transport

Ferry service floated

New commuter boats could be ferrying Queenstowners to and from town, possibly reducing the resort's traffic woes, if a newly-lodged resource consent gets the green light. Kawarau Jet Services Holdings Ltd has applied to operate a scheduled ferry service along...

Jim Boult: Buses a first step

OPINION: The saying goes that "all good things come to those who wait", and I am pleased to share with you that we have a commitment from the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to start the new $2 bus service...

*555 caller fronts up

A Queenstowner who dobbed in former Dunedin mayor Dame Sukhi Turner on the Crown Range Road is convinced she was driving hazardously. Mountain Scene last week reported she and her husband, former New Zealand cricketer Glenn Turner, blasted local police for...
OPINION: The recent PechaKucha chit-chat evening at the Queenstown Memorial Centre was all about Queenstown's town centre. The 24-page brochure exhorted us to talk about its future. We are offered a range of options: an alternative arterial route, passenger transport facilities,...
OPINION: I don't know about you but I'm delighted! The reason that I'm delighted is that I had the great pleasure to fly back into Queenstown after a trip north recently, arriving here at peak rush hour, facing the prospect...

Frankton drive times cut

Road upgrades have cut the driving time between the BP roundabout on State Highway 6 and Queenstown Airport by up to 17 minutes. Last month, the first stage of the Hawthorne Dr extension - linking Remarkables Park to Glenda Dr...

$25m bypass road to open

The first section of the long-awaited road linking Remarkables Park and Glenda Drive behind Queenstown Airport will open on Thursday. The first sod was turned on the $25 million eastern access road project on November 3. Queenstown Lakes District Council programme...
OPINION: Like many throughout the district I've been watching our council during its first six months. Things are happening – at long last! We have our new traffic lights, where you can make life-long friends while waiting for a green light. The...
The long-awaited four-laning of a stretch of State Highway 6 near Queenstown is expected to begin next year. Transport Minister Simon Bridges says in a statement the exact start date is "pending the outcome of the investigation stage" and the work...
OPINION: House-minding was never a holiday option I'd considered, but when the opportunity arose in Sydney, I grabbed it. On one side I can almost reach out and touch the barques of Sydney's heritage fleet as they sail down Darling Harbour. On...

Parking ban on way

Work to install barriers and no-stopping signs on Queenstown's Kawarau Road could get cracking before winter. But it all depends on how well the council's parking strategy for Frankton is tracking and how the public feels. Cheapskates currently use the stretch...
OPINION: A belated Happy New Year to you all and despite our recent appalling weather I trust you have had a great Christmas and New Year. Four months into the new council's term, the training wheels are off, our committees are...
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