Department of Conservation

The National Party says it will take a tougher stand on freedom campers if it is re-elected next month. In Queenstown on Saturday, Prime Minister Bill English said that would include banning vehicles without toilets from parking any more than...

Conservation on the ball

Two Queenstown conservation groups will likely get an almighty boost after today's conservation ball at Walter Peak. Real Journeys' third annual charity ball, in partnership with Department of Conservation (DoC), will be nothing short of a lavish event. Tickets are...
Safety concerns are being raised about Tom Cruise's film crew shooting a helicopter chase for Mission: Impossible 6 near Queenstown. QT Photo Tours owner Blair Pattinson witnessed manoeuvres by three helicopters over and under the Skippers Canyon Bridge for about...

Neighbours not happy

Queenstown’s Department of Conservation operations manager has admitted there are challenges around managing a popular reserve in the resort. Speaking at a public meeting on Monday night Geoff Owen addressed residents and users of Tucker Beach just off State Highway...

Nature under pressure

A huge hike in trampers is putting pressure on the country's Great Walks, including the Routeburn Track, near Queenstown. Department of Conservation figures show paid users on the Routeburn jumped from 10,946 during the 2010-2011 season to 16,030 for the...
Government scientists are developing a plan to keep the invasive lake weed lagarosiphon out of Lake Wakatipu. Three sections of the upper Kawarau River have been cordoned off with buoys to restrict lagarosiphon - also known as South African oxygen...

Tree hut riles landowner

He has one of the best views in Queenstown and the cheapest rent. But one thing Aussie carpenter Andy admits he doesn't have for his tree house is permission from landowner Peter Clark. Clark's furious and says he'll take a chainsaw...
Working for City Hall can be a really shitty job – literally. Queenstown council's parks boss Clare Tomkins says her team come across human poo almost daily. "This season it hasn't been as bad as previous years – we think that...

Stalkers in casualty hunt call

A dead deer has been found by a hunter following a 1080 poison drop in the Dart, Routeburn and Caples Valleys. It has prompted Southern Lakes New Zealand Deerstalkers Association to hold a grid search tomorrow to do a death...
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