Lake Wakatipu

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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