Queen’s Birthday Weekend

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's ice hockey players will finally play for their home fans again when SkyCity Stampede confront the Canterbury Red Devils tonight. After playing for family only during all but one game of last year’s abbreviated comp, it’ll be...

Luma’s shuttle fix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Punters to this year’s Luma event won’t have to worry about carparking. In a first for Luma, a park-and-ride’s being set up at Queenstown Central, where people can also fill up on meal deals — kids can eat...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's forced organisers of one of Queenstown’s most popular events to charge an entry fee this year. Thousands of people have historically flocked to the Queenstown Gardens for Luma, held at Queen’s Birthday weekend, which has always been...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Queenstown Music Festival will replace next year’s 11th edition of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Sponsored by Arrowtown jeweller Sir Michael Hill’s family, the world-renowned contest’s run every two years since 2001, with Queenstown hosting the...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Homes and businesses will light up across the Wakatipu this weekend for Lumify, with organisers hoping to cut through the Covid-19 darkness. The home-made Queen's Birthday weekend event replaces the annual Luma, a festival of lights that normally...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown adventure tourism company's zipping into new territory to support the resort's arts, culture and performance communities. Next weekend Ziptrek Ecotours will hold its first 'Treehouse Sessions', where about 20 local musos will take to the tree...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With Queenstown open only for domestic tourism in the short term, at least one accommodation venue's proving it could still pay off. For Queen's Birthday weekend the occupancy level for Arrowtown's high-end Millbrook Resort is already 40 per cent. July...
Queenstown audio-visual king Tom Lynch has grand plans for the 2017 Luma arts festival. The TomTom Productions founder and artist wowed visitors last year by illuminating Queenstown Gardens' forest with lights activated by movement. He hopes to go one better over Queen's...
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