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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Cosmopolitan Australia

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

CosmoBehind the scenes look at what goes on when Cosmopolitan Australia came to stay with us for a Queenstown fashion photoshoot

The Rees Hotel Presentation

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

To view our presentation as a PDF please click: TheReesHotelPresentation_2014

To download our Powerpoint presentation, please click: TheReesHotelPresentation_2014

2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Rees Hotel Queenstown is proud to be recognized by TripAdvisor® as one of the top five hotels in New Zealand.  TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with more than 125 million reviews and opinions by travellers around the world.  Award winners were determined based on the most highly rated hotels on TripAdvisor, according to the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers worldwide.

Click here to read the full press release.

Key Appointment Release

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Immediate Announcement
5 November 2012

The Rees Hotel Queenstown Appoints Night Auditor/Assistant Concierge

The Rees Hotel is delighted to officially announce the appointment of Mr Douglas Jacques as Night Auditor and Assistant Concierge.

A successful local realtor, Mr Jacques also has extensive retail property management experience in his native Canada where he was involved in commercial real estate and leasing.

No stranger to the hospitality industry, Mr Jacques moved to Queenstown, New Zealand six years ago and became involved in the food and beverage business when he purchased iconic Queenstown café Joe’s Garage.  He successfully owned and operated the popular café for two years before selling the business in 2010.

Mr Jacques has additional experience in the hotel and hospitality industries having worked as part of the concierge team at the Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.

A senior level manager, Mr Jacques brings to the Rees Queenstown strong management skills along with a wide circle of contacts and excellent client interface experience.  Having moved to Queenstown to raise a young family he is looking forward to working at such a beautiful property.  “Looking out over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables each shift is a dream position.”




The Rees Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Hotel Queenstown blends chic five star accommodation with all the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel.

Situated on the absolute lakefront, The Rees Queenstown’s terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.


For more information contact:

Victoria Hawkins
Ph: (09) 575 0821
Mob: (021) 605 342

Sarah Sparks
Director markomPR
Ph: (09) 575 0824
Mob: (021) 318 813

Silent Auction | Wines | Ken Hardman Everest Fundraiser

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The Rees Hotel Queenstown is supporting Ken Hardman who is taking on The Everest Marathon as his 60th birthday goal and he’s aiming to raise at least $10,000 for two charities: Cure Kids and the Everest Marathon Fund. In an effort to meet his goal we are holding a silent auction for a JEREBOAM of *Felton Road* Block 3 Pinot Noir 2010 and a MAGNUM of *Valli* Row 36 Pinot Noir 2008. See the descriptions below for full details.

Please email your highest bid to along with your full name and contact details.

Auction closes at 3pm on Friday 28th October, 2011.


JEREBOAM of *Felton Road* Block 3 Pinot Noir 2010

Shipping Costs:
Tracked courier, signature required, $34

Tasting notes:

Immediately quite masculine on the nose: herbs, earth and brooding dark spices rather than a flower basket. The palate is at once intensely concentrated but with searing transparency. The herbs dance through the raspberry and cherry, with a host of complex detail shining through that encourages one to linger and explore. Regal and structured, but not intimidating, it sails into a long chocolate finish.

About Felton Road Winery:
A strict 100% estate policy with fully organic and biodynamic viticulture(Demeter certified) ensures that our fruit arrives at the winery as pure as it can be, while our entire estate comes as close to true sustainability as is possible. A commitment to hands off winemaking: gravity flow, wild yeasts, wild malo, an avoidance of fining and filtration all help preserve the wine’s expression of it’s unique terroir. No additions or adjustments are performed unless they absolutely need to be.

These larger format bottles are not generally offered for sale.


MAGNUM of *Valli* Row 36 Pinot Noir 2008

Shipping Costs:
Tracked courier, signature required, $34

Tasting notes:
To ensure the best fruit possible the Valli estate vineyard in Gibbston has been planted with true North-South orientation, guaranteeing equal sun exposure and perfect uniformity of ripeness.

Consequently the vineyard is diamond-shaped, with shorter rows on the sides and the longest in the middle. This longest row is number 36, also called the ‘thinking row’ because when working in it there is more time for the mind to wander and come up with ideas. (It can be a very dangerous row.)

For harvest 2007 I had the help of Josselin de Gesincourt (New Zealand Sommelier of the Year, 2007). While picking row 36, Josselin decided it should be made separately, bottled in magnums and labelled ‘Row 36′. However from a winemaking and wine quality point of view this was not practical.

Joss was not to be dissuaded. Wanting to get on with harvest, an agreement was reached, I would make the wines (after all I am the winemaker), but before blending he would get to taste every barrel. If his favourite barrel was the same as mine it would be bottled separately in magnums and labelled ‘Row 36′.

Thinking that would be the end, and that all would be forgotten, I was in for two surprises. First, Joss turned up 10 months later to taste (and my best efforts to sabotage his memory only ended up with a seriously depleted cellar). And second, when we each revealed our favourite barrel, secretly written down after tasting over 30, we had both selected the same one!

So ‘Row 36′ was born. It is simply the very best single barrel from the 2008 vintage.



NZ King Salmon

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

It took Scottish pioneers the latter half of the 19th century to establish an Otago salmon population, but their efforts eventually came to fruition and now the results truly speak for themselves. Click here for the NZ King Salmon Media Pack

Fresh As

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Meet the company helping Chef’s around the globe to push boundaries by experimenting with texture and intense flavours thanks to this handy and long-living gourmet product range. Click here for the Fresh As Media Pack

Craggy Range Winery

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

A modern winery, yet driven by the simple, old-world philosophy of “footsteps in the vineyard”. Click here for the Craggy Range Winery Media Pack

Kumeu River Estate

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Producers of iconic NZ Chardonnay, they have found themselves in the Wine Spectator
Top 100…yet again! Click here for the Kumeu River Estate Media Pack