This week in Mountain Scene history


1975 Skyline advertises a “Pirate Night and Caribbean Supper” – $4 including gondola, live entertainment and dinner. 

1985 Three jetboat companies vie for the right to run commercial trips in the Shotover Gorge from Edith Cavell Bridge to Tucker Beach. Pioneer operator Shotover Jet eventually wins an exclusive concession over contenders ProJet and Marine Enterprises.

1995 Just weeks into office, incoming mayor Warren Cooper vows to rid Queenstown of its parking headaches. He signals that the solution lies in Church Street – an underground carpark is subsequently constructed there. 

2001 In the wake of subsidiary Ansett Australia’s crash, national carrier Air New Zealand announces it will sell its two Queenstown skifields, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. The successful buyer subsequently turns out to be NZSki, a local consortium controlled by the affluent Davies family. 

2005 Queenstown police chief Phil Jones again criticises Southland District Health Board’s failure to provide 24-hour mental health cover. Jones’ comments come after a half- hearted attempt by SDHB to improve mental health services in the resort.