pandemic

Jumping onboard for St John

By PHILIP CHANDLER It started as a crazy idea but it’s set to be a huge fundraiser for St John. Queenstowner Jason Medina’s planning on September 17 to complete up to 100 canyon swings with the ambitious goal of raising $50,000...
By GUY WILLIAMS The promoters behind the Gibbston Valley summer concert are hoping to stage more than one concert a year at the site, in part to support its more than 160 suppliers nationwide. Greenstone Entertainment has applied to Queenstown’s council...

Sleep, eat, ride, repeat

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson’s planning to hole up in Europe this northern winter and ‘‘train like a madman’’. After a breakout season last year, the 19-year-old’s now in Italy trying to make the most of a Covid-disrupted season,...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...
By GUY WILLIAMS Opening a new hotel in post-Covid Queenstown sounds like a challenge, but the owners of the Holiday Inn Express are confident about the future. The 227-room Holiday Inn Express, in Stanley Street, opens its doors next Friday at a...
Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will visit Queenstown in the "near future" and understands the resort faces hardships, his office says. It comes on the back of sustained pressure from Mountain Scene, including a column by editor Tracey Roxburgh...
Well before lockdown, one after another of Queenstown's most cherished events got wiped from the calendar, while countless weddings and conferences were either postponed or cancelled. PHILIP CHANDLER checks he state of the current industry with four of its practitioners  The events industry was...

Heading for the hills

By GUY WILLIAMS A project to put five huts in the mountains between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone skifields has emerged from Covid-19 hibernation. Mountain Turk Club founder Erik Bradshaw says the final touches to the four-bunk 'Turk huts' - built using...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...
By HUGH COLLINS With Covid-19 putting many musical careers in the Wakatipu Basin on hold, one artist claims the general mood among the local musos isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Long-time Queenstown muso Shay Muddle’s spent lockdown running ‘Quarantunes’, a...
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...
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement