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QTMAGAZINE AUTUMN 2016
NASA AIMS TO BREAK BALLOON FLIGHT RECORD
American space agency NASA hopes to break the
record for the longest ever balloon flight when it
launches its $1.6m super pressure balloon at Wanaka
Airport in April.
NASA scientific balloon experts want the massive
balloon to clock 100 days during its flight, breaking the
current 54-day record.
A similar experiment last year saw the football stadium
sized balloon successfully launched from Wanaka.
However, the flight was terminated after 32 days over a
remote part of the Australian outback after the balloon
developed a leak.
NASA's Balloon Program
chief Debbie Fairbrother
says the launch is
scheduled for some time
after April 1 and she is
made to the balloon will
resolve previous issues.
"We are thrilled to be
back in New Zealand for
another test flight of this
critical, potentially game
changing technology. This
could be the flight for the
PROMINENT ADVENTURE RACE FOR QUEENSTOWN
Leading expedition adventure racing company,
GODZone, is targeting Queenstown for its 2017 event.
Race director Warren Bates says they have announced
the location significantly earlier than previous years
due to unprecedented interest in the 2016 event at
Kaiteriteri (April 2-9) with the entry of a team featuring
high profile former All Black captain, Sir Richie McCaw.
"This year's race sold out in just two hours and we have
received a lot of enquiry about next year's event. There
is a real buzz about GODZone at the moment so it made
sense to get the destination out as soon as possible to
give teams plenty of lead time.
Organisers consider Queenstown is an ideal location
for the adventure race and will be a major attraction for
"Our company is fortunate to be based in Queenstown
and the Southern Lakes region. Ever since GODZone
started five years ago we have been working toward
creating an amazing event and course to showcase our
" says Bates.
QUEENSTOWN SKI AREAS JOIN PRESTIGIOUS
Queenstown ski areas Coronet Peak and The
Remarkables have joined the Mountain Collective
taking their place alongside a dozen of the world's most
prominent ski areas.
NZSki CEO Paul Anderson says it is a privilege to be
invited to join the group which includes Alta Snowbird,
Aspen/ Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Resorts,
Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine
Meadows, Stowe, Sun Valley, Taos, Thredbo and
"We're delighted to join this international network
which further reinforces Queenstown's reputation as
a world-class destination with Coronet Peak and The
Remarkables as the key winter attractions.
Local skiers with a 2016 NZSki 3 Peak Pass will be entitled
to half price skiing and snowboarding at the member
resorts. Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd
says the inclusion of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables
in the Mountain Collective is further recognition of
the resort's winter appeal and creates another reason
for international skiers and snowboarders to visit
2016 GOLF OPEN
The 2016 BMW ISPS
Handa New Zealand
Open played at
both The Hills and
courses in March
reached a new level
with the best field
the event has ever
had, according to
chairman John Hart.
Hart expects the popular tournament to remain in
Queenstown for ten to 15 years and longer term the
plan is to move the event to three venues with Jacks
Point as the likely third course.
"There's no place like Queenstown and I personally
think it will stay here because Queenstown's the
attraction; it's got a tremendous feel about it.
Prime Minister the Right Hon. John Key was amongst
the celebrities joining the Kiwi side in the Australia-New
Zealand Celebrity Challenge held as part of the Open.
Meanwhile Queenstown professionals, Peter Smith
Millbrook Resort golf operations manager and Craig
Palmer director of golf at The Hills, flew the flag for
the resort in the strong field which saw Australian
Matthew Griffin respond to the pressure with a birdie
on the 18th to defeat favourite Hideto Tanihara and
take the 2016 title.
A street party in Arrowtown to launch the 2016 event
transformed the streets into an open air party with
a carnival atmosphere. A Kapa Haka school group
performed a traditional Maori welcome while the
Buckingham Belles and local musicians provided
NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION
WITH JENNY MCLEOD
Golf professionals Peter
Smith and Craig Palmer
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