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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Benvenuti a Sasso!

With nearly 190 restaurants in the Queenstown vicinity it can often be a nightmare trying to decide what to eat. Sasso takes the hassle out of deciding. Whether it’s a relaxed pizza and beer with friends or a five-course meal from the Sapore di Sasso menu matched with Italian or Central Otago wine, you’ll be sure to enjoy your dining experience in Sasso’s unique, relaxed setting.

   Being descendant of Italians myself I have personally devoted considerable time hunting for an authentically Italian restaurant in New Zealand. I long to find dishes that genuinely reflect the passion and unique heritage of Italian cuisine and in every way, my experience at Sasso has exceeded my expectations.

And don't forget the dessert section of the menu treads a buona sera panna cotta, tiramisu, creme brulee and gelati. They are extremely well-executed classics, and I particularly enjoy the vanilla creme brulee, served with caramelized apples and a lovely fig salsa, as well as a good-quality affogato.

Our Senior Concierge Nathan enjoying a lovely dinner on a Sunday night 

With its contemporary decor and modern twist on Italian nu fusion cuisine, this is the must dine in place in Queenstown. A meal or drink for any occasion.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Buckle up for the ride of a lifetime!

Stimulate your senses with Vortex's state-of-the-art motion theater – a white-knuckle adventure. Up to 12 state of the art synchronized multi-sensory effects such as snow, rain, bubbles, fog, speed and a few surprises make this a fantastic unique experience, all designed to fully immerse you into the movie! 

 Loads of fun for everyone, we take you right into the thick of the action with a combination of jaw dropping 3D movies, full blown surround sound systems and “active motion” luxury seats.

Vortex has an incredible library of over 80 movies to suit all ages, so we create packages that are tailored to you, within your own private theatre.

Choose from thrilling roller coasters, cyber races, haunted houses, alien adventures or even a visit to the land of the dinosaurs. Vortex has something perfect for the little ones as well as those who are young at heart and looking for an unforgettable experience!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Discover the magic of Milford Sound

A visit to Milford Sound is an opportunity not to be missed and one of the true wonders of the world. With a range of activities and things to see, you’ll have plenty of options and be sure to leave inspired.

Every moment spent in Milford Sound is uniquely beautiful and truly awe-inspiring. Whether you catch a scenic flight, paddle the sound by kayak or discover its beauty on a nature cruise, there is something for everyone.

Take a 2 hours cruise on board the Encounter, a small luxurious vessel. Spot wildlife such as Bottle nose Dolphins and penguins while you cruise the sound and indulge in fresh glacial water straight from waterfalls around you.

A trip to Milford Sound isn't complete without a stop at the Discovery Center and Underwater Observatory. Walk down and take a glimpse at the fascinating underwater environment which lies just below the water surface.

And for more active travelers get an intimate, up close, nature experience by kayaking the sound. 

Our Front Office stars Chris and Marisa kayaking on Milford Sound with Southern Discoveries!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Wow, wow, wow! The best way to see Queenstown from above!

Sunrise Balloons is a family-owned and operated company which has been flying in the region since 1998
A hot air balloon ride with Sunrise Balloons in Queenstown is an experience you’ll remember for life. You will never forget the strange yet exhilarating sensation of lifting off and sailing gently over diverse and incredibly beautiful landscapes, mountains, rivers and lakes.

As you rise to altitudes of 6000 ft or more and drift with the breeze, you will witness quite possibly the best panoramic views of Queenstown and its surrounds. With spectacular views of the Southern Alps, Lakes, Rivers & NZ's finest Golf Courses. Share an incredible morning with the whole family. Your flight is followed by a champagne celebration where we land, with Champagne, tea & coffee, croissants and muffins.
A once in a lifetime experience. Come visit us and fly with Sunrise Balloons!

Contact your concierge to book or enquire more about any of these activities!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Jet Boating time from The Rees!

Step off our own private jetty and onto a big yellow KJet boat for an unforgettable Jet boating experience. Leave down town Queenstown in your wake as you power into the channels of two of New Zealand's most scenic waterways; The Kawarau & Shotover rivers!


Skimming over the pure waters of Lake Wakatipu taking in stunning views of the Remarkables Mountain range, we follow the beautiful willow lined Kawarau River, before pursuing the shallower waters and fast moving braids of the famous Shotover River.
In the shallow waters the Jet boat comes into it's own traveling at speeds up to 85 km/ph often in water less than 10cm deep! Your experienced driver will skilfully negotiate the narrow braids, and tight turns of the river while making plenty of time for the exhilarating 360 spins that Jet boats are renowned for.
Covering a full 43 kilometres you get to experience the fantastic diversity of Queenstown's waterways, take in glimpses of local life from the homes lining the lakeshore, as well as stunning views all along the way including river gardens and great views of the Remarkables Mountain Range.

Contact your concierge to book or enquire more about any of these activities!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Off Road Adventures in Queenstown!

New Zealand’s original dirt and quad bike Tour Company with 24 years’ experience offering a real adventure! Get ready for the “Ride of Your Life!”

 The Rees team having a blast with Off Road Adventures!

Want to enjoy the thrill of the machine and a sense of discovery as you venture through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery? Experience the freedom and fresh air as you trail blaze’ round some of the country’s best off-road trails with our team.

Based in Queenstown, they offer a range of all-inclusive guided (ATV) and dirt bike adventures. They supply top quality, well-maintained, late model bikes, along with all the riding gear you need to have a truly exhilarating off-road experience! Plus their passionate local guides accompany each tour!

Contact your concierge to book or enquire more about any of these activities!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Summer is Just Around the Corner!

Summer is almost here in beautiful Queenstown and what a better option than Queenstown Rafting to show us this magnificent place! 

Matt, from the Concierge team, having a great time with our friends from Queenstown Rafting in the Shotover River!

Take the winding road up into Skippers Canyon, famous for it's incredible twists and turns, tight corners and exciting cliff edges. The journey into the canyon is part of the whole experience as the road has hardly changed since the days when the canyon was mined for gold. The Shotover River runs through Skippers Canyon and was one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.

You will then meet your river guide before beginning your white water rafting journey through the spectacular Skippers Canyon. Rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, you'll head towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon.
The adrenalin pumps as you paddle Rock Garden, After Shock, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball and Jaws to name but a few. Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure. Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting base and perhaps treat yourself to a well earned hot chocolate, beer or snack at the cafe.

Providing an adventure experience from calm to wild waters and half day to multiday, there is something for everyone.