The Rees Hotel

Ecstatic but trepidatious

By TRACEY ROXBURGH You could almost hear the sighs of relief at 4pm on Tuesday in Queenstown. After holding the collective breath for more than a year, the resort was finally able to exhale as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a...

Wine pro’s bar lifted

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown wine consultant and educator Candice Chow’s received a prestigious learning opportunity. Each year, The Family of Twelve — comprising 12 top-flight New Zealand wineries — chooses 12 wine professionals to undergo a wine tutorial in which they...

Lake-hugging land for sale

By PHILIP CHANDLER Clever planning’s resulted in a magnificently-located mini Queenstown development, now on the market. Lakeshore comprises three large sections, right above Frankton Track and Frankton Arm, and two others just above. The subdivision, created by a local family with engineering...

Whyte Waters liquidated

By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown tourism marketing and online booking company appears to be a Covid-19 victim. Whyte Waters Group Ltd, along with associated companies Real Time Booking Systems Ltd and Queenstown Visitor Guide Ltd, were liquidated late last month, following an...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man traumatised by last year's terror attack this week visited a Queenstown hotel to thank staff for their kindness in the aftermath. Yama Nabi presented a handmade rug to The Rees Hotel his family are pictured with...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Protecting Kiwi families is vital, but forgetting foreign workers will come back to bite business, a Queenstown hotelier says. The Rees Hotel boss Mark Rose says while there's social media scaremongering around the pandemic, anybody who thinks their business...
The survivor of a horrific hit-and-run wants Queenstowners to keep one thought in their minds when considering drink-driving. "I just want to send a message to them – you might hurt someone," Mutsuko Morisue says. "And it's not only them. "It's the...

NZ trumps as a global lifeboat

An American convinced that New Zealand land is an attractive "apocalyptic hedge" for his rich countryfolk is putting his money where his mouth is. Retired lawyer and former sports mag publisher Miles Jaffe has lifted the asking price for his...

Lake snot costs hit hotels

Queenstown hotels are being forced to install expensive filtration systems to prevent lake snot clogging their water systems. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel manager Vincent Macquet says a self-cleaning filter identical to one operating at Dunedin Hospital was installed at the hotel five...
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