Inside Story

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...
A Queenstown aircraft accident 51 years ago has inspired a book by the pilot's son, who was astounded by the inadequacies of the official investigation. Philip Chandler captures the book's flavour ahead of its local launch this Sunday. It's April...
It started as a love story, and developed into a successful creative partnership. Visiting artist Kate Agnelli talks to Daisy Hudson about how she and husband Luigi bring their creations to life. It's not every day your work gets shown...
A new book recounts the loss of a Queenstown tourist attraction, a disastrous attempt to dam the Kawarau River to mine gold, and the herculean job of building the original Kawarau Falls Bridge. Philip Chandler reports. Queenstown's Kawarau Falls area...

Getting the hang of Hangzhou

With a population of nine million, Hangzhou is just one of countless, densely-populated Chinese cities. Or is it? Philip Chandler checks out Queenstown's sister city during a recent visit. Pulling up to our Marriott hotel, we spot a Bentley 4x4...

Central Otago in a bottle

International award-winning local winemaker Grant Taylor says: "I just want to put Central Otago in a bottle." Viv Milsom's now put Central Otago vineyards into a book. Philip Chandler distills some of her writings on Gibbston winegrowing. A new book...
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