World Masters Games 2017

World Masters Games 2017

In April 2017, Auckland will host the World Masters Games, regarded as the largest multi-sport event in the world. The World Masters Games run from 21 – 30 April and while for some people it’s about taking on international competition and winning gold. For others, it’s more about travelling to the host country to celebrate and enjoy sport with like-minded people. What better place to celebrate the ethos of ‘sport for life’ than Auckland, New Zealand.

Categories: Sports in New Zealand

From 21 April 2017 to 30 April 2017
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Queenstown Winter Festival 2017

Queenstown Winter Festival 2017

The multi award-winning American Express Queenstown Winter Festival will take centre stage in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 16th to 19th June 2017. The iconic Queenstown event, , officially kicks off winter with a action-packed programme of new events, established favourites and plenty of entertainment and celebration. New Zealand’s Coolest Days kick off with the American Express Opening Party and Fireworks, lighting up Lake Wakatipu and revealing big grins under bobbled hats. Whether you’re five or 85, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has something for everyone!

Categories: Culture & Arts, Nature & Outdoors, Wine & Cuisine, Markets, Sports, Music in New Zealand

From 16 June 2017 to 19 June 2017
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20 years of Felton Road at Cape Kidnappers Lodge

20 years of Felton Road at Cape Kidnappers Lodge

Including Vertical Tasting highlights of 20 Years of Felton Road with winemaker Blair Walter, South Island Showcase Dinner by Chef Jonathan Rogers and with special guest Emma Jenkins, Master of Wine. To celebrate the iconic Felton Road’s 20th vintage, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is bringing together some of the very best from two of New Zealand’s renowned wine and food regions.

Set amongst the rolling hills of Hawke’s Bay wine country, this Central Otago wine and gastronomy showcase is the perfect weekend away for wine enthusiasts and foodies. In honour of his vineyard’s 20th vintage, Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter is ready to share the winery’s proud history. Pair this with a sublime dinner prepared by Matakauri Lodge’s Jonathan Rogers, featuring the very best of South Island produce and perfectly matched with Felton Road’s wines, and the stage is set for a great weekend.

The festivities begin on Friday evening with a light-hearted ‘wine options’ tasting contest for guests to test their knowledge and their palate! Led by Blair and Emma, guests will be grouped in small teams as they taste New Zealand wines and jointly decide the varietal, region and vintage, while they vie for wine one-upmanship and some hotly contested prizes.

Dinner that evening will feature the much-loved ‘bring your favourite’ wine dinner with a focus this year on Burgundian varietals – Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. The long table setting on the loggia will add to the fun as guests enjoy an a la carte dinner and share their favourite wines. The sommelier team will also include a few of the lodge favourites too with Blair and Emma adding their knowledge to the conversation. This is a convivial fun evening that wine enthusiasts love!

Saturday is time to relax - visit the spa, take a farm tour, play a round of golf or simply enjoy a leisurely lunch. Late afternoon, Blair will host a tutored vertical tasting of 10 wines spanning the 20 years of Felton Road Wines. Emma Jenkins, M.W. will co-host and provide her insight on the wines and how they have evolved over the decades.

On Saturday night, its Chef Jonathan Rogers time to shine! As Head Chef at Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, Jonathan has his finger on the pulse of the very best produce that Central Otago and the South Island has to offer. His five course tasting menu will be matched to Blair’s choice of Felton Road wines.

From light-hearted contests that test the knowledge of even the ultimate wine geek to vertical tastings and the Central Otago Showcase Dinner - this will be one weekend that wine and food lovers will not want to miss!

When: September 29 - October 1 2017

Event tariff is NZ$1,700.00 + 15% GST per person, based on double occupancy and includes:

- Two nights suite accommodation at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
- Presentations from special guests Blair Walter and Emma Jenkins
- Vertical tasting of 10 Felton Road wines spanning 20 years
- Wine Options tasting contest
- Pre-dinner drinks and canapes, daily full breakfast and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar
- Gourmet dinner on both nights, including wine pairing on Saturday night
- Guest’s choice of a day of unlimited green fees OR a 50 minute spa treatment per person during this stay

For guests wishing to stay an additional night either side of the weekend, a special tariff of $600.00 per person per night + GST for double occupancy is available. The tariff for additional nights includes pre-dinner drinks, dinner, breakfast and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar.

Contact Luxury Adventures for availability.

Categories: Wine & Cuisine in New Zealand

From 29 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
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Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2018

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2018

One of the world's premier Warbirds Airshows held biennially. For three days over Easter, Lake Wanaka becomes centre-stage for an extravaganza of aerial action that will delight aviation buffs, families and those wanting a superb day's entertainment. The Airshow is now a biennial centre piece of Central Otago's tourist attractions.

New in 2018: Helicopters over the Lake on Friday (free event); Craft beer stalls; Packard car display and much more.

Next airshow: 30th, 31st March & 1st April 2018

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See the website for further airshow information. Ticketing details under - 2016 Airshow / FAQ see Ticketing.

Categories: Culture & Arts, Nature & Outdoors in New Zealand

From 30 March 2018 to 1 April 2018
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