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TV shoots tonic for film crews

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's film community is gearing up for a busy February/March with two TV series being shot simultaneously in the region. First, the second series of TV crime thriller One Lane Bridge will again be shot around Queenstown, starting...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Four senior Arrowtown scouts received rare chief scout’s awards at a ceremony last week. For Ellie Carter, Jess Cartman, and Eva Hemingway, all 14, and Josh May, 13, it was the culmination of up to seven years of...

Resort’s generosity

By PHILIP CHANDLER Who said Queenstown doesn’t have a heart? Local woman Stacey McDonald’s blown away at the response when she asked Queenstown businesses to help an Aucklander with stage 4 skin cancer enjoy a trip of a lifetime. She’d put her...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's Coronet Peak received a freak snowfall last Friday. Three centimetres of snow, almost down to Skippers Saddle, was apparently formed by the skifield’s snow guns seeding low-lying fog. Coronet Peak boss Nigel Kerr says he witnessed the snowfall while...

One more week

By TRACEY ROXBURGH NZSki's decided to keep The Remarkables running for another full week, before opening at weekends only. The skifield turned on the chairlifts for 2020 on July 4, coinciding with school holidays, and initially intended to dial it back...

A soldier’s century

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Alex McBurney has been to war, raised a family, and lived the Kiwi good life even shaken hands with royalty. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, he turned 100 on Saturday. Still living in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A six-part $7 million crime drama shot in Queenstown over three months late last year premieres on TVNZ 1 next Monday. One Lane Bridge is produced by Great Southern Television, whose local boss and part-owner Philip Smith has...

Dry July, August

It might not snow till September. That's the take from National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research meteorologist Maria Augutis, who says the winter snow drought's due to a combination of warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures and a lack of moisture-filled cold...
Queenstown's ski season faces an uphill struggle with little or no natural snow on the horizon. But skifield operator NZSki remains confident it can keep Coronet Peak and The Remarkables topped up with snowmaking. However that's dependent on overnight temperatures, at...

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...

Snow falling in Queenstown

Snow has started to fall in central Queenstown as a late wintry blast hits the lower South Island. This comes as the MetService has confirmed heavy snow is likely to fall in inland Southland, Central Otago and inland Clutha for the...

Glenorchy’s power gripes

Glenorchy locals are feeling powerless to solve the township's electricity problems after another outage lasting two days. Many residents gathered in nearby pubs and hotels just to keep warm and enjoy some creature comforts after a spring snow dump on...
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