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Get the lowdown on Queen­stown

As the peaks sur­round­ing Queen­stown are cov­ered in a new coat of snow, this ad­ven­tur­ous des­ti­na­tion gets a re­newed en­ergy, much like our own win­ter wardrobes when we in­tro­duce new and stylish pieces to keep us warm. Here are the best places to visit…

WINE AND DINE

Am­is­field Vine­yard & Bistro

Ask any­one where to book for a meal in Queen­stown and the an­swer will most likely be Am­is­field. The win­ery and restau­rant of­fers hos­pi­tal­ity like no other in a ro­man­tic schist build­ing with a fire­place longer than most rooms. The ‘Trust the Chef ’ menu is leg­endary for its sea­sonal cre­ations made to chal­lenge and con­quer your senses.

Jack’s Point Restau­rant

With an im­pres­sive view of the im­pos­ing Re­mark­ables moun­tain range, Jack’s Point Restau­rant could be for­given for re­ly­ing on its beau­ti­ful grounds alone. But this newly re­built restau­rant is not one to rest on its lau­rels. It of­fers gourmet food with im­pec­ca­ble pre­sen­ta­tion and world-class ser­vice. We sug­gest a very long lunch here. Wet Jacket Wines

There is some­thing to spark the in­ter­est in all of us at Wet Jacket Wines’ cel­lar door, nes­tled in a for­mer wool­shed. Paired with White­stone cheese from its own Cheese Aging Room, the Wet Jacket tast­ings un­lock the history of the sur­round­ing land, just a short dis­tance from Queen­stown. Cargo Brew­ery & Waitiri Creek Wines

In Gibb­ston wine coun­try, the cel­lar door of Waitiri Creek Wines has found a new home with Cargo Brew­ery, where wood-fired pizza and rus­tic tast­ing plates are served in a pic­turesque church-meets-restau­rant for a novel night out.

A LIT­TLE AD­VEN­TURE

Soho Basin This pri­vate, off-piste ski area in Cardrona Val­ley of­fers a world­class ski­ing ex­pe­ri­ence com­plete with un­touched, high-coun­try ter­rain and gourmet din­ing cour­tesy of Am­is­field Vine­yard & Bistro. With only two dozen guests al­lowed per day, it’s like hav­ing your very own ski field.

Ig­ni­tion Self Drive Ad­ven­ture To ex­plore the re­gion on your terms, Ig­ni­tion Self Drive Ad­ven­tures of­fers sports car hire pack­ages with the most high-end fleet in the South Is­land. Its Lam­borgh­i­nis, As­ton Martins and more will help you smoothly con­quer moun­tain roads. Around The Basin Take the nostal­gia of rid­ing a bike and take away the ef­fort re­quired to push the ped­als and you have a de­light­ful af­ter­noon rid­ing around Lake Wakatipu on Around The Basin’s elec­tric bikes. The com­pany can cre­ate cus­tom itin­er­ar­ies to suit your needs, and guided tours on re­quest.

Glacier South­ern Lakes He­li­copters For­get a cold chair­lift, the best way to get to the top of the most ma­jes­tic moun­tains and glaciers in the re­gion is with Glacier South­ern Lakes He­li­copters, which Sim­ply You chose to ride to the top of Clarke Glacier for our snow shoot on page 128.

WELL­NESS

The Spa at Mill­brook Re­sort Queen­stown’s loveli­est lux­ury re­sort, Mill­brook, is home to a renowned spa, just a short walk over a pic­turesque river on the grounds. Skip a game of golf, or re­lax your mus­cles af­ter­wards, with their top-tier treat­ments and re­lax­ing lounges.

So Spa at Sof­i­tel

Com­bin­ing the best of French and New Zealand beauty treat­ments and prod­ucts, So Spa at the Sof­i­tel Ho­tel of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of ther­a­pies fo­cus­ing on re­ju­ve­na­tion and bal­ance. It’s an oa­sis in the bustling cen­tre of town.

Salt Float Spa

This new spa will make sure you re­turn from your trip truly re­laxed. Salt Float Spa’s Dream­pods are like large Ep­som­salt baths that are so buoy­ant you can just lie back and for­get the world. A sense of weight­less­ness en­sues.

Onsen Hot Pools

Book your own pri­vate spa pool over­look­ing the Sho­tover River and you’ll

ex­pe­ri­ence a new level of seren­ity. Each spa room comes with a re­mote­con­trolled roller door, which lifts back to show­case sweep­ing views. En­joy the pris­tine out­look dur­ing the day or go at night and re­quest a soak by can­dle­light so you can star-gaze in style.

ARROWTOWN

If you’ve made it all the way to Queen­stown it’s worth ven­tur­ing 30 min­utes out to Arrowtown and strolling down its his­toric streets. The gold­min­ing town lined with set­tlers’ cot­tages is the per­fect break from the bus­tle of Queen­stown. We rec­om­mend din­ner at des­ti­na­tion restau­rant Saf­fron, be­fore find­ing The Blue Door bar over the al­ley­way for a night­cap – with a roar­ing fire, leather arm­chairs and a mag­i­cal sense of mys­tery, it at­tracts celebrities and lo­cals alike. If you’re more of a day­time trav­eller, tucked at the back of the same laneway is The Chop Shop Food Mer­chants, of­fer­ing a twist on Asian fu­sion food, within an ec­cen­tric venue with views across the town and to­wards Ar­row River.

Am­is­field Vine­yard & Bistro and the Kiwi lam­ing­ton (left) from its win­ter menu.

Be­spoke ski­ing with Soho Basin.

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