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By PHILIP CHANDLER In a Queenstown CBD increasingly riddled with empty premises, that won’t be a problem when the redeveloped O’Connells building opens next year. In a major coup, landlord Skyline Enterprises has leased two retail floors to one tenant. That is...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER Could a conference centre finally be on the way for Queenstown? Mountain Scene understands the government is at least considering investing in Remarkables Park Ltd’s long-mooted multi-million dollar conference centre at Frankton. RPL director Alastair Porter...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH National's tourism spokesman predicts a ‘‘cold, hard winter is coming’’ for Queenstown, unless the government ‘‘steps up’’. Todd McClay, in Queenstown on Monday with local MP Joseph Mooney, tells Mountain Scene he was last in the Whakatipu just...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown music promoter says it’s costing him thousands of dollars extra to relocate a big-name DJ. Bryce Wrigley had been due to put on Andy C (pictured) — rated the world’s best drum and bass DJ over...
By PHILIP CHANDLER February 19 was a red-letter day in the lead-up to Queenstown’s, and New Zealand’s, first six-star hotel opening for business. The first of six roofs went on the central Queenstown boutique hotel that’s been renamed The Carlin, after...

Go big or go home

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Three days, 17 venues, 32 bands — all but one free. Arrow Sounds is back with a vengeance next month after an almost-too-successful debut last June. It’s the brainchild of The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford and Arrowtown muso...

Firm crests big building wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-established builder behind many of Queenstown’s biggest projects is grateful it’s so far ridden out the Covid storm. Naylor Love last year finished the Holiday Inn Express hotel and, just before Christmas, Toru Apartments. This year it’s completing...

Covid reduces quality of life

By KERRIE WATERWORTH Concerns about ‘‘extremely high’’ rent prices, the high cost of heating, access to mental  health services and an over-reliance on tourism are among issues raised in Queenstown’s council’s most recent ‘quality of life’ survey. The third annual survey...

Canyoning firm pulls the plug

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown adventure tourism company’s hibernating as it’s on ‘‘a hiding to nothing’’ till borders reopen. Canyon Explorers is pulling the plug this coming Monday, though its fulltimers — three guides and a frontliner — have all found...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...

Double-dipper goes down

By GUY WILLIAMS An ex-Queenstown property manager who swindled two women of more than $230,000 has avoided jail. Matthew James Moller Christensen, 30, was employed in 2014 by Julie Jack to manage apartments at the Mantra Marina — now the Marina...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...
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