helicopters

The economic benefits of tourism are often celebrated and the tourist sector regularly pats itself on the back for being a mainstay of the economy. But for some time now Queenstown’s been obsessed with growth, totally forgetting to ask who...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An annual high country run behind Queenstown is introducing a gruelling ultra run as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this tomorrow. Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, on Ben Lomond Station, is adding the 56km ‘Moonlight Ultra’ to its 10km,...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...

Mountain Turk dream realised

By GUY WILLIAMS After three years of dreaming, wrestling red tape and hard graft, an Arrowtown adventurer’s vision of a ski touring route from Coronet Peak to Treble Cone has been realised. Erik Bradshaw and a team of 15 people and three...

Winds of change in Gibbston

A new tourism operation wants to set up shop in Gibbston, with a possible 25 helicopter flights in and out of the valley a day. Havoc Farms Limited, owned by bungy pioneer Henry Van Asch and his wife Caroline Hutchison,...
Lakes District Air Rescue Trust is flying on funding fumes. The lower South Island's helicopter rescue service recorded a surplus of just $15,000 last financial year on a turnover of $2.3 million. While the trust has cash reserves and community support, its...

Crash ‘epidemic’

A Queenstown helicopter pilot whose son died in a Robinson crash last year has slammed the chopper maker after a "worldwide epidemic" of crashes. Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson's son James, 18, and pilot Stephen Combe, 42, died on a flight in...
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