I'm putting my money on the Hermitage as the location for my Fontana books.
Right mountains anyway. The current hotel buildings were built in 1958, so the era is spot on - it would have made a daringly new and stylish location for a fashion shoot in the early 1960s.
Like the Chateau, the Hermitage was at various times a government owned hotel. Imagine that - the government funding luxury holiday lodges. It sounds faintly ludicrous today, like Stalinist era Black Sea health resorts - I'm thinking Butlands meets Borat. The THC (Tourist Hotel Corporation, although I much prefer its earlier title, Department of Tourist and Health Resorts) owned the Hermitage and several other hotels until as recently as 1990, I can remember THC travel posters from my childhood (and I don't mean smoke dope and fly home ha ha). Ah yes, I grew up in a socialist wonderland where everyone had the same TV (Phillips K9?) and it took a month to get the phone on.
I've never been to Twizel, and I've only seen Aoraki from the West Coast side. Maybe I should take advantage of the Volcano Hiccup sale....
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