Dust off your passports, friends, because the Trans-Tasman bubble is officially open for business and pleasure.
Yep, while the rest of the world remains closed to Aussies, New Zealanders are welcoming us with open arms (not literally, of course – more like with an elbow bump and hand sanitiser – but we’ll take it).
You might be thinking about jetting over to the land of the long white cloud for a skiing holiday or a wine-and-food-stuffed adventure … but have you considered Queenstown for your next conference or incentive? It just happens to be a world-class Business Events destination – ideal for conferences and incentives (read: making your clients or team think you’re the best thing since sliced lamb roast).
Here’s why your next business trip should be to the Home of Adventure: Queenstown.
It’s mind-bogglingly beautiful
Queenstown sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the towering Remarkables mountain range. With its soaring, snow-dusted peaks, glittering lakes and other Lord of the Rings scenery, there’s no better backdrop for an event or business trip. And did you know research shows that being surrounded by nature enhances work productivity, improves short-term memory, sparks creativity and lowers stress levels? Queenstown is where business meets inspiration.
Doing business here is easy as
New Zealanders are as easy-going and friendly as they come. You won’t find a more professional, get-it-done bunch of people to do business with, whether you’re after the perfect venue, accommodation, caterer or event planner … or even if you’re lost trying to find Fergburger (it boasts the most legendary burgers in the country and maybe even the world, FYI). Queenstown hosts a ton of luxury events each year, and the people behind them create magic. Whatever kind of business event you’re planning, they’re all about creating less stress and more impact.
You can work hard and play harder
Queenstown offers an adrenaline-pumping playground like nowhere else on earth. There’s world-class skiing, of course, but it’s also the birthplace of bungy and home of the world’s highest cliff jump, the world’s steepest zipline, the world’s biggest human catapult and one of the world’s largest giant swings. Tandem skydiving and paragliding were pioneered here, and the first commercial jetboat rides in the world were on Queenstown’s Kawarau River. In short: you’ll find an activity that’s just a little better than taking your colleagues ten-pin bowling. (And if anyone’s not too keen on a heart-rate spike, they can always visit a boutique day spa or go for a cruise on Lake Wakatipu.)
The food and wine are next level
If you’re feeling more inclined to dive into a fat glass of pinot noir than out of a plane, you’ll have no problems here, either. Queenstown is the home of award-winning food, wine and venues. You’ll find everything from artisan bakeries and paddock-to-plate feasts in a Michelin-starred restaurant to salmon poké in a quirky bistro … and there’s no shortage of palate-pleasing coffee and brunch spots. Plus, Queenstown is just a 40-minute drive away from the Central Otago wine region – home to 200 vineyards – so it’s safe to say the wine is lip-smackingly delicious.
You’ll be safe in NZ
Australia has many things in common with New Zealand: a laid-back lifestyle, a love of sport, postcard-worthy scenery and pavlova. They’ve also – like us – been successful in combating COVID so far. Bubble or no bubble, if we were going to hop on a plane to anywhere in the world right now, we’d pick a safe and welcoming place like Queenstown any day. Kia Ora!