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By PHILIP CHANDLER Two Queenstown developers make long-awaited appearances in National Business Review’s online Rich List. Part-time local Fraser Sanderson, who’s developing commercial and residential property behind his former Queenstown Country Club retirement village, is valued at $225 million. The Porter brothers,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER Could a conference centre finally be on the way for Queenstown? Mountain Scene understands the government is at least considering investing in Remarkables Park Ltd’s long-mooted multi-million dollar conference centre at Frankton. RPL director Alastair Porter...
In 1967 Skyline had been running VWvans up to Bob’s Peak for four years. The tourists were having a fun, albeit bumpy, ride but the repairs and maintenance costs on the vans were taking a serious toll on the fledgling...

Muskets holding its fire

By PHILIP CHANDLER The owner of Queenstown’s Muskets and Moonshine restaurant/bar is hibernating his business to stop losing money. Chris Buckley, who also owns the resort’s still-thriving Pub on Wharf, says ‘‘we don’t want to put ourselves in a position, while...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Even local business leaders aren't immune to job losses in this Covid-19-induced tourism crisis. Skyline Queenstown commercial manager Craig Douglas is among the 50 per cent-plus of Skyline Enterprises' 1200 or so staff made redundant across its New Zealand...
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...

New gondola in town

NZSki's still waiting on the Department of Conservation (DoC) to make a decision on its 40-year concession application for Coronet Peak, which includes a long-term plan to install a 'snow factory' . But it's been given the green light for...

$100m gondola plan

Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country kids could be catching a gondola to high school within three years. Queenstown developer Alastair Porter tells Mountain Scene he plans to lodge resource consent for his highly-anticipated mega-gondola in the first half of...

Skyline plans mega carpark

As Queenstowners face a downtown parking squeeze, a local tourist company is planning a mega-carpark nearby. Skyline is proposing a 449-space carpark to service its proposed $100 million gondola complex redevelopment. Behind the rebuilt bottom terminal, the four- or five-level building...
The Environment Court says it hasn't found a reason to decline consent for Skyline Enterprises' $100 million-plus gondola redevelopment in Queenstown. But it still hasn't decided the "ultimate question" of whether the tourism giant should get consent. Judge John Hassan and...
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