Queenstown Lakes

Boult: No govt wage subsidy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Another wage subsidy’s been ruled out to help struggling tourism businesses in the Queenstown Lakes and beyond. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult had ‘‘frank discussion’’ during an online meeting with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Tourism Minister Stuart...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A new exhibition putting the Queenstown Lakes’ early history under the spotlight’s providing a fascinating insight into how early surveyors saw the area developing. ‘Foundations’ is on display at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum and features detailed early survey...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Mega-auction tests market

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown mega-auction next month’s being touted as a ‘headlight indicator’ for the upcoming state of New Zealand’s property market. The local Bayleys office is putting 27 residential properties on the block, including owner/ occupier residences, investment homes and...

Roys Peak mega-run

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Till last Saturday, Tanya Bottomley had never run up Wanaka’s Roys Peak. But last weekend the City Hall animal control officer ran up, and back down, eight times, the equivalent of about 120km and 10,000 metres of climbing,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A group of software developers is hoping to provide a local service to entrepreneurs looking for a global reach. Former cop turned tech guru Duncan Faulkner and his team of two others had come toward the end of...
By GUY WILLIAMS An accommodation sector lobby group’s calling for a debate on curbing future growth of the residential visitor accommodation (RVA) market. The Lakes District Accommodation Sector group, which represents about 110 businesses across the Queenstown Lakes, wants City Hall...

New trail transport service

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new transport operation, Trail Connect, is shuttling people to Queenstown-Lakes and Central Otago trails for biking, hiking and running. Former local pro triathlete and elite runner Jason Hall, who now lives near Wanaka but also does pick-ups in...

Women on a roll

By PHILIP CHANDLER A local painting contractor’s forming a support group for women in the Queenstown Lakes construction industry, and women servicing it. Arrowtowner Nell Pooley says she heard about the National Association of Women in Construction from her supplier, Resene. ‘‘I...
Martin Hawes is a financial advisor, wealth coach and author who called Queenstown home for 20 yearsbefore moving to Christchurch When life changes, conventional wisdom says you should revisit your will. After 20 years of living in the Wakatipu Basin, I...

Arts springboard

By PHILIP CHANDLER Creative New Zealand’s behind a massive exhibition at Five Mile gallery, Queenstown Contemporary. ‘Spring Loaded’ features 100-plus artworks from more than 40 Queenstown-Lakes artists, including senior Wakatipu High painting and photography students and Wakatipu Potters Group members. Thanks to Creative...

Working remotely, together

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A resort entrepreneur’s used the Covid-19-induced lockdown as inspiration to create, hopefully, short- and long-term benefits for the Wakatipu, and New Zealand. Ziptrek Ecotours founder Trent Yeo’s behind a 12-day festival, being held this November, dubbed ‘RemoteTogetherNZ’. It’ll bring...
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