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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.
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.
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.