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By PHILIP CHANDLER A luxury home and luxuriant garden in rural Queenstown’s Birchwood Road’s on the market for $7 million-plus. The garden — familiar to those patronising ‘Twilight Opera’ concerts over the past two years — was recently recognised as a...

Big heart behind gruff front

One of the few Queenstowners best known by initials, 'BC', aka Bryan Cecil Douglas, died last month after spending his last five-and-a-half years at the local Bupa care home.  PHILIP CHANDLER talks to family members and friends about his...

Firm crests big building wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-established builder behind many of Queenstown’s biggest projects is grateful it’s so far ridden out the Covid storm. Naylor Love last year finished the Holiday Inn Express hotel and, just before Christmas, Toru Apartments. This year it’s completing...

Boutique Fryer Street units

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown planner/developer’s building an entry-level apartment complex just 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD. Northlight Apartments consists of 10 boutique apartments over two levels in Fryer Street. It’s being developed by planner Tim Williams and his wife Paula,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The stripper had already been and gone when another male visited a hen’s party in Queenstown last Saturday night — by accident. The male ‘gatecrashed’ the party by driving into the ground floor of a Lomond Crescent property. Luckily,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A record price has been fetched for a Queenstown Hill holiday home. The award-winning four-bedroom St Andrews Park home sold this week for more than Queenstown Hill’s previous high — a home at The Peak that sold for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER There's probably not been a local Christmas work do like it. As Arrowtown builder Triple Star Management held its party at Gibbston’s Waitiri Creek last Friday, Registered Master Builders (RMB) was holding its national ‘virtual’ House of the...

Home D for local P supplier

A Queenstown meth addict’s been sentenced to nine months’ home detention for offering to sell the class A drug, and possessing it for supply. He’s also been ordered to pay his ex-landlords $4250, largely to recover the costs for meth...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown rugby stalwart Aidan Winter couldn't have picked a better occasion to mark his 200th Bulls game than this Saturday's clash with Cromwell. Not only is it a repeat of last year's Central Otago final, which Arrowtown edged...

Right Royalburn retreat

By PHILIP CHANDLER It's not a bad place to be locked down in. 'Royalburn Hideout', on the CrownTerrace, above Arrowtown, is one of the Wakatipu's most distinctive homes. What makes it one-of-a-kind is a length-of-the-house overhanging eave, or soffit. The three-bedroom home was...
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