Prime Minister John Key has waxed lyrical about Queenstown for a British broadsheet newspaper.
Interviewed by Jolyon Attwool for The Telegraph’s travel section, the Tourism Minister fulfilled his brief – naming Queenstown as ‘his kind of town’.
Key details his favourite sights, hotels, bars and restaurants in the 500-word article.
“It’s a beautiful town,” Key says, “in quite probably the most picturesque part of New Zealand, surrounded by incredibly dramatic mountain ranges around Lake Wakatipu.
“There’s every sort of adventure activity on offer: bungee jumping, sky diving, skiing, white-water rafting – you name it, they do it.
“And not least, there’s the fantastic food and wine, especially the Pinot Noir grown around there. I’ve been going to Queenstown for more than 30 years, and never tire of it.”
Key says visitors should pack golf clubs to play the resort’s five “magnificent” golf clubs and says the fresh air is one the highlights.
Key says the best places to stay are Millbrook and Blanket Bay, while Amisfield Winery is a good place to meet friends for a drink or go for lunch – he recommends the free-range chicken with harissa and pancetta – and Botswana Butchery and Rata are his pick for evening dining.
A trip up the Skyline gondola is a must for first-time visitors to Queenstown, which is a “pretty safe place” the PM says.
But Key is a little less enthusiastic about bungy jumping, labelling watching the Nevis as “terrifying”.
“I went out and had a look and decided that definitely wasn’t for me,” Key says in the article published yesterday (Wednesday).
“I did a bungee jump in Queenstown about 20 years ago, but wouldn’t be able to do another one now. Why? For some reason my political staff don’t think me diving off a bridge screaming would be great footage, in case I ever have a big dip in the polls.”