South Island

Cyclist Peter Yarrell, QSM, has turned his love of the sport into a vehicle that’s raised hundreds of thousands for charity. On the eve of his latest Tour of New Zealand, he tells PHILIP CHANDLER why he’s stepping down...
By GUY WILLIAMS Covid-19 vaccine jabs will start going into arms in Queenstown today. The milestone comes only a few weeks after the 12-month anniversary of a female Danish tourist becoming the resort’s — and the South Island’s — first confirmed...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Young Whakatipu musos continue to punch above their weight. Arrowtown rock band Train Surfers - one of six school bands performing this Saturday afternoon during three-day music festival Arrow Sounds - has been given the opportunity to record...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Stroke Foundation health promoter Cath Moser’s pictured outside the ‘Big Blood Pressure Check Van’, which will be in Queenstown and Wanaka tomorrow providing free blood pressure checks. The initiative’s part of the foundation’s effort to ensure Kiwis have...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Ace Queenstown ultrarunner Brooke Thomas says she received a ‘‘lovely’’ message from the Aussie whose length-of-New Zealand women’s record she’s just smashed. The 32-year-old nurse, who finished in Bluff last Friday night, completed the 3000km Te Araroa Trail,...
One of the biggest behind-the-scenes stars in Queenstown’s film and TV industry since the ‘90s moved to Auckland last Thursday.  Annie Weston discusses her move with PHILIP CHANDLER, reflects on changes she’s seen and explains why the TV commercial...

Iconic cafe changes hands

By PHILIP CHANDLER The founders of Queenstown’s award-winning Vudu cafe have sold, but the new owners aren’t changing the winning recipe. Locals Michelle Freeman, Chris Vile and Rae Ellis have sold their Rees Street business to Christchurch-based entrepreneur Kevin Yan and...

Mighty mission

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown nurse with a pacemaker has set herself the ultimate challenge — running the 3000km length of New Zealand. Brooke Thomas, who sets off from NZ’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, on Thursday, has wanted to run the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's been a three-year ‘‘labour of love’’ but the doors to a new addition in an historic part of Arrowtown finally opened last week. Developers Scott Stevens and John Guthrie started physical work on a new development behind...
By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown institution’s survived a devastating fire and a global pandemic. Perhaps it’s only appropriate for World Bar to officially reopen on Black Friday. It’ll be a brave new World Bar that throws opens its doors on November 13...
By PHILIP CHANDLER One of New Zealand’s most talented and original singer-songwriters is bringing his ‘haunted blues’ show to Queenstown’s Kinross winery this Sunday. Lyttelton-based Delaney Davidson — distinctive for his rumpled stage persona — is travelling to various small lower...
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