Cilla McQueen Poetry Workshop 11/11/12 !

Wordsmiths unite! Poetic Justice is organising a visit from Cilla McQueen which will include a daytime workshop and an evening reading with the former Burns Fellow and Poet Laureate on Sunday, 11 November.

If you are interested in the writing workshop, to be held at the Black Shack, please email us via and we’ll put a list together – first in, first served, numbers limited. The cost of the workshop is $35.

The workshop will be followed by An Evening with Cilla McQueen at Federal Diner.

Thanks, and we’ll keep you posted!

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A new addition

When we haven’t been sampling the backcountry slopes of Treble Cone, we’ve been busy at The Black Shack this winter. We have managed to acquire and renovate a gorgeous little sleep out which looks right at home nestled in the native garden, meaning the Shack can accommodate up to six guests. So for people with kids or up to three couples, the Shack is an ideal getaway from which to explore lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Get in quick to make your booking for some late season snow action, or the school holidays!

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Burns Fellow Cilla McQueen our writer-in-residence

Every year, The Black Shack hosts a writer for a weekend during which we run writing workshops with our friends Poetic Justice. In 2012, we are pleased to confirm that Burns Fellow Cilla McQueen will be visiting us this spring, and holding a poetry reading at Federal Diner. Watch this space for further information about how to sign up for her workshop or to buy tickets for an evening with Cilla McQueen.

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Wish You Were Here

Barbeques, boating and long hot days. Summer’s well and truly underway down here in the balmy South.

Our magical holiday season started with a fashion photo shoot at the Shack for Base NZ and On Magazine. The gorgeous images you see here are just some of the fruits of a fantastic day spent dressing the set and dressing our obliging models, Miriam and Jonny! Thanks to our tenacious photographer Nina Henderson and fabulous stylist, Daisy Richards, the shoot was a huge success, encapsulating a 1950s ‘Wish You Were Here’ vibe…

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Shack Up at the Black Shack this Summer

Summer is here… and we are delighted! Chatty fantails are flitting about, bumble bees hum over the wild thyme, lavender and cabbage tree in our native garden and the lake beckons paddlers and boaties. Our neighbouring mountain bike and walking tracks are bursting with colour and scents as fitfuls of manuka blossom and mauve-hued lupins burst into life. The days are growing longer and everything looks fresh, green and vibrant. After hosting the poets Sue Wootton and Sam Hunt who ran workshops at the Shack over the winter, we’ve been feeling truly inspired so have planned a Pop Up Picnic at the Shack next month to celebrate local style and creativity.

Whether you feel the need for a few days of peace and quiet or action and adventure in glorious surroundings, you will find The Black Shack is the right spot for kicking back this season. With a long lazy South Island summer ahead, we are taking reservations for school holidays and short breaks now, and still have some availability over the peak periods of Christmas and Easter. Book your classic Kiwi bach getaway today!

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Featured Wanaka artist… Carol Brent

Featured Wanaka artist... Carol BrentAt The Black Shack, we like to deck our walls with contemporary artworks by local artists. This summer we’re celebrating the gorgeous kiln-fired tiles of Carol Brent.

Wander around the bach and you’ll find her subversive statements about ‘domestic bliss’ and native fauna adorning the bathroom and living room.

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We love… Sam Hunt

In association with the Wanaka writers’ group Poetic Justice, we were happy to have the iconic scribe Sam Hunt stay at The Black Shack recently. It was wonderful to snuggle into the Wanaka Living lounge rugs and listen to the swoon-worthy words of New Zealand’s favourite vagabond poet as he charmed us with his ideas about the writing life. You’ll find his latest book, Chords next to Sue Wootton’s Hourglass on our discerning bookshelf.

Here’s a snippet of one of his latest poems, ‘Knucklebone One’:

I heard someone said they
saw you just the other day.
I told them they were lying.
I knew they knew it too…
You may as well not live here.
But when you do
move on, or through, let me know.
So I can start missing you.

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Win a Wanaka Welcome Pack!

Win a Wanaka Welcome Pack!Book your Black Shack holiday for 2012 by December 31 and be in to win a complimentary Welcome Pack loaded with local goodies including Wanaka chocolate, Wanaka Beerworks beer and Hawea honey. Simply tell us what you are most looking forward to about your stay in no more than 100 words and post as a comment on our Facebook page. The most original entry will be chosen by the Shack crew on December 31 and the winner’s name will be posted on Facebook. Your Welcome pack will be awaiting your arrival at the Shack. Good luck!

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Pop Up Picnic

Pop Up PicnicDecember 11 at The Black Shack, 12 noon – 5pm.

Live music and djs from Beats FM, local art and design, kitsch and vintage homeware market. Bring your swimming togs and a picnic rug and soak up the enchanting views from the Shack. Artists interested in having a stall please email Annabel with photos and description of your product/s.

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