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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.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Living The Dream

7.30 am Wake up by the lake in one of our amazing lakeview  rooms

8.00 am Breakfast in True South, our multi award winning Dining Room

9.00 am You and your family get picked up by Limousine Line from The Rees

10.00 am Arrive to to Oxbow Wanaka where you get to ride the "ultimate off-roader" and a 600 hps custom built jet boat that accelerates from 0-100 in 2.5 seconds!

11.30 am Skydive Wanaka time where you will meet a fantastic team of professionals who will give you the confidence to jump off a plane at 15.000 ft!

12.30 pm Alpine Helicopters picks you up from Wanaka airport and take you for a memorable 3 course lunch to Minaret Station! 

5.00 pm You and your family return to The Rees, have a glass of wine in the Bardeau Wine Lounge where you will get the opportunity to enjoy wines from world-renown chateaux of Bordeaux – including Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Gruard Larose, Malescot St Exupery and Lynch Bages – nestle with the best wines of Central Otago and New Zealand in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar

7.30 pm Dinner in the best Italian Restaurant in Queenstown Sasso where cooking Italian cuisine is a craft and food is served with passion 

This can be your next dream holiday, so stop dreaming a contact us for more information about any of these activities!

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!