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Queenstown's Millbrook Resort looks to expand

Queenstown's Millbrook Resort looks to expand

Thu, 21st Aug 2014

Queenstown’s award-winning Millbrook Resort has conditionally purchased 66 hectares of land adjacent to the five-star resort, which could significantly expand the property and potentially see the resort upgraded from its current 27-hole layout to a full two-course layout....more

The Millhouse at Millbrook Resort wins exclusive award for Wine Excellence for third year running

The Millhouse at Millbrook Resort wins exclusive award for Wine Excellence for third year running

Wed, 6th Aug 2014

Millbrook Resort’s award-winning restaurant The Millhouse has received the prestigious Wine Award for Excellence by US Magazine Wine Spectator for the third year running....more

Millbrook Resort hailed best New Zealand hotel by leading website Wotif.com

Millbrook Resort hailed best New Zealand hotel by leading website Wotif.com

Fri, 27th Jun 2014

Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort continues to ride the wave of awards success notching up another best hotel in New Zealand title, this time from the world’s leading travel website Wotif.com....more

Award-winning Millbrook Resort installs New Zealand's first state-of-the-art GPS system for golf carts

Award-winning Millbrook Resort installs New Zealand's first state-of-the-art GPS system for golf carts

Mon, 16th Jun 2014

Queenstown’s award-winning Millbrook Resort is once again leading the way in world-class guest experiences investing in a state-of-the-art GPS system for its brand new fleet of golf carts....more

Millbrook Resort named a 'Stellar Stay' in Australia and New Zealand by leading travel website HotelsCombined

Tue, 20th May 2014

The world’s leading hotel price comparison website, HotelsCombined, has named Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort one of the best properties in Australia and New Zealand in its second annual ‘Stellar Stays’ awards.

The award judges singled out just 13 outstanding properties across Australia and New Zealand based on a stringent set of criteria specifically around the large number of exceptional guest reviews received across many travel sites.

The winning properties’ environmental, sustainable tourism and community initiatives were also a key aspect and each property had to have won at least three major other awards in the last 12 months to be considered.

HotelsCombined global PR and content manager Alycia Simons said the strict award criteria “ensures the calibre of the winning properties remains very high”.

“Responsible tourism is very important to HotelsCombined and the ‘Stellar Stays’ Awards aim to encourage and highlight the benefits of sustainable tourism practices,” said Ms Simons.

“Each of the awarded hotels has contributed significantly to the local community or environment in some way. This may be through the implementation of international best practice standards and procedures or via an ongoing commitment to community programs and initiatives.”

The reviews on HotelsCombined are aggregated from over 38 million reviews from multiple travel and review sites with a potential maximum score of 10. All winners rated 9.0 or higher and had a minimum of 250 customer reviews on the HotelsCombined site.

The award adds to the five star resort’s already impressive trophy cabinet and continues a formidable run of positive feedback, guest reviews and fantastic coverage as co-host of the New Zealand Golf Open for the first time earlier this year.

Within the last 12 months alone Millbrook Resort has been voted the Best Golf Resort in Australasia at the World Travel Awards for the third year running, Best Luxury Wellness Spa for Australasia & Oceania in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013, and No 1 Hotel in New Zealand Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards in 2013 and 2014.

Millbrook Resort head of operations Brian Howie said the latest award was unique as it centred on multiple factors that contribute to the success of a world-class hotel.

“This accolade is based not only on the incredible guest reviews we’ve received across multiple websites and our previous award wins, but it also recognises the importance of operating a five-star resort in an environmentally-responsible manner while also maintaining world-class standards,” he said.

“Sustainability and protecting our environment for future generations is of the utmost importance to us and we’ve undergone some noticeable alterations in our processes to ensure we not only meet but exceed our commitments to the environment.”
“As a five- star Qualmark and Enviro Gold rated property we endeavour to ensure our guests enjoy a world-class experience while also doing our bit for the environment.”

One area of interest is Millbrook Resort’s pioneering use of EM Technology (EM™) to help reduce waste across the resort.

“We’re leading the way in this area, ensuring the resort is as environmentally-friendly as it can be. With over 500 acres to tend to, including established grounds and wetlands which are home to an abundance of wildlife, our task isn’t small.”

EM™ (Effective Microorganisms) is a natural and probiotic technology developed 28 years ago that is made up of beneficial and highly efficient organisms, which are not harmful, non-pathogenic, and not genetically modified or chemically synthesized.

“The win adds to our already impressive array of awards, accolades and consistently good guest feedback we receive daily. It’s an encouraging nod to the hard work of the team who go above and beyond to ensure guests who visit Millbrook leave feeling relaxed and truly wowed by our stunning environment.”

“Our world-class standards are unrivalled and awards such as this reflect that.”

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Picture captions:

1/ Millbrook Resort Arrow Nine 9th Hole
2/ Millbrook Resort Remarkables Nine
3/ Multi-award winning Millbrook Resort has stunning views
4/ Award winning Spa at Millbrook

For more information and high resolution images contact:

Ciara McDermott
Marketing Manager
Millbrook Resort
T: 03 441 7039
E: ciara.mcdermott@millbrook.co.nz
W: www.millbrook.co.nz

OR

Naomi Lindsay
Southern PR
T: 03 441 1117
E: naomi@southernpr.co.nz
W: www.southernpr.co.nz

About Millbrook Resort

Millbrook is one of the world’s most celebrated hotels and resorts and was voted the Best Golf Resort in Australasia at the World Travel Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the Best Resort in New Zealand for 2011 and 2012 and 2013. It also won the title of Best Luxury Wellness Spa Australasia and Oceania in 2013.

Millbrook Resort received the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Top Hotel in New Zealand in 2013 and 2014 and also received the #15 Top Hotel in South Pacific, #22 for romance hotels in New Zealand, and #23 for luxury hotels in New Zealand in the 2014 awards.

Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges on the outskirts of world-renowned tourism destination Queenstown, Millbrook was formerly a wheat farm with a 150-year history.

Many of the resort’s heritage features remain today including the original Millhouse, rustic buildings and a majestic avenue of trees, over 150 years old.

Millbrook, which celebrated its 20th Birthday last year, is a multi award-winning resort that features various levels of five-star accommodation, world class dining, the Spa at Millbrook (ranked among the Top Ten in the World by Conde Naste), a fully-equipped health and fitness centre, a championship 27-hole golf course, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor spa pools, tennis courts and kilometres of biking and walking trails.

Nearby you can enjoy the gold rush era village of Arrowtown with its many restaurants, cafes, museum and boutique shops. Queenstown is a year-round paradise with attractions including world-class wineries, five ski areas, great nightlife, multiple golf courses and award-winning restaurants and bars.

Millbrook Resort will once again play co-host to the 2015 NZ Open golf tournament, along with The Hills Golf Course in Arrowtown, from March 12 to 15 2015.

About EM™

EM™ is a natural and probiotic technology developed 28 years ago in Japan by Dr.Teruo Higa, who is the author of the famous book series “An EARTH Saving Revolution”.

EM™ means “Effective Microorganisms™” and it is made up of beneficial and highly efficient organisms. These microorganisms are not harmful, non-pathogenic, not genetically modified, nor chemically synthesized.

Originally, it was developed as alternative for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, however, the use of EM technology™ in the last two decades, has expanded from agriculture to effluent and waste water treatments, control of foul odours, farms and animal health, human health and innumerable industrial treatments.

At present, EM™ is used in more than 120 countries and there are over 54 manufacturers in the world. More than 30 research centres, across various countries, create and analyse new alternatives daily to increase and expand the range of this technology.

About HotelsCombined

HotelsCombined is the world’s leading hotel price comparison site, allowing travellers to find the best prices from all the best travel sites in one search. More than 300 million people every year use HotelsCombined.com to find the best prices for 800,000 properties in 120,000 destinations worldwide.

HotelsCombined is available in over 40 languages and delivers prices in 120 currencies. Established in Australia in 2005, HotelsCombined is Australian-owned and employs more than 200 people. www.hotelscombined.com

Passion for Perfection at the 2014 MercedesTrophy New Zealand Final

Passion for Perfection at the 2014 MercedesTrophy New Zealand Final

Mon, 28th Apr 2014

The 2014 Mercedes Trophy New Zealand Final was held at Millbrook Resort near Queenstown from April 25-27....more

New dates announced for 2015 New Zealand Open

New dates announced for 2015 New Zealand Open

Wed, 5th Mar 2014

Organisers of the New Zealand Open today (Wednesday March 5) announced that the 2015 New Zealand Open will be moved back two weeks to be held from March 12 to 15 2015....more

New Zealand Open: Contenders in form ahead of Queenstown

New Zealand Open: Contenders in form ahead of Queenstown

Thu, 27th Feb 2014

Many of the leading contenders for the New Zealand Open Championship are in good form in the countdown to the tournament from February 27 to March 2....more

Japanese Pros in awe of Queenstown

Japanese Pros in awe of Queenstown

Tue, 25th Feb 2014

Japanese professionals Toshinori Muto and Yuki Kono are thrilled to be in Queenstown for the New Zealand Open Championship which tees off on Thursday....more

New Zealand Open: Pre-qualifiers found across NZ

New Zealand Open: Pre-qualifiers found across NZ

Wed, 29th Jan 2014

The road to the New Zealand Open Championship started yesterday for around 190 golfers across New Zealand at four iconic venues that have all hosted major New Zealand Golf tournaments....more

New Zealand Open: Quality Japanese Tour players confirm for Queenstown

New Zealand Open: Quality Japanese Tour players confirm for Queenstown

Tue, 28th Jan 2014

With the announcement today that 11 golf professionals will be travelling from Japan to compete in the New Zealand Open, the overall field in 2014 will now comprise a total of 20 professionals who ply their trade on the lucrative Japan Golf Tour....more

Millbrook Resort named Top Hotel in New Zealand for second year running

Millbrook Resort named Top Hotel in New Zealand for second year running

Thu, 23rd Jan 2014

Multi-award winning Millbrook Resort has been lauded the Top Hotel in New Zealand for the second year running in Trip Advisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards....more

New Zealand Open: Countdown to Pre-Qualifying on January 28

New Zealand Open: Countdown to Pre-Qualifying on January 28

Thu, 16th Jan 2014

The countdown is almost over for golfers hoping to play in the New Zealand Open Championship in Queenstown....more