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Take ad­van­tage of Matakauri Lodge’s part­ner of­fer­ings or sim­ply strike out on your own to ex­plore the Queen­stown re­gion.

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Founded by Louisa “Choppy” Pat­ter­son more than 30 years ago, Matakauri part­ner Over the Top of­fers scenic flights as well as a “Pic­nic on a Peak” pack­age where you can be dropped off on a moun­tain for a pic­nic lunch in seclu­sion. Go to www.flynz.co.nz.


The Cen­tral Otago wine re­gion is an easy day trip from Queen­stown. A guide/chauf­feur from Matakauri part­ner Black ZQN (www.black­zqn.com) can take you on tour to sam­ple some ex­cel­lent pinot noir, ries­ling and sau­vi­gnon blanc. Black’s driv­ers are lo­cals con­nected to the com­mu­nity, so you may well end up be­ing in­tro­duced to the owner or the wine­maker when you pop in to a vineyard cel­lar door.


The Coronet Peak ski field (www. nzski.com) is only 25 min­utes from Queen­stown. There are 280 hectares of ter­rain, in­clud­ing plenty of chal­leng­ing runs, with the long­est a touch un­der 2.5 kilo­me­tres long. Snow­biz of­fers Matakauri guests a ski concierge ser­vice, com­ing out to the lodge to fit boots and equip­ment be­fore you hit the slopes. Go to www.snow­biz.co.nz.


At Louis Vuit­ton’s “moun­tain re­sort” store, which opened in the new Sky­line build­ing in Oc­to­ber, you can in­spect the house’s fine leather goods seated at a long wooden ta­ble made from a piece of Kauri pine that’s ap­prox­i­mately 42,000 years old – if you can tear your eyes away from the views of the lake through the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, that is. 9–11 Marine Pa­rade, Queen­stown.


Pic­turesque Ar­row­town (above) was es­tab­lished dur­ing the 1860s gold rush, with com­pact weath­er­board cot­tages and civic build­ings from that era still stand­ing. Check out the Nadene Milne Gallery at 16 Buck­ing­ham Street be­fore head­ing to Chop Shop Food Mer­chants at 44 Buck­ing­ham Street for lunch.

A roller-coaster run at Coronet Peak.

The tast­ing room at Cen­tral Otago’s Pere­grine Wines.

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