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By PHILIP CHANDLER A Glenorchy lodge’s multiple income streams is being touted as a major selling point for would-be lessees. Bold Peak Lodge’s business is for sale by negotiation, ‘‘but a buyer should be able to get it for under $500,000,’’ Queenstown-based...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's time to give it a twirl. Next month Salsa Queenstown’s hosting the resort’s inaugural salsa and Latin dance festival, which’ll include some of New Zealand’s top teachers offering workshops and bootcamps to dancers — and would-be dancers. Running...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...
By GUY WILLIAMS A small jet flew from Sydney to Queenstown on Tuesday, picked up a passenger and flew back to the Australian city. The Embraer Phenom 300 landed just after midday with an Australian pilot onboard, picked up the passenger —...
No one, it would appear, got their five-year plans right in 2015. I found out the borders were closed when I emerged from walking the Moonlight Track. The following weekend we were heading to Australia, our first complete family holiday in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Kiwi OE's first two travellers have arrived in Queenstown. The new company, set up by Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott, launched late last year, intending to help plug labour gaps in the resort’s workforce, and...
A lot can change in 12 months, but one thing remains the same; we seem to have been left to fend for ourselves. It’s hard not to feel forgotten as many parts of New Zealand carry on almost oblivious to Covid-19’s...

Canyoning firm pulls the plug

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown adventure tourism company’s hibernating as it’s on ‘‘a hiding to nothing’’ till borders reopen. Canyon Explorers is pulling the plug this coming Monday, though its fulltimers — three guides and a frontliner — have all found...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Closed borders are providing an extra boost for next month’s Twilight Opera, the stage for which is a recently-designated ‘garden of national interest’ at Dalefield. Produced by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), with Auckland’s Opera Studio, it’ll...
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...
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