Real Journeys

In New Zealand, Denis Marshall’s best known as the Minister of Conservation who resigned after the Cave Creek tragedy. In Queenstown, he’s probably best known as the co-owner of Gibbston’s Hawkshead winery. But, as PHILIP CHANDLER explains, his biggest...

Something brewing

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Arthurs Point's Point’s Canyon Brewing’s got new owners. The boutique brewery and restaurant above the Shotover River has been sold by Wayfare to Queenstown restaurateurs James Nicholson and his partners Jane, James and Jack Paterson. Canyon, which officially opened...

Best of buddies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Long-time Wakatipu buddy coordinator Nanette Benington’s thrilled with the support locals are showing her volunteer programme in which ‘Big Buddies’ spend time supporting ‘Little Buddies’. She’s trained nine new big buddies this year, including Lee Hart, who’s pictured...

Free pilot to start

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Mel Haarer isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to describing 2020. It’s been ‘‘a complete shit show, let’s face it’’. But she’s using her experience over the last couple of years, delivering wellbeing workshops to corporate clients,...

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 GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Who hasn’t sung You Are My Sunshine or My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean on Queenstown’s Earnslaw steamer on sailings back from Walter Peak? Despite its popularity over scores of years, however, the Earnslaw singalong’s become yet another...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown charity's run off its feet right now - but the Wakatipu community's swung in behind to support it. This month a 20-foot storage container, courtesy of AJ Saville Builders, was dropped off on the St John's...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With no tourists to cook for, Real Journeys Walter Peak and Canyon Brewing chefs are cooking up a storm for Queenstowners affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Using Canyon Brewing's kitchen, they've cooked almost 1800 meals for local charity, Baskets...
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...

Lauder’s Wayfare farewell

Queenstown's biggest tourism company needs a new boss. Wayfare Group chief executive Richard Lauder - one of the most enduring faces in southern tourism - has resigned, and will clear his desk in late May. The 56-year-old's been with Real Journeys,...
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