“Unforgettable” for some, “as good as it gets” for others, this visually spectacular golf course will provide golfers with an exciting golf experience. Just 20 minutes out of Queensland, this 18-hole, 72-par golf course was designed by John Darby, who is without doubt one of the key figures in contemporary golf architecture in New Zealand. The back-drop of 2,300 vertical meters of the Remarkables mountain range is simply stunning. With a choice of five tee positions to choose from, players will tee off surrounded by the snow-capped mountains, before venturing out onto a course that weaves through grasslands, steep bluffs, rocky outcrops and native bush, down to the fringes of the magnificent Lake Wakatipu. Open to all visitors, it lies in perfect harmony with its natural environment.
Located on the outskirts of the old gold mining town of Arrowtown, just 15 minutes from Queensland, welcome to New Zealand’s most exclusive club. Nestling in the southern Alps, in the heart of Central Otego, it is owned and operated by Michael Hill, a jeweler, former concert violinist and “New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008”, who definitely has more than one string to his bow! Yet another John Darby achievement, what started out as a pitch-and-put one-holer, is now a full 18-hole course capable of staging a national tournament. The setting is breathtaking. The Mill race meanders through the fairways, feeding the ten lakes and various ponds that dot the course. Golfers will have to deal with strategically placed bunkers, sheer rock faces, vertiginous tees and schist outcrops. The distinctive artwork designed by Mark Hill- the son of Michael- will provide added entertainment as the course unfolds.
Discover the beautiful wine region of Central Otago
A little piece of paradise on South Island! Warm welcomes, gourmet restaurants and delicious wines await you here. Vines were first planted here by the Frenchman John Desire in 1864, who made his fortune during the gold rush of the 1860’s. Today, Central Otago is one of the most famous wine regions for Pinot Noir. The vines of the region surround the bustling town of Queenstown, on the foothills of the southern Alps. The vineyards cling to a spectacular landscape of mountains and ravines. The high-altitude plantations are turned towards the sun to soak up the heat and avoid the frost. A cold and continental climate means marked variations in temperature between night and day but plenty of sunshine. Pinot Noir aficionados looking for wines with character will be sure to find what they need in Central Otago. The wines here are intense and silky with vibrant color. Plums, cherries and hints of thyme and spice mingle on the nose. Pinot Noir represents 80% of the vines grown here, but there are also some delicious white wines made with the cool climate Riesling and Pinot Gris grapes, that will appeal to even the most recalcitrant palate.