CBD

Hair-raising CBD bar

By PHILIP CHANDLER Opening only three nights a week, keeping Rhino’s Ski Shack going during the Covid era’s been a close shave for the owners of the Queenstown CBD bar. Now, however, in a head-turning idea, it’s joining forces with a...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A planned community rally in Queenstown tomorrow's been canned. Resident and business owner Lou McDowell, who was organising the rally planned for tomorrow morning, says in part the decision to pull the pin is because Tourism Minister Stuart...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Eat your heart out, Queenstown. To feed business into the resort’s beleaguered CBD, aninaugural ‘Queenstown Long Lunch’ is being held in The Mall on March 19. Up to 300 diners will be seated down the length of The Mall,...
When a company boss thought a teenager had skived off with his wife’s purse on a night out in Queenstown last year, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Encountering the alleged thief on the dark streets of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Lakeview view

By PHILIP CHANDLER The consortium behind Queenstown’s massive Lakeview precinct project has opened a pop-up gallery in the CBD. Melbourne-based Ninety Four Feet and Auckland investment firm Augusta Capital were last year chosen by Queenstown’s council to develop the 10-hectare site...
By PHILIP CHANDLER While so many Queenstown businesses are retrenching, at least one’s doing the opposite and finding a new niche for its offering. Co-working space company Mountain Club, which set up at Five Mile just over a year ago, lost half its...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Despite a last-minute name change, a new Queenstown hospo joint’s set to open on schedule next week. Future Bars bought iconic steak and seafood restaurant, Britannia, two years ago, closing its doors in March for a fancy makeover —...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's council's resisting pleas to institute free parking in the resort's CBD to help businesses suffering from the Covid-19-induced crisis. Restaurateur Graham McCarthy says CBD businesses now need local customers with the tourist trade, which they almost solely relied...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arguably the Wakatipu's biggest landlord is being praised for his generous support to his 30-plus local tenants. Irish billionaire Eamon Cleary aggregated a large swathe of Queenstown CBD and Arrowtown commercial buildings before his death in 2012. Now, in light...
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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH McDonald's is forging ahead with a $4 million-plus redevelopment of a Queenstown CBD building, to deliver salivation. The restaurant chain's taken over the lease on the former Salvation Army premises, on Camp Street, right beside KFC, opposite its former...
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