• The Marlborough Flyer is on track

    Oct 3, 2017

    The magnificent heritage steam train that will launch on 1st December this year between Picton and Blenheim has been officially named “The Marlborough Flyer”.

    Comments Paul Jackson, managing director of Pounamu Tourism Group, the company behind the Marlborough Flyer, “The name was partially inspired by the Kingston Flyer which has links to the region (we respectfully acknowledge the recent sad passing of the late David Bryce from Renwick who purchased The Kingston Flyer in 2011), and which also used Ab class locomotives, the same class that the Marlborough Flyer will operate. The emotions and passions of the old “Flyer” days still stir deeply amongst rail fans throughout New Zealand.

    Marlborough is fast becoming a world-famous region; attributable in part to her beautiful natural assets, like the Marlborough Sounds and surrounds, and in part to the marketing efforts of the burgeoning wine and food industry, aviation heritage and numerous other successful business enterprises. Marlborough is establishing itself as a recognisable brand overseas, so with these two pillars combined (“Marlborough” and “Flyer”), the christening of The Marlborough Flyer was one which resonated with all stakeholders and rail fans alike.”

    Mr Alan Piper, Group General Manager Sales and Commercial at KiwiRail says, “The Flyer is a great local initiative celebrating New Zealand’s rail heritage while providing a boost to the region. KiwiRail is always keen to support tourism in our regions and has seen a big increase in our tourism services bringing economic growth to areas such as the West Coast and Marlborough. There is a real romance to rail travel that international tourists are looking for as well as local enthusiasts, and still no better way to see our glorious countryside than by train.”

    It is hoped that the added attraction will assist to improve the overall cruise ship visitor experience in Picton and in doing so encourage more cruise ship visits to one of the most popular ports in Australasia.

    Mr Ian McNabb, CEO Port Marlborough says, “We have supported The Marlborough Flyer right from the outset as it will offer something unique to cruise ship visitors at our port, something which adds another unique selling point for cruise ship agents and owners. It is our hope that Port Marlborough will soon have as many visits as the busiest Cruise Ports in the country. The Marlborough Flyer is another feather in our cap.”

    The support from big business has been positive and early on some prestigious brands have identified value in being associated with The Marlborough Flyer. They have taken “ownership” of Carriage Sponsorships, all five carriage sponsorships are now sold. The brands that have supported the venture from the onset, in doing do have made the “Super Sunday Specials” financially viable at reduced rates for the general members of the public – credited for this are Saint Clair Family Estate, The Ned of Marisco Vineyards, Lawson’s Dry Hills, Peter Ray Homes and Harcourts Marlborough.

    Full steam ahead for The Marlborough Flyer!

    www.marlboroughflyer.co.nz

  • Yachting New Zealand & Lawson’s Dry Hills Wines – A great match.

    Jul 7, 2017

    Yachting New Zealand and Lawson’s Dry Hills wines a great match.

    The New Zealand sailing fraternity have had plenty to celebrate in recent days and can now do so in style after a partnership between Yachting New Zealand and Lawson’s Dry Hills wines was signed last week.

    Lawson’s Dry Hills have become the official wine sponsor of Yachting New Zealand for the next three years. Just as matching wine is important when it comes to dining, this partnership is also destined to be a great match with both parties committed to excellence and innovation.

    As a Marlborough producer with strong distribution abroad and at home, Lawson’s Dry Hills are also committed to local communities. The partnership will see them connect with sailing clubs around the country.

    “There has never been a more exciting time to join New Zealand’s sailing fraternity,” Lawson’s Dry Hills group marketing manager, Belinda Jackson said. “With our own love of sailing here in the Marlborough Sounds and our extensive range of wines, we are delighted with the opportunity this partnership presents and we look forward to supporting Yachting New Zealand at every level.”

    The Lawson’s Dry Hills’ label was launched 25 years ago. Today, the company’s wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and their famous Gewurztraminer, all made from fruit grown in the Wairau, Waihopai and Awatere Valleys.

    “There are many fine vineyards in New Zealand but this partnership with Lawsons Dry Hills is a perfect match for all occasions,” Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie said. “With both organisations having similar strategies, Yachting New Zealand looks forward to what the future holds.

    “There are certainly exciting times ahead with the America’s Cup coming to New Zealand and an expectation of growth in the marine industry. We look forward to sharing in the opportunities and ongoing success of Lawson’s Dry Hills.”

    •    For more information, please contact Yachting New Zealand communications manager Michael Brown on 021 677 618 or Lawson’s Dry Hills group marketing manager Belinda Jackson on 027 444 8666 or see www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz or yachtingnz.org.nz.

  • Gold Medal for Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2015

    The Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2015 has been awarded a GOLD MEDAL at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017, this award comes hard on the heels of the same wine being selected as FIVE STARS AND BEST BUY in the March issue of Cuisine magazine(issue 181) “This Riesling has length and elegance”.

  • American Airlines & Lawson’s Dry Hills

    International Business Class

    American Airlines have confirmed our multi award winning LDH Sauvignon Blanc 2015 will be poured in business class as part of their inflight pouring program for 2016.

  • Sauvignon Blanc Day – May 5, 2017

    Come and see what happens when Winemaker and Cheesemaker meet…

    Apr 20, 2017

    International #SauvBlanc Day is on Friday, May 5. Join Marcus (Lawson’s Dry Hills winemaker) and Simon (Cranky Goat cheesemaker) to discover what makes goat’s cheese and Sauvignon Blanc taste so good together.

    Enjoy our three top Sauvignon Blancs – Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve 2016, Blind River 2016 and the very limited Tekau 2014, paired with Simon’s specially matched cheeses.

    Tastings at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm at Lawson’s Dry Hills Cellar Door, Alabama Road, Blenheim $10 per person. Bookings necessary as just eight people at a time. Please call 03 578 7674 or email [email protected]

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