Jack's Point - Base Camp for the Lakes District
Beyond Jack's Point - Wilderness expeditions, snow country and wine trails
Year round access to the very best of the region
In Jack's Point's own backyard a 18-hole par 72 championship golf course, the beautiful Clubhouse set on the edge of Lake Tewa and a network of walking, cycling and bridal trails provide superb recreational activities for residents and visitors alike.
From its central location residents and visitors can enjoy the highest quality wilderness experiences - from overnight treks or mountaineering in nearby Fiordland or Aspiring National Parks, to heli-skiing and heli-biking, to the more relaxed vineyard and artisan tours throughout the region.
In winter Queenstown's average temperature hovers between 1 - 10 degrees, snow falling to lake level no more than 2 or 3 times, and rarely for long. In summer that average rests between 10 - 22 degrees, the sun setting towards ten o'clock leaving a long, balmy twilight. The result: year round access to superb recreation, and optimum growing conditions for the best Pinot Noir in Australasia.
Four season adventure land
From Jack's Point you can be skiing at The Remarkables directly above, or Coronet Peak across the valley, within 30 minutes. Another half hour, and you arrive at either Soho Ski Basin, Cardrona skifield, Waiorau Snow Farm (for cross country skiing), and still within easy distance, overlooking neighbouring Lake Wanaka, is Treble Cone - all five ski fields offering excellent conditions through the winter months, offering the training and competition base for northern hemisphere ski and snowboarding teams.
It's an over used cliché, but Queenstown is deservedly known as the 'Adventure Capital'. The recreational pursuits roll off the tongue - tramping (or hiking), rock climbing, mountain biking, airborne sports, windsurfing, kayaking, jet-boating and rafting - all are easily accessible within minutes, and offering some of the best conditions in the world. World Heritage Status Fiordland and Aspiring National Parks - famous for the Milford and Routeburn tracks, are on the western skyline, within an hour's drive or a 10 minute flight.
Exploring the local area
Twenty kilometers from Queenstown, the seasonal changes in Arrowtown are visually striking. Sophisticated in its appeal, the cobbled main street and town centre offers an eclectic mix of cafés, fine clothing stores, art studios and galleries, craft shops, unique accommodation, award winning restaurants, the boutique Dorothy Browns cinema and the superb local Museum.
Arrowtown is a great starting point for many walks and mountain bike tracks and is an ideal place for excellent fishing, horse riding and gold panning. Arrowtown knows how to put on a party and the main street is often alive with entertainment from the Miners’ Band, the Buckingham Belles and all the fun of a country fair as local artists display their wares on the Village Green.
The region has emerged as a golfing mecca, thanks in no small part to Darby Partners, which has designed three of the six golf courses in the Wakatipu basin - world class Millbrook, The Hills and now Jack's Point.
As a natural complement, the region boasts some of the best wines in Australasia, if not the world, in particular Pinot Noir with at least 30 award-winning wineries within a short distance of Jack's Point. Amisfield Winery & Bistro, for example, with its spectacular views across Lake Hayes towards Coronet Peak, has won gold medals for both its wine and restaurant.
With ready access to organic fruit and vegetables, the highest quality beef, lamb, venison and seafood, local restaurants are earning international reputations for excellence. This extends to the food on the menu at Jack's Point Clubhouse Restaurant, where they source only the best of local produce.
The simple pleasure of simply being here
If that hasn't left you completely exhausted there is simply the experience of being amidst the mountains - the constantly changing light, the spectacle of the nor'wester coming in across the alps, or the still, clear mornings of winter. From anywhere at Jack's Point watch the evening shadows deepen on the successive ridge lines to the west and the last of the gold creep up The Remarkables. Then there is the night sky - a luminescent display of the Southern Cross and Milky Way, and on a rare, winter night the extraordinary spectacle of Aurora Australis lighting up the Southern Sky. Living at Jack's Point, one needs precious little else.