Ben lomond

Hotel blasted

Residents in an exclusive Queenstown subdivision fear a proposed eight-storey hotel will destroy their neighbourhood. The Aspen Grove residents are up in arms over a resource consent application for a $100 million, six-star hotel sloping down from Fernhill's Kamana Lakehouse...

‘Faecal Peak’

Department of Conservation's dithering over a loo on Ben Lomond as the shit literally keeps piling up. More than 30,000 people a year are walking the trail up the 1748m mountain behind Queenstown. As the hordes increase, the area's becoming increasingly...

Timber!

The first signs of Skyline's multi-million-dollar upgrade – years in the planning – should be visible by next week on the lower flanks of Queenstown's Ben Lomond as a massive tree-felling project kicks up a notch. Skyline commercial boss Craig...
A Queenstown ultra-runner's tackling the "crazy" challenge of running/power-hiking 30,500 vertical metres – or 100,000 feet – over the month of November to raise money for mental health. James Harcombe, 54, is following in the well-trodden footsteps of Wanaka's Mal...
Rules around paper road access to Moke Creek on Queenstown's Ben Lomond Station seem murkier than ever as a dispute between long-time friends continues. Gold miner Daniel Gerber, who has a mining permit at the creek, claims his mate and...
A snowboarder has sustained serious injuries in an avalanche on Ben Lomond near Queenstown. The man fell about 200 metres down a steep slope on the mountain with a peak of 1748m - the site of a popular tramping track to...
What does it take to build a top-notch mountain bike trail? Tools, time and a truckload of toil. Louise Scott tags along to Queenstown Mountain Bike Club dig night – to see vollies in action A simple finger calculation shows a...

Agreement close on new track

The wheels are in motion for a new bike trail on Ben Lomond. Work on the intermediate track starts this month once Queenstown Mountain Bike Club gets the final go ahead from council and the Department of Conservation. Club secretary Adam...
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