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Ecstatic but trepidatious

By TRACEY ROXBURGH You could almost hear the sighs of relief at 4pm on Tuesday in Queenstown. After holding the collective breath for more than a year, the resort was finally able to exhale as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of the most highly-anticipated stores in Queenstown will finally open its doors this month. Bunnings Queenstown’s putting the finishing touches on its $40 million, 8100 square metre building, on the Frankton Flats, after a protracted process spanning three...
By GUY WILLIAMS Skiers and boarders will no longer have to rely on Mother Nature to top up the Sugar Bowl at The Remarkables ski area. Although the new 1.1km-long chairlift accessing the area started running last July, work began in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH National's tourism spokesman predicts a ‘‘cold, hard winter is coming’’ for Queenstown, unless the government ‘‘steps up’’. Todd McClay, in Queenstown on Monday with local MP Joseph Mooney, tells Mountain Scene he was last in the Whakatipu just...
By PHILIP CHANDLER February 19 was a red-letter day in the lead-up to Queenstown’s, and New Zealand’s, first six-star hotel opening for business. The first of six roofs went on the central Queenstown boutique hotel that’s been renamed The Carlin, after...

Burger me days

By PHILIP CHANDLER Ferg's going to love you even more on Wednesday. To celebrate its 20th birthday, the Queenstown institution’s shouting its original The Fergburger, or Fergburger with cheese, throughout its 21 hours of operation — so long as you say...

Nailing nasty weeds

By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu Reforestation Trust’s getting some much-needed manpower to control weeds on Arrowtown’s Feehly Hill. The Queenstown branch of construction company Naylor Love is sending staff to work on the hill, where the trust’s been planting natives since 2015,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown hotelier fears the resort’s ‘‘facing a catastrophe’’ if the Aussie border remains closed. The Rees’ Mark Rose says: ‘‘Our business fell off a cliff on Sunday, and apart from a couple of reasonably good days...

Something brewing

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Arthurs Point's Point’s Canyon Brewing’s got new owners. The boutique brewery and restaurant above the Shotover River has been sold by Wayfare to Queenstown restaurateurs James Nicholson and his partners Jane, James and Jack Paterson. Canyon, which officially opened...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...

Sponsor fuels runners

By PHILIP CHANDLER Almost 50 local high school students and staff are getting fitter than ever for next month’s Queenstown International Marathon, thanks to the event’s new naming sponsor. Queenstown-headquartered realtor, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR), has subsidised 29 Wakatipu...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Echoing its famous Chico’s heyday, an upstairs Queenstown Mall space has turned into a sports bar and music venue called Crew Room. Owners Jenny and Terry Goulding originally bought the downstairs Captain’s Restaurant, in the historic Eureka House...
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