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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Explore Central Otago Wineries

Central Otago, home of spectacular landscape and sophisticated tourist culture also home to some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, not to mention impressive, vivid white wines.

  • Historically noted as ‘pre-eminently suitable’ for winemaking; indeed, the region’s first Gold Medal was for ‘Burgundy’ in Sydney in 1881, from vines planted in 1864 by frenchman Jean Feraud. However, stonefruit prevailed until renewed interest in the 1950s and then significant commitment by the 1970s pioneers, whose efforts endure today in names such as Chard Farm, Rippon, Black Ridge and Gibbston Valley.

Reflecting the development and recognition of the Central Otago wine region our friends of Appellation Central are now celebrating their 15th birthday!

Our Front Office Team having a great time! 
Clare, Sabrina & Micka

A visit to Central Otago is a must for any traveller with an interest in discovering regional wines, local cuisine and New Zealand culture. The area offers an incredible diversity of scenery and activities to make this a must-visit holiday destination all year round.

So if you want to Taste, Smell, Feel, Central Otago contact your friendly concierge to book or enquire more about great wine tours!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Embrace the fear in the adrenaline capital of the world!

It takes a certain kind of person to skydive from 15,000ft. It takes courage! You step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you freefall at 200km/hour. The personal challenge is immense!

These are some of our brave team members!

Clare, James, Espen &  Seb

The first skydive is a scary thing. BE BRAVE. Even if you’re not, pretend to be, no one can tell the difference! Choose your skydive altitude from 15,000ft, 12,000ft or 9,000ft over Queenstown and get ready to embrace the fear.

Skydive in Queenstown, the adrenaline capital of the world and parachute over the stunning Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.

So if you think you are brave enough contact your friendly concierge to book or enquire more about this activity!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Are there any sharks in the Wakatipu Lake?!

The answer is YES!

And Clare, one of our star receptionists, is riding it!!!


Facts are usually boring. But try these.
You’re inside what feels like a cross between a fighter jet and a torpedo.
It’s skimming across the top of Lake Wakatipu… At 80kph.
Yeah, you read it right – 80 scenery-blurring, perspective-destroying mind-numbing kilometres per hour… then it dives under the water.
And seconds later the pilot points it at the sky and it blasts back out again, into five metres of fresh air before shattering the lake into a million crystal shards on a screaming re-entry.
Whatever else you’ve done in the name of extreme excitement,
nothing – literally nothing – has prepared you for this.
And if that wasn’t enough, Queenstown’s the only place in the world you can try it out!

So if you think you are on an 18 ft shark contact your friendly concierge to book or enquire more about this activity!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Queenstown. It's all right here!

Whether you are a seasoned visitor, or are a Queenstown first – timer, you will forever admit to Queenstown being one of the most beautiful playgrounds in the world. Here are a few reasons why:

Your Arrival.

Descend through the most rugged of mountain peaks, across the stunning Lake Wakatipu to land in New Zealand's foremost Adventure Playground. Your personal adventure is just beginning!

Your Accommodation.
Lake View. The Rees. Enough Said...

Just a typical image from The Rees Hotel webcam

The Locals:

Fun, friendly and adventurous. Someone somewhere is always doing something and you’re invited!



The One and only and a must do Queenstown experience. Gourmet burgers with a very Queenstown flavour.

Shotover Jet:

 Shoot the canyons on this high adrenalin adventure.

 Shooting the Canyon

Milford Sound.

Fly across remote, mountainous peaks to the 8th wonder of the world! Enjoy a cruise on the sound and say hi to the dolphins, penguins and birdlife!

Wine tours:

 Come see what all the fuss is about! Our Central Otago Pinots will take your breath away!

The Stunning Mitre Peak at Milford Sound

As AJ himself once said – “Every day you should do something that scares you!”

Apre Ski

There are worse ways to end your day than with a sundowner on your lake view balcony here at The Rees.

 A sundowner at The Rees. No words required.

So contact your concierge here at The Rees to see how we can assist in getting yourself and yours, out there and doing it!

 Chris Dore




Saturday, 30 August 2014

Springtime = Wine Time

Spring is upon us and to many this means fresh grass growth, new-born lambs and the thought of Christmas shopping.  For others however, spring is the perfect time to visit Central Otago and sample the latest offerings from our award winning vineyards.
Pinot Noir in Bannockburn

Central Otago is the most southerly region for grape growing in the world, and is internationally renown for its flagship variety Pinot Noir. Long, warm days and cool nights ripen the fruit and maintain freshness, and combined with the cleanest of air, minimal rainfall and sun drenched, hillside vineyards there is no wonder our Pinot is appreciated by wine lovers’ worldwide. And I haven’t yet mentioned our divine range of crisp, white wines.
The renowned, Gibbston Valley wine cave
Locally, we have two distinctive sub regions which our wine tours encompass on both half and full day tasting experiences:


Situated in the spectacular Kawarau gorge, Gibbston is the highest sub region, and its cooler climate and hillside vines ripen later than other areas giving lighter, though still intense wines.


Situated at the head of the Cromwell valley, the Bannockburn area provides one of the warmest, driest sites in the region producing a more distinctive and complex wine

Our very own WSET connoisseur, Mo Yang sampling Gibbston Valleys 2013 single vineyard Le Maitre
And never dismiss the underdog: Central Otago produces some very inspiring white wines from our stand out Riesling’s along with Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris of the aromatic variety, tightly structured and sophisticated Chardonnay and of course, our crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

 Don't think you must travel far from your room: The Rees' extensive Bordeau Wine Cellar welcomes viewing 

So book your flight, contact our Concierge and enjoy your relaxing springtime getaway in the heart of New Zealand wine country.
Chris Dore

Friday, 22 August 2014

True South Culinary Series - Beer & Deer Dinner

Who, me?

Bring the family, or get some mates together for an evening showcasing New Zealands world renound cervena venison and locally famous Queenstown beer. Friday, 29th August, here at The Rees.

  • Five course degustation menu featuring four courses of NZ cervena venison and one delictable dessert
  • Each course matched to locally brewed, premium Queenstown beer
  • Personally hosted by Ben Batterbury, Executive Chef of the True South Dining Room

Tickets are strictly limited
7pm on Friday, 29th August @ The Rees Hotel
377 Frankton Road, Queenstown
$85.00 per person
For bookings and enquiries please phone 03 450 1100 or email

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Let Your Fingers Do The Planning

Well the past 10 days has brought snow, snow & more snow! Fresh pow everywhere with regular dumps make for some of the best skiing of the season.

Now this is what you should do...

1. Jump on to Grab-a-seat and book your flight.

2. Visit The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments to reserve your luxury lakefront apartment

3. Book your personalised, in room ski / snowboard fitting with Sno Pro

4. See your friendly concierge upon arrival to discuss and plan your mountain transport options, or maybe a lifetime experience with Harris Mountain Heli Ski.

Oh, and don't forget to inform your boss that you are vacationing for 10 awesome days in the Adventure Capital of the world!

Let's Shred!
Chris Dore