Modern lakeside dream: AQA

Lake Wakatipu is easily one of the most picturesque settings in the greater Queenstown area. So, having a bespoke designed modern home overlooking its waters is a dream for many. Thanks to Alessandro Quadrelli, and in collaboration with Simpson Building Ltd, the dream is now a reality.     Willow House, located in Kelvin Heights, […]

In the snow about après ski

Europe may be out of bounds, but that does not mean elements of its mountainside culture need to be. Those in the snow know one of the perks of hitting the slopes is what comes at the end of the day – après ski. A mountainside custom coined in the Swiss and French Alps, après […]

Exceptional in Otago: Ferguson Builders

It’s been a whirlwind of change over the past four years for Ferguson Builders of Queenstown. Since moving to Central Otago, Rob and Mel Ferguson have seized all the opportunities the area has offered to grow and expand their company.     “When we first moved here and began building, our team was no more […]

Mountain Retreat: Mason and Wales

Architect Ruth Whitaker of Dunedin-based Mason and Wales Architects was delighted to take on the client brief for this stunning timber home which sits on a raised plateau on the Crown Range, high above the snow line and overlooking the Queenstown Basin. “The client wanted a mountain retreat that really enhanced its incredible location and […]

There’s a time & place

Queenstown has become the go-to getaway for New Zealanders from all the way up north to the bottom of the south. While the town offers amazing attractions year-round, when there are events on, it gives you all the more reason to head there. Metropol has collated some of the most exciting upcoming events that you […]

Exploring Queenstown

With winter’s opening shots recasting our adventure capital’s offerings, the razored ridgeline of the Remarkables is sporting a decent coast of snow, accentuating the resort town’s cinematic good looks.     It’s worth the ride alone on the Skyline Gondola, to drink it all in. The gracious old lady of the lake, TSS Earnslaw, will […]

Winter adventure awaits: Destination Queenstown

There’s never been a better time for Kiwis to visit Queenstown and the town’s community is ready and waiting to welcome you for the winter.     The snow has gathered on the mountains and all four ski areas will open to offer Queenstown’s epic winter experience. What’s more, a recent survey of Queenstown businesses […]

There is more to see! – Crowne Plaza

There has never been a greater time to re-connect with the powerful landscape of Queenstown.     Renowned as the Adventure Capital of the World, it is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season mountain and lake destination. With its wide range of attractions, you will never run out of things to do. It’s time to re-discover […]


This month has welcomed the first snow of the season, with a blanket of fresh white heralding Queenstown’s winter transformation.     The Southern Lakes ski areas are all set to open in coming days, with Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort scheduled to open on 26 June, Treble Cone scheduled to open on 27 […]

Time for a Queenstown staycay! – The Rees

It’s important not to ignore all of the amazing little getaway hotspots that we have in our backyard, especially now that the country is trying to get back on its feet. Make The Rees Hotel Queenstown the destination of your next holiday.     It’s easy to see why this hotel has a Qualmark five-star […]