Shotover River

US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A digger spotted dredging Shotover River in Queenstown's Tucker Beach area recently was removing silt to keep KJet boats from being grounded. The work, consented by Otago Regional Council, was carried out by KJet - owner Shaun Kelly...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The couple who made Queenstown's Shotover Jet world-famous are devastated owner Ngai Tahu Tourism's bailing out. The big corporate last week announced it's closing its tourism businesses, including Shotover Jet and Glenorchy's Dart River Jet, "for the time being",...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...
Holidaying in Canada last September, Philip Chandler ran into genial Kiwi expat Martin McSkimming at his Toronto watering hole, then again had a chinwag with him - and another beer - at his Queenstown holiday pad three weeks ago Queenstown's been an enduring...

Resort’s marathon benefits

Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd says the benefits of thousands of visitors at this weekend's marathon event "far outweighs any perceived" infrastructure problems. The fifth Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon's expected to bring an estimated $8 million boost to...

Delta dumping dismay

Burnt-out cars, smash-ed TVs, broken fridges, and piles of household rubbish. It's not what you expect to see near a picturesque Queenstown walking track, but that's the reality at the Shotover Delta. Frequent visitor Karyn Duncan calls it "disgusting". Duncan, who takes...
Discharges into the Shotover River from Queenstown's multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant have breached environmental standards. The $30 million high-tech plant was officially opened in February. But Queenstown's council admits discharges of treated wastewater into the river didn't meet contamination limits...
Jetboat driver Joseph Coutts struck gold while completing routine maintenance in the Shotover River. While moving rocks near the historic Oxenbridge Tunnel to clear Shotover Jet's boat access, he scooped out an old mining relic from the riverbed that dates back to the early 1900s....
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