Lake Wakatipu

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...
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...
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