Millbrook wins prestigious Chinese gong


Luxury Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown, has won recognition in China as having the best golf course in Asia-Pacific.

The honour has come in the Shanghai Travelers’ Club 2013 Luxury Travel Awards.

The elite club also voted New Zealand the World’s Best Luxury Destination, Auckland Airport was named the world’s best airport and Wanaka’s Whare Kea Lodge won Best Asia Pacific Boutique Hotel.

The awards were made by 3400 Chinese members of the Shanghai Travelers’ Club who voted according to the tastes of affluent Chinese outbound travellers.

Millbrook director of golf Brian Spicer says the award is testimony to the hard work of staff over the past few years.

“We have worked hard over the years to provide a world-class resort that not only meets but exceeds people’s expectations of a five-star luxury resort and golf course.

“Chinese visitor numbers to NZ are growing exponentially and we want to encourage and nurture the Asia Pacific market.”

Tourism Industry Association NZ chief executive Martin Snedden congratulates the winners.

“Their success will benefit the wider NZ tourism industry and boost our reputation in China as a high-quality visitor destination.

“China has grown rapidly to become NZ’s second largest visitor market, with around 200,000 arrivals last year.

“NZ’s success in these awards is to be celebrated and will help put us on the map with wealthy Chinese travellers as a must-visit destination.”