Queenstown CBD

By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Rugby Club expects a ‘‘readymade replacement’’ for its Queenstown CBD clubrooms should they get bowled to make way for the second stage of an arterial bypass road. In a submission to an Environmental Protection Agency consenting...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In a Queenstown CBD increasingly riddled with empty premises, that won’t be a problem when the redeveloped O’Connells building opens next year. In a major coup, landlord Skyline Enterprises has leased two retail floors to one tenant. That is...
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...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A councillor's wanting to trial free parking in Queenstown’s CBD to help the struggling hospo sector. Councillor Val Miller’s suggesting temporarily waiving parking charges from 4.30pm every day — currently, metered parking runs till 9pm. ‘‘We want to encourage...

What is the plan?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown accountant and business adviser compares the lack of government direction on any plan to open a border with Australia as ‘‘like being a farmer in a never-ending drought’’. Findex’s Duncan Fea, who’s advising businesses through the toughest economic...

Boutique Fryer Street units

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown planner/developer’s building an entry-level apartment complex just 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD. Northlight Apartments consists of 10 boutique apartments over two levels in Fryer Street. It’s being developed by planner Tim Williams and his wife Paula,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Crime has fallen in Queenstown, official stats released by the police this week reveal. Comparisons between July 1 and December 31, 2019 and 2020, to exclude lockdown, show thefts in Queenstown Bay — taking in the CBD —...
By GUY WILLIAMS After three years of planning and nearly a year of deconstruction and reconstruction, work on the O’Connells building in central Queenstown is starting to sprint to the finish-line. The steelwork for the mountain range-shaped canopies wrapping around its...

New movie complex

By PHILIP CHAND:ER An eight-screen cinema complex is in motion at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park. It’ll be in a four-level commercial building, designed by Dunedin’s Mason & Wales Architects — bordered by Market Street and Golden Elm Lane — and could be...

Lime’s two-year squeeze

By GUY WILLIAMS Downtown construction work means a six-month trial of Lime scooters in Queenstown could be two years away. A year after entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lime on the trial — provoking an overwhelmingly negative response...

Property market resilient

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite continuing Covid-19-induced uncertainty, Queenstown’s residential property market’s proving to be remarkably resilient. That’s the key finding from Colliers International’s just-released ‘Otago Market Review and Outlook 2020/21’. The firm’s local registered valuer/property consultant Heather Beard says: '‘In the short...
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