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The Coleraine Dinner – 15 Nov

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the next event in our Culinary Series:  “The Coleraine Dinner”.

Saturday 15th November at The Rees Hotel’s True South Dining Room, 377 Frankton Road, Queenstown 6:30pm pre dinner drinks. Dinner commences at 7pm.

A five course degustation menu matched with a vertical tasting of fifteen Te Mata Estate Coleraine vintages – 1995 to 2009. Enjoy an evening featuring fifteen consecutive vintages of the legendary Coleraine hosted by John Buck of Te Mata Estate, alongside superb cuisine prepared by Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef Ben Batterbury, of the True South Dining Room. The evening will begin with a glass of Taittinger Champagne and canapés, followed by Ben’s very special five course degustation specifically crafted to match these iconic wines.

Tickets strictly limited to only fifteen people Please click here for futher details: ColeraineDinner

Cosmopolitan Australia – June 2014 Edition

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Cosmopolitan Australia - June 2014




Stellar Stays Award by HotelsCombined

Friday, May 16th, 2014

May, 2014 – The Rees Hotel Queenstown has been announced as one of only four New Zealand hotels to win a ‘Stellar Stays’ award by the world’s leading hotel price comparison website, HotelsCombined. For more, please click: The Rees Hotel Queenstown Named in Stellar Stay List for 2014 by HotelsCombined

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

NZ’s Leading Hotel Residence

Monday, February 10th, 2014

new-zealands-leading-hotel-residences-2013-winner-shield-128 The Rees Hotel Queenstown was honoured to be announced as the winner of the  New Zealand Leading Hotel Residence Award in the prestigious 2013 World Travel Awards.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. In 2013, over 500,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.

Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region. The Grand Tour of WTA gala ceremonies are regarded as milestone events in the industry calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision makers, chief figure heads and the leading trade and consumer media.

In 2014, the Grand Tour sees WTA stage gala ceremonies in the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean, South & Central America, North America & the Caribbean, Asia & Australasia, and Europe.

All regional winners then compete head to head in a final round of voting to decide who will triumph in WTA’s world awards – the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry. The winners are announced on the night of the WTA Grand Final at the end of the year.

2014 Beef + Lamb Excellence Award

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 True South Dining Room Awarded with 2014 Beef + Lamb Excellence Award and Executive Head Chef, Ben Batterbury, Honoured as 2014 Ambassador Chef.

The Excellence Awards are designed to acknowledge a consistently high standard of beef and lamb cuisine. These restaurants have not been compared with each other in the assessment process. Rather, they have been judged on their individual merits.

Whenever you see the Beef and Lamb Excellence Award, you can expect tasty, skilfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes.


Each year, Beef + Lamb New Zealand selects a team of chefs who have displayed exceptional culinary skills during the assessment period, to be Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador chefs for the year. As well as receiving special recognition for their achievement, the Ambassadors are involved in a planned programme of Beef + Lamb New Zealand activities throughout the year.

Ben Batterbury, Executive Head Chef of The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s True South Dining Room, was honoured to be named again as one of the few ambassador chefs for Beef + Lamb.

Ben has been the Head Chef at True South Dining Room since 2009. Previous to this he held a number of roles across UK restaurants. He trained at Brunel College of Art & Technology between 1994 and 1996.

Ben has had a number of career highlights including cooking at The James Beard House in New York representing New Zealand, helping a chef de partie from Lomonds in Scotland to win Young Scottish Chef of the Year and involvement with the Noosa Food Festival. This is Ben’s second year as a Beef and Lamb Ambassador Chef.



“My thinking is if you buy the best produce there is no need to mask it with too many flavours, I always try to stay true to the product’s natural taste. I also like to take classic dishes and rejig them with my own touch.

“My food always has an adventurous side and I take full advantage of an epicurean network of local suppliers I’ve developed. My aim is to showcase the spectacular Central Otago produce and indulge my passion for fresh, local and seasonal produce in unity with exotic ingredients,” says Ben.



“I became a chef because I hate offices and I like to create things (and to be an Architect would have been another 8 years training!)

“I think that being a chef is like a disease you love to hate! You love the kitchen banter and atmosphere and secretly love the pressure of everyday work loads and the painful rush of a good service. All of it seems worth it when you turn out a plate of food you are happy with. That is where the satisfaction lies, hoping people will enjoy your efforts, understand and  interpret your dishes as you did when they eat them.

“And the soppy answer to the question of inspiration is of course: I want my little man to be proud of his old man too when he grows up!

“As for the future, I always want to be at the top of my game. I want to have the reputation that if young chefs leave my kitchen, their experience is looked at favourably on their CV. I always want to help the future chefs of our industry, I think it’s our responsibility to maintain and raise the standard for the future,” says Ben.


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Golf Magazine – February 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Golf Magazine Feb 2014 Queenstown

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.

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New F&B Manager

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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Finalist in 2 Categories in the international 2013 HM Awards

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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