Queenstown Lakes District Council

By TRACEY ROXBURGH City Hall's stepped up to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. At its full meeting on Thursday, council agreed to a loan-funded grant of $1.04 million, excluding GST, to go towards the district museum's $3.5m earthquake-strengthening project. Director David...
By GUY WILLIAMS Storm damage to a vast stand of pines in Kelvin Heights' Jardine Park means a community-driven landscape plan for the area will start with a cleaner slate. For the past five weeks, a City Hall forestry contractor's been...
By GUY WILLIAMS A controversial $100 million hotel proposed for Fernhill has got the thumbs down at City Hall. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied in December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel in Queenstown's Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel, which it also...

Workmen playing ball

By PHILIP CHANLDER Workmen on a Queenstown wastewater project will double as rugby ball boys this winter. A trench has been dug across the western end of the Recreation Ground to accommodate a pump station as part of a major council infrastructure...
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...

In the Van-guard

By PHILIP CHANDLER Former local mayor Vanessa van Uden's been among more than 100 volunteers responding to Queenstown's biggest humanitarian crisis. She's part of City Hall's emergency operations centre response team, formed after the Covid-19 lockdown started late March. Every Tuesday and...
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...
By HUGH COLLINS The organiser of Queenstown’s annual Winter Pride’s staggered he hasn’t received support from a ratepayer-funded tourism body. Martin King wrote to Destination Queenstown, City Hall and Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce at the start of May in a bid...
By PHILIP CHANDLER When Queenstown's tourism economy stopped overnight in March, so did income for thousands of those renting out homes or rooms on Airbnb-type platforms. Anecdotally, many of these landlords, especially those dependent on that income, switched their homes/rooms into...
By GUY WILLIAMS The first build at Arrowtown's Arrowfields subdivision will start this week. Stonewood Homes Queenstown sales boss Emily Wills says it's the first company to get building consent for the 20-lot development off McDonnell Road. Council issued titles in March, just...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Glenorchy developer's forging ahead with plans to resurrect the town's same site as the original Mount Earnslaw Hotel once stood. Douglas Rikard-Bell applied for consent late last year after his company, Blackthorn Ltd, bought the vacant 8079 square...
By GUY WILLIAMS The transformation of the Frankton Motor Camp into a camping-only facility has been delayed by ... you guessed it, Covid-19. Work to clear the old cabins and caravans from the lakeside land began in March, before the lockdown began,...
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