Lee Webster

Freedom costs campers $440,000

Almost 60 per cent of freedom camping fines issued in the Queenstown Lakes district in the past financial year have been paid. Queenstown council's regulatory boss Lee Webster told the Otago Daily Times a total of 3701 infringement notices had...

Safety mission fail

City Hall has confirmed Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible 6 film crew didn't follow the rulebook when shooting near Queenstown. Despite the "procedural oversight", in forgetting to apply for a traffic management plan, New Zealand film company DWTT Productions escaped punishment. Last...
Safety concerns are being raised about Tom Cruise's film crew shooting a helicopter chase for Mission: Impossible 6 near Queenstown. QT Photo Tours owner Blair Pattinson witnessed manoeuvres by three helicopters over and under the Skippers Canyon Bridge for about...
OPINION: A mantra I live by in business is: tolerance is the enemy of excellence. Essentially, you get what you tolerate. In life, nothing changes until we reach a threshold whereby we make a decision to no longer tolerate something that...
A Queenstown tourism company is being investigated over alleged breaches of its resource consent. Ziptrek Ecotours takes customers on zipline ''eco-adventures'' through the forest canopy on Bob's Peak. Queenstown council's regulatory boss Lee Webster says the investigation will begin within the...

Tree hut riles landowner

He has one of the best views in Queenstown and the cheapest rent. But one thing Aussie carpenter Andy admits he doesn't have for his tree house is permission from landowner Peter Clark. Clark's furious and says he'll take a chainsaw...
Freedom campers have been snapped sleeping under trees in Queenstown. Local holiday park owner Erna Spijkerbosch, who supplied the photos to Mountain Scene, says the council needs to do more to police the issue. She's suggesting "feral camping" might be a...

Lawyer guns for Crate Day

A Queenstown lawyer's proposing a bylaw to ban Crate Day gatherings in the resort. Bryce Whiting says the unofficial summer opener is a "real hark back to the days of irresponsible drinking in New Zealand". About 300 people gathered on Queenstown's...

Camping clampdown

Freedom clamping is about to be introduced at Lake Hayes. Almost a year ago Queenstown's council began applying clamps to vehicles found to be freedom camping illegally. The first and so far only clamp was applied on December 23, about 72...
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