Born as an 1860’s goldmining camp, 150 years later Queenstown has a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, there are amazing views from everywhere.
Queenstown is located in Central Otago, in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Its neighbouring towns and districts include Arrowtown, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill.
There are various apocryphal accounts of how the town was named, the most popular suggesting that a local gold digger exclaimed that the town was "fit for Queen Victoria".
One of New Zealand's main visitor destinations and widely known as New Zealand's Adventure Capital, offering such activities as a helicopter bungy jump, whitewater rafting, tandem parapenting and skydiving, river surfing, heli-skiing, fly fishing, flightseeing. Not to mention award winning Pinot Noir wines from the 82 registered wineries in the Central Otago region.
When you think of Queenstown, Think Fresh... as in fresh air, snow, trout, rivers, lakes, people, fun, food, wine and of course GOLF!
MILLBROOK - New Zealand golf at its best. The 18-hole, par 72 championship Bob Charles designed Millbrook course where golfers can stay in unabashed luxury, is one of the favourites with visitors. It features four different tee positions for complete enjoyment at all levels of playing expertise. Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre, against the backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, the golf course at Millbrook exploits the dramatic terrain fully, delivering world-class golf.
Relax and unwind in the beautifully appointed, luxury accommodation. Millbrook’s superior rooms, suites and villas are designed for your comfort and feature appointments such as super-king-size beds, deep baths and balconies or patios. Enjoy the complimentary use of their health and fitness facility including: Two outdoor spa pools, Outdoor hot pool, 25-metre indoor lap pool, Gymnasium, Saunas and Tennis courts. If you are after a de-stress or an all day pampering, then the Spa at Millbrook is the quintessential New Zealand spa – quite simply one of the finest spa facilities in New Zealand. It provides a complete range of therapeutic and beauty treatments for men and women.
The perfect way for you to end an action packed day in and around Queenstown is to take a nostalgic cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak. Enjoy high country hospitality and a carvery style buffet, featuring the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, along with fresh vegetables and garden salads. You may well find the house dessert specialties hard to resist!
An entertaining after dinner show provides a glimpse into farming life. On your return cruise to Queenstown, relax with a drink from the bar or join a lively sing-along.
Bob Fagan, Associate Editor of Golf Today Magazine and co-founder of the Northern California Golf Foundation recently made a visit to New Zealand on a mission to play and write about as much golf as he possibly could. And he did just that.
In just 18 days, Bob managed to take in 40 rounds of golf, all starting at Gulf Harbour Country Club shortly after landing from his overnight flight from San Francisco. Bob played the length and breadth of the country, from Carrington right down to Oreti Sands in Invercargill.
To quote Bob, “If you haven’t considered New Zealand, you definitely should. I recently experienced the golfing adventure of a lifetime playing forty courses - the elite, the contenders, the pretenders, and some off the path hidden gems. My recent golfing adventure revealed the two-island country to not only be a golfing paradise, but indeed a land of extraordinary scenery, the nicest people, wonderful accommodations, and a plethora of interesting other activities to complement your golf.”
Tim Wilkinson was right in the mix all the way on what was a long final day for the players in the Zurich New Orleans Championship. His final round of 67 was bogey-free, with an early barrage of birdies on holes 2, 5, 6, 9 and 10 getting him to 11 under for the tournament. He parred the last eight holes with sound play but the crucial putts would