a bridge is too ex­treme on day one, strap your team into a jet boat for a wild ride with Kjet – you’ll skim along the wa­ter at speed in lake wakatipu, whizz along the Kawa­rau and shotover rivers, and get hearts pump­ing with some 360-de­gree turns be­fore head­ing back to shore an hour later. Kjet can cater for 140 peo­ple in eight boats, and brand­ing and spon­sor lo­gos can be placed around the river dur­ing the ride.

Pri­vate white­wa­ter raft­ing char­ters can also be ar­ranged for groups of 14 or more with Chal­lenge raft­ing. Dur­ing the five-hour trip, your team will tackle six rapid sec­tions along the shotover river, with stretches of calm wa­ter in be­tween to take in the views or go for a swim. raft­ing can be com­bined with other ac­tiv­i­ties through the same com­pany, such as the 109-me­tre-high shotover Canyon swing, sky­div­ing or a scenic he­li­copter ride.

Back on land, groups of six can im­merse them­selves into ‘lord of the rings’ coun­try with a no­mad sa­faris’ off-road 4wD ad­ven­ture, de­signed for thrill-seek­ers and movie buffs alike. half-day tours de­part twice daily from your ho­tel, and the com­pany’s fleet can ac­com­mo­date large groups.

when it’s time to slow down the pace, im­press your team with un­in­ter­rupted views over queenstown and lake wakatipu on a sky­line gon­dola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, where view­ing plat­forms and out­door ter­races pro­vide ideal group photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. while you’re up there, sky­line queenstown can cater for con­fer­ences (suit­able for up to 350 del­e­gates the­atre style or 130 class­room style), cock­tail func­tions and gala din­ners for 10-430 guests, all with a spec­tac­u­lar scenic back­drop. A Kiwi haka group cel­e­brat­ing Maori cul­ture can be ar­ranged to greet your team on ar­rival or to per­form dur­ing a func­tion.

sky­line also op­er­ates the luge queenstown, a must-do ac­tiv­ity for team mem­bers who want to feel like a kid again. You’re in charge of brak­ing and steer­ing as the grav­ity-fu­elled luge carts zip round bends, over bumps and through tun­nels to the bot­tom of the hill, where you can then take a chair­lift to the top and do it all over again.

sleep, eat and meet ho­tel st Moritz, MGallery by sof­i­tel is ideally lo­cated for free-time ex­plo­rations, only five min­utes from queenstown’s main board­walk. There are 134 suites and apart­ments with Alpine-in­spired in­te­ri­ors rem­i­ni­scient of an up­scale euro­pean moun­tain lodge. its ded­i­cated func­tion space, The Den, com­fort­ably caters for 90 the­atre style or in a more in­ti­mate u-shape for 20, with a post­card-per­fect back­drop of lake wakatipu and the re­mark­ables moun­tain range be­yond.

Mill­brook re­sort, mean­while, is a pic­turesque cor­po­rate re­treat set on 500 pris­tine acres just 15 min­utes from queenstown Air­port. There are fa­cil­i­ties for con­fer­ences, ban­quet din­ners, busi­ness meet­ings and team­build­ing events, along with an award-

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