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One man's dream to breathe life into a sleepy Central Otago valley has brought high-adrenaline adventure to millions in a spectacularly beautiful part of New Zealand.

One man's dream to breathe life into a sleepy Central Otago valley has brought high-adrenaline adventure to millions in a spectacularly beautiful part of New Zealand.

Heavily illustrated with historic and scenic images, this book tells the story of John Lee - high-country farmer, family man and developer, recently honoured with a CNZM (Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for his services to business and tourism.

From a traditional farming background, John persevered in the face of many layers of bureaucracy to create local projects to keep his beloved Cardrona Valley alive and prospering. He bought the well-known Cardrona Hotel when it was almost derelict to preserve it until a suitable purchaser could be found. He developed the Cardrona Ski Field, the Snow Farm cross-country ski area and the only cold product testing ground for motor vehicles in the southern hemisphere. With his son, Sam, he also developed the world's first dedicated snow freestyle resort.

His belief in the importance of community and environment have been a constant in all his activities, which now help underpin the local economies of Queenstown and Wanaka, and he has had many adventures along the way.

Reviews

The story of Mr Lee's escapades, struggles and successes is told superbly by writer Sally Rae in The Snow Farmer - John Lee of the Cardrona Valley, with photographer Stephen Jacquiery's images the perfect partner to Rae's words. Mr Lee's experiences are incredible and humbling and rollicking good adventures... This book explains it all, and its tale of humour, tenacity and thinking outside the square will inspire.

Pam Jones, Lakes District & Central Otago News

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781775538851

    June 27, 2016

    Random House NZ

    304 pages

    RRP $50.00

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