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By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown hotel owners took a bath last year, with occupancy and revenue plunging as the closed borders ravaged the sector. The latest Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) stats for the sector show room income falling 40% across the country. The...
One of the biggest behind-the-scenes stars in Queenstown’s film and TV industry since the ‘90s moved to Auckland last Thursday.  Annie Weston discusses her move with PHILIP CHANDLER, reflects on changes she’s seen and explains why the TV commercial...

‘Bitter pill’ for Robinson

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson’s gutted after two ‘did not finish’ esults at the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Robinson’s coach, Cantabrian Chris Knight, got a course set for the race — the first time...

Iconic cafe changes hands

By PHILIP CHANDLER The founders of Queenstown’s award-winning Vudu cafe have sold, but the new owners aren’t changing the winning recipe. Locals Michelle Freeman, Chris Vile and Rae Ellis have sold their Rees Street business to Christchurch-based entrepreneur Kevin Yan and...

NZ gets course set for Alice

By TRACEY ROXBURGH New Zealand’s been chosen to set the course for a FIS World Cup giant slalom alpine ski race for the first time, thanks to Queenstowner Alice Robinson’s results over the past year. Robinson’s Cantabrian coach Chris Knight will...
By MATTHEW MCKEW If there’s one thing Christchurch singer Adam Hattaway has no problem doing it’s filling a blank page. While some may struggle with writer’s block, Hattaway’s churning music out at a rate of knots. So there’s a high chance those popping...

Introducing the Hacketts

By PHILIP CHANDLER & TRACEY ROXBURGH It's funny how things work out. More than 30 years after they first met, the world’s bungy king’s married a former Queenstowner in Glenorchy after the stars aligned. AJ Hackett and his new wife, Suzanne, nee...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Eleven eye-catching, luxury apartments anchoring a prominent central Queenstown site are selling off the plan. The four-level complex occupies a vacant 885 square metre site on the corner of Frankton Road and Suburb Street regularly used as a...

Polo boss goes for double

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Despite closed borders, Queenstown Polo’s planning an ‘international exhibition’ match at its Malaghans Road facility next March. Now heading in to its third season, the polo farm’s had a tough start in Queenstown — the first Silver Cup...

Grappling with medal haul

By MATTHEW MCKEW There was a serious medal haul for a Queenstown Jiu-Jitsu club last weekend, with first-timers going above and beyond expectations. Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu coach Jose Gomes says he expected plenty of nerves and some good, but ultimately unsuccessful...

Maiden wins for our fighters

By MATTHEW MCKEW A victorious night for three Fight Science kickboxers at the weekend saw the club bring home their first belts to Queenstown. Industrial Fitness coach Rob Horrocks pushed through the pain barrier in his two fights at the Christchurch King of...
By GUY WILLIAMS He was walking ‘‘like a T-Rex’’ for days after his hotel room half marathon last Saturday, but Queenstown pro mountain biker Eddie Masters is rapt about raising more than $25,000 for charity. The 31-year-old downhill racer, who took on the...
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