Home' QT Magazine : QT Magazine Autumn Contents A high speed motion virtual reality cinema experience
using state-of-the art simulator technology has been
launched in Queenstown and is attracting a strong
following from both locals and tourists.
Francis and Sonja Painter conceived the idea for the
Vortex thrill ride from their children.
"They kept pestering us for something to do and we
realised there was a need for more economical all-
weather activities in Queenstown."
After locating a suitable base for the simulators in
Lower Shotover Street the Painters set up the venture
which consists of two separate cinemas seating up to
six passengers each. The experience involves 3D films
combined with a range of sensory effects such as wind,
smoke, bubbles, rain, snow and high speed movement
"This is a new level of virtual reality cinema," says
Sonja," with as many as 12 sensory effects in any one
film. We take our passengers on an incredible journey to
the edge of reality and back."
Vortex has over 80 short movies collated into a range of
packages including categories such as speed, adventure,
terror and family. The films cover everything from
high speed roller coaster journeys and the land of the
dinosaurs to scary zombie-infested adventures with new
movies added every month.
"The cinema is ideal for families, corporate groups or
birthday parties," says Sonja." For children's parties we
can set up a unique movie package especially designed
for children as well providing a separate party room with
games. It's the perfect birthday location and the word is
already out there with bookings rolling in."
An added extra is the one or two hour drop-off service
for children over the age of five.
"This is perfect for visiting families. If parents want to
go out for dinner or undertake another activity they
can drop them at the Vortex cinema where they will be
entertained with games and movies."
The current focus at the Air New Zealand Holiday Store
in Remarkables Park is on winter getaway holidays and
Southern Lakes residents are being prompted to start
making plans early.
"The time to book a winter holiday to the Pacific Islands
is now," says Holiday Store Manager Kelly Cruickshank.
"We are a full service travel agent working with all
destinations and all airlines and there is almost always
a special deal on offer if people book early enough.
Planning ahead is the key to a successful trip and with 12
months interest free financing available it is incredibly
easy to book a trip through the Holiday Store while it is
on sale and pay for it later."
The Holiday Store team has more than 30 years of
combined experience in the travel industry.
"My team and I work on everything from cruises and
sightseeing tours to accommodation and event planning.
We can arrange complete packages from major concerts
and festivals to All Blacks' tours overseas," says Kelly.
"We are presently working with clients planning trips
to Argentina for the All Blacks big game as part of the
Investec Rugby Championship in September."
Air New Zealand Holiday Store is the only travel agent
that offers Fly Buys points for all bookings including
flights, cruises, tour packages and even accommodation
only. "This is a real point of difference between us and
other travel agents," says Kelly.
The Wedding Registry is a significant service offered by
the Holiday Store.
"These days people often live to together for a long
time before getting married and don't really need a lot
of things for the house. Couples can register with us for
their dream honeymoon and guests are invited to make
a contribution towards it. A honeymoon that doesn't
break the bank is a fantastic way for young people to
start a life together."
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Stimulate your senses with our state of the art
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wind, smoke, rain, snow, speed and a few surprises!
Fun for everyone with packages to suit all.
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