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By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown swimmer Liana Smith’s become a bit of a pro at tumble turns. Ironically, that’s not a skill she’ll be needing next week as she attempts the 40.3km Lake Taupo marathon swim, the first of three planned swims...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's time to give it a twirl. Next month Salsa Queenstown’s hosting the resort’s inaugural salsa and Latin dance festival, which’ll include some of New Zealand’s top teachers offering workshops and bootcamps to dancers — and would-be dancers. Running...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A planned community rally in Queenstown tomorrow's been canned. Resident and business owner Lou McDowell, who was organising the rally planned for tomorrow morning, says in part the decision to pull the pin is because Tourism Minister Stuart...

Stage dog’s call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Release the hounds. Showbiz Queenstown’s holding dog auditions this Sunday for a major canine role in its production of Legally Blonde The Musical, hitting the stage in late May. The dog, Bruiser Woods, will belong on stage to lead character...

Ready to chill

By PHILIP CHANDLER If the idea of 60 seconds in an ice bath gives you cold shivers, how about 23 minutes? This coming Monday, March 1, Queenstown personal trainer Paddy Turnhout — wearing just his togs — is going to spend...

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...

Summer fest’s Covid tweak

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Japanese community has revised the format of its annual Natsu Matsuri, or Summer Festival, to suit Covid times. The sixth annual celebration of all things Japanese, being held in the Queenstown Memorial Centre from 10am till 3pm...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's biggest live music venue has become another Covid victim. Loco nightclub, which is part of the Base Backpackers complex, closes its doors after next weekend. In a Facebook post this week, it announces, ‘‘with the heaviest of hearts’’,...
By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown woman is setting up a fertility support group in the resort after feeling ‘‘pretty lost and alone’’ during her struggle with the issue. Eva Hooper says it took three years for her and her husband to...

Free pilot to start

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Mel Haarer isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to describing 2020. It’s been ‘‘a complete shit show, let’s face it’’. But she’s using her experience over the last couple of years, delivering wellbeing workshops to corporate clients,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Maybe the delays were worth it. Queenstown ultrarunner Adam Keen’s had to cool his heels twice this year following Covid-caused postponements to an Auckland-based last-person- standing event, The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra. It’s on again this weekend, but this time...

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...
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