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Out of the ordinary: Cammell Projects

If you’re inspired by ‘out of the ordinary’ in both design and quality of home, you can’t go better than a building partnership with Cammell Projects of Queenstown. Focused on high-end architectural residential construction, this bespoke team of carpenters are passionate about their craft, and they all are trade qualified or are working towards their qualifications.


Stefan Cammell is Co-Director of Cammell Projects with wife Andrea.

A dream team, Stefan is a carpenter of 20 years standing and has worked in Australia and the UK, before establishing Cammell Projects 10 years ago, while Andrea has a background in project management, along with a Bachelor of Design Degree and a Diploma in Interior Design.

“I love the building trade because there is something different every day,” Stefan says.

“Anything exceptional, challenging in design or difficult sites, that’s what we thrive on and it’s become a real speciality.”

In fact, there are two gorgeous builds in progress at the moment. “Rammed earth, cork insulation and cross laminated timber prefabricated panels make up the bones of these eco-inspired homes,” Stefan says.

With a website full of enthusiastic feedback from clients, Cammell Projects’ emphasis on quality is clear: Stefan has created a 280-point checklist covering stages of the project to ensure exceptional quality at every step of your build; now that really is out of the ordinary.


Six standalone stunners: Alpine Projects

Queenstown’s Alpine Projects is the name behind the six eye-catching and very desirable stand-alone villas at Jacks Point.



Alpine Projects Director Mark Dewsbury oversaw the project from concept to reality.

“I loved the flow of working on six homes simultaneously,” Mark says. “It’s a passion of mine to bring rhythm and system to a project, keep progressing, easing through any hold-ups, making up time in other areas. It is a real point of difference for us – our ability to keep sizeable quality projects flowing from one stage to the next.”

The villas went through a full subdivision process whereby six sections were created from the original three. Four different owners living in four different parts of the world brought different languages and abilities to the table.

Mark was thrilled to have architect Artur Szewczyk of Artektus by his side throughout the project.

“It was helpful to have a great architect on the project. Artur worked with the criteria specific to Jacks Point and designed very precisely for the rental market. Villas had to fit on small sections, be the ultimate in easy care ‘lock and leave’, and Artur’s close work with the landscape designer ensured the gardens also met the brief.”

Mark is happy for clients to bring completed plans, but really loves working alongside them, expertly bringing dreams to fruition.

“We pride ourselves on finishing on time and on budget; we never take on more than we can handle, so we keep our promise to every client.”


Standout in the Remarkables: RNP Homes

Desirably nestled between Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Ranges, the latest showhome from Christchurch based RNP Homes Ltd is a standout.



Located in the picturesque Hanley’s Farm Subdivision in Queenstown, this inspirational display home was officially opened on 7 March 2020 in conjunction with the Hanley’s Farm Community Festival and Display Village Launch Event.

As well as a stunning alpine outlook, this 328 square metre home showcases multiple living areas, five spacious bedrooms, three bathrooms and easy indoor-outdoor flow into the large, private courtyard.

A second-level suite offers stunning views, maximises the incredible scenery and acts as a perfect zone for teenagers, or as luxury guest accommodation.

Clever use of ample Velux skylights throughout the kitchen, entrance hall and bedrooms offer up natural light and ambiance to complement this outstanding family home or holiday lodging.

This distinguished display dwelling from RNP Homes is definitely deserving of its title ‘Remarkable Range’ and with plans to enter into the Master Builders House of Year, this is certainly a home to covet. Director of RNP Homes, Richard Preston says, “We strive for nothing other than perfection”, and this ethos is wonderfully presented in this home as well as all past projects.

Multi-award winners and recognised as a trusted builder of high quality homes, RNP Homes offers comprehensive and personalised services to guide you on your home building journey.

Talk to RNP Homes today on 0800 RNP HOMES or get inspiration from the website.









A Queenstown getaway: Highview Apartments

Whether you are looking for an action-packed adventure or a more leisurely holiday, Highview Apartments is a fantastic base for your Queenstown holiday.



Earning its name from its unrivalled views looking out high from Thompson Street, it’s a striking location.

Imagine waking to views of rugged snow-capped mountains rimming the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and seeing the Earnslaw steam her way past, listening to bird song while you enjoy your morning coffee on your own private balcony.

Situated close to restaurants and bars you can sample the night life or bring local produce and regional wine back to your self-contained apartment to enjoy.

For active relaxers there is a fitness room, outdoor spa and BBQ area, along with a complimentary sports locker for golf clubs, bikes or ski gear to suit the year-round activities that this alpine playground has to offer.

Whether it is a studio or lake view apartment (one or two bedrooms available), there’s an exceptional option for everyone


Quest for Queenstown

With travel overseas being postponed or cancelled, it’s important to remember what we have in our own backyard. Just a few short hours away, Queenstown has always been an international tourism hub for New Zealand, but it might be high time we put on our tourist hats and explore what this southern spot has to offer. We’ve pulled together some year-round attractions that are worth checking out.



  1. TAKE A HIKE! Queenstown offers a range of walking tracks and trails for all levels of fitness. Whether you prefer a short local, day long or even a multi-day walking adventure, a guided hike or an independent walking trip, there is a Queenstown walking or hiking option for you.
  2. DON’T BE A LUGER: The benefits of Queenstown being a tourist-centric location is that you’ll often find more than one attraction together. The Skyline Queenstown luge is conveniently placed at the top of the gondola. So, you can get gondola and luge packages!
  3. ALL THE EATS: With more than 150 bars and restaurants, the food scene is always buzzing in Queenstown. Whether it be new craft beer bars, cafes or restaurants popping up, food tours, or inventive new dishes, there’s always something new, creative and exciting to try.
  4. ICE, ICE BABY: Something that was worth highlighting was the fact that Queenstown has not one, but two ice bars. Yes.. that is bars entirely made from ice – from the seats right down to the glasses.
  5. BOTTOMS UP! Queenstown is brimming with craft beer bars and breweries. Why not jump on a local craft beer tour? If wine is your thing, the wineries in Queenstown and nearby Gibbston, the ‘Valley of Vines’, have a reputation for producing some of the world’s best pinot noir and you can find your favourite vintage taking in local cellar doors and restaurants. Even cocktail lovers can get their fill, with inventive and unique cocktails available at most restaurants and bars.
  6. GET ON YOUR BIKE: Cycling tours and mountain biking trails in Queenstown are a great way to explore and discover remote parts of this beautiful region! The Queenstown Trail has more than 130kms of off-road trails taking you from Queenstown to Gibbston via historic Arrowtown. Cross-country, trail riding, heli, downhill… whatever your cycling or mountain biking style, Queenstown’s got the terrain, rental and guides to suit everyone’s kind of ride.
  7. GET UP THE GONDOLA: Providing panoramic views of Queenstown, there’s only one way to really see the infamous resort town – from above!


From stables to ski villas

With Queenstown’s winter ski season in full swing, there are eight new homes turning heads on Packhorse Lane in Arthur’s Point. The rich history of the site dates back to the 1860’s gold rush, during which time miners would make the arduous journey out of Skipper’s Canyon to sell their newfound gold.

Along the way they would make the mandatory stop at the Gantley’s Hotel for a few drinks after weeks of hard living in the freezing canyon. Now the site of the Packhorse Lane homes, the land bordering the hotel was scattered with stables and ancillary buildings where the miners would tie up their pack horses, from which derives the road name.



In 2016, the Wanaka-based construction company, Blueview Developments, purchased the 1800 square metre site and started the design process for the development. With decades of experience in building high quality, custom homes, investment properties and holiday houses, Blueview’s Director Bruce Flett knew the value of the unique zoning of the land.

“The Rural Visitor Accommodation zoning is quite unique in that it provides the site with great versatility and enables purchasers to choose between living in the homes, renting them out on long term tenancies, or renting them out on a short-term basis, up to 365 days per year,” he says.

In addition to the zoning, one of Packhorse Lane’s greatest features is the central location and proximity to some of Queenstown’s best attractions. The Packhorse homes are the closest new accommodation to the Coronet Peak ski area, giving owners and guests the opportunity to be the first skiers on the chairlifts each morning.

Despite being so close to the ski field, the homes are still just a few minutes’ drive to central Queenstown’s restaurant scene and boutique shopping area, not to mention they are also within walking distance of the Onsen Hot Pools and a couple of minutes from the famous Shotover Jet.



The new homes were designed to fit seamlessly into the landscape through the use of natural timbers and colours. Spacing the homes correctly was critical to creating a community feel between the dwellings, yet suitable privacy has been maintained through clever landscaping and planting.

Two specification levels were offered to purchasers to tailor their homes to how they intended to use them. For an additional cost, the premium specification included the introduction of upmarket conveniences such as heated tiled bathrooms, ducted heating, stone bench tops and a thermal window package.

Every home was designed with the same floor plan, consisting of three spacious bedrooms, three bathrooms, a bespoke entertainer’s kitchen, open plan dining and living areas which flow onto a large exposed aggregate patio. The patio is built ready for a hot tub to be fitted at one end, giving skiers the perfect place to relax and recover after long days on the snow.



Throughout the design process, Blueview was mindful of the end user and how they would be utilising the homes. One exciting new feature added was Wi-Fi-controllable heating. Each tiled area features under tile heating, which can be operated from your smart phone, giving owners the ability to turn on and set a desired floor temperature for each zone, such as a bathroom, kitchen or hallway.

The Daikin heat pumps fitted also feature the same smart connectivity, allowing the air temperatures in individual rooms to be set by the owners before they return home. The benefit of this modern technology is two-fold – electricity running costs are reduced through the ability to selectively heat the home on a room-by-room basis and you can turn your heating on while you are still on the ski field chair lift, and return to a warm home after driving back down the mountain.


Although the homes are packed full of the latest products, Blueview’s Southern Lakes Manager, James Flett, explains that these features needed to be carefully balanced with providing the homes at an affordable price point. “From the outset we wanted to build high quality, functional homes on this site, but we also needed to ensure the homes would achieve strong financial returns for our clients.

The homes have been appraised to attract six percent annual returns through long-term rental, and even higher returns are expected on a short-term rental basis. These strong rental returns, coupled with steady capital gain, will provide our clients with fantastic additions to their investment portfolios.”

Blueview offers its clients a design and build service, house and land packages, and investment property construction.

Find out more about Blueview by visiting their website –



Black & White Coffee Cartel

Your favourite fix: Black & White Coffee Cartel

Black & White Coffee Cartel is expanding to give you the new way to drink coffee in the jewel of the south, Queenstown. Leading the team at Queenstown Central in Frankton, is Kelly Roach. “Black & White Coffee cartel is a family business; you work with people who constantly support you and are as passionate about customer satisfaction as I am,” she says.


Black & White Coffee Cartel


When she’s not sipping on an edgy cup of coffee with a dash of coconut milk, this dynamic 25-year-old is leading a team of passionate baristas to bring the quality coffee experience that Christchurch has been fortunate to have for more than eight years to the fine town of Queenstown.

They are a team of staff that want the best for their customers and train hard to deliver it with pride. “We get on very well. We want to make people’s days and make people smile. We not only want to be awesome for our customers but for the rest of the team we work with. That’s what a cartel is, a family. We’re part of each other’s journey.”

The future is bright with Black & White Coffee turning its eyes towards the south. Those that know the quality of Black & White Coffee Cartel are able to meet the crew down at Queenstown Central in Frankton from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday to get their favourite caffeine fix.

Success breeds success and Kelly’s entrepreneurial approach to business is just another great chapter in the story that is Black & White Coffee Cartel.



Highview Apartments

Views and more: Highview Apartments

Relax, enjoy and unwind in the stylish surroundings of the Highview Apartments,  close to the heart of Queenstown.


Highview Apartments


Located in Thompson Street, there are one or two bedroom apartments overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables offering majestic views. Studios are also available and have fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Eat in, or take a short walk to the centre of town where you’ll find the best restaurants, cafés, bars and adventure activities.

Highview Apartments has off-street parking, a fitness room, outdoor spa pool and barbecue area as well as storage lockers for luggage while you’re out hiking, playing golf or cycling. The team will make your trip memorable and to assist with bookings so that you get the most out of the region’s alpine playground.


For further information visit or phone 03 450 2142.


Hulbert House

Sumptuous Southern Spot: Hulbert House

There are hotels and then there is Hulbert House; a luxury boutique hotel in central Queenstown restored from an 1888 Victorian villa that comprises of six beautiful double suites, each with their own individual flair.


Hulbert House


All the suites have a stunning view over Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding alps. You can relax and enjoy everything that is good about Hulbert House – and there is so much. Breathtaking in its ornate furnishing and classic styling, the Palm Lounge is lush and rich. Breakfast is served here by the wonderful hosts, Jade and Jay, who also doubles as chef de cuisine.  With leather couches to recline in and have a beverage or two, and a kitchen/servery which plays host to just a few sumptuous morsels in the cookie jar, it’s not really a hotel but a place that feels more like the home of someone incredibly rich who just happens to be letting you use it.

The homestead has a rich history, from the Boult Suite named after Philip Burbage Boult, who was granted the land in 1876, to the Firth Suite, the beautiful room I resided in, named after Horatio Nelson Firth, whose family lived here between 1889 and 1901.
With its proximity to town there’s no need to stress about travel time to one of the stunning restaurants; the prestigious Rata is only a leisurely five-minute walk.  Located at 68 Ballarat Street, just a hop skip and a jump from central Queenstown, it’s the perfect location to explore Queenstown but also to host an engagement, wedding or function.  Not only does Hulbert House have the perfect venue, but also a welcoming staff who introduce you to the quintessential Queenstown experience – one of style and elegance. Reserve your room at Hulbert House, you won’t regret the experience.



Power of poetry

Power of poetry: At the Drop of a Hat

It’s poetry, but not as we know it. Three Southern Lakes literary identities are taking great delight in turning the traditional concept of staid poetry readings on its head.


Power of poetry


Liz Breslin, Laura Williamson and Annabel Wilson are bringing their unique show, At the Drop of a Hat, to Queenstown. The talented trio met in Wanaka when Liz and Laura started open mic nights, called Poetic Justice Wanaka. Fast-forward 10 years and they all have published poetry collections and developed a reputation for quick-witted banter and a relaxed rapport when on stage together. Attending At the Drop of a Hat, guests choose a theme, topic or idea they’re interested in, write the word on a piece of paper and drop it into a hat. Once they take the stage, the poets pass the hat around audience members, who pull out a piece of paper and read out the word on it.

With their different accents (Liz is from the UK, Laura from Canada and Annabel from New Zealand) and styles, the women then have to reflect each theme through poetry and performance. That means drawing on their extensive back catalogues of work or making something up on the spot. Liz, whose first poetry book made it on to NZ Listener’s Top 100, says they have to think laterally. “It’s poetry as you never had it in English class at school.”


At the Drop of a Hat is on Tuesday 2 October at Queenstown’s Sherwood. Tickets available through Eventfinda or at the door.