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Queenstown is de rigueur for those with an appetite for the finer things in life. It's a place that's earned its reputation as the luxury adventure playground of New Zealand, and rightly so.  

Come winter, the town is a mecca for the ski set who come for the bracing alpine air and on-piste action at one of the four ski fields of Cardrona, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Treble Cone. Just as important, the local après ski scene boasts more than 200 wineries (and some fizzing craft beer breweries) in the area, many with a roaring log fire to warm your toes in front of, a glass of Otago's finest pinot noir in hand. 

Closer to the centre of town is the heart of the hospitality scene. Here you'll find everything a gourmand could wish for, from the freshest fish and chips to fine dining courtesy of big-name chef's including Josh Emett, Ben Bayly and Ben Norfolk.  

Part of the secret of Queenstown’s success is the region’s outstanding natural beauty. The sheer scale of its landscapes is almost otherworldly — a confection of snow-dusted mountain ranges, glacial lakes and vast, open plains. Which also means the outdoor experiences are legion. Fancy a round of golf? You can choose from six courses. There are heli-tours, onsen pools, day hikes, jetboating, rafting and pleasingly rugged bike trails to be conquered. Or you could just cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the coal-fired steamship TSS Earnslaw in search of some splendid isolation.  


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The prize package

  • Return economy flights for two from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
  • Three nights in a luxury one-bedroom villa at Azur Lodge, including daily breakfast
  • Return airport transfers by one of the Azur team in a private vehicle
  • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés at Azur Lodge
  • Private helicopter trip for two with Over The Top Helicopter to the par 3 golf hole on Cecil Peak 
  • Daytime Onsen Hot Pools experience for two
  • Private Charter in a Tesla Model X for up to three adults on an exciting half-day Wine Tour with Nomad Safaris



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A distinctively contemporary luxury lodge with nine private villas located on a hilltop overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand.

The best of both worlds - the feeling of privacy and remoteness and yet in five minutes be part of the local dynamic scene in downtown Queenstown

Visit a boutique retreat and day spa experience. Boasting a range of idyllic cedar-lined hot pools overlooking the Shotover River, and a newly expanded day spa facility with exclusive use hot tubs, the relaxation and pampering on offer here is second to none in the region, as endorsed by recent win in the 2019 World Luxury Spa Awards and our partnership with Tourism New Zealand.

Over The Top’s adventure began in 1986 when Louisa (Choppy) Patterson realised her dream to showcase the secret parts of New Zealand to visitors who desired an experience not normally accessible. To soar amongst mountains, comb a deserted beach, sip pure water from a suspended alpine lake, land on a pristine glacier, meander through a rainforest and enjoy a picnic in a habitat seldom frequented by man.


Nomad Safaris offers small group, personalised tours into the New Zealand backcountry in a Tesla. You can explore Lord of the Rings filming locations and Otago gold mining settlements. You will witness stunning Southern Lakes scenery, from Queenstown to the Shotover and Arrow Rivers, to the Remarkable Mountains. We will tell you about New Zealand Maori folklore and European pioneer culture. With our local guides, we can paint a vivid picture of this wonderful land of ours.


Eligibility

Entry is automatic for all new paid-up individual and group subscribers until April 30. The prize will be randomly drawn on May 11 to allow for all 10-day trials to convert to paying subscriptions. 


This prize is valid until 30th September 2021 and cannot be redeemed during school and public holidays. The prize is non-transferable or exchangeable and subject to availability at the time of booking. Flights are weather-dependant, subject to availability and at the pilot's discretion.