Glenorchy

Glenorchy’s power gripes

Glenorchy locals are feeling powerless to solve the township's electricity problems after another outage lasting two days. Many residents gathered in nearby pubs and hotels just to keep warm and enjoy some creature comforts after a spring snow dump on...

Sort it out, Aurora Energy!

Queenstown's mayor is demanding action after a snowfall in a ski resort, in 2018, left 4700 properties without power. Jim Boult says the aftermath of Monday's snow bomb is unacceptable. Boult's backed by NZSki boss Paul Anderson, who wants Aurora Energy...

Eleven still without power

Just 11 customers remain without power in Glenorchy following Monday's big snow dump in the Queenstown Lakes region. Aurora Energy said it battled "extreme conditions'' on Monday to try and restore power to 3000 properties. Heavy snow fell on trees, causing branches...
Glenorchy residents are crying out for more council funding, saying they feel like the "poor relations" of the Queenstown Lakes District. The need for a plan to tackle the town's infrastructure issues and growing tourism pressures was highlighted during recent...

Orc Chasm’ic new adventure

A mega new 1000-metre zipline experience criss-crossing steep cliffs and blue lagoons opens for business in Glenorchy this coming Monday. Paradise Ziplines, which features eight lines and a 100m drop on Rees Valley Station, has been six years in the...
Imagine fighting a fire bigger than Stewart Island - and it is just one of 207 wildfires burning across a vast, charred landscape. That is what a group of five Otago firefighters have just been facing in Canada. Glenorchy firefighters Will...
One of the Wakatipu's most-loved and longest-living locals, Herb Sheehy, died this week aged 90. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Margaret, nine children, 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Herb was a farm worker in Glenorchy when he met...

Nature under pressure

A huge hike in trampers is putting pressure on the country's Great Walks, including the Routeburn Track, near Queenstown. Department of Conservation figures show paid users on the Routeburn jumped from 10,946 during the 2010-2011 season to 16,030 for the...

Paradise pulls global guns

Some of the world's best disc golfers are coming to Paradise, near Glenorchy, for the biggest New Zealand tournament in the sport's history. The NZ Disc Golf Champs, running from this Friday till Sunday, are being jointly hosted by the Queenstown...

Who started it?

This aerial shot shows the aftermath of Tuesday's raging scrub fire on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road. Eight choppers and 50 firefighters from across the region tackled the blaze, which left Head of the Lake residents stranded and without power. It is likely to...

Murder most meow

Glenorchy's in the midst of a moggy murder mystery. Well, maybe. The town cat, Clara, is missing, presumed dead. Locals and businesses are putting up $1000 for anyone who can prove the rumour floating around town that she's been shot. But curiosity hasn't...

Ngai Tahu’s new ride

Ngai Tahu Tourism is on a spending spree. Yesterday it announced it has added Glenorchy horse-trekking business Dart Stables to its portfolio, in a deal which will take effect on December 1. That comes after recently acquiring Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters in Queenstown and...
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