Sir Michael Hill

Homes on horizon for The Hills

Jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill's family has plans for up to 150 homes on its Arrowtown golf course. The Hills golf course's family-owned company, Trojan Helmet Ltd, has proposed a 'resort zone' in its submission to the Queenstown council's proposed...
Golfers might find it a hazard but mega-jeweller Sir Michael Hill's in awe of the latest sculptural masterpiece on his Arrowtown golf course. Renowned English sculptor Sean Henry last Sunday positioned his three metre-high painted bronze, The Seated Figure, above...

Golf resort sales tee off

Arrowtown's Millbrook Resort is proof that the slowdown in Wakatipu property sales isn't affecting high-end product. Sales at the well-established golf resort reached a record $64 million over the 12 months till the end of September, up almost $20m over...
Bill Shaw, who died recently, aged 70, was small in stature and innately modest, but was also a larger-than-life character who had a huge influence on New Zealand's luxury tourism industry. Philip Chandler examines the Queenstowner's legacy Queenstown's lost a pioneer in luxury tourism, as...
Imagine designing a golf course when you've made your name critiquing and even slamming other courses around the world. Meet influential Planet Golf author Darius Oliver. He's in town this week designing The Hills Farm Short Course – a nine-hole, par-three course...

Mag’s food for thought

Queenstown has largely taken over a lifestyle magazine. Mindfood has called its ninth-birthday April edition, released this week, 'Fall in Love: An Insider's Guide to Queenstown'. It's a collaboration with Destination Queenstown, whose boss Graham Budd says the edition's aimed at...
Three Arrowtown hospitality hotspots have been bought by a company including prominent caterer Flying Trestles and mega-jeweller Sir Michael Hill. They're taking over Saffron and Agave restaurants and The Blue Door bar on March 31. Partners Melanie Hill and Pete Gawron, who...
OPINION: Queenstown just lost a friend in high places. John Key, who steps down as Prime Minister next week, has been a great advocate for the resort. He didn't just go into bat for us as PM, but also as the Minister of...
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