business

Village gives hope for oldies

Approval's been given for a $130 million retirement complex beside The Hills golf course. Developers of the Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village, who received resource consent this week, hope to finish the first stage late next year. It'll be the Wakatipu's first large-scale,...

Centre gets go ahead

Queenstown's first convention centre has the green light. The local council's issued a non-notified consent for Frankton developer Remarkables Park to build and operate a strikingly-designed centre which can easily handle 700 delegates. Remarkables Park boss Alastair Porter hopes it will open...
A Queenstown tourism giant's plans for a $100 million redevelopment will go directly to the Environment Court – sent by bureaucrats. Skyline Enterprises Ltd requested the resort's council take the matter out of local planning hands. It argued any decision on its...

Skyline dominates awards

Skyline Queenstown and the Thomas family have dominated the Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards. Not only did the gondola operator win the supreme award at Saturday night's event — held on home turf on Bob’s Peak — but former long-time...
It's a kind of magic – a souvenir-photo firm founded in New Zealand's tourism capital has just become the largest of its kind in the world. Already a global business, Magic Memories last month took a quantum leap by swallowing...
video

Filmo’s top take

A Queenstowner won two gongs at the inaugural New Zealand Cinematographers Society awards last weekend. Filmo Ben Ruffell, who specialises in directing car TV commercials, won gold (Flying South) and bronze (Mad Mike Conquers Highlands) at the awards, held in Auckland. Veteran Queenstown...

Ngai Tahu’s new ride

Ngai Tahu Tourism is on a spending spree. Yesterday it announced it has added Glenorchy horse-trekking business Dart Stables to its portfolio, in a deal which will take effect on December 1. That comes after recently acquiring Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters in Queenstown and...

Boaties sign up for marina

A new Frankton marina is already signing up keen boaties – before it's even got a lake-bed lease. Lakes Marina Projects (LMP) has launched a new website for its $15 million offshore floating marina planned for Lake Wakatipu's Frankton Arm. There's been...

Staff squeeze starts to bite

Queenstown businesses are buckling under the pressure of staff shortages. A whopping 86 per cent of business owners and managers responding to a survey say they don't have enough workers. One anonymous shop owner says it's driven her out of business. For the...
Queenstown's Jack's Point clubhouse restaurant has risen from the ashes after a fire two months ago. No-one was injured in the August 10 blaze, although it caused extensive damage to the building, which also houses the pro shop for the Jack's...

Couple’s cafe comeback

The former long-time owners of Queenstown's Chico's Bar & Grill have come back for another serving in the local hospitality industry. Lisa and Grant 'Spud' Murphy, who also owned Old Man Rock cafe below Chico's, have bought The Tin Goose...

Beach-front Storm

Women's clothing store Storm is the second tenant in a new central Queenstown development. Mountain Scene revealed in April that international brand T2 was taking one of three tenancies in a $2 million Beach Street development by the Davies family -...
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