Lake Whakatipu

Big heart behind gruff front

One of the few Queenstowners best known by initials, 'BC', aka Bryan Cecil Douglas, died last month after spending his last five-and-a-half years at the local Bupa care home.  PHILIP CHANDLER talks to family members and friends about his...

Ahoy there, Coastguard

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's taken 11 years and a few battles, but Coastguard Queenstown is finally ready to open its new base. The official opening for the Coastguard Queenstown Marine Rescue Centre’s planned for tonight — organisers were busy last week...

Sanctuary’s blow

By GUY WILLIAMS The consortium behind a $30 million plan to eradicate or intensively control predators across a vast swathe of the Queenstown Lakes district is back to square one after a series of funding setbacks. The Southern Lakes Sanctuary, unveiled in...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...

Taking a plunge

By PHILIP CHANDLER Organisers believe swimming races they’re organising in Queenstown will be the first to run on Lake Whakatipu. Hardy lake swimmers Lucas Fornes and Richie Lambert, with support from Southern Lakes Swimming Club, are staging The Wakatipu Legend on...

Trial runs late

By GUY WILLIAMS As Rachel Hunter might say, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. That’s the word from the Otago Regional Council, which tells Mountain Scene the long-awaited trial of a subsidised ferry service on Lake Whakatipu will happen,...

An island weka tale

By GUY WILLIAMS Take a true story and improve on it a little. That’s the approach Glenorchy artist Dine Riera took when she decided to write a children’s book about Pigeon Island’s weka. The result is her first book, The Extraordinary True...
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