Joanna Hunkin won the Heritage Hotels Award for the best travel article written about New Zealand in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards for her story Playing Cowgirl which was published in the NZ Herald.
The story was about Dome Hills, a North Otago high country station which offers lodge accommodation and the opportunity to enjoy the hill country.
The full list of awards is on the Travcom website.
We were among the people invited to listen to then Otago (now Waitaki) MP Jacqui Dean declare the lodge at Dome Hills open on a perfect autumn day.
Since then visitors from thoughout New Zealand and overseas have enjoyed a taste of life on the high country station in the hills between North and Central Otago.
Among them was NZ Herald writer Joanna Hunkin who wrote about her experience playing cow girl on the winter muster.