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Ecstatic but trepidatious

By TRACEY ROXBURGH You could almost hear the sighs of relief at 4pm on Tuesday in Queenstown. After holding the collective breath for more than a year, the resort was finally able to exhale as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Holidaymakers not used to using a travel agent to book a flight across the Tasman are being urged to think again. Would-be travellers taking advantage of the long-awaited trans-Tasman bubble when it opens April 19 are being advised...
No one, it would appear, got their five-year plans right in 2015. I found out the borders were closed when I emerged from walking the Moonlight Track. The following weekend we were heading to Australia, our first complete family holiday in...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...
By HUGH COLLINS Airlines' self-interest is causing ‘‘huge disruption’’ for events, Winter Pride festival director Martin King says. The 10-day festival’s starting today with only three of its events scrubbed because of Alert Level 2 rules. But the response of Air New...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...

Stamp of approval

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local sculptor Shane Woolridge is putting a stamp on his work to raise money for Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum quake-strengthening project. In collaboration with New Zealand Post, he’s producing 10 stamps featuring different sculptures he’s created over the past...
By GUY WILLIAMS Passengers flying into Queenstown on Air New Zealand's turboprop planes will have to put up with weather-related disruptions for a while yet. The airline says it's in the "final stages" of getting Civil Aviation Authority approval for required...
By GUY WILLIAMS Nicholas Holmes was already having the year from hell. After four months in Covid-ravaged French Guiana, the Queenstowner managed to get on a flight to Paris last month, and in a rare moment of good luck, was allowed...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks  to government funding, Queenstown's mayor's hopeful construction of the first phase of the resort's long-awaited CBD arterial bypass will start in the second quarter of next year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Boult talks about the government's...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...
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