Milford Sound

THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...

Flyers in a flap

By PHILIP CHANDLER Milford flightseeing companies, mostly Queenstown-based, are outraged over a governance group’s proposal to stop small tourist planes flying to and from world-famous Milford Sound. Milford Opportunities is floating proposals to improve and lengthen the Milford visitor experience, before producing...
It has been an extraordinary year, and what better time to enter politics. In my case I decided to throw my hat into the ring due to my experiences as a kid in 1980s New Zealand during very difficult economic...
Starting his working life, aged 16, in an engineering shop, Tom Mulqueen ended up looking after an aircraft fleet in New Caledonia.  That link also led to him holidaying, then retiring, in Queenstown. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
It's turbulent times for Queenstown's adventure tourism industry. It's the sector that's put the resort on the international map, but that's of little use when international visitors, because of the Covid-19 crisis, can't get here for the foreseeable future. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three...

Resort catches coronavirus

A Queenstown businessman says he started the year believing the summer of 2020 would be the best ever for his business. Now he's having second thoughts. Like accommodation providers, retailers and other tourist operators in the resort, he's come to rely...
Self-drive holidays promoted to tourists aren't to blame for tragic road accidents, Queenstown's tourism boss says. Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd believes "international drivers are largely experienced and capable", despite a series of crashes heading into the busy summer season. Instead,...
It wasn't plain sailing for a cruise boat on Milford Sound last month. The 29-metre vessel, operated by Jucy Cruise, suffered propeller failure, took on water and passengers had to abandon ship. Jucy boss Tim Alpe, who was on Gem of...
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