Lake Wakatipu

By GUY WILLIAMS A consortium of predator control and conservation groups is working on an ambitious project to eradicate and intensively control predators across a massive swathe of country between Queenstown and Hawea. An independent study it commissioned concludes a 'Southern Lakes...

Boat sale dispute

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown council's plan to sell or dispose of a former America's Cup trial yacht could hit choppy waters. Moored in Queenstown Bay, NZL 14 - built for New Zealand's 1992 America's Cup challenge - has been declared abandoned...

$90 million road splurge

It was a red-letter day for Queenstown infrastructure yesterday as the government announced a $90 million spend-up on our roads. And Otago Regional Council decided to save the Queenstown Water Ferry at the eleventh hour. The government announced the Wakatipu's funding...
It's no accident a former Southland Times photographer regularly shot Queenstown Winter Festival fireworks displays from the balcony of this Queenstown Hill home. That's because 47 Kent Street, for sale for the first time since it was built in 1992, has...

Marina floats our boat

Stage two of the $20 million Frankton Marina - only officially opened late last year - is likely to start earlier than expected given the interest to date. Lakes Marina Projects partner Alan Kirker says the number of inquiries for...
Kelvin Peninsula Community Association's launched a petition urging Otago Regional Council (ORC) to support Queenstown's soon-to-be-scuppered ferry service. Ferry operator Go Orange last month announced the service - aside from water taxis to the Hilton - would end February 20. Despite...
All eyes are on the skies - and the level of Lake Wakatipu. As of 10.30am today, the lake was at 311.228 metres above sea level (msl) - the Otago Regional Council's website says at 311.8msl there's "possible" flooding in...

Missing man named

The man missing in Lake Wakatipu has been named as Matthew Charles Duncan, of Bluff. Senior Sergeant John Fookes, of Queenstown, said Duncan, 46, went missing from his cabin boat, Sundance 2, on Sunday. ''Mr Duncan, known as Matt, is the...
SkyCity's made a $16 million Queenstown property play in a bid to house high-rollers. The giant casino/hotel company has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy the resort's largest undeveloped lakefront block. It plans building a five-star hotel at 633 Frankton...
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...

Blooming ‘eck

An ugly algae bloom called lake snow is biting Queenstown Bay boaties, and even stopped the iconic Earnslaw tourist steamer in her tracks. TSS Earnslaw chief engineer Peter Dorrington calls it "horrendous" and says it surfaced "almost overnight". "We found it...

Man rescued from lake

A man was taken to hospital in a serious condition after getting into trouble in Lake Wakatipu last night. A police spokeswoman said a man was seen about 100 metres off-shore, near the Queenstown Gardens walkway, yelling for help at...
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