Lake Wakatipu

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...

Wakatipu washing warning

A concrete business which had staff snapped washing machinery in Lake Wakatipu's been given a telling-off by the regional council. Allied Concrete Queenstown branch manager Shane Tell says some of its drivers had been seen washing discharge chutes on their...

Bird poo blamed

Bird poo has been blamed for fluctuating levels of E.Coli in Lake Wakatipu. In a joint press release, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) said samples taken by ORC at Queenstown Bay late last year...

Rescuers put at risk

Queenstown's Harbourmaster says people who need rescuing because of "their own stupidity'' should have to foot the bill. His comments followed the rescue of two men who got caught in rapids after heading out on the Kawarau River on an...

Car rolls into lake

An American tourist had a soggy start to her Queenstown holiday after her rental car rolled from a hotel park, across a busy road, and into Lake Wakatipu. Nobody was inside the car at the time. Police, and curious onlookers, were...
Fluctuating E coli levels in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu are going largely unexplained, prompting calls for more scientific research. Tests found high levels of the bacteria at Queenstown Bay on Sunday, and the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) was advising people...
Queenstown's poshest hotel will soon offer guests a stay on its new super yacht – at an eye-watering starting cost of $12,500 per night. Eichardt's Private Hotel has bought the Pacific Jemm luxury super yacht, which is docked in Queenstown's...
Secrets hidden in the depths of Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu are set be revealed thanks to a new piece of equipment. Otago Regional Council (ORC) carries out regular checks of the region's iconic lakes, but its machinery has been...
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