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Don't expect a repeat of 2014's deluge for Saturday's Queenstown International Marathon. More than 9500 entrants will run and walk the trails between Arrowtown and Queenstown, in the 10km, half-marathon and marathon distances. Sponsor Air New Zealand has put on extra flights to get...

Former Kiwis front up

A team of former Warriors players, including Awen Guttenbeil, will add star power to the second Queenstown 9s rugby league tournament in two weeks. Warriors Old Boys are joining nine other teams in the MAXRaft Queenstown 9s Carnival at the...
Two Queenstown Thriller boxing contenders have been dealt a blow. A knee injury has forced Megan Mathews to withdraw – meaning her bout with fellow Canadian Danielle Sherman has been canned. Organiser Simon Green says the pair are gutted. Mathews got the...

Resort goes on cup radar

Five-time America's Cup winner Sir Russell Coutts is floating the idea that Queenstown might be able to stage the world's most famous yachting regatta. The part-time Wakatipu resident – event authority CEO for the 2017 America's Cup in the North Atlantic...
An Arrowtown freediver has set a world-class mark at the indoor nationals. Kathryn Nevatt held her breath for 7min 45sec while floating face-down in a pool during the New Zealand Freediving Indoor Nationals in Wellington. The time improved the 37-year-old's national...

Vertical limits

Queenstown rider Conor Macfarlane plans to go big at the world's most outrageous and high-risk mountain bike event. He's in a group of 21 elite riders about to test their skill and mental toughness at the Red Bull Rampage in...

Expanding marathon hits ceiling

Runners can still grab a place in all distances at the Queenstown International Marathon – which will have 1000 extra spot this year. But those who take on the full 42km marathon or the half-marathon on November 19 will still have to...
An Arrowtown ice hockey stalwart has pulled pin after 37 seasons on the ice. Gary Healey, who relocated to Takamatua, near Akaroa, this week, started with the Alexandra Flames in 1980, but after shifting to the Wakatipu played the past 23...

Trying times for youngsters

Queenstown youngsters are gearing up for a massive rugger comp. More than 1000 kids from around New Zealand and Australia will compete in the South Island leg of the NZ Junior Rugby Festival in Queenstown this weekend. Steve McIsaac, who co-coaches the...

Chinese burn

Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Queenstown multisporter Hamish Fleming is recovering in China after ripping open his arm in a nasty crash. The Peak to Peak champion, 26, came off his mountain bike while racing with his team on the second day...

Jack’s nimble – and quick

A Queenstown athlete has clinched a top-10 place at the World Mountain Running Championships. Jack Beaumont, 19, competed for the junior men's title, crossing the finish line in 37min 54sec, in ninth position. His biggest fan, grandma Ali Beaumont, says he's...

Youngsters with drive

Two young Queenstown golfers are hoping for a shot at the big time. Judkins brothers Callum, 16, and Liam, 12, are turning heads on the local scene. Callum captains the under-16 Otago team and has ambitions to turn pro. Liam – under-13...
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