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By PHILIP CHANDLER Ngai Tahu Property’s started releasing price levels and design details for its central Queenstown residential development, Te Pa Tahuna. It’s building more than 300 homes, 105 of them available to buyers qualifying for KiwiBuilds, on a site formerly...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

United we stand

COMMUNITY. In March, as this town, and our country, went into lockdown and the reality and ramifications of Covid-19 on the Whakatipu started to hit home, Mountain Scene published a message on our front page, reminding us all our community...

Beekeeper buzzing

By GUY WILLIAMS A collective of honey producers in Queenstown is shaking off the sting of fewer tourists and spreading its wings in local outlets. Raymond Key set up the Local Honey Collective 18 months ago to support small-scale beekeepers like...
FROM the off I’ll tell you I don’t like the term ‘‘migrant’’ — it just feels a bit ‘them and us’. Also, most of us migrated here from somewhere else, so there’s that. If you’ve lived here for a minute you’ll...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Expensive flights, visa issues and fluctuating lockdowns could offer a new opportunity for Queenstown as the international destination from within for young Kiwis. It’s an idea put forward by St Moritz Hotel manager Jo Finnigan, who wants to find...

Couple’s venture sure to rise

By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's left a sour taste in the mouths of many, but for the European Bakery, lockdown whetted the appetite for expansion. Loved by many for their range of sourdoughs, the husband-and-wife-owned bakery opened their first shop in Frankton...
Only a couple of months ago the Southern Lakes region was riding high on the back of a thriving tourism industry. The burgeoning tourist sector, growing population and construction industry had created a prosperous time for the region. Mass tourism...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown landlord and his tenants are urging locals to patronise, and help save, the CBD. In recent years, many residents have bypassed central Queenstown in favour of Frankton, citing traffic congestion or lack of parking. Now pharmacy building...
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...
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