Skiing around Queenstown: In search of gullies at Treble Cone in Wanaka

Skiing around Queenstown: In search of gullies at Treble Cone in Wanaka

Located close to the town of Wanaka in New Zealand is the ski resort of Treble Cone. This ski area has received favourable reviews from fellow skiers and is considered to have one of the largest skiable terrain in the South Island, along with the highest vertical rise. Vertical rise could generally mean steeper terrains [...]

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My Experience Staying with Air BNB

My Experience Staying with Air BNB

I have always wanted to try Air BNB since I enjoy using Uber and find it a great way to connect with people living in a foreign country where I visit. For those who do not know about Air BNB yet, it basically links travellers with locals who rent out their properties and the unique [...]

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown – a Hotel Review

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown – a Hotel Review

Queenstown has a cyclical tourism market with a popular summer months between December and January where hotel rates usually peak with the great weather. During the quieter winter months, most properties have special offers to attract customers and mainly skiers. Initially I was considering staying in a hotel located closer to town. However with a [...]

Status Matching to Hilton Honors Program and its benefits

Status Matching to Hilton Honors Program and its benefits

Having been a SPG member for several years and enjoying its benefits, Starwood and Marriott just completed their merger recently and while changes to the SPG membership has not been made, I decided to do a status match to Hilton Honors. While it is not a direct status match whereby the corresponding membership is given, [...]

Air New Zealand Economy Class on the A320 from Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN

Air New Zealand Economy Class on the A320 from Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN

This was my first time in New Zealand and since my purpose of visiting was to go skiing, I booked a separate flight onboard Air New Zealand between Auckland and Queenstown. Prices for Air New Zealand was competitive against the other low cost carriers since they operate like one on domestic flights with luggage and [...]