Lakes District Museum

It describes itself as one of New Zealand's best small museums, and with good reason. As Lakes District Museum notches up a big birthday, Daisy Hudson talks to those behind the scenes about its colourful history It's been graced by...

Quake-risk identified

Building owners with properties not up to earthquake standards will soon be hearing from City Hall. Queenstown's council believes it's the first in the country to have completed a profile of all buildings within the district for potential earthquake risk. A...
Bringing parts of Arrowtown's historic museum up to earthquake standards will come with a whopping $1.5 million price-tag. The main wooden building isn't the issue – it's the imposing neighbouring old bank and stables, where some of its collection is...
Jetboat driver Joseph Coutts struck gold while completing routine maintenance in the Shotover River. While moving rocks near the historic Oxenbridge Tunnel to clear Shotover Jet's boat access, he scooped out an old mining relic from the riverbed that dates back to the early 1900s....

Book leaps into past

Veteran Wakatipu farmer and amateur historian Alan 'Hammy' Hamilton tackles a forgotten slice of Arrowtown history for his sixth book. The 86-year-old says he wrote Bringing Arrowtown Alive: Ice Skating in the 1950s and 60s after a local woman raved about...

Moa bone find gnaws family

Extinct for more than 500 years, New Zealand's flightless moa bird has returned to the Wakatipu – at least in skeleton form. Builder's labourer Neil Jackson found a moa's lower leg bone on one of Queenstown's oldest habitable properties. He unearthed the...
Lakes District Museum's boss says he's grateful but embarrassed to have been awarded a mayoral citation. David Clarke, who's run the Arrowtown-based museum for the past 27 years, was honoured by mayor Vanessa van Uden in the last days of her mayoralty last month. Unlike veteran local nurse Judy Stewart and Queenstown community stalwarts...
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