Home' QT Magazine : Summer 2014 Contents DEDICATED CORPORATE JET FACILITY FOR VIPS
Corporate jets are big business with up to 25 a month
flying into the resort during summer carrying VIPS
such as Bill Gates, former Australian Prime Minister
Julia Gillard and actor Robin Williams, with numbers
expected to keep increasing.
In response to the growth a dedicated mini-terminal
is being built at the airport following the lease of land
by the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) to Air
Centre One of Auckland and Capital Jet Services of
The $200,000 terminal should be operational by March
2014 and is scheduled to be replaced by a larger
purpose-built facility in three years' time once land
acquisition plans by the QAC have been resolved.
QAC CEO Scott Patterson says the new terminal will be
a major improvement in corporate jet facilities at the
same time positioning the airport as a key gateway for
"The owners and operators of these aircraft are making
a valued economic contribution to the airport and the
local economy and it's important that we ensure we're
delivering the best possible customer experience."
ZIPTREK MAKES IMPACT AS ADVENTURE
Queenstown's Ziptrek Tours has made a significant
impact in the adventure tourism world, taking out
the Best Adventure Tourism Business title at the 2013
Ziptrek Director Trent Yeo says the awards run by
Outdoor New Zealand span education, recreation
and tourism and there was strong competition in the
adventure tourism category.
"The fact we're in the company of some of the world's
best outdoor enthusiasts and specialists make this
award even more special."
Ziptrek Tours was launched on Bob's Peak in
Queenstown in 2009 and is New Zealand's top zipline
venture. "We work tirelessly to ensure all our visitors
have an incredibly memorable experience which
is fun, educational and safe," says Trent. "We're
also incredibly proud of the work we do to promote
environmental awareness and our work with the local
restaurateurs, Kiwi Michelin
star chef Josh Emett and
business partner Fleur
Caulton, are continuing
to lend their support to
conservation charity, Project
Crimson, recently helping
plant 200 native trees on
Queenstown's Kelvin Heights peninsula.
The pair operates the high profile Rata restaurant and in
2012 partnered with Project Crimson to help fundraise
for the Trust's projects, in particular the protection and
renewal of pohutakawa and rata.
Southern ratas were among the trees planted as part of
the Queenstown project and Emett says to encourage
these species locally was exactly what they had hoped
to achieve through the partnership.
"We are behind Project Crimson's work 100% and look
forward to further planting in the area."
*Emett and Caulton have recently opened their second
Queenstown restaurant -Madam Woo- providing
modern Asian cuisine in a key central location in the
NEW HIGH SPEED CHAIRLIFT FOR
REMARKABLES SKI AREA
A new high speed
chairlift is being
installed at the
Area during the
summer with a
for the 2014 winter.
The 1.2km six seater lift has been in the planning for
several years and starts at the bottom of the learners'
slopes (1600m) and finishes at the top terminal (1900m)
at a point just below the ridgeline at the south head of
Rastus Burn, known as Curvey Basin.
Extra snowmaking, new trails and car park development
are also included in the overall project.
*Meanwhile across the valley Cardrona Alpine Resort
has changed hands and is now owned by tourism
operator Real Journeys.
CEO Richard Lauder says the ski area, which is a
diversification for Real Journeys, will be run as a
separate entity but there will be good opportunities,
particularly for seasonal staff, to transfer between
INTERNATIONAL RUNNING FESTIVAL PLANNED
The inaugural international Queenstown Marathon
Festival will be held in November 2014 showcasing the
distinctive Queenstown Trail.
The event will include a full marathon, a half marathon,
a 10km race and a 3km kids' race.
Upsolut Sports Oceania CEO Dave Beeche says there
has been a gap in the market for an international
running festival and because of its Queenstown
location the event is predicted to become a
"bucket list" event for people all over the world.
around the region
WITH JENNY MCLEOD
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