Alert Level 3

In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...

Boycott appeal

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown restaurateur’s urging industry colleagues to boycott controversial American-owned food delivery giant, Uber Eats. The app-based company on Wednesday announced it’s launching in Queenstown, along with New Plymouth and Nelson, in early October, to extend its New Zealand...

Ding-dong battles beckon

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While the Arrowtown Premiers are out to repeat history this Saturday, Wakatipu’s determined to correct it as the sides face old foes Upper Clutha and the Cromwell Goats, respectively, looking to book a 2020 Central Otago Premiers...
For a guy who was rejected from hospo jobs in Canada because he was told he "wasn't really a people person", Chris Dickson's done alright for himself. He talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about his plans to support Queenstown Chris Dickson knows all too...

Heading for the hills

By GUY WILLIAMS A project to put five huts in the mountains between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone skifields has emerged from Covid-19 hibernation. Mountain Turk Club founder Erik Bradshaw says the final touches to the four-bunk 'Turk huts' - built using...

Covid kerfuffle

By GUY WILLIAMS & PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's shocked and concerned the government's Covid-19 Healthline this week allegedly gave him and his wife misleading advice. But Healthline operator, the National Telehealth Service, denies that's the case after reviewing its calls with...
By MATTHEW MCKEW If you know someone who's gone above and beyond lately, why not have them pushed off a cliff? Queenstown's Shotover Canyon Swing's offering $100,000 worth of adrenalin-inducing free swings over the river to deserving buggers' to recognise their...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Auckland owner of Queenstown's QBox campsite's donated $20,000 to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Following an article in Mountain Scene last week, Li contacted fundraising queen Kaye Parker, who founded the fund in conjunction with the Wakatipu Community...
If business wasn't tough enough for Queenstown's hospo outlets before the Covid-19 closedown, it'll be far more on a knife-edge once lockdown ends even if there's less competition, with some operators not reopening. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to four long-time operators about how they'll...

Fergburger reopens

By MATTHEW MCKEW Fergburger's Queenstown doors will swing open again today. The world famous burger bar's known for its long lines, stretching up the street, but general manager Steve Bradley doesn't expect the normal queue after it opens at 8am. "We are...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Amidst a health crisis, it's apt foundation works on Queenstown's first surgical hospital started this week. The $20 million-plus hospital's being built next to the Queenstown Country Club by the retirement village's original developer, Sanderson Group. Despite a slight delay...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
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