Lagardère AWPL has announced the opening of their new Aelia Duty Free store in the international departures terminal of Queenstown Airport, New Zealand.

The redesigned store provides travellers with true sense of place. Building on the spectacular view of ‘The Remarkables’ mountain range seen from the terminal windows and using finishes in the store design reminiscent of the local natural architecture.

The range has been thoughtfully curated with a strong focus on local producers including Scapegrace Distillery, 42 Below and Patagonia. In addition to the best global brands and Duty Free exclusives from Chanel to Dior, and personalised displays from Benefit and Clarins.

Nicky Page said of the store’s opening: “The new Aelia Duty Free store feels truly unique with its bespoke design and product range. My team and I can’t wait to offer our customers an opportunity to take a piece of Queenstown home with them.”

Aelia Duty Free Queenstown is also the first store in the Pacific region to feature a dedicated clean beauty range, in line with Lagardère Travel Retail’s global “We Care, We Do” approach in supporting responsible buying choices across Aelia Duty Free stores. This commitment was launched with the world’s first eco-responsible store at Geneva International Airport and forms part of our PEPS (Planet.Ethics.People.Social) Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Glen Sowry sees the opening of Aelia Duty Free Queenstown as an important milestone in the recovery of international travel in the region: “It’s wonderful to have this new store open and we are thrilled that the Art of Living concept showcases the amazing produce and products we have in the region. We’ve heard since the store has been open, that local boutique and artisan products have been flying off the shelves, which is testament to the quality of producers in the region and a great sign for the recovery of our local businesses.”

Aelia Duty Free is open to service all arriving and departing international flights at Queenstown Airport, with customers able to shop 24 hours a day online for pick up prior to departure or upon arrival.