Gorge Road

By PHILIP CHANDLER Ngai Tahu Property’s started releasing price levels and design details for its central Queenstown residential development, Te Pa Tahuna. It’s building more than 300 homes, 105 of them available to buyers qualifying for KiwiBuilds, on a site formerly...

Warren Park depot plan

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's council has applied to itself for consent to use a chunk of Warren Park as a construction base for major transport and ‘shovel-ready’ projects until the end of 2024. The land use consent application states that if...

Park goes to the dogs

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's shaping up to be a doggone pawfect day. Saturday — and Queenstown’s Matakauri Park — is going to the dogs as Queenstown’s council holds a community dog walk, though having a pooch to accompany you isn’t a...
Farmer, family man, gold fossicker, hunter, historian, shearer, bugler and, above all, a character. On the eve of his 90th birthday, lifelong Queenstowner Alan ‘Hammy’ Hamilton talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his life and times One of Queenstown’s longest-lived locals and...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A monstrous rock’s landed near Queenstown’s Gorge Road, having hurtled down a cliff face about 300 metres above. Local Julian Croft spotted the dislodged rock, near Matakauri Park, while driving along the road. ‘‘I looked over into the paddock...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH While it could be a decade before a new two-lane bridge’s built at Arthurs Point, a group of transport and council boffins hope another bridge, just for cyclists and pedestrians, will be in place much sooner. The Way to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Seems if you want your home or business premises to win an award, call an Arrowtown female architect. The only architectural practices to win more than one award for new projects at this year’s New Zealand Institute of...

Thieves come clean

By TRACEY ROXBURGH All but one of the four people who stole items from outside Queenstown’s Hospice Shop late last month have had an attack of conscience. As reported in last week’s Mountain Scene, well-meaning Queenstowners dropped items off outside the Gorge Road...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH How low can you go? Four thieves have been captured on camera nicking skis, poles — and a kettle — which have a combined conservative value of $800 from outside Hospice Shop Queenstown on Sunday. Store manager John ‘Boggy’...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...
By HUGH COLLINS A trio of Queenstown production and entertainment companies have taken live streaming to a $30,000 calibre. Industrial Sessions launched its first stream on Wednesday night with a performance from Queenstown's very own up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Sofia Machray. The show was...
OPINION: The government's almost militaristic fast-track for new houses might be guilty of mission creep in Queenstown, writes David Williams. On Monday, Queenstown's council innocuously announced it was re-opening feedback for its Gorge Road special housing area – which allows developers...
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