Shotover River

By GUY WILLIAMS A bridge across the Shotover River, and the use of an old tunnel, could be snags in the Queenstown Trails Trust’s quest to extend its biking trail network. The trust’s application for resource consent to build the 15km...
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 About 1000 mountain bikers are expected to take up the chance of a ride on the wild side this Sunday. As they’ve done every year since 2016, the Porter family’s opening up their deer and sheep farm, Queenstown...
By PHILIP CHANDLER To call Queenstown’s veteran harbourmaster Marty Black a jammy individual is an understatement. Almost four years afterwinning a cool half millondollars in a Lotto draw, two weeks ago he won $333,000 after three players shared the top first...

Wedding gem up for tender

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of Queenstown’s best-known wedding venues, spectacularly located above the Shotover River, is for sale for the first time. Built in the mid-‘70s, Trelawn Place, off Arthurs Point’s Watties Track, comprises a three-bedroom home, attached studio cottage and...

Something brewing

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Arthurs Point's Point’s Canyon Brewing’s got new owners. The boutique brewery and restaurant above the Shotover River has been sold by Wayfare to Queenstown restaurateurs James Nicholson and his partners Jane, James and Jack Paterson. Canyon, which officially opened...
Starting his working life, aged 16, in an engineering shop, Tom Mulqueen ended up looking after an aircraft fleet in New Caledonia.  That link also led to him holidaying, then retiring, in Queenstown. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...

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...
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