Home' QT Magazine : Spring 2016 Contents Leading Wanaka optometry practice Eyes on Ardmore
is the first in the South Island to install cutting edge
technology which significantly improves the health of
The $47,000 specialised Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
machine is recognised internationally as an unparalleled
step in the treatment and prevention of dry eye disease
and meibomian gland dysfunction.
Eyes on Ardmore director and principal optometrist
Danielle Ross says the treatment is a breakthrough in a
field which has shown very little progress to date.
“It is most exciting because this treatment is aimed at
addressing the underlying problem that causes dry eyes,
as opposed to eye drops that just provide temporary
relief of symptoms.”
The 15-minute treatment is painless with minimal side
effects and patients typically enjoy immediate results
which last up to 24 months.
“Treating dry eyes effectively before and during spring
can also improve a patient’s allergies, as allergies and
dry eyes are intrinsically linked, in a vicious cycle of one
exacerbating the other,” says Danielle.
QTMAGAZINE SPRING 2016
AT EYES ON ARDMORE
Fresh organic produce, distinctive gifts and sweet treats
lure locals and visitors in large numbers to the Wanaka
Farmers’ Market at Bullock Creek every week reinforcing
the demand for the diverse range of top quality products
The market, held beside the Speight’s Ale House on
Ardmore Street every Thursday afternoon, is now
celebrating its eighth consecutive year with a record
number of stall holders.
Market organiser and owner of the award-winning
Pembroke Patisserie, Kirsty Schmutsch, attributes its
success to the combination of excellent products and
“The market presents a wonderful lineup of producers
and creators from around the district who offer
unique products. We also have great support from the
community – people who are conscious of where they
buy their produce and who love supporting local small
The Wanaka Farmers’ Market is one of the few markets in
New Zealand operating every week throughout the year.
It features up to 20 stalls, selling everything from fine
wine and gluten-free cakes to renowned artisan breads,
locally grown vegetables and microgreens, as well as
a variety of arts and crafts. Kirsty says spring is always
an exciting time of year at the market – it coincides with
the Light Up Wanaka street party on Thursday October 6
which is always a significant drawcard.
“New vendors also begin to appear in spring as the days
get longer. There are many benefits of having a stall at
the market. Attending regularly means operators can
build up a loyal clientele,” says Kirsty.
“It is also a great place to meet people in the wider
community who are genuinely interested in what
vendors do and are able to provide them with instant
feedback on new products.”
The Wanaka Farmers Market – Bullock Creek Thursdays
WANAKA FARMERS’ MARKET LURES VISITORS
BY REBECCA WILLIAMSON
Warbirds & Wheels classic car and aircraft museum
which also houses an American style retro diner is
one of the region’s best kept secrets tucked away in an
unassuming hangar at Wanaka Airport.
General manager Naomi Lindsay says the world-class
collection of over 35 privately owned classic cars,
including Packards, Lincolns, Auburns, Ford Mustangs
and the only 1934 Model J Duesenberg in the southern
hemisphere, represents a century of automobile
“The collection of Warbirds aircraft, including an
RNZAF Skyhawk fighter jet, Strikemaster and Vampire
offer a special glimpse of world war history. But, it’s the
Fighter Ace Wall with WWI and WWII pilot biographies
and photos that truly pulls on the heart strings – they
are such an emotional read.”
Adding a local twist to the attraction is the exhibit
featuring the exploits of Wanaka aviation personality
Sir Tim Wallis, a legendary New Zealand pilot, deer
farmer, entrepreneur, vintage warplane enthusiast and
founder of Warbirds over Wanaka air show.
The 1950s retro diner is a focal point of the complex
and a great place to eat and observe the numerous
aircraft flying into the airport over the spectacular
Southern Alps. The diner is famous for its Warbirds
pies, venison sandwiches and excellent coffee.
“The pies are made on site fresh everyday and are
packed full of slow cooked meat, delicious gravy and
of course crisp puff pastry. Our marinated venison
sandwich, using meat farmed locally by the Wallis
family, is an absolute favourite,” says Naomi.
“Our retail shop is stocked with car and aircraft
memorabilia and visitors love to browse through the
unique selection of souvenirs.”
Warbirds & Wheels is recognised as the heart of
Wanaka Airport combining southern hospitality with
an international and historic display of classic cars and
WANAKA’S STAR ATTRACTION BY PENNY SIMPSON
BY PENNY SIMPSON
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