Or­gan­is­ing your fam­ily or work end of year cel­e­bra­tions

A Christ­mas party with a dif­fer­ence

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

MWith the fes­tive sea­son just around the cor­ner it’s time to start think­ing about the end of year cel­e­bra­tions, whether it is for work, a fam­ily gath­er­ing, or to meet up with friends and neigh­bours. For the new own­ers of the Cardrona Ho­tel, 2013 has brought plenty to cel­e­brate; a busy au­tumn wed­ding sea­son, a suc­cess­ful first win­ter, and the build-up to what is promis­ing to be a very ex­cit­ing sum­mer. The ho­tel was bought by Christchurch friends James Jen­neson and Cade Thorn­ton in Fe­bru­ary 2013 who both now live in Cardrona and rel­ish their new roles and life­style. ‘‘The prospect of our first win­ter was a lit­tle bit daunt­ing’’ ad­mits new owner Cade Thorn­ton. ‘‘It’s such an iconic apre`s ski venue for both lo­cals and tourists, we knew that the ski sea­son was go­ing to be hec­tic. ‘‘We sur­vived though, and loved ev­ery minute of it.’’ ake your Christ­mas party a cracker, and cel­e­brate on-board an iconic Queen­stown venue. Es­cape across Lake Wakatipu on Real Jour­neys 101year old vin­tage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a unique and mem­o­rable Christ­mas party. Eat, drink and be merry with spe­cials avail­able from the fully li­censed Prom­e­nade Cafe´ on-board. The ships pian­ist en­ter­tains on the Prom­e­nade deck where the chance to join in and sing along is al­ways a real hit with pas­sen­gers of all ages. You can choose a cruise only, or con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tions at Wal­ter Peak High Coun­try Farm where there are plenty of op­tions of of­fer. For din­ing with a dif­fer­ence the Gourmet Bar­be­cue Lunch or Din­ner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restau­rant are both great choices for groups large or small. You can sit back on the sun-drenched lake­side ter­race or make the most of the long sum­mer twi­light as your meal siz­zles on the grill. With a great se­lec­tion of meats and de­lec­ta­ble sea­sonal sal­ads, fol­lowed Since tak­ing own­er­ship in Fe­bru­ary, the pair has made a few small changes to the ho­tel which in­cludes new fur­ni­ture in the main bar and a new lunch and din­ner menu which is a mod­ern take on tra­di­tional pub fare, fea­tur­ing fresh lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. Also avail­able are a range of buf­fet and set menu op­tions for func­tions, wed­dings and Christ­mas par­ties. The ho­tel seats 85 peo­ple in­side and up to 250 for cock­tail func­tions or mar­quee din­ing. So, whether you’re look­ing for a Christ­mas party venue or sim­ply want a great bite to eat in one of New Zealand’s most iconic pubs, make the Cardrona Ho­tel your next stop.

by tasty dessert treats and New Zealand cheeses – there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. For a Christ­mas party with a dif­fer­ence, spec­tac­u­lar lake­side views and VIP treat­ment con­tact Real Jour­neys spe­cial events team to dis­cuss how to make your Christ­mas party one to re­mem­ber. Christ­mas them­ing, wel­come drinks and re­served seat­ing avail­able for groups of all sizes. Min­i­mum num­bers ap­ply. Phone 03 442 7500 or visit events@re­aljour­neys.co.nz.

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