Washington Post readers have been told they can
''zipline, kayak, skydive, bungy and bike through scenery as
otherworldly as it looks in such movies as The Hobbit,
which was filmed here'' in Queenstown, but the big expose is
its art scene.
New York-based travel writer Michael Kaminer, who said his
idea of thrill-seeking involved a new book and a double
espresso, found himself in the resort for five days thanks to
''a planning mix-up'' at the expense of time in cities he
wanted to explore.
He attempted to find non-gravity defying activities but
despaired of ''a place whose entire economy seems engineered
to serve adrenaline junkies'', until his hotel manager
introduced him to artist Alice Blackley and her Art
Adventures tour, which took him to art venues including the
Nadene Milne Gallery in Arrowtown.
''Nadene Milne Gallery, as I learned, is one of [Damien]
Hirst's global representatives. And the exhibit,
tantalisingly titled The Beauty and Brutality of Fact,
provided my first glimpse of a Queenstown that rarely makes
the radar of adventure-craving tourists - a happening,
heterogeneous art scene that's uniquely New Zealand in its
blend of hip and homey.''
His article published last week, headlined ''In Queenstown,
New Zealand, art is an adventure, too'', goes on to tell
Washington DC citizens of his visit to ''the tidy gallery of
Tim Wilson, whose hyper-realistic fantasy landscapes got
snapped up by The Hobbit cast members during their
long shoot here''.
Mr Kaminer wrote about Milford Galleries Queenstown and its
''just-opened exhibit by one of New Zealand's great living
artists, Dick Frizzell''.
He checks out ''quirky gallery'' Kapa to see prints by Weston
Frizzell, then the tour stops by artists Spike and Sue
Wademan at work.
Despite wrongly describing Queenstown as a ''city whose
year-round population tops out at around 9000'', Mr Kaminer
ended his report by leaving the resort ''with a new
perspective on a destination I'd pretty much written off''.