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No one, it would appear, got their five-year plans right in 2015. I found out the borders were closed when I emerged from walking the Moonlight Track. The following weekend we were heading to Australia, our first complete family holiday in...

Repat flights now personal

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A QUEENSTOWN travel agency’s done a Covid-induced pirouette, hoping to do its bit to help. While xtravel co-owner Victoria Keating says shifting to focus solely on repatriation flights may have started as a way to help the business...

Is this bunny yours?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An ear-resistable bunny has been holed up in Auckland Airport for more than a month now — and the airport team’s determined to get it to its rightful home for Christmas. Kelvin Jiang, who manages the airport’s lost...

Q’town youngster stranded

By MATTHEW MCKEW Tearful selfies sent via text in the middle of the night reveal the heavy strain on an 11-year-old girl stranded in Aussie and missing her mum. It’s been almost a full year since Peggy Hieronymus held her daughter...

Launching ‘Kiwi OE’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH They've decided to take the mountain to Muhammed. Hoping to attract Kiwis to Queenstown for work — even if it’s only for a few weeks at a time — Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott have...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Expensive flights, visa issues and fluctuating lockdowns could offer a new opportunity for Queenstown as the international destination from within for young Kiwis. It’s an idea put forward by St Moritz Hotel manager Jo Finnigan, who wants to find...

The boys are back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's most popular sports team will soon be back in action, with a South Island ice hockey series facing off next month. SkyCity Stampede, the 2019 New Zealand Ice Hockey League champions, regularly pull in crowds in their...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...
Who'd be a hotelier right now during this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic? With thousands of Queenstown hotel beds lying empty, and the likelihood it could be ages away before New Zealand reopens its borders for international arrivals, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three local hoteliers about their...
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