Clicquot in the Snow festival returns to Queenstown

Veuve Clicquot New Zealand senior brand manager Rai Banbury pours one of tens of thousands of glasses of champagne for ...
Grant Bryant

Veuve Clicquot New Zealand senior brand manager Rai Banbury pours one of tens of thousands of glasses of champagne for the 2013 Clicquot in the Snow event.

An international event held at luxury ski resorts around the world has kicked off in Queenstown.

The four-day Clicquot in the Snow celebration runs until August 2.

Locals and visitors alike can celebrate all things winter with fine champagne in New Zealand's adventure capital.

It is the fifth year Queenstown is playing host to the luxury event.

Restaurant Association of New Zealand Queenstown vice president Cameron Mitchell said the festivities would help boost visitor numbers to the resort town.

Aside from the "upturn in trade", Mitchell, who is the owner of the Sundeck and The Bunker restaurant and bar, said the program would boost the night life in Queenstown.

"It's the grown ups' time to come out and play."

The Bunker plays host to the Clicquot Official After Party on opening and closing nights.

This year's program features a sold-out long lunch at Botswana Butchery for 130 food and wine gourmands.

The Kathryn Wilson Catwalk show on Saturday at the Hilton are both sold out, with about 200 people attending.

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Wilson has been involved with the festival for the past four years.

"I think it will be quite a cool experience for people coming over from town in water taxis – there will be real wow moment on arrival," Moet Hennessey NZ senior brand manager Rai Banbury said.

Banbury said many people were flying down from Auckland for the event and would tie in a ski holiday.

Former New Zealand model, television host, actress and entrepreneur Sara Tetro and former All Black Justin Marshall were expected at the event's celebrations, as were competitive freestyle skiing brothers Byron and Beau-James Wells.

For the full programme, head to darkhorse.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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