coronavirus

By PHILIP CHANDLER Holidaymakers not used to using a travel agent to book a flight across the Tasman are being urged to think again. Would-be travellers taking advantage of the long-awaited trans-Tasman bubble when it opens April 19 are being advised...
By GUY WILLIAMS Covid-19 vaccine jabs will start going into arms in Queenstown today. The milestone comes only a few weeks after the 12-month anniversary of a female Danish tourist becoming the resort’s — and the South Island’s — first confirmed...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown freeskier, ranked sixth in the world, is in Europe getting ready for his second season on the freeride world tour. Blake Marshall will compete in his first event at Ordino Arcalis ski resort, in Andorra, from...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Last year was a challenging time for most musicians, as uncertainty reigned supreme and lockdown dulled the senses. But for one violinist, whose CV already listed venues most artists would kill to play, lockdown presented a career highlight...

Muskets holding its fire

By PHILIP CHANDLER The owner of Queenstown’s Muskets and Moonshine restaurant/bar is hibernating his business to stop losing money. Chris Buckley, who also owns the resort’s still-thriving Pub on Wharf, says ‘‘we don’t want to put ourselves in a position, while...
In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...

Jumping onboard for St John

By PHILIP CHANDLER It started as a crazy idea but it’s set to be a huge fundraiser for St John. Queenstowner Jason Medina’s planning on September 17 to complete up to 100 canyon swings with the ambitious goal of raising $50,000...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...

Migrants’ mare

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown migrant couple holed up in Bali for almost four months are becoming increasingly desperate as they’re continually barred from re-entering New Zealand. Brits Charlie Grant and Zara Meekins were holidaying there in March when their return...
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