social distancing

No one, it would appear, got their five-year plans right in 2015. I found out the borders were closed when I emerged from walking the Moonlight Track. The following weekend we were heading to Australia, our first complete family holiday in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having been decimated by worldwide lockdowns, a Queenstown global success story’s been resuscitated by a local corporate hotshot who’d just saved his own company. When the Covid pandemic took hold early this year, local-based Magic Memories — which...

Alice after Austrian encore

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown skiing star Alice Robinson starts her World Cup campaign this Saturday night at the scene of her greatest triumph. She’s at Solden, Austria, where a year ago, at just 17, she shocked the skiing world by claiming...

Ding-dong battles beckon

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While the Arrowtown Premiers are out to repeat history this Saturday, Wakatipu’s determined to correct it as the sides face old foes Upper Clutha and the Cromwell Goats, respectively, looking to book a 2020 Central Otago Premiers...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown International Marathon's boss is still hopeful the resort's biggest one-day event - which last year had a record field of 12,000-plus - can run again this November, despite the current Covid-19 ban on big events. Dave Beeche,...
If business wasn't tough enough for Queenstown's hospo outlets before the Covid-19 closedown, it'll be far more on a knife-edge once lockdown ends even if there's less competition, with some operators not reopening. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to four long-time operators about how they'll...
In a town where one couldn't buy toilet paper for three weeks, the American people came to terms with their plight. Palm Springs is the darling hideaway of the Hollywood famous, and here I observed the world's most prolific consumers...
By PHILIP CHANDLER While construction's virtually ground to a halt due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown, a developer's continuing with excavation and retaining works for a $22 million, six-star boutique hotel in central Queenstown. Developer Kevin Carlin says he's got Ministry of...
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