Lake Wakatipu

When the boat came back

By PHILIP CHANDLER After 18 years in Fiordland, a boat built for Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu in 1912 is gracing her home waters again. A classic wooden launch, The Lion was officially relaunched in Kingston last Saturday by local mayor Jim Boult. Then on...

Hostel to hotel

By GUY WILLIAMS An Australian businessman charged with fraud is behind plans to build a 17-room high-end hotel on a prime lakefront site close to Queenstown’s CBD. Bumbles Holdings Ltd has applied for consent to build the five-storey Bumbles Hotel on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A book about Queenstown like no other was one of two launched in town last week by a leading New Zealand photographer. When he moved into a Queenstown Hill home in 2009, Mike Langford vowed to shoot the...
By GUY WILLIAMS The transformation of the Frankton Motor Camp into a camping-only facility has been delayed by ... you guessed it, Covid-19. Work to clear the old cabins and caravans from the lakeside land began in March, before the lockdown began,...
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...
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