My turn to fly into Queenstown… I’d never been here before and what a truly magnificent spectacle. Flying into this tiny South Island town is a memory I will not forget. Snow-capped mountains on both sides of the plane, guiding you like open arms straight to New Zealand’s eco-playground.

Trev and Megan met me at the airport and we went straight into work mode, an itinerary was handed around and then a quick drive to the lakefront Novotel Queenstown, check in and then first appointment and dinnner at the Botswana Butchery, upstairs in a private dining room, right by the glass walled cellar filled with bottles of Grange among other things. Ahh, familiar sights. What a sublime setting, great food and a very stacked wine list. We enjoyed a beautiful Mon Cheval Pinot Noir.

If this was what we had teed up for the next 3 days, then I couldn’t wait.