Malaghans Road

By MARK PRICE A 110-year-old former church has become part of the Malaghans Road landscape, between Queenstown and Arrowtown. The building was bought from the Waikaka Presbyterian Church parish, in Eastern Southland, by Malaghans Investments Ltd owner Brett Giddens. Giddens has Queenstown...

‘Unsightly’ but allowed

By PHILIP CHANDLER QUEENSTOWN’S council admits mountain bike jumps created alongside Malaghans Road, near Arrowtown, are unsightly, but says they comply with earthworks rules. Mountain Scene reported two weeks ago council’s enforcement team was investigating jumps built by the landowner Mike...

Polo boss goes for double

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Despite closed borders, Queenstown Polo’s planning an ‘international exhibition’ match at its Malaghans Road facility next March. Now heading in to its third season, the polo farm’s had a tough start in Queenstown — the first Silver Cup...

Mt Dewar project’s setback

By GUY WILLIAMS The sale of cabin sections on Queenstown's Mt Dewar Station could be delayed by up to two years. Treespace Queenstown boss Adam Smith says the commercially-funded native reforestation project has found the money to start planting trees, but...

Rod’s ‘iconic’ track

By PHILIP CHANDLER A stunning mountain bike trail on Queenstown’s Coronet Peak, funded by tech entrepreneur Rod Drury, officially opens today. Named ‘Hot Rod’ after Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s new white knight, it runs from halfway down Coronet Peak, where Rude...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...

On par for new resort course

Millbrook Resort has heeded the old adage, 'Go West, young man', for its latest development. Philip Chandler takes stock of the golf resort's Mill Farm extension, about 30 years after it originally broke ground Work on shaping a spectacular $50 million, 67-hectare,...
Queenstown Polo boss Jonathan Gabler's praying to the polo gods for a couple of quintessential Queenstown summer days next week. The Malaghans Road polo facility will be hosting the second annual Silver Cup tournament on December 20 and 21 - but...

Horse rider’s road rage

A local horse riding instructor feels like she's risking her life every time she rides along the grass verge of Malaghans Road. Ashley Robb is pleading with road users to slow down and be more considerate of horse riders. "Any time...
A Queenstowner who pulled a tourist away from a burning car says roads need to be changed to accommodate overseas drivers. Dan Turner, 32, tells Mountain Scene he feels "no anger at all" against German tourist Sarah Reich, 23, who...
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