New Zealand

Hospo warning

By MATTHEW MCKEW A looming disaster faces Queenstown as working holiday visas expire and the government pushes the remaining foreign workers into the fields, with golden ticket extensions for horticulture. Unemployment may have leapt up in the resort, but bars and restaurant owners...

Top showjumper shows up

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of New Zealand’s top showjumping riders has shifted to Queenstown to start a new chapter in her life. Professional rider and coach Lucy Olphert, who’s moved down from Mount Maunganui, says Queenstown’s a place she’s long admired, and...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Airport’s got the third-best approach view in Australasia, according to PrivateFly. The Frankton airport’s been named behind Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport in French Polynesia and Nadi International Airport, in Fiji, in the 2020 Scenic Airport Poll. In New...

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...
In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...

Young tyro Peak to Peakers

By PHILIP CHANDLER and TRACEY ROXBURGH Meet Arrowtown School’s good sports. For the first time a team from the primary school’s entering Queenstown’s iconic Peak to Peak — running, hopefully, on September 19, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. The Year 8 pupils tackling the multisport...

Business savvy gets glammed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH What started as frustration about four years ago has morphed into a new business for a Queenstowner entrepreneur. Susana Tamega, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the resort four years ago. In her home city it was normal for...

Boycott appeal

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown restaurateur’s urging industry colleagues to boycott controversial American-owned food delivery giant, Uber Eats. The app-based company on Wednesday announced it’s launching in Queenstown, along with New Plymouth and Nelson, in early October, to extend its New Zealand...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An accomplished Wakatipu-raised performer’s just waiting for Melbourne’s airport to reopen before taking on the biggest role of her life. Alexia Brinsley’s one of two females, along with 16 hot male dancers, selected for the Australian edition of Channing Tatum’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A welshman's followed in the footsteps of Queenstowner James Harcombe to break his staggering record for running around Wales’ coastline. Welsh-born Harcombe took 20 days, 12 hours and 55 minutes to run the 1400-kilometre Wales Coast Path in...

Game on?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's in the running to host three southern hemisphere powerhouse rugby teams for about two months. And Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult’s also pushing for a 2020 Rugby Championship game to be played at the Queenstown Events Centre —...
Last week Queenstown Airport celebrated its 85th anniversary. The aerodrome was established in 1935 by a community organisation, the Frankton Aerodrome Board, which over the years reinvented itself several times to become the Queenstown Airport Corporation of today. In preparing to...
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