The Rees - True South

NZ’s Leading Hotel Residence
The Rees Hotel Queenstown was honoured to be announced as the winner of the New Zealand Leading Hotel Residence Award in the prestigious 2013 World Travel Awards.


discovery1-small.jpgFor three weeks, WG and Von Tunzelmann probed the plains and peaks along the northern shores of the lake.

It was an eventful journey – by horse, driftwood raft, and finally on foot. Along the way, they encountered quicksand, fought off wild dogs and rats, narrowly escaped a bushfire, and endured the pangs of hunger.

Six weeks after their departure from Dunedin, they returned – ragged and gaunt – to file sketch maps of what they had seen and to lodge their claims to grazing rights.

Rees gained rights to graze more than 240,000 acres in the Wakatipu basin – provided he could stock the land quickly.

That meant driving 3,000 merino sheep across the rugged mountain ranges and fast-flowing rivers that stood between Coal Creek and the Arrow River basin.

It was a daunting task that WG had to accomplish before his grazing rights would be confirmed.

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