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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 barrel room
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 2014 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



Monday, 28 July 2014

Kia ora from Chris

Kia ora, I am Chris. By summer I am a professional fly fishing guide, and by winter your friendly concierge at The Rees Hotel Queenstown.

I fell in love with Queenstown the first time I visited 15 years ago. The vastly contrasting seasons, vibrant, friendly locals and the proximity to so many fun activities, dining options, world renowned vineyards and wild and scenic outdoors opportunities.

But enough about me, lets see what my colleagues at The Rees have been up to this winter so far.

William and Clare shredding it up at Cardrona

While the boys went to see what was on the other side

Lillian conquered Treble Cone

Whilst Sabrina took the easy way out with Helitours

And Chris joined Southern Lakes Hunting Guides for a wander around Mt Cook

So follow us on Facebook, keep current with the Blog and please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we can put you in the picture.

Kind Regards

Chris Dore

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

An Adventure of Epic Proportions to Rob Roy Glacier

Our Front Office Manager, Mel was lucky enough to be invited on a famil to Rob Roy Glacier last Friday with 'Guided Nature Walks'. Here is her experience of the majestic  landmark ...

... From Queenstown your guide drives you to Wanaka and then you head towards the Mt. Aspiring National Park

The Rob Roy Gorge cuts a swath through the mountainside,  highlighting the true power of nature over thousands of years.

The walk takes about 2.5 hours each way and is littered with views of mighty waterfalls, soaring cliffs and glacial moraine in a collection unsurpassed in one place anywhere in the world.

But it's not just tranquil scenery - our adventure had a slice of drama! Whilst we were walking towards the Glacier we heard a thunderous noise as a huge chunk of ice broke away and crashed to the valley floor in a show of epic proportions. Amazing!

We had lunch seated on rocks, with the Glacier and Waterfalls right in front of us. It definitely took my experience of picnicking to new levels!

The great thing about the Southern Lakes region is that it is ideal to visit all four seasons of the year- and the Rob Roy Glacier is no exception. While absolutely stunning to visit in winter, with the abundance of snow and ice, I must say the contrast of ice against the vibrant greenery and clear summer skies was utterly breathtaking.

The pictures don't do it justice, it's definitely a site you need to see first-hand!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Get Ready To Celebrate Winter!

It’s getting cold here, but Winter doesn’t officially start in Queenstown until the fireworks erupt over Lake Wakatipu. 

Yes, it’s that time of year again and our town is busy preparing for the annual Winter Festival (WinterFest).
WinterFest is a week jam-packed full of fun events, all to celebrate the beginning of the snow season. This year, it starts on the 22nd of June and finishes on the 1st of July. The Rees Hotel is participating as a one of the major accommodation partners.

As there is so much on it can be a little overwhelming to pick which events to attend, so to help your out here are some of my recommendations.

The American Express Opening Party, complete with fireworks display, is something you don’t want to  miss! It will be held at the Earnslaw Park from 5.30pm with the fireworks scheduled at 7 pm.  Of course there will be music to keep you entertained as well as food stands.

For families with children, Saturday 23rd of June is the perfect day to get the most from the festival. There will be a parade at 11am in the CBD. Auckland Airport Family Fun Day will be held at the Earnslaw Park afterwards. Free to enter or just watch, the More Fm Birdman competition promises to be “wet, wild and totally out of control!” See the madness unfold as fearless thrill-seekers in ridiculous costumes launch themselves off Queenstown Wharf into the freezing cold waters of Lake Wakatipu. This adrenaline-charged event captures the true spirit of the Adventure Capital of the World!

The evening on the 29th will be the first evening of the Coronet Peak Night Ski season. It is a very surreal experience to be on the mountain with music and night sky, even if you are not an avid skier! The night ski continues on the 30th and every Friday and Saturday throughout the season.

The big finale on the 1st of July is the Auckland Airport International Mardi Gras and it’s just as unmissable as the Opening Ceremony. Queenstown’s streets will be filled with people celebrating the beginning of Winter with plenty of music, a parade, food, fun and excitement.
The full programme will available at the Concierge Desk during the Festival for your convenience.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Life as a Keeper of the Golden Keys

As you many of you will know, I recently received my Les Clefs d’Or [otherwise referred to as the golden keys] accreditation. It was a wonderful ceremony held in the Bordeau Lounge at The Rees Hotel, with some fantastic photos taken by Stefan Haworth of TappedNZ Photography, as well as video footage appearing on TVNZ’s ‘Breakfast’ show.

Internationally, a Concierge is the modern term evolved from the traditional ‘Comte des Cierge’, originally a keeper commonplace among Palaces and Ch√Ęteaus. Holders of the keys were hosts to VIPs. This is where Les Clefs d’Or golden keys come from.

After the golden keys ceremony we had a little celebration at Queenstown hot spot, Below Zero, a bar made almost entirely out of ice! Ice sculptures, including a cute penguin or two, decorate the place and a myriad of cocktails are available out of ‘glasses’ made entirely of ice. Refreshing! It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and exactly what we needed to wind down from all the excitement of the Les Clefs d’Or action.

Since wearing my golden key lapel pins on duty, I have had a lot of interesting reactions and feedback from guests. There have been plenty of questions as to what the golden keys mean and why I am wearing them. International and veteran travellers tend to recognise them straight away, and gravitate towards speaking to me as the keys are a trusted symbol.

There have even been a few special requests to speak to the "Concierge with the golden keys." It is heartening to see what a fantastic reputation Les Clefs d’Or has internationally and the positive experiences that many guests have obviously had with my fellow members.

A part of my new Les Clefs d’Or duties includes involvement in organising the 60th International Congress U.I.C.H Les Clefs d'Or in Queenstown for 2013. Guest numbers have been confirmed for approx. 450 members attending. With most of the hard work still ahead of us, I’m very excited to take on the challenge of welcoming such a huge group to our beautiful region of Queenstown. I am really proud to show the world what a jewel in the crown this place really is!