Lake Hayes

Club jumping for joy

By GUY WILLIAMS The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s world-renowned Gorge Road jump park will be  replaced by a new park on Queenstown Hill. Queenstown’s council has cleared the red tape on the long-running project, approving an ‘outline plan of works’ for...

Go big or go home

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Three days, 17 venues, 32 bands — all but one free. Arrow Sounds is back with a vengeance next month after an almost-too-successful debut last June. It’s the brainchild of The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford and Arrowtown muso...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...

Lake Hayes’ $1m kickstarter

By GUY WILLIAMS A local iwi charity’s been given $1 million by philanthropist Rod Drury to get started on a long-planned project to clean up Queenstown’s Lake Hayes. Mana Tahuna chief executive Mike Rewi says the money’s paying for the new...
By GUY WILLIAMS Be Local New Zealand director Raymond Key (right) shows Wakatipu Reforestation Trust’s Karen O’Donahoo the inner workings of a beehive near Lake Hayes last week. Key’s just given $1000 to the trust from honey sales the company makes...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two gongs were handed out to Queenstowners on Wednesday night — one for an ice cream and one for a house. At the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2020, presented in Auckland, Patagonia’s Alex Gimenez collected a champion...

Free pilot to start

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Mel Haarer isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to describing 2020. It’s been ‘‘a complete shit show, let’s face it’’. But she’s using her experience over the last couple of years, delivering wellbeing workshops to corporate clients,...

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...
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