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International cricket can now return to Queenstown. A $640,000 upgrade to improve drainage on the Queenstown Events Centre's main oval has been completed by local firm TIC Projects Ltd. The new grass is still growing in and the first games will...

Odyssey on an oddity

Adventurer Emma Timmis has travelled less than 100 metres on an outdoor 'elliptical' bike. But that hasn't stopped her planning an epic long-haul record attempt on the niche mode of transport. The Queenstown-based Brit plans to cross Australia on the running-bike...
Though he's never run the course, a 19-year-old Queenstowner could well become the Routeburn Classic's youngest winner. Jack Beaumont is in stellar form heading into Saturday's annual mountain run over Fiordland's 32km Routeburn Track. Not only did he win the New...
Southland lad Matt King has gone from chasing his own Olympic cycling dream to coaching medallists. He stumbled into the role but is now gearing up for a new challenge – helping a Queenstown athlete reach Tokyo 2020. Louise Scott reports When Matt King beat...
Ask 11-year-old freeskier Harper Souness what he wants to learn this season and you'll get the somewhat surprising response "cork 7s". For the uninitiated, a cork-720 is an off-axis spin with two full rotations. The youngster hopes to compete in...
A concussive combination has propelled Queenstown-based mixed martial artist Irshaad Sayed to his latest win. South African Sayed, fighting in Extreme Fighting Championships 58 in his home country, hit opponent Tumisang Madiba with a punishing body shot followed by two perfect...
Queenstown Bike Festival has been mothballed at the eleventh hour for 2017. Owner Geoff Hunt says he's been in negotiations since Christmas to sell the festival to a local group but the sale fell through last month. It means all festival...
Queenstown's premier ice hockey team's bid to retain ice hockey's Birgel Cup is underway. Matt Schneider will return as SkyCity Stampede's captain backed by deputies Callum Burns and Cameron Freer. Coach Adam Blanchette also confirms he's scouting prior to the New Zealand Ice...
Queenstown mountain biker Conor Macfarlane suffered a broken collarbone after being flung over the handlebars at Crankworx Rotorua last Friday. While it's a pretty common injury, he's peeved to be out of action for another few weeks. The break follows a wrist...
Top Queenstown mountain bikers Kate Fluker and Mark Williams battled searing heat, illness and mechanical failures to finish fifth in their category of South African slog Cape Epic. The 691km race, with 15,400m of vertical climbing, attracted 1500 riders and...

Suffering in scenery

New Zealand's most successful road racer says the Crown Range will be a beautiful place to suffer during the Tour of NZ. Retired pro cyclist Julian Dean, described as the best lead-out sprinter in the world during his heyday, will...
Queenstown will this year host its first ever international ice hockey fixtures in a huge coup for both the resort and Winter Games NZ. New Zealand will battle Australia in a three-Test series at the Queenstown Ice Arena, five days...
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