Queenstown Lakes District Council

RJ’s Walter Peak farmstay

By GUY WILLIAMS For the first time in its history, Real Journeys plans to offer visitor accommodation at Walter Peak High Country Farm. The company’s applied for resource consent to offer a farmstay in a two-bedroom cottage originally built for its...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A monstrous rock’s landed near Queenstown’s Gorge Road, having hurtled down a cliff face about 300 metres above. Local Julian Croft spotted the dislodged rock, near Matakauri Park, while driving along the road. ‘‘I looked over into the paddock...

Musings from writers

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tickets are now on sale for the second Queenstown Writers Festival. Running from November 5 to 8, it’s full of literary celebrities like Dame Fiona Kidman, Wihi Ihimaera, Tom Scott, Becky Manawatu, who won ‘best first book of fiction’...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH While it could be a decade before a new two-lane bridge’s built at Arthurs Point, a group of transport and council boffins hope another bridge, just for cyclists and pedestrians, will be in place much sooner. The Way to...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...

Fallen colleagues recalled

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two hundred and five names were read out in Queenstown’s St Peter’s Church on Tuesday morning, as members of the resort’s thin blue line, and other members of the community, gathered for the annual Police Remembrance Day. The...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu's wilding warriors have received a major funding windfall, but still have a battle on their hands, they say. The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s budget for the current financial year is more than $5 million — a...

It’s go time

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two of Arrowtown’s most iconic buildings are going under cover. Next week work will start on the Lakes District Museum’s massive seismic-strengthening project — the last bit of funding needed came from the Central Lakes Trust by way...

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowners are seeing red over new speed signs outside the town’s historic miners’ cottages. Queenstown’s council originally installed large blue, red and white 30km signs in Buckingham Street in late August after resolving to reduce the town centre’s...

Fernhill hotel’s consent fail

By GUY WILLIAMS Independent commissioners have refused resource consent for a controversial $100 million hotel in Fernhill. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied last December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel on a 10,400sqm site in Queenstown’s Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel,...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...
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