This week in Mountain Scene history


1975 Letter writers rush into print in protest against an “immoral” and “indecent” ad placed by The Mall’s Staircase Fashions.

1985 Fiordland Travel – now Real Journeys – announces plans for a vehicular ferry across Lake Wakatipu to create a shorter route to Milford Sound. The ferry would open up the 88km dirt road via Mount Nicholas and the Mavora Lakes and join the main Queenstown-Te Anau highway near The Key. Nothing comes of the idea, however. 

1995 Between stints as Invercargill mayor, Tim Shadbolt begins a two-month cooking gig at the fondly-remembered Berkels Gourmet Burgers in Shotover Street. 

2001 Two years on from the resort’s devastating flood, downtown landlords and developers flay Otago Regional Council for sitting on its hands over a repeat of the problem. It takes another decade before ORC installs a dyke at the confluence of the Shotover and Kawarau rivers to improve the flow of water from Lake Wakatipu. 

2005 Queenstown is the sexiest place in New Zealand, condom maker Durex reckons. The workload of the Wakatipu Sexual Health & Family Planning Clinic confirms the fact – there’s been a six-fold growth in six years.