DowntownQT

Bookshop pulls out

In a blow to the Queenstown CBD, major book and stationery store Whitcoulls is shutting shop in Beach Street. The chain's boss Brenda Pennycuick says it's "not a location that is working for us". "We never like to be closing stores...
Fireworks will feature on the second day of this year's truncated Queenstown WinterFest. The 43rd Winter Festival – chopped from 10 days to four to "re-energise" it – runs from Thursday June 22 till Sunday June 25. Organisers will unveil most of...
Tourism company Skyline Enterprises' striking new $8 million-plus Queenstown lakefront building is being officially named Eichardt's. The contemporary-looking building's name associates it with its historic neighbour, the five-star Eichardt's Private Hotel. There's also a tenancy connection. The new Eichardt's houses the hotel's...
Queenstown Police are floating the idea of a 24-hour ban on public drinking in the wake of last Saturday's Crate Day chaos in the resort. But Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says he hopes a total ban can be avoided...

Biz lobby in free bus push

A Queenstown business lobby is pushing for fully-subsidised buses between Lake Hayes Estate and Fernhill. DowntownQT believes free public transport will clear up chronic traffic congestion in the resort and help the CBD become more pedestrian-friendly. The business group also wants...
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