Destination Queenstown

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...
Former Queenstown tourism leader John MacDonald’s been a prominent councillor for the past four-and-a-half years, and a staunch advocate for better local health services. After announcing his resignation so he can cope better with his Parkinson’s condition, he talks...
The economic benefits of tourism are often celebrated and the tourist sector regularly pats itself on the back for being a mainstay of the economy. But for some time now Queenstown’s been obsessed with growth, totally forgetting to ask who...
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...

Eco-education zipping along

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ziptrek Ecotours has launched a new ‘outdoor classroom’ in Queenstown. The Bob’s Peak-based business is using its treehouses and ziplines to showcase sustainable tourism at work and teaching how businesses can future-proof for environmental, social and financial success. Ziptrek...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A newQueenstowner’s tapping into a new market for the resort — learner golfers. Golf addict Janie Reese, who was Destination Queenstown’s Aussie rep more than 15 years ago, has started ‘rookie retreats’ as part of her new on-course...
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...

Launching ‘Kiwi OE’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH They've decided to take the mountain to Muhammed. Hoping to attract Kiwis to Queenstown for work — even if it’s only for a few weeks at a time — Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott have...
From once selling fridges and washing machines to, more latterly, selling legal services, Phil Wilson’s had a very varied business life. On the eve of his retirement, the keen horse racing man discusses his various track gallops, including his...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With international borders shut, Queenstown’s tourism promo organisation’s this Sunday launching its biggest-ever push for Kiwi visitors. Destination Queenstown’s running a 10-week spring/summer domestic campaign that includes prime-time TV ads and big billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. It’s being...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Expensive flights, visa issues and fluctuating lockdowns could offer a new opportunity for Queenstown as the international destination from within for young Kiwis. It’s an idea put forward by St Moritz Hotel manager Jo Finnigan, who wants to find...

Remy making tracks

By PHILIP CHANDLER A top freeride mountain biker’s peddling Queenstown as the world’s best destination for his sport. Australian-raised 22-year-old Remy Morton — currently starring in Destination Queenstown’s ‘Flatten The Hill’ campaign — moved to the resort six summers ago and,...
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