Author(s): Sally Rae
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 adventure
Sally Rae's journalism career spans 21 years and she is currently agribusiness reporter at the Otago Daily Times u the first female farming editor in the paper's 150-odd year history. She is also heavily involved with her family's sheep farming operation in North Otago. Stephen Jaquiery is one of New Zealand's most well-known and respected newspaper photographers, with multiple awards to his name. He is the long-standing illustrations editor at the Otago Daily Times.