Looking back on 40 years of Mountain Scene
1983 Four days’ heavy rain causes Queenstown’s largest flood since the record one of 1878. Rees and Beach Streets and Marine Parade are shut for five days and eight businesses and a hotel cease trading from their premises.
1984 Local businessman David Bradford is appointed first director of the Queenstown Promotion Bureau – later renamed Destination Queenstown. “This is an absolutely essential spoke in the community wheel,” he says.
1990 An expert eyewitness claims a pilot jumped a queue of aircraft preparing to land at Milford. The pilot’s airline is grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority but then cleared again. Weeks earlier, seven people died in a Milford flightseeing tragedy.
1994 The first Pipeline Bungy jump is taken by business partner and Skippers resident Jerry Hohneck. The 102m bungy at Skippers is, at the time, New Zealand’s largest land-based leap. “It was amazing how much I could see underwater, despite the murkiness,” Hohneck says.
1996 Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel shouts a 100th birthday party for its neighbour, Molly Anderson, who’s lived in town for 60 years. Her late husband Bill was the town’s only doctor for 31 years.
2008 A council decision to lease Queenstown Gardens’ ice rink for the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine angers two activist groups. Wakatipu Environmental Society and The Guardians say it breaches the facility’s recreation-only lease.