Lake Hayes

Winery gets the munchies

By PHILIP CHANDLER A gourmet deli’s opened in an historic Queenstown woolshed. Greg Hay, owner of Lake Hayes’ Wet Jacket Wines, has installed the deli, near his cellar door, in place of his cheese maturation room. It stocks a wide range of...

Silicon resort

By MATTHEW MCKEW International tech firms could soon have offices at a new Queenstown innovation campus, providing a piece of land can be found. Former developer Ross Allan, who brought Dell to New Zealand in the late ‘90s, says he’s lined up...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid's knocked Queenstown tourism for a six but fuelled a boom in the high-end residential property market. In a trend that’s taken many agents by surprise, this market — we’re talking $4 million-plus deals — has become more...

US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...
By GUY WILLIAMS The fate of a contentious building proposed for land beside Arrowtown’s St Patrick’s Church is being considered at a resource consent hearing in Queenstown this week. The Olive Leaf Trust’s proposal for a Gaudi-inspired building, designed by Lake...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Plans to increase housing in Ladies Mile and Frankton by up to 4000 units rely on Kiwis ditching cars in favour of bus and ferry networks. That’s according to the growing list of consultant-produced and council-commissioned plans for...

$250m village plan

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown developer has brought forward his plans for a third Wakatipu retirement village to counter thousands of Covid-19 pandemic-related tourism job losses. Chris Meehan is proposing his $250 million, 162-residential-unit complex, dubbed Northbrook Retirement Village, including a private...
By PHILIP CHANDLER WHETHER related to the Covid-19-imposed human lockdown or not, a rare waterbird's turned up in Queenstown. Local Jane Taylor spotted a distinctive royal spoonbird (kotuku ngutupapa) on the wetlands at the south end of Lake Hayes last Sunday, photographing...

Lake slime ‘nasty’

A Queenstown resident's crying foul over the state of picturesque Lake Hayes this summer, with parts of the lake inundated with "primeval ... distinctive green slime". But Otago Regional Council on Wednesday removed the 'no swimming' signs from around the...

Stalwarts honoured

The Lake County A&P Society has four new life members who, between them, have been involved for almost 95 years. At Saturday's Lake Hayes A&P Show, the 105th time it's been held, Jan Tomes, Jenette Boyd, Debbie MacColl and Grant Stalker...
Well-known local and former district councillor John Wilson was farewelled in Arrowtown yesterday. Wilson died on November 19, aged 70, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. A long-time Arrowtown ward councillor, Wilson had a particular interest in conservation and local...

Whirlwind at Lake Hayes 

It's official – you can run around Queenstown's Lake Hayes in only 25 minutes and 18 seconds. That's the time Cromwell's Daniel Balchin (above) took to win the men's open title at last Saturday's first Lap of Lake Hayes Race. About...
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