Rotorua

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown hotel owners took a bath last year, with occupancy and revenue plunging as the closed borders ravaged the sector. The latest Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) stats for the sector show room income falling 40% across the country. The...
In a milestone that flew under the radar, Queenstown’s NZONE Skydive — currently in a tailspin due to border closures — recently turned 30. Original co-owner and general manager Robynne Williams and current gm Clark ‘Scotty’ Scott reflect on...

Top showjumper shows up

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of New Zealand’s top showjumping riders has shifted to Queenstown to start a new chapter in her life. Professional rider and coach Lucy Olphert, who’s moved down from Mount Maunganui, says Queenstown’s a place she’s long admired, and...

Bike club gains white knight

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s about to put its foot down — and it’s got some serious firepower behind it. New Zealand tech entrepreneur and Xero co-founder Rod Drury says he decided a while ago to get back into...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A bit like the winter multisport race itself, entries are coming in fast and furious for this September's Peak to Peak. Earlybird entries for the long-time Queenstown event - in which competitors can ski or board, cycle, kayak,...
Last-minute training is cranking up ahead of New Zealand's biggest bike festival. Talented Queenstown rider Conor Macfarlane only got the go-ahead to ride Rotorua's Crankworx last week – after suffering a wrist injury competing in Red Bull Rampage last October. Until...
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