Media Releases

US dancer and choreographer Cris Judd announced as celebrity player for 2014 NZ Open

Sat, 28th Dec 2013

The 2014 NZ Open in Queenstown received some Hollywood glamour today (December 27) with the announcement that well-known American dancer, choreographer and model Cris Judd will join the celebrity field.

Mr Judd is the latest addition to the celebrity line-up and was a hit with Kiwi audiences when he recently appeared as a judge on ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ alongside New Zealanders Rachel Hunter and Jason Kerrison.

The well-respected dancer and choreographer has worked with a number of A-list celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman.

Mr Judd discovered his passion for golf at an early age playing at a top level in high school with a handicap of four.

He also competed on the Florida and Californian mini-tours and seriously considered playing professional golf until his dancing career took off.

Now based in Los Angeles, after a stint filming New Zealand’s Got Talent in Auckland earlier in the year, Mr Judd said he was “really looking forward to visiting Queenstown”.

"I had a great time working in New Zealand, but sadly didn't make it to Queenstown or get to play much golf. I’m very excited that I've been offered the opportunity to return and fix all that,” he said.

“I've heard Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand - and has some classy golf courses- I can't wait to get there.”

Hosted by The Hills and Millbrook Resort Golf Clubs in Queenstown, the four day  tournament will also feature Australasian sporting celebrities - former cricketers Stephen Fleming, Ricky Ponting, Alan Border and rugby greats Jeff Wilson, Justin Marshall and Nick Farr-Jones.

Tournament Director Michael Glading said Mr Judd was not only a well-known celebrity to many Kiwis but also a pretty good golfer.

“We’re lucky to have someone of Cris’s stature playing in the celebrity field. He’ll not only attract the attention of non-golfers but people will be surprised to hear he actually plays a good game of golf,” he said.

“The celebrity field is coming together nicely and there will be more announcements in the New Year,” said Mr Glading.

Mr Judd will be travelling with his wife Kelly and new-born daughter Vivienne and is looking forward to experiencing all the region has to offer from golf to adrenalin activities, scenery and maybe the local vineyards.

“I’ll have to do some research on all the amazing things on offer as I have no idea what we’ll do yet in Queenstown. I’ve heard it’s the extreme sports capital of the world, so maybe something a little crazy like that.”

“I’m just really looking forward to being part of this great tournament,” he said.

ENDS

Picture captions:

1/ US dancer and choreographer Cris Judd will play at 2014 NZ Open
2/ Cris Judd played mini-tours in Florida and California and almost turned pro

For further media information or high res images please contact:

Ciara McDermott
Marketing and Communications Executive
Millbrook Resort
T: 03 441 7039
E: Ciara.mcdermott@millbrook.co.nz

OR

Fiona Woodham
Southern PR
T: 03 441 1117
E: fiona@southernpr.co.nz

Queenstown marathon festival set to excite the running world

Queenstown marathon festival set to excite the running world

Fri, 29th Nov 2013

One of the world’s most stunning locations will play host to one of the worlds most scenic marathons with the launch today of the Queenstown International Marathon, set for November 2014....more

Property sales up at Queenstown's Millbrook Resort

Property sales up at Queenstown's Millbrook Resort

Fri, 18th Oct 2013

Property sales up at Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort ...more

Award-winning Millbrook Resort scoops gold again at World Travel Awards

Award-winning Millbrook Resort scoops gold again at World Travel Awards

Thu, 10th Oct 2013

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has once again beat off stiff national competition to take out the title of New Zealand’s Best Golf Resort at the travel industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony held in Dubai earlier this month....more

Upsurge in sales continues at Queenstown's Millbrook Resort  with launch of latest show home

Upsurge in sales continues at Queenstown's Millbrook Resort with launch of latest show home

Thu, 2nd May 2013

The first show home in the new Taramea Square neighbourhood at Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort has opened its doors – and early indications are that a steady upsurge in sales is continuing....more

The Spa at Millbrook wins 2013 Best Luxury Wellness Spa

The Spa at Millbrook wins 2013 Best Luxury Wellness Spa

Fri, 19th Apr 2013

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort is delighted to announce that The Spa at Millbrook has been named as the Winner of the Best Luxury Wellness Spa for Australasia & Oceania in the World Luxury Hotel Awards. ...more

'Glory month' for property sales at Millbrook

'Glory month' for property sales at Millbrook

Mon, 15th Apr 2013

Queenstown’s multi-award-winning Millbrook Resort is celebrating a ‘glory month’ of property sales with nearly $11m in contracts written in March....more

Queenstown's award-winning Millbrook Resort still flying high after 20 years

Queenstown's award-winning Millbrook Resort still flying high after 20 years

Fri, 8th Mar 2013

Queenstown’s multi-award-winning Millbrook Resort marked an important milestone, on March 6 2013, celebrating twenty years since it first opened its gates....more

Award-winning Millbrook Queenstown wins another prestigious tourism award

Award-winning Millbrook Queenstown wins another prestigious tourism award

Wed, 30th Jan 2013

The five-star Millbrook Resort is riding a wave of award success, receiving yet another prestigious tourism honour....more

Millbrook named No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the Trip Advisor  Travellers Choice Awards 2013

Millbrook named No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2013

Fri, 18th Jan 2013 - 16.00

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named the No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the 2013 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Millbrook was also named as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the South Pacific and Top Luxury Hotels in New Zealand....more

Media Release: Millbrook off-plans sales resurgence reflects demand for quality

Media Release: Millbrook off-plans sales resurgence reflects demand for quality

Mon, 7th Jan 2013

Millbrook has been bucking the development recession trend, seeing a good resurgence in sales as it prepares to release its latest development to the public. ...more