Queenstown’s council

More permissive development rules are expected to be in place for the Queenstown Lakes district early next year, after the council bowed to pressure from planning experts. But the district's new plan will now not be finalised for years, as...
OPINION: Like many throughout the district I've been watching our council during its first six months. Things are happening – at long last! We have our new traffic lights, where you can make life-long friends while waiting for a green light. The...
A Queenstown tourism company is being investigated over alleged breaches of its resource consent. Ziptrek Ecotours takes customers on zipline ''eco-adventures'' through the forest canopy on Bob's Peak. Queenstown council's regulatory boss Lee Webster says the investigation will begin within the...
News international cricket is set to return to Queenstown next year has been welcomed across the region. The resort has been named as one of four host cities for next year's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Nine games are scheduled to...
OPINION: Regular readers of this column will know that I have been critical of the actions of freedom campers in our district. This is, of course, a generalisation. Freedom campers with purpose-built, self-contained facilities are most welcome, provided they abide...
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club is using an economic impact report to try and wangle cash from City Hall. The study, commissioned by the club, shows riders using its trails are spending a whopping $65 million annually. The Tourism Recreation Conservation stats...

Green belt belted

Fears "another Queenstown" will be built along Ladies Mile have been sparked by council concept plans revealed at a secret meeting on Monday. What has been the rural, tree-lined entrance to Queenstown is already being transformed, as diggers carve up...

Turn-off turnaround

Road chiefs are bowing to pressure for a new slip road at a hazardous Queenstown junction. NZ Transport Agency announced yesterday it will put the wheels in motion for an upgrade to the Tucker Beach Road-State Highway 6 intersection, at Quail...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...
OPINION: The government's almost militaristic fast-track for new houses might be guilty of mission creep in Queenstown, writes David Williams. On Monday, Queenstown's council innocuously announced it was re-opening feedback for its Gorge Road special housing area – which allows developers...
Government scientists are developing a plan to keep the invasive lake weed lagarosiphon out of Lake Wakatipu. Three sections of the upper Kawarau River have been cordoned off with buoys to restrict lagarosiphon - also known as South African oxygen...
International cricket can now return to Queenstown. A $640,000 upgrade to improve drainage on the Queenstown Events Centre's main oval has been completed by local firm TIC Projects Ltd. The new grass is still growing in and the first games will...
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