The Hills

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...
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...
The Hill family trust their superintendent so much they've made him the boss. Neville Idour speaks to the man running one of  the country's most exclusive golf courses Moving his family from Auckland to Queenstown has been a great career move,...

Justin Bieber jets in

Pop star Justin Bieber is in Queenstown for a short holiday. The 23-year-old Canadian singer arrived in the resort on a private jet from Auckland yesterday afternoon. Bieber played a sold-out gig to about 50,000 fans at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium...
Golf heads might have been scratched when the New Zealand Open announced a deal with the Japan Tour in 2013. But the strategy's working, tournament boss Michael Glading tells David Williams People are getting it, Michael Glading says, and last year's New Zealand...

Pros rekindle rivalry

There's a competition within a $1 million competition at this week's NZ Open golf tournament near Arrowtown. As the event's final rounds move from The Hills to Millbrook Resort, Millbrook pro Peter Smith and his counterpart Craig Palmer, from The Hills,...

It’s a Fox hunt

Second-ranked Kiwi Ryan Fox will play next month's New Zealand Open golf tournament near Arrowtown. On the back of entries from major winner YE Yang and Kiwi Grant Waite, who won on the United States PGA Tour, Fox has confirmed...
Two water-surrounded golf holes at Arrowtown's Millbrook Resort are expected to add drama to the finishing stage of this year's New Zealand Open. In a new deal, Millbrook will stage the final two days of the Open instead of co-host...

Man mountain for Millbrook

Champion shot putter Tom Walsh wasn't expecting his invitation to play golf in the New Zealand Open pro-am in Queenstown in March. The Cantabrian says that when he saw the list of other invited celebs - including, again, cricketing greats Ricky...
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