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Bethany G. Rogers

Freelance writer and journalist

Location icon New Zealand

Originally from Newcastle, UK, I travelled the world a little before happily becoming stuck in Queenstown, New Zealand. Using Queenstown as a base, I still love travelling and documenting my adventures for New Zealand and international magazines.

A prolific writer, I have been shortlisted for my creative fiction and regularly write articles for online and print media. I specialise in food, arts and culture, but have worked with a wide range of magazines, businesses and individuals who want creative writing with a spark.

With a background in public relations, I've written press releases for events and businesses as well as helping to create stand-out web copy and e-newsletters.

I'm a quirky and original writer who seeks to create something a little bit different.

When I'm not writing, I'm hiking, snowboarding, biking, boxing or sampling the best eateries/coffee-ries in Queenstown.

Queries welcome, get in touch: [email protected] (Please note my sneaky middle initial!)

Portfolio

Regular Writing Features

The Source NZ
The Source - Editor and Writer

An alternative magazine and music/ events guide based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Readership 5,000. Writer since Feb 2014, Editor since March 2016.

QT Magazine
01/01/2017
Food and Arts Features

Celebrating Gibbston - p.31 Contemporary Copper Creations - p.45 Creating Outside the Square - p.47

Interviews with Artists and Musicians

Queenstown.com
A Slice of Heaven and Harmony - an interview with Dave Dobbyn

Having released a brand new album, Harmony House, Kiwi music legend Dave Dobbyn is undertaking a pop-up tour visiting the provinces and small towns of New Zealand. Dobbyn has been a recording artist for more than 30 years, producing hit after timeless hit which have become an intrinsic part of the Kiwi soundscape.

Queenstown.com
An interview with Paul Ubana Jones

Born in London (UK) to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones picked up the guitar at the age of 11. He studied guitar and cello at the London Music College and began to develop the soulful voice and technically brilliant guitar skills he's now famous for.

The Source NZ/ CREEP issue
06/23/2016
Preserving the Family Business

Queenstown's longest serving arts, entertainment and events guide brings you our creepiest issue yet.

Queenstown.com
The Stillness Within - an interview with artist Sophie Melville

Wanaka based artist Sophie Melville gained a Fine Arts degree specialising in painting from the Elam School of Fine Arts in New Zealand. She then travelled the world, worked as a graphic designer and created prints, essentially circumnavigating her real passion - fine art.

The Source NZ
06/01/2017
Five Minutes with Urzila Carlson

Issue 516 - Welcome to Queenstown's longest serving arts, entertainment and events guide. This month we're hitting the airwaves with a SMASH. Pick up the Source on the street or read on...

Queenstown.com
06/11/2016
An interview with Emma Louise Butler - artist and illustrator | Art

A natter with artist and illustrator Emma Louise Butler. The talented Londoner has lived in Queenstown for over 10 years and occupies a studio at the Queenstown Arts Centre. Emma originally studied textiles at university, before following a career illustration for card companies like Hallmark.

Queenstown.com
03/11/2016
An interview with Stephen Martyn Welch | Art

Stephen Martyn Welch is one of New Zealand's leading portrait artists. Based in Wanaka, New Zealand, but born in Dargaville, you can see some of Welch's amazing work in Artbay gallery. Winner of the 2012 New Zealand Portraiture Awards, Welch is an incredible self-taught artist who seeks to paint a wide range of subjects.

Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand's #1 news site
07/08/2016
Absolute Truth to be known at the Sherwood

Christchurch based singer songwriter Lawrence Arabia aka James Milne will be showcasing music from his latest album, Absolute Truth at The Sherwood on Thursday. The album was released last week and is typical of Milne's cheerful 60s vibes with contemporary, twisted lyrics. "It's about the small details, relationships, maintaining friendships and growing old," says Milne.

Food Reviews

Roadtrippers
Ah, Queenstown - Eat Your Heart Out!

Ah, Queenstown. Surrounded by the beautiful Southern Alps and the Remarkables mountain range and nestled by the cool (read: very cold) blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. There's so much to do here and all that fresh air works up an appetite. So it's just as well Queenstown knows how to cook up a storm.

Queenstown.com
Good Grub - Tanoshi Japanese teppan and sake bar

There's nothing quite like teppan grill food washed down with some good sake! Tanoshi means 'fun' in Japanese. Located in Cow Lane, this teppan and sake bar is open from lunchtime until late for good times with great friends and excellent food. For the uninitiated, teppanyaki is one of the many delicious forms of Japanese food.

Millbrook
Japanese food with a twist - Millbrook Resort

To start, we have Ura Maki - a yummy combo of sushi, chicken and tuna with a spicy sauce. We also wolf down gorgeous gyoza dumplings, stuffed with chicken and mushroom, served with a soy and chilli dipping sauce.

First Table
Valentine's Day Deals

Go Wholesome at Boy & Bird - Auckland This bright and cheerful restaurant champions natural, organic, fresh foods and flavours. Ideal for the conscious diner, dishes are created with responsibly sourced produce from local providers where available. However, Boy & Bird prove that it's possible to be both wholesome and indulgent.

Queenstown.com
04/11/2016
2015 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir | Queenstown Food and Drink

Wine Life had the pleasure of trying this young pinot noir from Gibbston Valley winery with Chief Winemaker Chris Keys. A world exclusive, we were the first media to try this bright and clear wine. Sipping from Riedel's Central Otago Pinot Noir glasses, Chris shared a few thoughts with us...

Experience Queenstown
Gantley's: Is this New Zealand's most romantic restaurant?

Written by: Bethany Rogers on 24th Oct 2017 This one is for the romantics. Surrounded by landscaped gardens with views of the mountains, this charming old building is a fairy tale setting for a romantic dinner. Gantley's Restaurant is the perfect venue for those in love - whether that's with superb fine dining, excellent wines, or your other half (we don't judge).

Travel Writing

DestinAsian
07/05/2017
Things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand

New Zealand's adventure capital may best be known for its adrenalin-charged thrills-skiing, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, jetboating-but that's only half of its allure. Cradled by the snowcapped Remarkables mountain range and overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu, the picturesque resort town of Queenstown has long been New Zealand 's top tourist destination.

Good
Magnificent Matukituki Valley

Get a taste for alpine adventure in Mount Aspiring National Park where there are inspiring walks for families and keen mountaineers alike.

VIVA
New Zealand's 7 Most Breathtaking Hikes

There are two telling signs that New Zealand's landscape is next-level beautiful - it's claim to fame as the filmset for The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and it's endless array of hiking trails.

Experience Queenstown
This is the Best Way to Start Your Day...

Written by: Bethany Rogers on 19th Aug 2017 Top breakfast spots for hangover nibbles, posh nosh or big brekkies in Queenstown, New Zealand One of the best things about Queenstown is the food. There's so much choice out there!

Cultural Musings

Otago Daily Times Online News
02/04/2018
Arguing the toss

Cricket: it divides communities, inspiring devotion and indifference in equal measure. Liz Breslin and Bethany G. Rogers pad up and take their guard. FOR: Liz Breslin I've loved cricket ever since I can remember. Standing in the arc of my grandad's side as he made my arm do bowling, over and over.

Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand's #1 news site
Twin adventurers come to Queenstown

World record climbers and social activists Tashi and Nungshi Malik will speak at TEDxQueenstown, in April. The mountaineering twins will take a break from their studies at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill to speak at the event, which invites influential speakers to share their ideas in a short, 18-minute talk.

Lakes Weekly Bulletin
It's time we incarcerated all the cats.

To stave off some of the hatred of the cat-loving internet community, let it first be known that I do like cats. They're cute, generally companionable and fun to have around. But they're also killers.

Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand's #1 news site
The Toilet Warrior

Australian businessman Mark Balla, dubbed 'the toilet warrior,' has thanked Queenstown for its part in helping provide safe, sustainable sanitation in schools across India. Balla talked about his project We Can't Wait at TEDxQueenstown in April, an annual event organised by local volunteers promoting 'ideas worth spreading'.

MedWorld
Fiona Wood's Exceptional Story

Professor Fiona Wood is one of Australia's most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers. She has pioneered research and technology development in burns medicine and is renowned for the development of spray on skin. Fiona and her team are often at the forefront of crisis response.

Collaborative and creative work

Manchester Writing Competition - 2011 Shortlist
14/10/2011
The Cuckoo (a short story)

Launched in 2008 under Manchester Metropolitan University's innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme, and spear-headed by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing Competition was designed to seek out and celebrate the best new writing from across the world, while generating income for new creative and educational projects.

Issuu
05/31/2012
Alliterati Issue 7

Welcome to Issue 7 of Alliterati Magazine! Once again we have pages stuffed with creativity from all over the world! It has been an exciting few months at Alliterati HQ. Editor Bethany Rogers has flown the nest and is now spreading the word en route to New Zealand.

PR

Newshub
Inaugural Queenstown light festival draws thousands

Thousands of punters have turned out for Queenstown's first public light festival, LUMA, following Sydney's successful three-night extravaganza. The festival celebrated art, technology and design through the medium of light over Queen's Birthday weekend. A collection of art sculptures, light installations and illuminations were showcased in the Queenstown Gardens, along with an open-air cinema, attracting more than 4000 people on its opening night.

Scene
New managers for Queenstown winery lodge

New Kinross managers: Lizzie Irving and Adam Ross A couple formerly involved in the luxury yachting industry are now helming the first major accommodation complex in Queenstown's wine region. Lizzie Irving, from the Scottish borders, and Adam Ross, from Christchurch, are the new general managers of Kinross Cottages in Gibbston.

Otago Daily Times
05/06/2016
The lights fantastic (LUMA Queenstown)

The old song lyrics ''you light up my life'' take on a whole new meaning when it comes to light festivals, as Rebecca Fox discovers. Even Queenstown can get a bit grim when winter bites, but a new lighting festival aims to lift everyone's spirits as well as showcase lighting design and art.

Lakes Weekly Bulletin
03/29/2016
TEDxQueenstown 2016

Editorial about TEDxQueenstown 2016 for the weekly bulletin. Readership 4,500

Stuff.co.nz - New Zealand's #1 news site
Low and slow, flavour filled meats

One of Queenstown's most well known restaurant and bar venues has new owners promising to give it a new lease of life. The historic Eureka Building was built in 1864 and while it originally served as the Colonial Bank of New Zealand, it has been part of the local hospitality scene for most of its 151 years.

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