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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,...
Wakatipu High's principal is delighted the green light's been given to extend the school's capacity to 1800 students by the end of next year. The Queenstown school only moved to its Remarkables Park campus early last year, but is already...

Staff village proposed

Queenstown's affordable rental accommodation squeeze is taking its toll on one of the resort's biggest employers. Tourism heavyweight Real Journeys is proposing to build a staff village at Walter Peak, providing housing for up to 50 people. It's lodged a resource...
Cardrona Alpine Resort's about to more than double in size. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal a new partnership between Cardies and Queenstown businessman John Darby has been done. It will result in New Zealand's largest alpine resort, incorporating tourism giant Real...
Arthurs Point's new local, Canyon Food Brew Co., opened its doors last Wednesday. Tracey Roxburgh talks to the man behind the beer – a dancer, turned mechanical engineer, turned award-winning brewer HE'S fleet of foot and a vanguard with the...

Tourism identity pulls anchor

Tourism personality Tony McQuilkin is winding up an amazing 37-year career with Real Journeys. He discusses with Philip Chandler his various company roles, how he coped with floods and how he almost knocked over the Queen Today marks the retirement...
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