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Published on : Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Riverrun – a discreet, intimate luxury property – hosted His Royal Highness Prince Harry and his party for lunch and a relaxing afternoon and evening at the lodge. The Royal party stayed last night before departing Riverrun early this morning (May 12) after breakfast.
Chef Karen Marinkovic created a luncheon menu highlighting local ingredients including Cardrona merino lamb, Aoraki salmon, and Blue River sheep’s cheese quiche. The main course was served with roasted spiced vegetables and quinoa salads, followed by a layered apple and walnut cake and dark chocolate date and ginger slices to finish.
The lodge is on the western edge of the Central Otago wine region – famed for its fine pinot noir wines – so the royal group were treated to Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg pinot noir and a Felton Road pinot noir.
After evening appetisers, they went out to the historic Cardrona hotel for dinner.
Owner Meg Taylor said that Prince Harry was “friendly and relaxed, taking the trouble to thank all the staff before leaving.”
The royal visit had been planned as a relaxing private break in the schedule, she said.
Riverrun Lodge, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand – was built using almost 100 tonnes of reclaimed native timbers; Riverrun was well suited for a royal visit because it was small, friendly and private but still professional and very comfortable. The group staying had appreciated the design of the lodge and reclaimed timber, she said.
“I think it was excellent time out for the prince amidst a busy schedule but we would love to have him back to show him more of what Wanaka has to offer.”
“As Wanaka is a very laid-back little resort, it was the perfect destination. There were lots of ideas for activities discussed, from mountain biking, to fly fishing, lake fishing, jet boating and helicopter flights but we were also advised that Prince Harry might be happy to just relax.”
“In the end the weather decided it, and the Royal party simply relaxed over a long lunch, and lounged by the fire watching movies and reading. A couple from the royal party took a walk down to the river. There was talk of using the house tub but I don’t know that it happened.”
“In the morning there was an early start, breakfasts, energy smoothies and they were on their way.”
“We will look forward to having him stay again in Wanaka in better weather! As he said on leaving, he will bring a little more sunshine with him next time he visits.”
Source:- Tourism New Zealand