The Lord of the Rings

With ideas to diversify the tourism-dependent Queenstown economy on the bubble since Covid, many believe a film studio’s more vital than ever to help us capture more filmmaking opportunities. Among them is renowned Kiwi producer Murray Francis, who tells PHILIP...

Farm deal stalls

By PHILIP CHANDLER An Auckland firm prepared to pay $14 million for a farm near Glenorchy, famous for film shoots, can’t settle due to a legal fish-hook. The Station at Waitiri Ltd committed to buying Jim Veint’s 257-hectare Arcadia Station, at Paradise,...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...

Swingers get last laugh

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown tourism company that missed out on Covid relief funding has produced A Covid Fairy Tale YouTube video to try to turn a negative into a positive. Shotover Canyon Swing had applied for $300,000 in strategic tourism assets protection...

Iconic attraction’s back

By TRACEY ROXBURGH After 11 long years, the gates to Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights will lift again for the public from next week. The iconic Peninsula Hill, at Kelvin Heights, has been in the Mee family since the 1960s and, till 2009,...

Off-road trailblazer turns 30

United by a passion for bikes, the six-member Columb family's successfully built New Zealand's original off-road tour company from humble beginnings. As Off Road Adventures celebrates its 30th birthday, Philip Chandler takes a ride on the wild side Two German visitors to Queenstown...
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