Lake Wakatipu

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...
Taxpayers will likely have to stump up for the removal of a tree hut on a Lake Wakatipu willow island. Local man Glenn Raymond built the hut to enjoy with his children and friends last summer. It is hidden in trees...
A Queenstowner who built a tree hut on a Lake Wakatipu willow island has twice ignored government department orders to remove it – and has apparently left for Australia. Mountain Scene reported that Glenn Raymond built the hut, hidden by...

Anchors aweigh

Construction of Queenstown's long-delayed $20 million Frankton marina has finally begun. Lakes Marina Projects (LMP) is creating 187 floating berths, 17 floating sheds, four other structures, a breakwater and a 156-space carpark. The development follows an agreement with landholder Queenstown's council. Mayor...

NZL 14 to set sail again

An Aucklander's bought a former America's Cup trial yacht languishing in Queenstown Bay as a training boat for disadvantaged youth. NZL 14 has been moored permanently off the Queenstown Gardens for the past seven years. Built for New Zealand's 1992 America's...
Government scientists are developing a plan to keep the invasive lake weed lagarosiphon out of Lake Wakatipu. Three sections of the upper Kawarau River have been cordoned off with buoys to restrict lagarosiphon - also known as South African oxygen...

Island getaway

A Queenstowner building an unconsented tree hut on a willow island in Lake Wakatipu is at loggerheads with authorities. Glenn Raymond's structure just off the Frankton foreshore is hidden by dense trees. He says he's "just a good old Kiwi boy"...
A group rescued from Lake Wakatipu yesterday have been described as "halfwits". Four people got into difficulty due to bad weather and windy conditions. Three capsized from their plastic yellow skiffs. One wasn't wearing a life-jacket. Wayne Perkins, co-owner of Million Dollar...

Logging project a real journey

A tourism company's project to rid its land of wilding trees and invasive weeds has transformed a peninsula across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Over nearly two years, Real Journeys has logged about 30ha of Douglas fir trees and cleared a...

Lake snot siren sounds

Otago Fish & Game has raised its serious concerns about invasive lake snot with the highest levels of Government. Council boss Niall Watson has written to environment Minister Nick Smith and copied in Prime Minister John Key. Watson wants the government...
Lake goo is now clogging the water filters of Queenstown homes. As reported in Mountain Scene in July, lake snot was initially spotted in a couple of local hotels. But now there have been reports of algae build-ups in two residential...
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