The Remarkables

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 PHILIP CHANDLER Two Queenstown developers make long-awaited appearances in National Business Review’s online Rich List. Part-time local Fraser Sanderson, who’s developing commercial and residential property behind his former Queenstown Country Club retirement village, is valued at $225 million. The Porter brothers,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH All they need now is snow. Twenty-seven border exemptions have been granted for critical skifield workers in the Southern Lakes — with three pending — enabling skifields to open at 100% this season. In March the Ski Areas Association...

Quail Rise fracas

By PHILIP CHANDLER Sparks are flying over how a section got split into two in Queenstown’s Quail Rise when subdivision’s not allowed in the suburb. Caught in the crossfire are Queenstown’s council, for allowing the subdivision, and developer David Broomfield, who...
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...

Podium nailed on borrowed skis

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown skier Blake Marshall has achieved his season’s goal on the first stop of this year’s Freeride World Tour — a podium finish. The 26-year-old finished third last weekend at Ordino Arcalis ski resort, in Andorra, and even...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown freeskier, ranked sixth in the world, is in Europe getting ready for his second season on the freeride world tour. Blake Marshall will compete in his first event at Ordino Arcalis ski resort, in Andorra, from...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...

Land preserved in perpetuity

By GUY WILLIAMS They want it to be protected forever. That’s why Dick and Jillian Jardine will gift the ownership of Remarkables Station to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII) in two years’ time. At a ceremony yesterday, they announced they’ll...

Lift chairs selling

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowners have a chance to bag themselves a bit of skifield history, simultaneously helping out two local charities. The Remarkables is selling off its old Sugar Bowl quad chairs from tomorrow morning — all the money raised will...
By MATTHEW MCKEW We've been renamed ‘Greenstown’. Queenstown’s set to go viral Monday night under the new alias when the resort plays host to the Xbox X and S Series console launches. A livestream’s expected to draw millions of views around the...

Like a boss

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about a homecoming. Yesterday, in arguably the most fitting result in the Tour of Southland to date, hometown boy and newly-minted pro cyclist Reuben Thompson, racing for Vet4Farms, showed the field how it’s done, winning the third...
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