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Freshly baked breads, sweet and savoury pastries, baguettes, and croissants
European-style are attracting a following at The Artisan Bakery and Pizzeria,
recently opened in the new Landing complex alongside Remarkables Park
Experienced restaurateur and chef Jovan Sivakov and his family are behind
"It's been amazing since we opened with people coming in early to pick up
loaves of freshly baked bread and then tracking back in the evening for our
delicious Italian style pizzas and pastas to take home for dinner," he says.
Jovan and his parents, who own and operate three successful restaurants in
Auckland. have moved to Queenstown to start up the business and are excited
about the early response.
"Our customers love the freshness of our specialty breads and pastries which
can be taken out or eaten here. They also appreciate the craft that goes into
producing authentic pastas and pizzas in the traditional Italian way."
The Artisan is open early with bread available for purchase straight from the
oven --delicious with their special brand of organic Santos coffee.
It's all about making things simple for locals and visitors to Queenstown and
The Artisan takeout pizza and pasta menu is available every evening until
"They are easy and enjoyable meals for people to pick up after work or a day
on the mountain to take back to their accommodation or home," says Jovan.
THE ARTISAN BAKERY
Shotover Jet celebrates 50-years as a leading New Zealand tourism company
in November this year reinforcing its profile as an internationally renowned
jet boating venture.
Since 1965 over three million passengers have taken "the world's most
exciting jet boat ride" riding the spectacular Shotover River canyons with the
only operator licenced to jet boat the narrow and challenging section of river.
The company's first trip used a single engine Hamilton 41 jet boat carrying
seven passengers. Today there is a fleet of seven with two state-of-the-art
new boats commissioned to coincide with the 50th celebrations.
Ngai Tahu Tourism, owners of Shotover Jet since 2001, is planning a number
of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary including a VIP function, staff
reunion and the launching of a book which takes a look at the company's
development since its first excursion in 1965.
CEO Quinton Hall says many people have contributed to the success of
Shotover Jet - "it is fitting that we celebrate those efforts while looking ahead
to the next 50-years."
He says key to the company's success over the years is customer service
which has always been the focus.
"Whether it was a hull that could perform a 360-degree Hamilton turn, tiered
seating for better viewing or heated handrails for winter passengers, the
customer has always come first."
Shotover Jet staff will dress in retro gear during the November celebrations
and an original New Zealand Tourism and Publicity Department poster
featuring Shotover Jet in the canyons has been published to mark the
SPOTLIGHT ON SHOTOVER JET
Ziptrek Ecotours has made its presence felt in Queenstown, after almost
six years in business, as an eco company with a huge commitment to
sustainability and the environment. The exhilarating zipline tour from the
top of Queenstown's Bob's Peak is an all-year round activity and CEO Trent
Yeo claims winter is the perfect time for people to try ziplining.
"Visitors to Queenstown who don't want to ski or snowboard all day or
just need a rest from aching muscles can take one of our zipline options
and enjoy the stunning environment and alpine scenery on a clear crisp
winter's day. Alternatively people looking for a fun activity after a day on
the slopes can join our twilight tour that runs into the early evenings. Our
central location beside Skyline Gondola makes it easy to get to and it's a
great way to wrap up a winters day. "
Guests are guided through the forest canopy on a choice of four or six
gravity fed ziplines, stepping from treehouse platform to treehouse
platform, accompanied by a fascinating interpretive talk reflecting the
company's ecological focus.
"As well as providing a safe adventure activity which is accessible for
all age groups we have a strong environmental ethic which is widely
recognised along with our commitment to sustainable practice," says
have planted over 2,500 native saplings on Bob's Peak to ensure future
regeneration, and spearheaded a stoat and possum trap programme. We
have other environmental programmes in place as well as projects to
support and raise funds for the local community. "
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