Magnificent mountain cabin: Johnston Architects

Carefully considered materials and a simple yet elegant design have come together to create a striking mountain cabin siting boldly amongst the native tussock and kanuka on the sunny, north facing lower slopes of Mount Iron. The Wanaka home by Johnston Architects connects occupants to the environment from a calm and comfortable interior.     […]

It’s show time!

Livestock, equestrian, a Jack Russell race, wearable arts show, veggie growing competition, rides, live music, kid’s entertainment and delicious food are all on the agenda for this year’s Wanaka A&P Show.     This month the town will come alive for one of the South Island’s largest and most popular agricultural and pastoral shows set […]

Wanaka’s Wieliczka: HM Design

In the eyes of Hannah Withy, good interior design involves working to the client’s brief to ensure they are happy. Which is exactly what landed her three awards for the beautiful bathroom (pictured) at the NKBA 2020 Excellence in Design Awards. Metropol catches up with the first-time entrant.     WHAT DREW YOU TO DESIGN, […]

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 […]

Stamping a creative mark: Jennian Homes Wanaka

With almost 25 years in the construction industry, well-respected Wanaka local Nathan Simon brings a wealth of expertise to his new role as both Managing Director and Project Manager of Jennian Homes Wanaka.     While running his own business since 2006, Nathan built two homes for the Jennian Homes Southland franchise owners, who then […]

The go-to for all things plumbing: GW Plumbing

In the greater Wanaka area, Glen Williams is known throughout as being everyone’s definitive go to for all things plumbing.       As the second longest serving plumber in Wanaka, Glen Williams’s trademark style of work ethic and wit has earnt him plenty of loyal customers over the last two decades. This year, Glen […]

Central Vision Optometry

Seeing you right: Central Vision Optometry

Central Vision Optometry is an established and family orientated practice in Wanaka, committed to providing the best possible eye care at a reasonable price.     Optometrists Tui Homer, Jill Mottram and Katie Hill are all therapeutically qualified, so they can treat a range of eye conditions. Jill and Katie are also CAA accredited, for […]

The Viking Ball

Going Viking! – The Viking Ball

In ancient times, those who went off raiding and plundering in ships were said to be ‘going Viking’. These days such behaviour is frowned upon, but Southern Lakes residents can at least dust off their furs and party like they’ve made it to Valhalla (Viking heaven). An innovative charity fundraiser, The Viking Ball is being […]

The Ford Endura

Automotive eye candy: Driving the Ford Endura through the Crown Range to Wanaka

The chance to drive the new Ford Endura range around Queenstown earlier this month was a great opportunity to put the five-seater, twin turbo, 2 L performance diesel through its paces on some great terrain. Winding through the Crown Range to Wanaka, I got a real feel for how smooth the new generation platform will […]


Winter thrills and spills: hit the slopes in the Southern Lakes

Four Southern Lakes ski areas will open soon, heralding a winter of thrills and spills on the slopes. Here’s a taste of what skiers and boarders can expect… after all, it’s all downhill from here. The Remarkables is extending its learner terrain by a massive 70 percent this season, as well as installing a new […]