domestic tourism

By GUY WILLIAMS Don't wait and hope. That was the message from Tourism NZ boss Stephen England-Hall to Industry operators at a roadshow event in Queenstown on Wednesday. England-Hall told a packed room at the Heritage Hotel ‘‘there’s no bag of money...

Swingers get last laugh

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown tourism company that missed out on Covid relief funding has produced A Covid Fairy Tale YouTube video to try to turn a negative into a positive. Shotover Canyon Swing had applied for $300,000 in strategic tourism assets protection...

Park climbs off the canvas

By GUY WILLIAMS The long-term survival of Queenstown’s only wildlife park looks more assured after a financial lifeline from the government. The Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street is one of 28 similar facilities around the country that’ll get a slice...

Game on?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's in the running to host three southern hemisphere powerhouse rugby teams for about two months. And Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult’s also pushing for a 2020 Rugby Championship game to be played at the Queenstown Events Centre —...
By GUY WILLIAMS The promoters behind the Gibbston Valley summer concert are hoping to stage more than one concert a year at the site, in part to support its more than 160 suppliers nationwide. Greenstone Entertainment has applied to Queenstown’s council...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Former All Black rugby star Israel ‘Izzy’ Dagg’s hosting a Queenstown golf tournament to promote both golf and domestic tourism. ‘Dagg’s Queenstown Open’ is running in conjunction with All Blacks Tours over the weekend of September 19/20, with a...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown adventure tourism company's zipping into new territory to support the resort's arts, culture and performance communities. Next weekend Ziptrek Ecotours will hold its first 'Treehouse Sessions', where about 20 local musos will take to the tree...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With Queenstown open only for domestic tourism in the short term, at least one accommodation venue's proving it could still pay off. For Queen's Birthday weekend the occupancy level for Arrowtown's high-end Millbrook Resort is already 40 per cent. July...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In the face of the tourist industry's Covid-19-induced implosion, a Queenstown-based tourism broker's delighted he's just been given extra firepower to do his job. Simon Haslett's worked in the region for Resort Brokers for the past five years, but...
By HUGH COLLINS With Covid-19 putting many musical careers in the Wakatipu Basin on hold, one artist claims the general mood among the local musos isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Long-time Queenstown muso Shay Muddle’s spent lockdown running ‘Quarantunes’, a...
By MATTHEW MCKEW If you know someone who's gone above and beyond lately, why not have them pushed off a cliff? Queenstown's Shotover Canyon Swing's offering $100,000 worth of adrenalin-inducing free swings over the river to deserving buggers' to recognise their...
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