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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 –



Get Inspired!

Get Inspired!

When it comes to enhancing your home and garden, all the inspiration you need is jam-packed into one exciting event in Queenstown later this month – the Queenstown Home Show.


Get Inspired!


Check out builders, renovation experts, kitchen companies, bathrooms, furniture, appliances, garden designers, lighting, interior design and many more, who are all ready to help you turn your dreams into a reality.

Sometimes, even DIYers need a little help. Whether you are looking for quick advice from a demonstration, the projects you need to get that project off the ground, or assistance from an exhibitor, the home show is the perfect destination for you to get the job done.

Bring your building or renovation specs with you as you grab a coffee and wander through the show, where you can talk to the experts, ask questions, compare ideas, research new products and get inspired! The home show will be held at the Queenstown Events Centre off Joe O’connell Drive, Frankton, nestled in the foothills of The Remarkables from 22-24 February from 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Entry is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children under-15 no charge.


For more information visit


Southern hospitality

Southern hospitality on the map

Southern hospitality has long been regarded as a geographical drawcard of trip a to the Southern Lakes region. Now Eichardt’s Private Hotel and The Spire Hotel have put this famous ‘Southern hospitality’ on the map in a more formal capacity, taking out the top gongs during international awards season.


Southern hospitality


Famed lakefront accommodation Eichardt’s Private Hotel has taken out best Australia & Oceania Luxury Ski Resort at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018, while sister property The Spire will enjoy being dubbed New Zealand’s top Luxury Small Hotel.

General Manager of The Imperium Collection, the owner and operator of both venues – James Cavanagh was presented with the award at a gala dinner in Bali last month.


Southern hospitality

“In a period of growth for the group, where we have added a penthouse, three further suites, The Grille 130-seat restaurant plus luxury private cruising yacht Pacific Jemm to our portfolio, it’s a really proud moment to know that our eye for detail and superior guest experience has never wavered,” he says.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry. Established in 2006, they offer international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. All winners are selected by public vote, reflecting real recognition for the hard work and dedication of hotel staff and hotel standards from peers and guests.


Southern hospitality

This win comes off the back of a further coup for Eichardt’s, which has just been crowned Elegant Luxury Hotel of the Year at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.

Skydiving Kiwis

Take to the sky: Skydiving Kiwis

Skydiving Kiwis is New Zealand’s funkiest tandem and sports skydiving centre, located just outside of Christchurch at the Ashburton Airport.


Skydiving Kiwis


Take off from the base and fly above a truly ‘Kiwi-as’ landscape, capturing the history of the region with its beautiful tapestry of greens, blooming crops and flowing braided rivers. Further afield, the Southern Alps rise on one side while the Banks Peninsula stretches out on another. The views are only one aspect.

The team is handpicked for their passion for the skydiving culture with a mission “to share their passion with you, so that your skydive becomes as unforgettable as their first one”.
In 2016 Skydiving Kiwis’ unique approach was recognised by the Civil Aviation of New Zealand Director’s Award for Safety.

Skydiving Kiwis is the only skydiving centre in New Zealand to win the award. Let’s go skydiving!



Woodlands Village Motels & Apartments

Heart of Dunedin: Woodlands Village Motels & Apartments

Woodlands Village Motels & Apartments offers a range of units to suit your needs. Relax in spacious purpose built motels and apartments, surrounded by established gardens in a park-like setting


Woodlands Village Motels & Apartments


There is a variety of one-bedroom and spacious two-bedroom units, all self-contained with full kitchen including oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and tea/coffee making facilities. Free property-wide Wi-Fi internet acces and carparking is available. All units have free access to a guest laundry and children can enjoy the onsite playground.

Units cater for singles, couples, families or groups, sleeping from one person up to eight in each. Ideal for groups travelling together, it is located on State Highway 1 in the city, adjacent to the university and 200m from the main street. Close to shops, hospital, cafés and restaurants, it’s a great location to base yourself while exploring the city of Dunedin.


Located at 594 Great King Street, Dunedin, phone 0508 594 594 or visit


Shotover Jet

Wall to wall canyon action: Shotover Jet

Shotover Jet operates on an exclusive area of the Shotover River, as the only commercial operation permitted within its spectacular narrow canyons.


Shotover Jet


For more than 50 years it has offered the quintessential jet boating experience in New Zealand and is proud to have hosted more than three million people.  Marvel as you power through epic scenery and hold on tight for exhilarating 360 degree spins on the world’s most exciting jet boat. You’ll be in great hands; Shotover Jet has world-class drivers taking you through the rapids at up to 85km per hour, skimming around boulders and performing thrilling, gravity-defying stunts.


Hold on tight for exhilarating 360 degree spins on the world’s most exciting jet boat

The only way to experience the famous Shotover canyons is with Shotover Jet. Let them take you on an action-packed adventure you’ll never forget!



For more information phone 0800 802 804 or visit


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.


Panorama Motor Lodge

Timaru’s top spot: Panorama Motor Lodge

Ideally located for guests to enjoy Timaru’s attractions, Panorama Motor Lodge is opposite Caroline Bay and just metres from the start of the shopping precinct.


Panorama Motor Lodge


With three restaurants also in the same block, it’s even ideal for those who prefer to eat out. Panorama Motor lodge comprises of 21 motel units ranging from studios, to one- and two-bedroom family units, together with self-contained off-site apartments and a four-bedroom house able to cater for up to 13 people. All units provide kitchen facilities and one unit is specifically designed for disabled guests.

Comprehensive on-site guest facilities and services make the property ideal for both leisure or business travellers and include breakfast service, spa pool, off-street parking, a guest laundry, cot and highchair, a small meeting unit and unlimited Wi-Fi. Panorama Motor Lodge offers value for money with excellent standards of comfort and friendly helpful service.



Presence on Harbour

Presents with presence! Presence on Harbour

Ambience is key to a great shopping experience – that sense of intrigue and excitement generated by beautiful surroundings and merchandise.


Presence on Harbour


Take Presence on Harbour, for instance. Situated in Oamaru’s Victorian precinct, at 1 Harbour Street, here’s a gift shop both captivating and unique.Stroke luxurious Merino Possum knitwear by Koru and Native World; smile at endearing Kiwiana; be inspired by elegant home décor; and marvel at artworks from iconic Aotearoa artists.

Owner Dawn Brown says her giftware is perfect for special occasions, such as birthdays, engagements, weddings, baby showers and housewarmings. “Tourists can take a little bit of New Zealand back home with them, but equally, for New Zealanders living overseas, a memento – be it a fridge magnet, mug coaster or truly Kiwi t-shirt – is probably the best gift you can send them,” Dawn says.


Open Monday to Sunday from 9:30am to 5pm. For further information visit or phone
027 439 5170.


Pioneer Pool & Building

Perfect Pools: Pioneer Pool & Building

Since 1970, Pioneer Pool & Building has been constructing custom-designed concrete pools and spas, with the team’s expertise and reputation keeping them at the top of the competition. Not only has the company built pools for the rich and famous, it has also built pools for families to enjoy years of entertainment.


Pioneer Pool & Building


The company was founded by Harry Sweeney and Allan McNabb, who imported the American concept of shotcrete, or sprayed concrete technology. They developed formulations and techniques that are the basis of the system Pioneer Pools still uses today.
Since Harry and Allan’s retirement, the company is now run by Harry’s son, Chris. The company’s philosophy has always been the incorporation of the best available systems, materials and equipment. This covers pool design, construction and maintenance, achievable by the company’s construction experience, proven construction and equipment systems, and its ongoing maintenance section.

Pioneer Pools also stocks spa and pool equipment, including spa covers, heat pumps, LED pool lights, manual and automatic pool covers, training aids, automation systems and pool lift chairs. The key to this is attending pool shows and conferences. New technology includes variable speed pumps, smart systems, integrating lights, water features, self-cleaning systems, etc. It is also the New Zealand agent for Berndorf stainless steel pools and spas.