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By PHILIP CHANDLER Six years after Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort bought a neighbouring farm, the first 12 sections in the new $50 million Mill Farm development went on sale last Thursday. Part of The Grand Terrace enclave, they’re in Millbrook’s most elevated...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid's knocked Queenstown tourism for a six but fuelled a boom in the high-end residential property market. In a trend that’s taken many agents by surprise, this market — we’re talking $4 million-plus deals — has become more...
Tori Keating’s got 99 things to do before she’s 50 — and while learning to meditate’s one of them, she can’t stop long enough to do it. The Kingston resident talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about why she still feels lazy Someone,...
You could excuse Wakatipu home owners with big mortgages on high-priced properties being pretty nervous at the minute, given the Covid-19-induced implosion of this area's main industry, tourism.  However, Arrowtown-based Roost Mortgage Brokers principal Mark Pullar tells Mountain Scene there...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown realtor believes the local property market will ride out the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed. Harcourts Queenstown principal Kelvin Collins says his confidence is based on the fundamentals of the market being sounder than during earlier...
By MIRANDA COOK From singers to gig promoters and sound crew, people in the music business are struggling to make a living as more and more performances get cancelled over the coronavirus. Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Julia Deans has been forced to pull out of her South...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...

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...
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