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By MARK PRICE A ‘‘huge roadblock’’ is holding up a start on the next leg of the $26.3 million Central Otago cycle trail network that would link Queenstown with Cromwell. The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust will officially open the...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Department of Conservation’s (DoC) head honcho in the Whakatipu for the past five years has departed for a new role within the organisation. Southern South Island operations director Aaron Fleming tells Mountain Scene Geoff Owen’s last day...
By GUY WILLIAMS A bridge across the Shotover River, and the use of an old tunnel, could be snags in the Queenstown Trails Trust’s quest to extend its biking trail network. The trust’s application for resource consent to build the 15km...
By GUY WILLIAMS The backers of a major extension to the Queenstown Trail have finally got a date to argue their case before council-appointed commissioners. The Queenstown Trails Trust’s plan to build cycling routes between Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown...

Sanctuary’s blow

By GUY WILLIAMS The consortium behind a $30 million plan to eradicate or intensively control predators across a vast swathe of the Queenstown Lakes district is back to square one after a series of funding setbacks. The Southern Lakes Sanctuary, unveiled in...

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...
In New Zealand, Denis Marshall’s best known as the Minister of Conservation who resigned after the Cave Creek tragedy. In Queenstown, he’s probably best known as the co-owner of Gibbston’s Hawkshead winery. But, as PHILIP CHANDLER explains, his biggest...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Department of Conservation’s put a spoke in the wheels of planned Queenstown walking/cycle trail extensions — however, steps are underway to solve the problem. Queenstown Trails Trust’s (QTT) proposing a trail network extension from Arrowtown to Arthurs Point...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown aviator's invention is tantalisingly close to becoming certified by Civil Aviation Authority, to become an official data recorder. Over The Top helicopter boss Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson came up with the idea for 'Eye In The Sky' after...

Be vigilant, locals urged

People wandering around the Wakatipu this holiday period need to be historical custodians, the Department of Conservation says. Ranger Jim Croawell, who leads Doc projects on historic buildings, is asking locals to keep an eye out when tramping after damage...
It's pretty difficult these days to find the line between reaching for the tinfoil and being a sheeple. Take 1080. I mean don't actually take it. Don't bloody touch it. Don't let your children near it, or your dogs near it, don't...
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