NZ Transport Agency

By GUY WILLIAMS A big funding splash announced by Waka Kotahi two days ago has promised no more spending in Queenstown over the next three years than the $115 million promised in July. However, Mountain Scene has teased some more detail...

Cabbie kerfuffle

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown cab bosses allege independent cabbies are ripping off customers and damaging the resort’s reputation. After busy weekends, Green Cabs’ Graham Hadley says he fields endless complaints from independent cabbies’ customers ‘‘being overcharged, who have had a verbally-abusive driver and...
By GUY WILLIAMS A pedestrian overbridge spanning 25 metres over Queenstown’s town centre bypass road’s the most striking feature of a just-completed draft plan of the project. Graphic renders of the Ballarat Street overbridge, which would link the steep street’s upper...

Bigger rates burden

By MARK PRICE Queenstown Lakes ratepayers will have to dig a little deeper this year to pay for  maintenance of the Crown Range Road. A big reduction in subsidy signalled by the NZ Transport Agency six or seven years ago takes...
By GUY WILLIAMS The last time Greg Thompson had a ‘light bulb moment’, it turned into a multi-million-dollar roading project that fixed the dangerous Tucker Beach Road-State Highway 6 intersection. Now the energetic Quail Rise resident’s made a submission to Queenstown council’s...
By KERRIE WATERWORTH and MARK PRICE Queenstown Lakes councillors have agreed to start community engagement on a draft masterplan and associated planning provisions for Ladies Mile between Frankton and Lake Hayes. City Hall planning and development boss Tony Avery says the...

What’s in a plan?

Mark Price To acknowledge the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new, 108-page-long ‘‘draft spatial plan’’, Mountain Scene has given me space for just 400 words. Thanks, Tracey. The plan sets out the big-picture future for the district over the next 30 years. It’s...

Parking rules needed

By GUY WILLIAMS Councils will have to step up and provide better parking management and public transport options when on-site parking requirements for developers are abolished next year, Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter says. Genter, who spoke at a public...
Three hearty cheers for councillor Val Miller, supported by councillor Penny Clark, in their call for a relaxation of the council/NZ Transport Agency anti-car policy in the Queenstown commercial area. It is a breath of fresh air, particularly after five...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Otago Regional Council’s asked the government to stump up for Queenstown’s share of its public transport business case. ORC recently endorsed the business case in principle, to guide about $200 million worth of investment decisions — the cost of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH While it could be a decade before a new two-lane bridge’s built at Arthurs Point, a group of transport and council boffins hope another bridge, just for cyclists and pedestrians, will be in place much sooner. The Way to...

Lake-hugging land for sale

By PHILIP CHANDLER Clever planning’s resulted in a magnificently-located mini Queenstown development, now on the market. Lakeshore comprises three large sections, right above Frankton Track and Frankton Arm, and two others just above. The subdivision, created by a local family with engineering...
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