The World Bar

By GUY WILLIAMS A group of residents behind a project to build a skateboarding ramp for younger children in Queenstown’s Shotover Country are on a final fundraising push. The mini ramp project was instigated by Nick Hyne and George Carver about...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An up-and-coming indie-pop muso from Arrowtown drops another single tomorrow. Sofia Machray, 21, a former Wakatipu High student who’s now based in Wellington, is releasing Milky Ways on streaming platforms including Spotify and YouTube. A video follows a few...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A film festival making its premiere in Queenstown might be a chance for a new Spielberg to gain recognition, win a cool grand and promote the resort’s growing network of mountain bike trails. Queenstown Mountain Bike Club, which...

Working remotely, together

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A resort entrepreneur’s used the Covid-19-induced lockdown as inspiration to create, hopefully, short- and long-term benefits for the Wakatipu, and New Zealand. Ziptrek Ecotours founder Trent Yeo’s behind a 12-day festival, being held this November, dubbed ‘RemoteTogetherNZ’. It’ll bring...

DJ’s nightlife reset

By HUGH COLLINS QUEENSTOWN may not be known as a cultural mecca but for one local artist it was the  adventure capital that enabled him to forge a career in music. Stuart Raeburn, better known by some as DJ Stubacca, is...

Hives new buzz

Public beehives are the new buzz in the Wakatipu. Thanks to local apiculturist Neal McAloon and various sponsors, bee colonies have popped up in the Queenstown Gardens, Arthurs Point's School House Reserve and Arrow Junction's Whitechapel Road. In each case, McAloon,...
Queenstown's next vibrant venue will change its focus with the passage of the sun. 'Yonder' is the new cafe, bar and restaurant set to open late next month in the old McNeill's Cottage on Church St. The World Bar collaborators Steve...

A shambles of a gig

Queenstown-raised Dunedin-based muso Max Gunn is pretty stoked to gig in his home town. The frontman of The Shambles is playing at The World Bar’s 21st birthday bash Friday night. It’ll be a chance to reminisce as he used to frequent...
It's been an eventful 21 years for The World Bar blokes. They've served up more than one million teapot cocktails, relocated to new premises after a devastating fire, laughed a lot, cried some more, hosted plenty of shindigs and have plans to take on...
The owners of Queenstown hospo institution The World Bar are taking over the historic cottage next door. Gary Livesey and Steve Ward say their plans for McNeill's Cottage embrace art, food, music, drinks, performance and drama. But they're keeping the concept...

Hippiefest rehash

Queenstown's The World Bar knows the ’60s were all about grass. So the Church St bar’s ordered 200 square metres of the stuff for  its annual Worldstock festival. Before the cops go on high alert it’s worth mentioning that’s real turf rather than...
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