history

Ever wondered what it would be like to over-shoot or under-shoot Queenstown Airport's runway? Fifty years ago, pilot Brian Waugh crash-landed in the Shotover River and lived to tell the tale. This tale and others will doubtless be retold at an aviation reunion this...

Moa bone find gnaws family

Extinct for more than 500 years, New Zealand's flightless moa bird has returned to the Wakatipu – at least in skeleton form. Builder's labourer Neil Jackson found a moa's lower leg bone on one of Queenstown's oldest habitable properties. He unearthed the...
Lakes District Museum's boss says he's grateful but embarrassed to have been awarded a mayoral citation. David Clarke, who's run the Arrowtown-based museum for the past 27 years, was honoured by mayor Vanessa van Uden in the last days of her mayoralty last month. Unlike veteran local nurse Judy Stewart and Queenstown community stalwarts...

History reduced to rubble

A landmark villa that stood above the Queenstown CBD for more than a century was bowled last month. Fronting the Stanley Street entrance to town, the tree-lined property was well-known as the home and surgery of Dr Bill Anderson –...

Restoration on track

The wheels are in motion for a Glenorchy historical project. Locals Vince Jones and Ian Kirkland are restoring an old railway wagon. The dilapidated relic has been sitting idle for the last 40-odd years. It was originally used to move farm...

Bridge build a dam good effort

Huge machines are piecing together the new $22 million Kawarau Falls Bridge. It was a different story for the original, opened in 1926 – horse and cart, home-made ladders, diving equipment that resembled a spacesuit and a truckload of hard graft. Louise Scott bridges...
While bungy jumping at the old Kawarau Gorge suspension bridge cemented Queenstown as the adventure capital of the world, a few other blokes shaped modern tourism through innovation, grit and some old-fashioned Kiwi ingenuity. Reporter Louise Scott dives into our recent past Before Skyline's Gondola...
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