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Local’s Ali coup

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a heavyweight coup, a Queenstowner and another Kiwi are creating a giant tourist attraction in the United States dedicated to one of the world’s biggest icons, Muhammad Ali. Local Stu Robertson — a marketing guru and philanthropist...

It’s party time!

By MARK PRICE The timing for our Aussie visitors couldn’t have been better. Just three days after the first international flight in more than a year landed at Queenstown Airport, Arrowtown’s holding the mother of all autumn parties. The 36th Arrowtown Autumn...

Brews and BBQ

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Coronet Peak’s bringing together one of the best combos during a Kiwi summer — beer and barbecue — for a new event early next year. The Craft Beer & BBQ Summit’s being held on Saturday, February 20, featuring...

Gigs galore for a good cause

By PHILIP CHANDLER A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers. Starting this coming Monday, the likes of...
Only a couple of months ago the Southern Lakes region was riding high on the back of a thriving tourism industry. The burgeoning tourist sector, growing population and construction industry had created a prosperous time for the region. Mass tourism...

Gambling big on wine tourism

Having plonked about $50 million into Gibbston Valley Winery, American Phil Griffith calls himself the poster-child for foreign investment in New Zealand. He talks to Philip Chandler just weeks after opening his long-awaited lodge and spa, and on the eve of...
The wonderful weirdness of Wonderland will be brought to life in Queenstown this weekend. The Melbourne City Ballet performs Alice in Wonderland in the resort on Sunday night, as part of a trans-Tasman tour. They'll perform at 15 venues in New...
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