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Queenstown is on the royal itinerary with a scheduled
visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on April
13 during their New Zealand tour.
William and Kate will be accompanied by their baby
son Prince George to New Zealand but he will remain
at Government House in Wellington during the South
The couple fly into Queenstown from Dunedin and will
visit Amisfield winery at Lake Hayes before taking a jet
boat ride on the Shotover Jet through the Shotover
Ngai Tahu Tourism Southern Regional Manager David
Kennedy says the Duke and Duchess will undoubtedly
enjoy the thrills of the jet boat trip.
"They're a young couple who are known for their love of
the outdoors and sports, so we think they'll really enjoy
the chance to experience a world-leading Queenstown
adventure tourism operation. In the Duke's case, as a
helicopter pilot, we believe he'll certainly appreciate the
speed and power of our jet boats."
COMBATING THE NOISE
Queenstown Airport is moving to reduce aircraft noise
for around 150 close neighbours following six years of
investigation and consultation with the community.
The issue of aircraft noise for Frankton residents has
been ongoing for many years and Queenstown Airport
Corporation (QAC) CEO Scott Paterson says they have
come up with a plan to pay the full costs of insulation
and ventilation for homes close to the airport and 75 per
cent of the ventilation costs for people living further out
in the mid noise sector. "Queenstown Airport provides
a gateway to the region for more than 1.2m travellers
each year and aircraft movements and passenger
growth are projected to continue. We're very mindful
of the impact this will have on our neighbours over the
years and want to be proactive in helping them future-
proof their homes."
The QAC recognises it has a responsibility to its
neighbours but Mr Paterson says it also needs, at the
same time, to protect the role of the airport "as a major
driver for the regional economy and provide for its
He says the mitigation package will take some time to
implement. "Getting it underway now is the best way
we can help".
WINERY INSTALLS BIKE TRAIL UNDERPASS
An underpass linking biking trails on either side of State
Highway 6 will be installed later this year by Gibbston
Valley Winery and operational by the summer peak
period. CEO Greg Hunt says the underpass will provide
safe access for bikers and walkers using the Gibbston
"We have included a loop
which will bring people directly
to the winery," he says. "This is
similar to a biking experience
in France or the Nappa Valley,
where you can enjoy a lunch
and a glass of wine while out
biking the trails."
Gibbston Valley has plans for a
hotel, next to the winery, with
consent for 50 rooms. Eight
rooms are expected to open by
the 2015/2016 season.
"Visitors who stay here will undoubtedly make use of
the Gibbston Valley Trail and the Queenstown Trails,"
says Mr Hunt. "We are ideally placed for people to use
The winery will also open a bike centre and people
biking from Arrowtown or Queenstown will be able to
take advantage of a return shuttle.
SOUTHERN LAKES SKI AREAS EXPAND FOR
Cardrona Alpine Resort, which is under new ownership
following its purchase by Real Journeys late last year,
is opening a new terrain park this season catering to
intermediate skiers and riders.
Cardrona Services Manager Bridget Legnavsky says
they already have excellent beginner and elite facilities
and the new park will fill the gap in between.
She says 21 of the international freestyle athletes who
trained at Cardrona in 2013 went on to win medals
at the Sochi Olympics -- "which says a lot about the
quality of our existing elite facilities".
Coronet Peak will have double the amount of skiable
area under lights this winter as well as new freestyle
features for night skiing.
Ski Area Manager Ross Copland says around 80 extra
lights will be operating this winter which adds over
four kilometres of trails doubling the accessible terrain
at night. Night skiing operates Friday and Saturday
evenings during the season and this year also sees the
installation of a new "Park After Dark" freestyle run
which includes boxes, rails and a giant airbag.
Across the valley at the Remarkables Ski Area a new
six-seater high speed chairlift known as the Curvey
Basin lift will be commissioned by June 1. Snow
making capacity has also been expanded and the
learner's area has been extended along with new trail
development, sealing of 4km of the access road and car
around the region
WITH JENNY MCLEOD
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