Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Don't Be Sheepish: Leave Flock Behind; Have Fun with Unique Boutique Experiences When You Next Visit New Zealand

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Don't Be Sheepish: Leave Flock Behind; Have Fun with Unique Boutique Experiences When You Next Visit New Zealand

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Byline: Bianca Clare

Getting there: Jetstar's everyday one-way fares between the Gold Coast and Queenstown start from $199 (JetSaver Light). Jetstar's A320 aircraft offers 177 all-leather seats in a single class.

Once in Queenstown, passengers can connect throughout Jetstar's domestic New Zealand network covering Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. For more information, visit Jetstar.com or call 13 15 38.

Getting around: Limousine Line www.limousineline.co.nz. Contact Jonathan on info@limousineline.co.nz.

Where to stay: Sofitel Hotel and Spa. The adjoining new-look Left Bank Cafe is part-French kitchen and part-tearoom, offering breakfast and lunch in elegant surrounds. For more information, visit www.sofitel.com.

Sights: Grant Taylor/Valli Wines: www.valliwine.com. Contact Jacqui Murphy at jacqui@valliwine.com.

Gibbston Valley Cheeses: Visit www.gvcheese.co.nz.

Pacific Jemm: www.pacificjemm.com.

Email David at david@taweragroup.com for bookings.

JUST because you are a tourist in the sheep mecca of the modern world doesn't mean you have to travel like one.

New Zealand tourism is embracing a C[pounds sterling]boutiqueC[yen] style of travel, where you can break away from the flock to see both the popular and sometimes secret sights.

The friendly folk at the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa are more then happy to put guests in touch with Limousine Line, a family-run business which offers luxurious chauffeur-driven transport throughout the South Island.

Instead of squashing into a bus with the crying kid, the sullen teenager, the 500-word-a-minute uncle and the snap-happy retiree, you can ride shotgun in a roomy 4WD.

On a balmy summer morning, our personal guide Jonathan McNay arrives and whisks our small group away for a day of wine tasting.

First stop: the stunning central Otago wine valley. Here, I meet Grant Taylor, one of New Zealand's most awarded pinot noir makers.

He has the fine honour of twice winning the trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the world's largest wine competition, the London International Wine Challenge.

It is a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world but he is humble, modest and unassuming. …

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