Queenstown Winter Festival

By MARK PRICE Two Himalayan high-flyers will be guest speakers at tomorrow night's Rotary Club of Queenstown fundraising dinner and auction. One is mountaineer Peter Hillary, the well-known son of the late Sir Edmund Hillary who  was first to climb Mt...

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An up-and-coming indie-pop muso from Arrowtown drops another single tomorrow. Sofia Machray, 21, a former Wakatipu High student who’s now based in Wellington, is releasing Milky Ways on streaming platforms including Spotify and YouTube. A video follows a few...
It's funny how things turn out. Five years ago my new business partner Gemma Peskett and I left working on the Motatapu to explore something new. This month we signed on the dotted line to own the event. To say we are...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...

Ready for a party

By HUGH COLLINS While Queenstown's missed out on its annual WinterFest for the first time in 46 years, its organisers are throwing a party anyway. The one-day party's being held on Earnslaw Park on Saturday, coinciding with the Queenstown Arts and...
Well before lockdown, one after another of Queenstown's most cherished events got wiped from the calendar, while countless weddings and conferences were either postponed or cancelled. PHILIP CHANDLER checks he state of the current industry with four of its practitioners  The events industry was...
By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its 46th year, was to have been held between June 18 and 21, but it's the...

For Pete’s sake

Queenstown community stalwart Peter Doyle was not-so-rudely interrupted while drumming for the Arrow Miners Band last Sunday. To the huge surprise of Doyle, whose band had been entertaining the Queenstown Lions Club's seniors Christmas party, he was presented with the...

Destination change for Budd

Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd, who's departing to run Southland's regional development agency, says he isn't leaving unfinished business behind. The tourism promotion organisation was "humming and in great shape, significantly, with the team, but also with funding in...

Snowboxx postponed

A new event set to go head to head with Queenstown's Winter Festival has been scrapped this year. Snowboxx has announced it won't be running its inaugural New Zealand festival this year as planned, due to "scheduling conflicts'' in Queenstown. The...

Fizzing over WinterFest

Winter Festival director Rae Baker's over the moon at feedback she's got since the event finished last Sunday. "It seems a bit of positive change has reinvigorated people's investment in festival." Baker – who only started her role eight months ago...
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