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He’s got to be one to watch. How Queenstown iFLY’s co-owner Matt Wong turned Covid into a positive has intrigued the local tourism industry. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his prior track gallops and how he turned around his...
As a self-professed misfit, I’ve always questioned the status quo. I don’t do this to be contentious, but because I believe that’s the path to creating a better world around us. Last week, when we heard news about the opening of...

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...

Plugging Arrowtown

By PHILIP CHANDLER After 11 years marketing Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours, Nicky Busst (left) is leaping for joy at her new job, managing Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association (APBA). Busst, who replaces Sue Patterson, says: ‘‘As a passionate long-term local I am...

Fostering talent

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A rare opportunity to launch a career in the arts sector, through paid apprenticeships, is  being offered by the Wakatipu Music Festival in partnership with the Three Lakes Cultural Trust. The festival, presented by the Hill family, was...

Burger me days

By PHILIP CHANDLER Ferg's going to love you even more on Wednesday. To celebrate its 20th birthday, the Queenstown institution’s shouting its original The Fergburger, or Fergburger with cheese, throughout its 21 hours of operation — so long as you say...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

Reidhaven carve-up concerns

By PHILIP CHANDLER Neighbours of an 1866 Arrowtown cottage listed for sale fear a buyer will carve up its heritage orchard for intensive housing. Reidhaven — last occupied by Arrowtown’s last mayor, the late Jack Reid, and previously is father and...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Tech turbo-charges team

By PHILIP CHANDLER The new boss of a 25-year-old Queenstown real estate business believes its early adoption of technology has paid off in these Covid-affected times. Harcourts Queenstown managing director Warwick Osborne, who’s taken over following Kelvin Collins’ retirement, says the...

Working remotely, together

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A resort entrepreneur’s used the Covid-19-induced lockdown as inspiration to create, hopefully, short- and long-term benefits for the Wakatipu, and New Zealand. Ziptrek Ecotours founder Trent Yeo’s behind a 12-day festival, being held this November, dubbed ‘RemoteTogetherNZ’. It’ll bring...
Face-palming exasperation with sloppy data entry prompted two entrepreneurs to build Queenstown's latest flourishing tech business. Ben Calder and Wulf Solter established Wherewolf back in 2013. The company builds custom software for adventure tourism businesses, allowing them to manage guests...
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