Queenstown

Making tracks all the time

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's soft-launched a business that times your runs or walks any time you want. Conceived during lockdown, Official Tracks is the brainwave of Tuki Huck, who wanted people to enjoy their own running experience without anything needing...

Movement for active travel

By PHILIP CHANDLER A first Queenstown mini-expo on ‘active travel’ tomorrow even lets attendees try a range of electric bikes. The event, at Frankton’s Buzzstop cafe, is being organised by a new community advocacy group, The Lightfoot Initiative. ‘‘We’re keen to start...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Wayne Foley couldn’t really move from his couch for the past fortnight. Yet on last Saturday, buoyed on by about $43,000 in donations, the Wakatipu High School Foundation chair managed to run, walk and weave 42km in the...

T’s marathon effort for Kate

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Teaukura ‘T’ Moetaua reckons if you’d told him two years ago he’d walk 10km he’d have assumed you’d been ‘‘drinking something serious’’. Yet last Saturday he did it for his late wife, Kate, his daughters Anika, Aya...

Beekeeper buzzing

By GUY WILLIAMS A collective of honey producers in Queenstown is shaking off the sting of fewer tourists and spreading its wings in local outlets. Raymond Key set up the Local Honey Collective 18 months ago to support small-scale beekeepers like...

Teaching the gift of kindness

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It took peer support and turned it on its head. In the wake of Covid-19, Queenstown Primary School team leader Julie Walker thought it might be beneficial to teach almost 150 of her Year 3 and 4 charges...

Big air at rebuilt jump park

By GUY WILLIAMS If you want to see some absurdly-talented mountain bikers defying gravity this weekend, then Queenstown’s Wynyard Jump Park’s the place for you. Today's Season of Shred, the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be...

Fast and furious up hill

By PHILIP CHANDLER Spectators are welcome today at one of Queenstown’s oldest but also most thrilling sporting events. The Coronet Peak Hill Climb, started in 1972 by the Queenstown Car Club in its first year, will start running from 10am and...
By GUY WILLIAMS In a dream scenario for any young cricketer, Queenstown’s Toby Hart got to rub shoulders with the New Zealand A team last week. The 17-year-old fast bowler, who was named in the national under-19 development squad this winter,...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...

Shuffling Sundeck’s deck

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown bar baron Mike Burgess’ company has stepped in to take a half share — in fact, 51% — of popular local rooftop bar, Sundeck, and its downstairs partner, Attiqa. Original Sundeck/Attiqa owner Cam Mitchell, who holds the...

Getting a fix for nix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH If it’s broke, fix it — or find someone who can. Tomorrow the Repair Revolution’s popping up at the Queenstown Events Centre, aiming to help people get more life out of their belongings and divert good things from...
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