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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...
A major resort tourism company's signed a six-figure deal to become the main sponsor of Queenstown Winter Festival. Real Journeys is the first Queenstown-based naming sponsor in the celebration's 43-year history. The company, which owns and operates the iconic steamship TSS...

Beer plans crafted

Queenstown beer lovers are in for a treat. Local company Altitude Brewing has got a theoretical thumbs up from council to house a boutique brewery at Sugar Lane, Frankton. Tourism giant Real Journeys has applied to build a small brewhouse at...

Conservation on the ball

Two Queenstown conservation groups will likely get an almighty boost after today's conservation ball at Walter Peak. Real Journeys' third annual charity ball, in partnership with Department of Conservation (DoC), will be nothing short of a lavish event. Tickets are...
There couldn't be a more appropriate entertainer for an upcoming Cancer Society fundraiser on Milford Sound than long-time Queenstown muso Nigel Hirst. Hirst – who'll perform, along with his wife Margaret O'Hanlon, on a Real Journeys overnight cruise on September...
It's better to give than to receive, it's said. One of Queenstown's most prolific givers, however, is receiving special recognition for her philanthropy today. Baskets of Blessing coordinator Tam Schurmann discusses her charity with Philip Chandler Imagine how you'd feel receiving a basket of...

Wiggly dinner

Maggots were accidentally served to a Real Journeys staffer, the tourism giant confirms. Mountain Scene was tipped off after an evening staff meal 'sit over' in March. The maggots were only discovered after staff had eaten the meal, the informant says. Real...

Community thanks heroes

Fifty local unsung heroes are getting their own cruise at this year's Queenstown Winter Festival. Real Journeys is set to host a special 'Thank You Cruise' on the Earnslaw steamship during the opening night party on June 23. The hour-long cruise...
A Queenstown firm's ploughing $20 million into farm tourism at Walter Peak. Real Journeys, which ferries visitors across Lake Wakatipu on the historic Earnslaw steamer, plans sweeping improvements to its lakefront facilities. A 400-person capacity amphitheatre for farm demonstrations will be...
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