Inside Story

A Queenstowner's made it his mission to spread art around the resort by giving more opportunities to both aspiring and established local artists. Philip Chandler visits Marc Blake at his temporary gallery in Frankton to get to grips with...
Queenstown's well known for its pioneering role in adventure tourism, but it's also become the country's birthplace for youth philanthropy. Philip Chandler visits Wakatipu High to learn about Generation Give from both students and their mentors Think philanthropy, and you...
Serving as an intensive care paramedic at the Queenstown branch of St John for two decades, Dianne Payne set off to Zanzibar for a month volunteering at a 700-bed public hospital. She talks to Miranda Cook about her experience It...
Former riversurfing guide Judi Sneddon, who's celebrating her award-winning day spa's 20th birthday this month, tells Philip Chandler why it's become successful and why she's made some major changes. Spas proliferate around Queenstown these days, but the first got going...
Between sightseeing and socialising in Queenstown's American sister city of Aspen, Philip Chandler bumped into people with links with both resorts. He asked them how the resorts match up and checked the pulse of the sister city relationship Renowned as...
Researchers are using state-of-the-art sonar to produce a detailed map of the lakebed of Lake Wakatipu. Miranda Cook catches up with them onboard the Rukuwai II. Explorers have been mapping Queenstown's mountain ranges and forests centuries, yet landscapes hidden in...
On the eve of its 30th jubilee, the Arrowtown Rugby Club has plenty to celebrate – not least the fact it's at long last got its own clubrooms. Philip Chandler delves into its humble beginnings by talking to some...
As they prepare to open the indoor Gardens rink this coming Monday for their 10th season, brothers Dan and Ted Graham reflect on how they've turned Queenstown Ice Arena into one of New Zealand's most highly-regarded ice venues. They...
At the age most people start thinking about saving for retirement, Darren Lovell changed countries and careers. He talked to Tracey Roxburgh ahead of opening his restaurant, which is full of love, at Queenstown Central today.   Twenty years ago Darren...
When Queenstown tourism first boomed in the early '80s, Five Mile Fred was on hand with his wry observations in a regular Mountain Scene column. He was the alter ego of Jim Childerstone, who launched a collection of Five...

In pole position

Once the domain of strip clubs, pole dancing – combining fitness and dancing – has become mainstream in recent years. And at the forefront of the movement in New Zealand is the top-of-the-pole Queenstown Pole Studio, which celebrates its...
Environmental action group Sustainable Queenstown Charitable Trust's made massive strides in cleaning up the resort since forming earlier this year. Joshua Walton gets the lowdown on its goals from its founder and newly-appointed trustees It all started with a vision...
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