Orbus

By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...
LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's council's resisting pleas to institute free parking in the resort's CBD to help businesses suffering from the Covid-19-induced crisis. Restaurateur Graham McCarthy says CBD businesses now need local customers with the tourist trade, which they almost solely relied...

$90 million road splurge

It was a red-letter day for Queenstown infrastructure yesterday as the government announced a $90 million spend-up on our roads. And Otago Regional Council decided to save the Queenstown Water Ferry at the eleventh hour. The government announced the Wakatipu's funding...
An elderly Arrowtowner is gutted her once peaceful, narrow street is now a highway for turning buses. But Orbus, the local bus service managed by the Otago Regional Council (ORC), has no plans to change. Thelma Mason, 77, has been living...
Some years ago I watched a famous American actress being interviewed on American television. She was asked about bus travel and, in an animated American accent, responded: "Honey, as far as I'm concerned, if a man has to travel on...
From November 20 Queenstowners can take their cars to work – or bus free for a week. Today Mountain Scene exclusively reveals the four new Orbus routes, which cover most of the Wakatipu Basin. For the first seven days of the new...
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