Extremely Good Skiing

Extremely good skiing

Extreme skiing at Treble Cone
If you’ve been skiing since you could stand up, head to Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand for a real challenge. Treble Cone offers unsurpassed skiing and snowboarding for intermediate and advanced snow bunnies. The rugged mountain offers a total of around 550 hectares of skiable terrain. And it is this terrain, dotted with steep ridges and valleys, that endears Treble Cone to visitors and locals alike. That and the abundance of powder that the 2000-metre peak seems to attract like a magnet.

Girls in the Park

Treble Cone has something of a reputation amongst the international ski community as an extreme place to ski. But it?s not just a boy thing. Girls kick some serious ass on Treble Cone too. The inaugural Girls in the Park event showcased the talent of some of the areas hottest female boarders, who give their male counterparts a run for their money. Lessons, group or individual, are a specialty on Treble Cone, with some excellent multi-day options available to newbies.

Mt Aspiring

And if you are new to it all, take advantage of the free guided tour operating twice daily, where one of the friendly TC staff will take you up in the 6-seat chair lift and give you a good look at the terrain. From here the view back down over the lakes is spectacular and well worth the trip, especially for those who prefer apres-ski activites than actually shjuzzing down the mountain.

Treble Cone Cafe and Bar

And speaking of which, TC has a lush wine bar where, on a clear day, you can take in the stunning vista back over Lake Wanaka while sipping some local wines. Divine. There?s even an outdoor fireplace, positioned on a massive sundeck – the perfect place to get defrosted after an afternoon on the slopes. You can feast your eyes on the amazing sights ? both the landscape and the locals, and if you?re a bit peckish, eat your fill of wholesome snacks from the new caf?. Choose from warming casseroles, pasta bakes and yummy desserts. A Lunch Combo (NZ$25) gets you a scenic ride on the 6-seater chairlift, a Mountain Meal and a glass of beer or wine. If coffee is your thing, don?t miss the Ritual Coffee Caravan at the top of the mountain, surely the most unique coffee cart on earth!

Treble Cone is about 22 Km from Wanaka and just over 90km from Queenstown. Access to the mountain is along a gravel road that winds, quite perilously, for around 7kms. 4-Wheel drives are par for the course in this part of town, and with roads like this, it?s no surprise.


September 9, 2003

Clearly the best food and wine

Clearly the best food and wine
Back in Wanaka, there?s plenty to do after hours?The winter weather does wonders for the appetite, and food lovers amongst you will not be disappointed by the range and quality of dining experiences available in town.

Missy’s Kitchen

Check out Missy?s Kitchen for superb modern NZ cuisine, a roaring fire and tremendous lake views. The minimal fit-out will keep uber-stylish urban dwellers happy, and the good by the glass wine list will put a sparkle in your eye. Fine, yet not overly fussing dining at its best.

For hearty portions of modern bistro food using prime local ingredients check out Relishes Caf? (1/99 Ardmore St, Wanaka) for a rocking open fire, a fabulous selection of local wines and knowledgeable staff.

Red Rock

Also in Ardmore St is one of Wanaka?s newest and funkiest nightspots ? the Apartment. An upmarket bar that comes into its own later in the evening, with a more grown-up clientele, less inclined to skull beer directly from the jug. But, if you?d rather go where the wild things are, head to Red Rock (68 Ardmore St, Wanaka). Warm d?cor, a happy buzz and heaps of funky looking locals and internationals crowd this bar most nights. There?s pool tables, groovy tunes and ample alcohol to keep people in high spirits all night.

At the end of a long day, you?ll be thankful of a good night?s sleep. And for the best beds in Wanaka, check yourself in to the Clearbrook apartments (cnr Helwick and Upton Sts, Wanaka).

Clearbrook apartments

Just two years old, Clearbrook apartments are a fabulous collection of self-contained studios, one and two bedroom apartments. Bullock Creek trickles by the front of the property, lulling you to sleep after a hard day of skiing, boarding and generally running amok. You?ll rest well on the impossibly large, super comfortable beds and even the most accomplished gourmet will find the well-designed kitchen perfect for turning out warming winter fare, from a simple breakfast fry up or an elaborate roast dinner.

Located centrally and with lots of off-street parking and secure drying rooms, Clearbrook apartments have it all.

For more info on Wanaka see www.skilakewanaka.com


September 9, 2003

Wonderful Wanaka

Wonderful Wanaka

Lake Wanaka
According to legend, Maori chief Te Rakainaitu, created Lake Wanaka by digging a huge hole – the rocks and debris that piled up around the lake became the surrounding mountain ranges.

Wanaka is indeed a place of stunning natural beauty. Lakes, mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls ? you name it. What?s more, there?s no end to the fun and adventures you can have interacting with this slice of heaven.

Nature abounds in Wanaka – it?s an outdoor adventure-lovers paradise. There are activities for the faint-hearted including meandering bush walks through consistently amazing and ever changing landscapes, kayaking on tranquil lakes or a spot of fishing.

Southern Air Alps

For those who like to test their mettle, Wanaka is also home base for a plethora of heart-stopping activities from the dare devil action of jet boating, to the buzz of heli-skiing, where advanced skiers get their thrills tracking vast slopes of fresh snow. Rally car driving, bungy jumping, sky diving and more! Take an unforgettable scenic tour of the region with Southern Alps Air.

For less adrenaline-pumping action, head to Cinema Paradiso, a quaint and cosy cinema experience where patrons choose from an assortment of over-stuffed armchairs and sofas to nestle in to while watching new-ish release films. Fab homemade ice creams, cookies and more will make you feel right at home. Admission NZ$12 for adults.

Puzzling World

For those who like a bit of mystery in their lives, Puzzling World is a must-see. Enchanting illusion rooms, a tricky outdoor maze and hundreds of hands-on puzzles, will keep even the craftiest puzzlers entertained for hours. Great for the kids ? and big kids alike. NZ$6 adults, NZ$4 kids.

Grown-ups will love the food and wine scene in Wanaka, home to many world-class, medal-winning wines, particularly Pinot Noir. Pair these with some local farmhouse cheeses and West Coast meats, and you?re in antipasto heaven. Don?t miss the locally brewed beers from the Wanaka Beer ? especially the totally drinkable Cardrona Gold. You can even visit the brewery for a behind-the-scenes peek!

Bella Vista Motel

After a day of hiking, puzzling and sampling the local fare, rest your weary head at one of Wanaka?s friendly and hospitable motels.

For convenience and value check in to the friendly and comfortable Bella Vista Motel. Modern units, with comfy beds, spacious bathrooms and heated towel rails ? bliss! Sky TV, electric blankets and spa baths make it hard to leave the room…


September 2, 2003