New attraction gets off the ground: iFLY

With no jumping, parachutes or planes required, now anyone can fly like Superman – on a cushion of air. Arrow International’s team worked in blazing heat and falling snow to get iFLY, Queenstown’s sensational new attraction off the ground this winter. Arrow was involved in the design phase of the $15 million project, giving buildability […]

Clicquot in the Snow

Winter’s Must-Attend: Clicquot in the Snow

This year’s Clicquot in the Snow in Queenstown from 2-5 August marks the 200th year since Madame Clicquot blended the world’s first rosé champagne and, to honour the special anniversary, long-time friend of the brand, designer Kathryn Wilson has designed a special edition rosé pink belt. To the delight of many Kathryn Wilson fans, the […]

Southern lakes

Arrowtown’s Cultural Gems: Southern lakes

If outdoor pursuits in the bone-chilling Southern Lakes winter are not your bag, take refuge indoors and discover some of the cultural, historic and artistic gems in Arrowtown. You don’t have to wander far off the beaten track – or the main street – to get a decent dose of intellectual and sensory stimulation.  Take […]

Southern Institute of Technology

Southern study success: Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)’s Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management has set up Shovik Saha for a great career

Shovik Saha is a graduate of Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)’s Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management. Studying at the picturesque Queenstown campus, Shovik was impressed by the standard of learning and the tutors on his course. “All the tutors are awesome and have been great advisors. The programme was a step up in my learning […]

Josh Emett

Woo-ing the nation: Q&A with celebrity chef Josh Emett

Josh Emett heads an empire that counts some of the country’s much-loved hotspots in its repertoire, including Rātā, Ostro and Madam Woo. Metropol talks to this culinary creative about his new restaurant offering, a new cook book and Woo-ing the nation. Where did your passion for food come from? I have always loved cooking right […]

Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival

Winter’s southern show-down: The Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival

New Zealand’s winter has started with one hell of a party for the last 43 years. That party is the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival and this year the party is as fresh as the season’s first powder. The 44th Queenstown Winter Festival runs from Thursday 21 June to Sunday 24 June. The 2018 festival […]

Southern Lakes Events Guide

Events guide: Southern Lakes

Innovation, creativity and fun combine in the Southern Lakes district, where there’s plenty of events to keep your minds active and your diaries full. We’ve hunted out some exciting additions to the local social calendar. LUMA Southern Light Project 1 June – 4 June A free public event showcasing a curated collection of stunning light […]

Eichardt’s II

Queenstown’s exciting new addition: Wyatt+Gray Architects project Eichardt’s II

The newest addition to the Eichardt’s building family has been shortlisted for a prestigious architecture award. Eichardt’s II was designed by Michael Wyatt of Wyatt+Gray Architects to have a simpatico relationship with its neighbour, Eichardt’s Private Hotel, with a seamless connection at the upper and lower levels. Along Marine Parade, the historic 1860’s facade of […]

Brownie Construction

Townhouses to tempt: Queenstown’s Coronet Grove is set to be a pleasing addition to Brownie Construction’s portfolio of work

A new development of eight exceptional townhouses is well underway in Queenstown. Located in Arthurs Point, Coronet Grove is nestled in a quiet, relaxed village occupied by nature lovers and peace-and-quiet keepers. Coronet Peak is a 15-minute drive away, the Shotover Jet is just around the corner and there are plenty of walking and biking […]


The distinction’s in the detail: Queenstown’s new design destination Trenzseater

The distinction’s in the detail, according to Ben Lewis, a high-end Kiwi interior designer and General Manager of Trenzseater. With stores in Christchurch, Auckland and most recently Queenstown, Ben’s designs are picking up awards, accolades and mentions in international publications. Trenzseater in Queenstown means Southern Lakes dwellers will have ready access to stylish, luxurious and […]