Arrowtown

By PHILIP CHANDLER Forget Covid — an Arrowtown-based mortgage broker reports Queenstown’s residential real estate market remains ‘‘surprisingly buoyant’’. Roost Mortgage Brokers principal Mark Pullar says first-home buyers and investors, ‘‘energised’’ by both the temporary removal of loan-to-value restrictions and the prospect...

Arrowtown band going places

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Arrowtown alternative rock band comprising three uber-talented musos is hitting the road to see how far they’ll go. The Seaside Stranglers — frontman/bassist Sam Maxwell, 25, his brother, lead rhythm guitarist Tom, 32, and drummer Sam...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A musical maestro’s 250th birthday’s being celebrated in Arrowtown tomorrow with a special performance by the celebrated Aroha String Quartet. Beethoven’s sestercentennial will be marked at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall with a champagne toast before the quartet’s performance of...

Alice after Austrian encore

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown skiing star Alice Robinson starts her World Cup campaign this Saturday night at the scene of her greatest triumph. She’s at Solden, Austria, where a year ago, at just 17, she shocked the skiing world by claiming...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Six years after Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort bought a neighbouring farm, the first 12 sections in the new $50 million Mill Farm development went on sale last Thursday. Part of The Grand Terrace enclave, they’re in Millbrook’s most elevated...

Whirlwind down memory lane

By PHILIP CHANDLER TEN years of original Wakatipu rock and roll musicals are being celebrated in a ‘best of’ show in Arrowtown next month. Resort impresario Margaret O’Hanlon’s Whirlwind Productions NZ has produced eight of these shows, premiering with a tribute to...

A place to plant your roots

By GUY WILLIAMS The first 1000 trees of a native ‘Welcome Forest’ will be planted at Kelvin Heights’ Jardine Park tomorrow, and organisers hope lots of migrant families and newcomers will come and help. The planting day, running from 9am to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid's knocked Queenstown tourism for a six but fuelled a boom in the high-end residential property market. In a trend that’s taken many agents by surprise, this market — we’re talking $4 million-plus deals — has become more...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Advance NZ co-leader Jami-Lee Ross is advancing his party as a friend of the beleaguered tourism industry. In Arrowtown on September 26 to address an election meeting, Ross — whose party’s been widely condemned for spreading conspiracy theories —...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The head teaching pro at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort last Thursday stunned a very competitive field at the Marlborough Pro-Am, near Blenheim, to win by two shots. Ben Gallie, 41, headed off 51 other pros including Michael Hendry, Josh...

Fraudster out of the game

By GUY WILLIAMS A disgraced chiropractor living in Arrowtown who defrauded ACC of more than $130,000 denies he’s providing chiropractic services. Since revealing Matthew Richard Cochrane’s fraud convictions last month, Mountain Scene’s been bombarded by messages from readers about a house call...

It’s go time

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two of Arrowtown’s most iconic buildings are going under cover. Next week work will start on the Lakes District Museum’s massive seismic-strengthening project — the last bit of funding needed came from the Central Lakes Trust by way...
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