Arrowtown Autumn Festival

By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village residents, who'd been due to put a walking float into the street parade of the town's since-cancelled autumn festival last month, came up with Plan B, instead. They're pictured lining up for a virtual...
By PHILIP CHANDLER One of Arrowtown's great characters, and a co-founder of the Arrow Miners Band, died last month, aged 85. Barry Bain, who moved to Wanaka with his wife, Ann, five years ago, was instantly recognisable at the back of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In recent years, Arrowtown Autumn Festival's included the wildly popular Pie, Pint and Pinot, featuring people's specially-created gourmet pies. This year, of course, the event, which attracted about 1200 punters last year, has been canned, along with the...
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...
By HUGH COLLINS For the first time in its 36-year history, the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival's been forced to cancel. The decision's come on the back of recent government directives to cancel mass gatherings of more than 500. Festival coordinator Carole Watts...
Involved in the Arrowtown Autumn Festival even before day one, renowned local country musician Reg McTaggart is still playing a part during this week's 35th festival. The 73-year-old was a friend and sometime bandmate of festival founder Ross Martin. "At that...
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