Singer stunned by scenery

The voice and co-founder of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson, at his hotel in Queenstown yesterday,...
The voice and co-founder of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson, at his hotel in Queenstown yesterday, before his gig at the Gibbston Valley Winery tomorrow.PHOTO: JOSHUA WALTON
`As crazy as the world gets, it's like a haven - a haven of sanity."

Queenstown has already left a lasting impression on Roger Hodgson, the voice and co-founder of pop-rock band Supertramp.

He arrived in the resort for the first time on Wednesday, and will headline a show at the Gibbston Valley Winery tomorrow.

The singer-songwriter flew into town to be greeted by Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult and the pair instantly clicked, Hodgson said.

"I came from Florida on a 32-hour flight, so it felt like when I landed this was the reward.

"I know that this is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and this proves it.

"It's just unbelievable.

"I hope the New Zealand population keeps it that way."

The 68-year-old said he was amazed by the resort's landscape and diversity and hoped to take a trip up a nearby mountain and possibly ride on the Skyline Gondola to appreciate the views of the town from above.

As he took a stroll along the Frankton Arm to admire Lake Wakatipu yesterday, he was approached by a fan who saw him live in the 1980s.

He will headline the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert, the first of three shows to be held as part of a tour across the country.

His only other visit to New Zealand was in 2010 for his solo tour.

Hodgson will be performing fan favourites at the show, such as Give a Little Bit, The Logical Song and Breakfast in America, as well as songs from his solo career.

"I'm very fortunate to have written songs that have lasted so long," he said.

"They become part of who I am.

"I feel very blessed."

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