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ARCHIVES: June 2019

The Lindis in Ahuriri Valley

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A truly quintessential New Zealand Lodge

Myself and my partner were very lucky a couple of weeks ago to experience a stay at the beautiful Lindis Lodge.

Nestled in the pristine Ahuriri Valley here in the South Island of New Zealand, The Lindis captures the purity and stillness of nature alongside a modern and sophisticated luxury lodge.

Arriving at the lodge

Driving through the vast surrounding land, we were instantly made to feel at home upon arrival. The hosts were warm - their love of their surroundings really showed and it was clear to see why. The snow peaked mountains and sound of the Ahuriri River gave a sense of tranquility that we were more than ready to enjoy.

Let the Views wash over you

After we were shown to our Master Suite at the end of the building, we took advantage of the clear blue skies to explore the valley. We jumped on the e-bikes and worked up our appetite whilst discovering the many trails and tracks that led to the working farm.

To ease the cycle pains, I sunk into the bath and got lost in the valley views. Who knew a dip in a tub could be so scenic – a must for any stay!

Dinner was served in the main room and it was simply magical. Italian chefs pay homage to the abundance of local produce – a true sense of farm to table dining at the highest standard.

After dinner we got lost in the stillness – star gazing like we’ve never seen before.

A truly beautiful and exquisite stay - everything we know to define New Zealand.

Thank you to The Lindis for a stay that won’t be easy to top!

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An evening at Amisfield Bistro & Winery

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It's simple – great ingredients make great food...

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to experience the degustation dinner at Amisfield Bistro. Set just beyond Queenstown (about a 15-minute drive) on the way to Arrowtown you can find the truly beautiful Bistro and Winery of Amisfield.

With a glass of bubbles on arrival, the venue came to life

Floor to ceiling windows framed the vineyards and the crackling of the wood burning fireplace reminded you of the wintery evening outside. From the 24-seat private dining room to the courtyard and main dining area, the high ceilings and open space had a rustic charm that oozed finesse.

The trust was in the chef and the menu was set

The seven-course menu was paired with a selection of Amisfield wine – each beautifully crafted to really showcase the best of the best in New Zealand. As each course was served, the pairing between the food and wine really started to come to life. The Paua Pie, the Amisfield signature, was named New Zealand dish of the year for 2017 and 2018 - and wow was that a standout! Between the buttery pie, the hidden truffle dug out of edible soil and the Cardrona Valley lamb shoulder, it was a real taste of sea, land and earth of the highest quality.

As the evening flowed, the surprises kept on coming

The eye was in the detail from start to finish with every course delicately constructed with flare. I wouldn’t want to give them all away but… have you ever seen truffle butter that looks like a rock? Better yet, have you ever tasted truffle butter that looks like a rock? As each dish and wine was presented to the table, the knowledge of the staff really came out - passion flowed through the food, to the waiters and into the venue leaving you feeling like you’d caught the Amisfield buzz.

An evening that will be hard to top

As three small desserts were served (the deer milk ice cream was my personal favourite) with a beautiful 2018 Amisfield Lowburn Terrace Riesling, I can safely say I felt utterly spoilt. An evening of delicious dishes, a passion for produce and amazing company left me planning my return before I’d even finished my wine.

Thank you again Amisfield. I'll be seeing you again soon!

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