mountain biking

By GUY WILLIAMS The backers of a major extension to the Queenstown Trail have finally got a date to argue their case before council-appointed commissioners. The Queenstown Trails Trust’s plan to build cycling routes between Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown...

Album honed by busking

By PHILIP CHANDLER An album released on Friday by a Queenstown ‘folktronica’ duo has been largely honed by feedback from busking on local streets. The duo, Choice — Claire Forrester, from Ireland, and Paul Marcham, from England — originally met in...

Smashed ’em, bro

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstowner Chris Forne’s Avaya team crushed its challengers to win the GODZone adventure race in Rotorua. Forne and teammates ex-Queenstowner Nathan Fa'ave, Sophie Hart and Stu Lynch clocked up their fifth win in the race when they crossed...
By GUY WILLIAMS About 1000 mountain bikers are expected to take up the chance of a ride on the wild side this Sunday. As they’ve done every year since 2016, the Porter family’s opening up their deer and sheep farm, Queenstown...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...

Cash keeps wheels spinning

By MATTHEW MCKEW A cash injection’s been given to Queenstown’s mountain biking community through a huge fundraiser run by a resort bar. Atlas Beer Cafe raised $16,795 through their annual Season of Shred fundraiser to support trail building and maintenance work...
One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...

Bike club gains white knight

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s about to put its foot down — and it’s got some serious firepower behind it. New Zealand tech entrepreneur and Xero co-founder Rod Drury says he decided a while ago to get back into...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...

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...

Sweating Motatapu

By HUGH COLLINS Nearly 4000 athletes are set to charge through the hills between Wanaka and Arrowtown this weekend during the 16th Macpac Motatapu. The Motatapu's grown to incorporate seven different running and biking events across two days - it's the...

Going for gold

Queenstown's George Brannigan's got some high hopes this weekend. The 27-year-old, pictured in action during the second race in the National Downhill Series at Coronet Peak last Sunday, heads to Dunedin for this Saturday's 2020 Oceania mountain bike champs. He'll also...
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