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Essential Solutions offers clients strategic business solutions utilising a plethora of event and communications platforms to deliver unique experiences tailored to each business’s requirements need. We work with clients to develop and enhance business relationships through a structured approach, working with a quantifiable methodology to deliver a measured return.

Essential Solutions has adopted a project management model to provide a refreshing platform that is not a cookie cutter approach. We take a seat at our client’s tables and work with them to provide solutions that are as unique as the brands we work with.


The team from Essential Solutions provided outstanding event management of our recent Wired for Wonder event. Their expertise, safe hands and excellent customer focus resulted in the logistics and running of the event being seamless. I would recommend the Essential Solutions team to anyone looking for an exceptional event manager with strong people skills and a can-do attitude.

Vanessa B, General Manager Organisational Development, Wired for Wonder
Mandi and the Essential Solutions team are organised, professional, detail focussed and completely on top of it! Always friendly, engaging and most importantly calm, Mandi and the team work closely to understand their clients need and seek to surprise and delight every step of the way. Very happy with the service that they provided on Wired for Wonder 2013, 2014 and looking forward to working with them on 2015!
Sarah R, Project Manager, Wired for Wonder
Essential Solutions were a joy to work with on the 2014 National Landcare Conference. From managing registrations right through to on-site support at the event, their expertise was invaluable, and the Essential Solutions team became an extension of our own. Always professional, and available whenever we needed them, I hope I get the opportunity to work with Essential Solutions again.
Trish O, Communications Director , Landcare Australia Ltd
Essential Solutions have worked with Motorola Solutions over the last three years and has had a profound and positive effect on the delivery of project management services to our Business. Their practical advice and continued guidance have helped our business evolve when it comes to educating and entertaining our key Channel Partner and Clients. Their energy and commitment to our business is unquestionable, you can rely on them to get new projects moving quickly to ensure the job gets done.
Aditi S, Motorola Solutions
I have worked with Mandi from Essential Solutions across a number of integral business projects. The major projects included implementation, execution and management of the National Hospitality Strategy for Vodafone Hutchison Australia, several large scale sales incentives programs for a base of over 500 sales consultants. Mandi’s professionalism and expertise in delivering high quality, impactful and unique experiences, is a credit to familiarity with the industry and her vast network of contacts. Mandi took the time to get to know our business, our customer, and our objectives to ensure all programs were managed seamlessly, budgets were maximised and results were accomplished. I would highly recommend Mandi’s work at Essential Solutions and look forward to working with her again in future.
Christine R, Vodafone Hutchison Australia

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Strategic Planning – Getting a start on 2017

Champagne WallNow that New Year’s resolutions have been made and hopefully are still being kept, it’s time to kick start the working year.

We have found both in our business and for our clients, that the first few weeks are a critical time for us to put our heads into a game plan for the coming year’s event activations and entertaining platforms.

Today, we are spoilt for choice with an extensive range of events and experiences with which to entertain clients.  Ranging from industry events, theatre, arts, sports and major hospitality events, it’s sometimes hard to delineate between the myriad of options out there, which ones will work best for your business and to have the time to road test them.

One of our most rewarding aspects we fulfill as Project Managers is the integral role we play with our clients in working hand-in-hand with them to leverage their businesses marketing and communication plans.  Working to best strategize ways to maximise their current client entertaining platforms by designing a targeted approach to their corporate hospitality needs and expenditure.

Dining2Strategic, fresh and tailored experiences that focus on enhancing your customer’s experience and true brand immersion is key to successful client engagement.

We have found businesses are wanting to be smarter about how they entertain and connect with their customers and in turn clients are wanting more value and opportunity for quality engagement.  Absolute success for our clients comes by developing a strategic calendar that combines a variety of activations to align their business plans and the interests of their clients.  A multi-tiered engagement approach is an effective strategy for managing the return on investment of an entertainment and activation expenditure.

Our team have extensive backgrounds and up to date knowledge of what’s happening in your local market to help you cut through and develop experiences with a point of difference to ensure maximum engagement.

Christmas & New Year Wrapped in Fashion

This year Boho Chic is the fashion statement – the ES Lifestyle Team have your style guide sorted for this years drinks with girlfriends, holiday season parties and get together’s and New Year festivities.

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1. Camilla A dream short round neck kaftan – $499
2. Ginger & Smart Kalaharai Heel – $439

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3. Gucci ring with stud and cystals – $605
4. Chanel Le Vernis nail lacquer – $41

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5. Foundling Jain block print sarong $62
6. Roxy midnight clear romper – $89.99

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7. YSL Sunset monogram bag – $2515
8. Witchery off shoulder bell dress – $159.95
9. Dinosaur design resin ball on large gold hoop earrings – $165

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10. For the Artist Only mystique sandals- $280
11. Oliver and Clover pom pom hat – $295

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12. Ace of Something delano ivy hat – $69
13. State of Escape mini cross body bag – $279
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14. Seed lace peplum dress – $249
15. Cotton Love electric love bracelet set – $165

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16. Spell Designs kombi boho dress – $179
17. Christian Dior So Real sunglasses from – $540
18. Zoe Kratzmann leather sneakers – $169.95

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19. Casa boheme necklace from $175
20. Camilla tassell belt – $149
21. Dinosaur design mineral hoop earrings in moody blue – $220 – each

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22. Jac+Jack Carey dress – $399
23. Country Road slides – $79.95

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24. Camilla check mate large canvas clutch – $169
25. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour – $52

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26. Shona Joy capri trapeze sundress – $190
27. Samantha Wills wildest dreams bracelet set – $199
28. Ginger & Smart boater – $280

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29. Hickory Hill soft raffia bag – $199.95
30. Midas MOBY wedge – $198

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Melbourne Cup – Sydney’s Hot List of Locations for 2016

It is nearly that time of the year when we take the opportunity to dress up and enjoy the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup.

Here are some of the hottest locations for this year’s Melbourne Cup festivities with clients, colleagues or take the afternoon off with friends.

The Langham MCThe Langham Sydney
Champagne celebrations. Dining in style.
With limited spaces left to this exclusive event; celebrate Melbourne Cup with Laurent-Perrier Champagne upon arrival from midday, as Chef Dave Whitting presents an exclusive three course menu and signature fromage platter, in the innovative Bistro Remy. Watch the race that stops a nation screen live, inside our venue at 3:00pm.

Featuring a Laurent-Perrier Champagne pop-up bar at $99 per bottle, ambient jazz throughout and a luxury giveaway prize for best dressed; the prize includes an exclusive complimentary night for two at the hotel.

Cost: $160 per person – bookings call 9256 2222

Jonahs MCJonah’s Restaurant – Whale Beach
Spend this Melbourne Cup overlooking stunning Whale Beach. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Bollinger Champagne followed by a three course lunch, fashion shows by Aqwa Boutique showcasing Camilla, gift for each guest from Coach, watch the race and fabulous prizes to be won.

To perfectly complement your race day outfit, guests can pre-order a ‘white or bright’ flower crown individually created by Wild Lotus Florist.
Cost: $165 per person – bookings call 9974 5599

O Bar MCO Bar and Dining
Experience  Melbourne Cup 2016 from a unique setting, 47 floors high above the city over a delicious 3 course menu.  Enjoy all of the glitz, glamour and race-day fun of Melbourne Cup with live coverage of the race, prizes for best dressed, sweepstakes and more.
Cost: $110 per person – bookings call – 9247 9777

Bennelong MCBennelong
Spend a day on the harbour under the stunning sails of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong this Melbourne Cup Day.

​Guests will be greeted with a glass of Charles Heidsieck on arrival followed by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore’s  signature four course menu, showcasing the best of Australian produce.  Prizes for best dressed and sweeps throughout the day.
Cost: $210 per person – bookings call – 9240 800

Otto Sydney MCOTTO Sydney
Italians know how to put on a spread, and Melbourne Cup at OTTO will be no exception.

Kick off with a glass of champagne and assaggi on arrival amid the bustling Woolloomooloo Wharf, followed by a three course choice menu and plenty of merriment. Think sweeps, plasma screens to follow the races live and an award for the best hat of the day.
Cost: $185 per person – bookings call – 9368 7488

Eleven BridgeEleven Bridge 
Celebrate in style this Melbourne Cup Day at Eleven Bridge. Enjoy Champagne and canapés on arrival followed by a dedicated three-course menu by Executive Chef Phil Wood, thoughtfully matched to a selection of wines from some of Australia’s most iconic producers.

Entertainment for the afternoon will include a live screening of the big race, plus a sweepstake and door prizes!
Cost: $185 per person, plus $65 for matching wines – bookings call – 9252 1888

Sake MC

Sake Restaurant & Bar
This Cup Day, enjoy a stylish celebration with award-winning contemporary Japanese cuisine in the beautiful setting of Sake Restaurant & Bar.

You’ll enjoy a beautiful banquet menu with glass of Veuve Clicquot all while watching the race and taking in the buzzing atmosphere that Saké has to offer.

Cost: $149 per person – bookings call – 9259 5656

Nomad MCNomad, Surry Hills
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at NOMAD with a race day banquet menu, glass of sparkling or beer on arrival. Large screens to see the race action and TAB access. Prizes for winner!

Cost: $170 perperson – bookings call – 280 3395

ZushiZushi at Barangaroo
Celebrate the Melbourne Cup with friends and colleagues over a special sit down lunch on Tuesday 1 November, and with screens and a Melbourne Cup sweep you won’t miss a minute of the action.

Zushi invites you to enjoy our signature modern take on Japanese cuisine with a 7 course set menu to share and complimentary glass of French bubbles for only $99 per person.
Bookings call – 8072 7383

The Winery MCThe Winery, Surry Hills
Get in the winners’ circle and spend Melbourne Cup Day with us!
Fantastic Melbourne Cup packages are available at The Winery – eat, drink and be merry with the race live on big screens, sweepstakes and more. Spaces are selling out quickly, so get booked in for a great afternoon at The Winery.

Private Dining Room and/or Garden Room – up to 54 people seated
4-course set menu with a 3-hour premium beverage package
Cost: $155 per person

Laneway -120 people standing or Champagne Room – 90 people standing
3-course grazing menu wiht a 3-hour premium beverage package
Cost: $160 per person – bookings call – 9331 0833


Queenstown – Truly Unique Conference Destination

Queenstown5One destination that has year round appeal and absolutely spectacular at anytime of the year is Queenstown – a destination that offers action packed fun that delegates will remember for years to come.  Recently our team had the opportunity to experience Queenstown from the eyes of a delegate in the search for the ultimate agenda.

It was be remiss of us not to share our accommodation, conference and adventure treasures.  Here is our insight into Queenstown, the destination that really does have something for everyone.

In Spring (September-November) the weather is changeable, with temperatures ranging from 9-15 degrees celsius. Summer (December-February) tends to be hot and dry, from 19-29 degrees celsius. Autumn (March-May) brings warm, balmy days, 10-22 degrees celsius. Winter (June-August) is mostly crisp and clear, with snow, 3-10 degrees celsius.

There really is a Hotel for every size group in Queenstown, from the intimate Executive team of 10 right through to 300 delegates for an annual conference.    Skiing, hiking and other adventure activities are all nearby, while award-winning vineyards for an afternoon of wine tasting, lakeside dining, world-class golf courses and spectacular helicopter flights help to build an exciting conference agenda filled with activity choices for your conference delegates and their spouses.

Your delegates will be able to fly directly to Queenstown International Airport from Australia or arrive on a domestic flight from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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Here you will discover award-winning Queenstown 5-star luxury hotel that is located right in the heart of the city just steps from Lake Wakatipu and the village district. Parisian panache is at the heart of this Hotel’s experience.  Your delegates will experience lavish accommodation, fine dining and relaxing spa elegance.

Hotel facilities include 82 luxury accommodation rooms, their signature restaurant Jervois Steak House and Left Bank Café – part French kitchen, part tea room – open for breakfast, lunch and bistro-style dinner in charming Paris fashion.

Sofitel Qu4The Boardroom at Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa accommodates up to 60 delegates in state-of-the-art conference rooms with multimedia and audio-visual technology.   The Ambassador Room is the hotel’s largest conference room, accommodating 42 delegates in classroom style seating, 48 delegates in cabaret style seating or 80 delegates in a theatre auditorium layout.
The Cellar,  located on Level 3 seats 16 guests in boardroom style seating or an end of day cocktail reception for 20 guests.

Sofitel Winter Special
Book your conference between 1 Sep – 16 Dec 2016 with accommodation rates from NZ$295* per room and enjoy the following benefits with our compliments: – One complimentary room (maximum of 2 rooms per group) – One upgrade to a Suite inclusive of all Luxury Club benefits – One hour cocktail function per group booking* – Unlimited Internet in accommodation & conference rooms *Terms & Conditions apply. The above benefits are subject to minimum of 10 rooms, availability at time of booking and applicable to new bookings only.  Accommodation rate is for Superior Room.

The Rees4The Rees Hotel Queenstown
The Lakefront luxury of The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a new and sophisticated five star hotel that uniquely blends Queenstown’s culture and heritage alongside modern infrastructure and technology .

The Rees Hotel’s host of accommodation options include 60 hotel rooms and 90 luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments all with private balconies to take advantage of the most spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu or The Remarkable mountains.

The Rees5The Rees unique features include: Queenstown’s Best Chef in the True South fine dining restaurant, an extensive wine cellar with a comprehensive collection of Bordeaux wines alongside leading Central Otago wines, a gymnasium, observatory, library and private jetty.

The Hotel’s conference and meeting venues offer versatile, multi-use facilities, capable of supporting a range of requirements.  The Rees Hotel Conference Room can accommodation 28 delegates in boardroom, 40 in classroom style or 70 in theatre style seating.

If you need to break your group into smaller meeting sessions, then the Executive Apartments provide the perfect flexibility, accommodating 16 delegates in a boardrooms style set up.

Heritage QuHeritage Queenstown Hotel
Ideally located to enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, Heritage Queenstown offers 175 newly refurbished accommodation rooms, including 1 and 2 bedroom suites.  The Hotel conveniently positioned only a short distance from the town centre, nestled amongst picturesque native bushland; creating the ambience of a European lodge.

Heritage Qu2The facilities include an indoor/outdoor heated pool, gymnasium, spa and sauna, Mackenzies Restaurant and Bar with open fires for the winter months and fresco dining on broad terraces in summer months.

The Heritage Queenstown offers flexible conference rooms with natural light and breathtaking views.  The  largest of the Hotel’s conference rooms can seat 200 people in a theatre style or 112 in cabaret style seating. This venue also offer a roof top space that is a spectacular setting for your welcome cocktail reception.

MillbrookMillbrook Resort
The award-winning Millbrook Resort is a luxurious 5-star retreat located on 500 acres of beautiful countryside. Its elegantly decorated suites and villas offer clear views of the surrounding mountains. Guests enjoy an outdoor heated pool, an indoor lap pool and 2 outdoor hot tubs. The Millbrook Resort is approximately 15-minutes drive from Queenstown and Queenstown International Airport.

Accommodation options at Millbrook Resort include open-plan studios, larger 1-bedroom suites or spacious 2-bedroom villas with a fully equipped kitchen. All accommodation offer great views of the mountains, golf course or resort grounds.   Millbrook Resort encompasses a 175 room boutique hotel, a 27-hole golf course, covered driving range, an award-winning day spa, health and fitness centre with gymnasium, 25m lap swimming pool, hot pools and 200 seat conference facility.

Millbrook4The Resort has seven venues to accommodate meetings from 20 – 200 delegates in The Millhouse Conference Centre, The Pavilion, The Clubhouse, Waterfall Cottage, onsite Marquee or the 2 Bedroom suites.

Hotel Facilities:
Complimentary WiFi, 27-hole championship golf course – open year round, Four restaurants on-site, in room dining from 6am – 10pm, award winning day spa, health and fitness centre, heated indoor three lane 25m swimming pool, three outdoor spa pools and male & female sauna rooms, tennis courts, petanque court and mountain bikes for hire, BBQ area, laundry service and dry cleaning, complimentary shuttle to/from Queenstown and Arrowtown for guests at leisure.

Golfers will love the Millbrook’s 27-hole championship golf course and covered driving range. Millbrook Resort is a 3-time winner of the World Travel Award for ‘Leading Golf Resort in Australasia’.

St MoritzHotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown and with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Blending understated luxury with warmth, Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of rooms and suites, each beautifully appointed to cleverly blend timeless classics with modern essentials.

St Moritz2The accommodation rooms have balconies or  lake views, while suites include kitchenettes, washer/dryers and living rooms.  There’s an elegant lake-view restaurant and a bar with regular live music, in addition to a chic lounge area with a stone fireplace. After a long day of skiing and adventure there is a sauna and outdoor hot tubs.

The hotel is just an 11-minute walk from the Skyline Gondola and 17 km from Coronet Peak ski area. 

This really is a stylish Queenstown conference venue, with two dedicated events space, The Den, catering for 30 in boardroom, 60 in classroom or 80 for dinner delegates; and The Library seating 20 in boardroom, 30 in classroom or 60 delegates for dinner.

Offsite Dinner Venues
Jacks Point2Jacks Point
Jacks Point Clubhouse & Restaurant sits beside the 18th hole on one of the most highly ranked golf courses in the South Island.  The rustic complex draws its inspiration from the traditional Kiwi woolshed, making a distinctive statement in its outstanding location, while blending with the surrounding rural landscape.   The floor to ceiling windows provide stunning views from every aspect, taking in the Remarkables Mountain Range, Coronet Peak and Lake Tewa.   The main dining room seats 100 guests for dinner, 150 guests in the main dining area, bar and lounge area or upto 300 guests for cocktails.

Gibbston valley2Gibbston Valley Winery
Located just 25 minutes from Queenstown, Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant merges the stunning surrounds of the vines with the elegant beauty of wine and food.  The Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant, Wine Cave, Barrel Hall and Courtyard provide a range of venues for hosting a conference lunch or dinner for upto 450 guests.

Amisfield wineryAmisfield Winery
Located 25 minutes drive from central Queenstown, overlooking Lake Hayes and a back drop of the Remarkables mountain range, is the iconic stone building which houses Amisfield’s Bistro and Cellar Door.

This stunning location can seat up to 120 guests in the courtyard to 70 guests in the two main dining areas of the Bistro.  Start your evening with an exclusive wine tasting in the Cellar, where you will learn the story of Amisfield and enjoy a tasting of their single-estate vineyard wines.

StoneridgeStoneridge Estate
Stoneridge Estate is the closest Cellar Door to Queenstown, surrounded by one of the most amazing mountain rail trails of New Zealand.  Lodge Boardroom and Lodge Dining room are perfect for small groups for up 6 – 18.  The Hayes Room constructed from recycled iron, stone, hardwood beams and overlooking sprawling gardens seats up to 180 guests in this room with an amazing view.


Action & Adventure

  • AJ Hacket Bunjy jumping
  • Dart Jet Safari
  • Luging
  • Skyline Gondola
  • Shotover
  • 4WD Tour with Nomad Safaris
  • White Water rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Kayak Milford Sound
  • Golf
  • Fearfactor Queenstown

Wine Tasting

  • Gibbston Valley
  • Bannockburn
  • Cromwell
  • Amisfield

Take the time to explore Queenstown and its surrounds by embarking on a wine tour, a helicopter flight, nature hike or a cycling tour of the Central Otago rail trail.

After long days of exploring food lovers will revel in the quality of the local produce at Queenstowns range or dining delights.  Visit our ES Lifestyle teams blog on where to eat and play in Queenstown for our recommended highlights.

Milford SoundPlan a day trip to the Milford Sound – one of New Zealand’s great natural wonders, deep within Fiordland National Park. GreatSights operates Milford Sound tours from Queenstown in luxury glass-roof coaches with drivers expert commentary, free WiFi and a range of lunch options.  AwesomeNZ runs sightseeing day tours to Milford Sound by glass-roof coach with commentar, free Wi-Fi, an Encounter Cruise, with roving nature guides helping you spot the amazing wildlife on show in the fiord. The cruise lasts 2 hours 15 minutes and includes a picnic lunch in summer or hot buffet lunch in winter.

Take in the history of Queenstown with a visit to the goldrush village, Arrowtown.  You can enjoy wandering through the local boutiques, try your luck at gold panning or stop for a coffee in one of the cafes.  On the way back, take a detour to nearby Gibbston Valley wine region to enjoy lunch, wine and cheese tasting from their high altitude region wines and exception selection of tasty cheeses.

Whether you’re looking for a 3, 5 or 7 day Conference Agenda, our dedicated team of Project Managers can help to bring your action packed itinerary to life!

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