Home' micenet eMag : micenet August 2017 Contents is NZ’s first Net Zero Energy campground offering creatively appointed cabins to tented style
camping. The camp will include The Commons Building – a multi-purpose classroom and
meeting space outfitted with top draw AV systems.
From here there was a thrilling Dart River jet boat ride to Paradise for some off-roading and a
fun photo-op dress-up at the Lord of the Rings, Fanghorn forest film site.
Lunch was at the splendid Matakauri Lodge. Good enough for a King (or a future one) and
top notch for a small incentive, this is where Prince William and Kate stayed on their NZ tour.
A Kjet, with a few 360 degree donuts thrown in, sped us back into Queenstown town pier.
Time then to check into the Heritage Queenstown with its picture postcard outlook across
the waters of Lake Wakatipu to the towering Remarkables mountain range. Equally spectacular
are the views from the conference rooms able accommodate up to 200 delegates, with both
indoor and outdoor venues.
A-knock-your-socks off dinner at Queenstown newcomer, The Grille at Eichardt’s was headed
by pre-dinner drinks at the Heritage, in a room beautifully styled to show off their event expertise.
Breakfast and a site inspection of the Millennium and Copthorne hotels- in walking distance
from one another and ideal to place larger groups, was followed by a HQ NZ activity morning
that included (depending on your level of fear) a Skyline Gondola ride up Bob’s Peak, a Ziptrek
through the trees and a fast paced Luge ride. We later took a boat ride to Walter Peak with
Southern Discoveries for a gourmet BBQ lunch and Farm Show at this handsome historic
station. A side-track to Arrowtown, en-route to Millbrook – a former gold mining town - before
arriving at this 200 hectare former farm, whose rustic remains include a working water-wheel.
Resplendent in its autumnal colours, Millbrook has five types of luxurious accommodation that
encompass 160 rooms, a 27-hole championship golf course, covered driving range, an award-
winning day spa, exquisite dining options, health and fitness centre with gymnasium, 25m lap
pool, outdoor hot pools, sauna and a conference centre.
On our last day in Queenstown we enjoyed a farewell breakfast with the Destination
Queenstown team, followed by a briefing about the extraordinary development of Remarkables
Park and a site inspection of the area before a final transfer to Akaru Winery for a tasting and
lunch at Kitchen by Artisan.
But wait there’s more – a surprise helicopter trip flew us to the top of Mt Cecil from where
Queenstown in all its glory lay before us. m
QUEEN OF HEARTS, MINDS AND EVENTS
PARK - THE
One of Queenstown’s most
exciting private developments,
Remarkables Park, is creating a
whole new self-sufficient city.
The vision of the Porter Group who built an
entirely new town centre on a 150ha greenfields
site beside Queenstown Airport, have turned
their attention to creating a unique 150 hectare
Remarkables Park Zone.
Centrally located at the eastern end of Lake
Wakatipu, it consists of a dynamic urban
environment, to deliver a comprehensive multi-
use, retail, resort, residential and recreational
opportunities to further enhance Queenstown's
The project includes a convention centre to be
located on Mountain Ash Drive, immediately
adjacent to the Remarkables Park Town Centre,
designed in a potential staged construction so it
can be built to match demand.
Stage I, with a total area of 2560m2, will be large
enough to accommodate 700 plenary delegates
and 500 banqueting in adjacent areas of the
main hall. When used for conferencing alone the
main hall will have capacity for up to 1400
delegates. Stage II would enable all capacities to
increase by 60 per cent, plus more breakout
spaces, still leaving room on the site for further
expansion in the future. Building construction is
hoped to start this year so the facility can open
by late 2018.
Also in the plans is a $50m, 9.8km gondola
scheme, even longer than the 7.5km Skytrail
Rainforest Cableway north of Cairns in
Millbrook’s historic water wheel.
Chestnut seller in Queenstown.
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