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One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...
By PHILIP CHANDLER KEEN by name, keenest by nature. Queenstowner Adam Keen proved he’s New Zealand’s gutsiest long-distance runner by winning a gruelling last-person standing competition last weekend. In and around an Auckland forest, the 37-year-old ran for 35 hours, completing a...

Short course’s elite company

By NEVILLE IDOUR Sir Michael Hill’s ‘‘over the moon’’ his par 3 Farm course at Arrowtown’s The Hills has been named one of the top 25 of its kind in the world by America’s Golf Magazine. Designed by Darius Oliver, the...

Pop-up to replace Fishbone

By TRACEY ROXBURGH As a Queenstown eatery prepares to go up against 11 others, New Zealand-wide, in the 2020 Great NZ Toastie Takeover, it’s also preparing to pop up in the CBD. Love Chicken, which serves free-range, organic Bostock’s chicken, opened...

Private jet ZQN

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown developer's launching a private jet aircraft service from Australia's east coast to the resort once the travel ban's lifted. Gold Coast-based Kevin Carlin claims it'll be a flyer with well-heeled travellers seeking more sanitary transport in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown aviator's invention is tantalisingly close to becoming certified by Civil Aviation Authority, to become an official data recorder. Over The Top helicopter boss Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson came up with the idea for 'Eye In The Sky' after...
Who doesn't want to see more native trees and plants established in the Wakatipu?  Local entrepreneur Michael Sly gets rid of unwanted wilding pines to make valuable essential oil, but had always wanted to find a way to replace each wilding with a...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's going to "bust my backside" to help lead the resort, and the district, out of the coronavirus crisis. But, he warns, it will have an impact far bigger than anything most of us will...
OPINION: I almost killed someone. The thought is so shocking to me I still have trouble processing it. In Queenstown you can name them all; the local people whose lives have been snuffed out by those reckless tourist drivers, who we...
Amazingly, in the so-called adventure capital of the world, two of the most adventurous locals are over 70 years old. Philip Chandler talks to Diana and Dick Hubbard about their latest 34,000km motorcycle ride, and learns how they almost...
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