A LO­CAL’S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF EV­ERY­THING

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION NEW ZEALAND -

Gen­eral man­ager Mark Rose has made it his mis­sion to make The Rees one of the premier ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in the world. Here are his rec­om­men­da­tions for get­ting the most from your Queen­stown hol­i­day:

BEST WAY TO START THE DAY

A walk along the lake­side track from the ho­tel into town to Joe’s Garage for the best flat white in Queen­stown.

BEST DAY TRIP

A he­li­copter wine tour (with Mark). Fly to Rip­pon win­ery on the shores of Lake Wanaka for a tu­tored tast­ing, onto Mt Dif­fi­culty Wines for lunch and an­other tast­ing, then the Cardrona Ho­tel (New Zea­land’s sec­ond old­est) to meet some lo­cals, be­fore end­ing the day with a glacier land­ing and a glass of cham­pagne.

BEST NZ RED

Let’s go lo­cal where one of my favourites is Quartz Reef Bendigo pinot noir 2014. We are talk­ing about an As­ton Martin of the Cen­tral Otago wine world. This bold, gen­er­ous pinot is es­tate-grown at Bendigo Es­tate.

BEST NZ WHITE WINE

Rip­pon Osteiner 2016 (Wanaka) is a won­der­ful, crisp, pic­nic wine grown bio­dy­nam­i­cally on the shores of Lake Wanaka. A va­ri­ety you’re un­likely to know, but a va­ri­ety that is well worth try­ing. Sum­mer in a glass.

BEST LO­CAL BEER

Lake & Wood Brew Co – my favourite is “A-town” on tap in Ar­row­town. It’s

ONSEN HOT POOLS

an IPA, de­li­cious, all New Zea­land in­gre­di­ents, brewed in 60L batches, hand­made by Jay (Sher­wood), the only beer brewed in Queen­stown.

BEST DISH AT TRUE SOUTH DIN­ING ROOM

So many to choose from but Havoc pigs cheek cro­quette, cauliflower crème caramel, sweet and sour apri­cot cov­ers all the bases as the in­gre­di­ents are all lo­cal and Havoc Farm Pork is an or­ganic pig farm – you can re­ally taste the dif­fer­ence.

BEST PACK­ING TIP

Bring lay­ers – the weather is change­able.

BEST TRAVEL HACK

Queen­stown is busy year round – book well ahead or try look­ing at the shoul­der sea­son deals for cheaper flights and ho­tels.

BEST PHOTO OP­POR­TU­NITY

For amaz­ing pho­to­graphs look­ing back to Queen­stown, take a He­li­copter Line he­li­copter to Ce­cil

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

A great way to end the day in win­ter, im­mersed in na­ture with great views over­look­ing the Sho­tover Canyon.

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