summer

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
By GUY WILLIAMS One of Queenstown’s finest rugby products, Michael Collins, hopes he’ll get on the pitch when his Highlanders team brings the Super Rugby circus to his hometown at the end of this month. In a scheduling reshuffle enabled by...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Downtown Queenstown’s set to feature more in the second series of TV crime thriller One Lane Bridge, which wrapped up two months’ shooting yesterdat. ‘‘Whilst I’m never going to be grateful for Covid, and nobody in Queenstown will...
By GUY WILLIAMS And then there were two. Businesswoman Emily Rutherford (left) has pulled out of the contest for the vacant seat on Queenstown’s council. The 31-year-old says she had a change of heart after realising her business ambitions meant she couldn’t...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson has emerged from a tough European season as a  more mature athlete and person, New Zealand men’s coach Nils Coberger says. Arrowtown-based Coberger, who joined Robinson’s team for the final two weeks of...

Further history uncovered

By PHILIP CHANDLER A former Arrowtowner claims she’s now found the stone ruins of an entire goldmining settlement above the Arrow River. Tauranga-based Jan Morrison’s on a mission to restore Cooper’s Terrace, a kilometre from Arrowtown, to how it looked in...

Aqualand makes waves

By MATTHEW MCKEW Kids are making a splash in Queenstown with tens of thousands of visits to Whakatipu swimming pools this summer and fully-booked lessons. Council sports tsar Simon Battrick says the wet summer ‘‘certainly brought in the crowds’’ and he’s...

Canyoning firm pulls the plug

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown adventure tourism company’s hibernating as it’s on ‘‘a hiding to nothing’’ till borders reopen. Canyon Explorers is pulling the plug this coming Monday, though its fulltimers — three guides and a frontliner — have all found...
By PHILIP CHANDLER To call Queenstown’s veteran harbourmaster Marty Black a jammy individual is an understatement. Almost four years afterwinning a cool half millondollars in a Lotto draw, two weeks ago he won $333,000 after three players shared the top first...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's jumped in to defend concerns over mountain bike jumps popping up on his Malaghans Road property. Head council planner Tony Avery says ‘‘our enforcement team has been notified and is currently looking into the matter’’. Landowner Mike...

UK muso feels the love

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘It's like being on another planet,’’ says a London drum ‘n’ bass DJ set to perform in Queenstown tonight after escaping what he describes as ‘‘endless misery’’ in the UK. Kanine, who’s played the likes of UK’s Glastonbury...

Brews and BBQ

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Coronet Peak’s bringing together one of the best combos during a Kiwi summer — beer and barbecue — for a new event early next year. The Craft Beer & BBQ Summit’s being held on Saturday, February 20, featuring...
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