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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Bucket List Ideas: 101 Things To Do Before You Die!

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand is synonymous with innovation, adventure and bucket lists. With over 26 years of experience they are one of New Zealand's leading tourism adventure companies that offer adrenaline-fuelled fun to the masses. Located in the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown they have 8 activities on offer. From the Original Bungy Jump, or Zipride, or perhaps NZ's Highest Swing or NZ's Highest Bungy Jump is more to your fancy.

In November 1988, Bungy pioneers AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch jumped into the World spotlight by launching the World's first commercially operated Bungy Jumping Site, off the historic Kawarau Bridge. With over 26 years of operating experience they have become renowned as one of the most exhilarating things to do in Queenstown.

Here is our star Concierge Matt Southgate living the dream!

Set an epic 134 mts above the stark beauty of the Nevis River, the highest Bungy (bungee) in New Zealand is a once in a lifetime experience. Located 45 mins from Queenstown, they drive you out to the Bungy Site in their 4x4 buses, the drive alone is spectacular!
The Nevis Bungy is not for the faint of heart but if you conquer it – and you know you can – you’ll have earned the right to really tell people what to do in Queenstown.

Situated 400 metres above Queenstown, the Ledge enables you to put your own twist on Bungy Jumping. If you don’t fancy a twist, how about a flip, handstand or even the 'Matrix'? Their specially designed harnesses allow you to Bungy in a variety of styles listed on our "Jump Menu", ensuring an experience that fits your personality.

The Ledge is the only Night Bungy Site in New Zealand. This option is exclusively available in winter only- "Ski by Day, Bungy by Night"- only Queenstown would be crazy enough to keep your adrenaline pumping 24/7!

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

Monday, 13 April 2015

Flying is fun… YOU take the controls!

A U-FLY flight over the beautiful mountains and crystal clear Lake Wanaka offers the finest alpine scenery in the South Island of New Zealand. This may be your first flight lesson - YOUR chance to fly the plane will be an incredible highlight of your holiday. Rated as the #1 must do activity, you will be assisted with an experienced and friendly flight instructor.

“U-FLY is a product for those seeking a superior product to our competitors.  We offer safe and comfortable aircraft, and the newest fixed-wing aircraft on the airfield.  A no rushing, friendly and personalised flying experience”.

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!