international visitors

As a self-professed misfit, I’ve always questioned the status quo. I don’t do this to be contentious, but because I believe that’s the path to creating a better world around us. Last week, when we heard news about the opening of...

It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

Fishbone back in business

By GUY WILLIAMS A long-time staple of Queenstown’s dining scene’s about to emerge from a brief hibernation. Seafood restaurant Fishbone’s reopening on Thursday after a Covid-induced pause in trading. Owner Darren Lovell closed the Beach Street eatery last August, opening in its...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown hotel owners took a bath last year, with occupancy and revenue plunging as the closed borders ravaged the sector. The latest Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) stats for the sector show room income falling 40% across the country. The...
Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...
You may recall the Infometrics report done in May of this year which predicated a very dire situation for our district. At that time, little was known about what effect Covid-19 would have and their report predicted unemployment of 18.5%...
LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...

Park climbs off the canvas

By GUY WILLIAMS The long-term survival of Queenstown’s only wildlife park looks more assured after a financial lifeline from the government. The Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street is one of 28 similar facilities around the country that’ll get a slice...

Pop-up to replace Fishbone

By TRACEY ROXBURGH As a Queenstown eatery prepares to go up against 11 others, New Zealand-wide, in the 2020 Great NZ Toastie Takeover, it’s also preparing to pop up in the CBD. Love Chicken, which serves free-range, organic Bostock’s chicken, opened...
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