ski season

You may recall the Infometrics report done in May of this year which predicated a very dire situation for our district. At that time, little was known about what effect Covid-19 would have and their report predicted unemployment of 18.5%...

Relief, sadness at Ohau

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown architect whose holiday home survived the huge blaze that swept through Lake Ohau Alpine Village this week says it’s a miracle no one died. Ian Adamson says it’s ‘‘raw’’ to talk about because his family is...
By GUY WILLIAMS Opening a new hotel in post-Covid Queenstown sounds like a challenge, but the owners of the Holiday Inn Express are confident about the future. The 227-room Holiday Inn Express, in Stanley Street, opens its doors next Friday at a...
By MATTHEW MCKEW An incredible response to a pop-up bar in Queenstown's Arthurs Point has seen Cargo Brewery commit to opening its pub in the historic Gantley's building full-time. Cargo first threw open the doors to customers in the subdivision at...
Who'd be a hotelier right now during this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic? With thousands of Queenstown hotel beds lying empty, and the likelihood it could be ages away before New Zealand reopens its borders for international arrivals, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three local hoteliers about their...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A leading New Zealand business commentator has come up with an idea that could be of huge benefit to Queenstown's beleaguered tourism industry. It's assumed, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that NZ's international borders will remain shut for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With New Zealand's borders likely to remain closed for ages due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a veteran Queenstown hospo operator's in no doubt his sector - currently in lockdown - faces very tough times. "Without the international visitors,...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...
Fasten your seatbelts, Queenstown. We're in for a bumpy ride. It's now impossible to have a conversation with anyone that doesn't include 'coronavirus' ... a word I hadn't even heard of until about three months ago. This week the proverbial hit the...

It’s snow time

Queenstown's ski season is due to get underway today with the opening day of The Remarkables skifield. Meanwhile, Coronet Peak's flash new chairlift should be certified this weekend and ready to run for the skifield's June 15 opening. Skifield boss Nigel...
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