Dining goes sky-high with suspended restaurant

“gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air”


Dining in Auckland is about to be taken to new heights with some of the country’s best chefs serving gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air. Renowned Kiwi chefs Simon Gault and Gareth Stewart are among those involved in Dinner in the Sky, which sees 22 diners seated at a specially engineered table hoisted by crane over the city.  Diners board the platform at ground level and are strapped into seats with a harness with legs left dangling underneath. Guests are told to leave all belongings, apart from a camera or phone, on the ground.
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Donald Trump asks for Van Gogh painting, is offered gold toilet instead

Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from New York’s Guggenheim Museum, but have instead been offered a working solid-gold toilet made by an Italian artist, a report says.
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This $550m yacht is so big it even has a room in its mast

sya-leadSailing Yacht A has been built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.

Melnichencko made his fortune in fertiliser, coal and electricity, and likes to spend it on big things. He owns a Boeing 737 BBJ, a villa in Antibes, an estate in Berkshire, and Motor Yacht A – a $400 million luxury motor yacht.

Motor Yacht A is currently the 21st biggest motor yacht in the world, and clearly, that doesn’t cut it for Melnichenko, so he’s put it up for sale.

Sailing Yacht A will put him at the head of the list by some margin. It’s 142.1m long, more than 30m longer than the nearest rival, Sea Cloud.

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Superyacht sale on cards for New Zealand’s richest man Graeme Hart

1468101191285New Zealand’s richest man Graeme Hart is selling one of his superyachts just a few months after taking delivery of it.
The Kiwi billionaire’s 107 metre explorer yacht Ulysses – which only had her first cruise in the Mediterranean in March – is listed by Fraser Yachts in Monaco, with a price tag of $266 million.
Ulysses boasts 15 cabins, a helipad and a jacuzzi. It is staffed by a crew of 42 and can accommodate up to 30 guests. It was available to hire for $400,000 a week.

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The World’s Most Expensive Yachts (and The Billionaires Who Own Them)

imageEven among billionaire mega yacht owners, there’s competition to be the biggest and best.
In celebration of the Monaco Yacht Show, we share the estimated values of the 10 most expensive yachts on the planet.
From a movie mogul’s second hand yacht to a futuristic design by Philippe Starck, these boats are like small cities on water.   More . . .


Kiwis in hot demand for luxury yachts.

Former Auckland desk jockey Michael Colley, above and below, is working on a 52m luxury yacht, La Mirage, in the Mediterranean
Former Auckland desk jockey Michael Colley, above and below, is working on a 52m luxury yacht, La Mirage, in the Mediterranean

Wanted: Kiwi crews for international superyachts. Must be comfortable cruising the globe, chatting respectfully with eccentric billionaires and celebrities and scrubbing toilets for weeks on end.

An increasing number of young New Zealanders are trying their luck with a job on board, lured by adventure, huge tips and the chance to see the world’s most exotic locations.

Increased demand for courses in the pursuit of work on overseas luxury vessels has seen Auckland superyacht qualification educators at the New Zealand Maritime School and Mahurangi Technical Institute struggling to keep up.   More. . . .

$1.5 million buys the ‘ultimate ride’

million_dollar_wooden_surfboardA master surfboard maker has sold a handcrafted board to a New Zealand buyer for a staggering $1.5 million.
Roy Stuart, from Putaruru in Waikato, has been crafting wooden boards in his workshop, refining designs and striving for “the ultimate ride” for the past two decades.  For 14 years, he camped without power or running water, “just a wood stove, eight kids, three dogs, and two cats”.  But all the while, he was doing what he loved in pursuit of perfection. Now, it’s all paid off.   More. . . . .

How to spend Powerball millions.

ISLAND GETAWAY: Buying Pakatoa Island won’t leave you any change from the $32 million winnings

Just after 8pm NZT someone will be jumping up and down and screaming for joy at winning Powerball’s $32 million jackpot. But by Monday they will have some decisions to make, not the least of which what to spend all that money on, or if to spend it at all.

Here is a taste of some of the ways you could try to invest 32 million big ones. . . .More