Glenorchy

A unique wooden outpost, depicting the history of Kinloch, near Glenorchy, has been unveiled. The museum outpost, the first of several planned at the head of the lake, is the idea of the Glenorchy Heritage and Museum Group, which is...

Bogs moved after outcry

Portaloos have been causing a stink in Glenorchy. The community at the head of the lake contacted Mountain Scene this week, peed off about where a City Hall contractor plopped the eight toilets - four right in front of the...
He's the chair extraordinaire. Tom Pryde's past or present chairman of more than a dozen community groups. As he prepares to retire from about 50 years' practising law, Philip Chandler tries to find out what makes him tick No one could retire and...

‘Grand Mount Earnslaw’

Resource consent's being lodged next week for Glenorchy's Grand Mount Earnslaw Hotel, on the site where the original Mount Earnslaw Hotel once stood. For the first time, Mountain Scene can reveal what developer Douglas Rikard-Bell has in mind. Rikard-Bell's company, Blackthorn...

Silver screen

Hollywood megastars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst are poised to brighten up the South Island over the summer holidays. NZ Herald's Spy reported Kiwi directing legend Jane Campion, whose got close ties go Glenorchy, is using her homeland as the...
  As I'm writing, this council's decision on Queenstown Airport Corporation's (QAC) new draft Statement of Intent looms. By now we know the outcome. If they haven't rejected the new draft with its unchanged 'expand to meet demand' objectives, my position is...

Glenorchy housing solution

A developer applying to build Glenorchy's first workers' accommodation is taking inspiration from backcountry huts in the vicinity. Douglas Rikard-Bell, who moved to Glenorchy last year, has lodged a resource consent application for a complex with up to 52 beds...
Glenorchy's real estate market's taking off as the township's increasingly viewed as value for money. Leading the charge is the top-of-the-lake's largest subdivision, 60-lot Alfred's Terrace, where 25 sections have sold and four are under contract. Prices ranging from $300,000 for...
When a Glenorchy resident was diagnosed with terminal cancer in early 2015, a Queenstown nurse decided to dip into her own pocket to provide some support. Four years on, his legacy continues – and she hasn't stopped. Debbie Swain-Rewi, who owns...
Mountain Scene's Philip Chandler visits American philanthropists Debbi and Paul Brainerd at their Washington State home, five years after he unveiled their plans to turn Glenorchy's run-down holiday park into a new 'green' campground that would return all its...
As floodwaters continue to swallow up parts of Kinloch Road, calls for a permanent solution get louder. A powerful downpour on March 25 burst the banks of the Dart River, causing the river to change course and the road to...

Glenorchy land for sale

The second stage of a 60-lot Glenorchy subdivision offers some of the Wakatipu's cheapest sections. The seven Shiel Street sections range from $299,995 to $325,000, and in line with Glenorchy township rules they're all at least 800 square metres –...
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