Shotover Country

By MATTHEW MCKEW Rabbits are in the crosshairs again as the pests continue to multiply and cause havoc around Lakes Hayes and Shotover Country. Otago Regional Council’s to coordinate a landowner-led control operation targeting the rampant population, three years on from...
By GUY WILLIAMS It could be a low-mow no-no, or just a go slow. Mountain Scene’s none the wiser after asking Queenstown’s council for its thoughts on a recent ‘‘low-mow’’ trial in two suburban spots. The trial began last December with its...

Go big or go home

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Three days, 17 venues, 32 bands — all but one free. Arrow Sounds is back with a vengeance next month after an almost-too-successful debut last June. It’s the brainchild of The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford and Arrowtown muso...

Movement for active travel

By PHILIP CHANDLER A first Queenstown mini-expo on ‘active travel’ tomorrow even lets attendees try a range of electric bikes. The event, at Frankton’s Buzzstop cafe, is being organised by a new community advocacy group, The Lightfoot Initiative. ‘‘We’re keen to start...

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,...
LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Plans to increase housing in Ladies Mile and Frankton by up to 4000 units rely on Kiwis ditching cars in favour of bus and ferry networks. That’s according to the growing list of consultant-produced and council-commissioned plans for...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally time to get your party pants on, Queenstown! This week New Zealand returned to (almost) normal, when we entered Level 1, and now a 12-hour live music festival's been announced for Arrowtown to celebrate. Arrow Sounds, being...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It was Queenstown's most-anticipated residential property auction. With the resort's tourism economy having been hammered by Covid-19 restrictions, Bayleys Queenstown's mega-auction on May 29 - the first major one since the crisis hit - was seen as a...
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