TSS Earnslaw

Mayor powers to the podium

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult was among four local racing drivers who enjoyed spectacular success at the New Zealand endurance champs last weekend. Racing at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park, local Barry Moore and Dunedin co-driver Tim Mackersy won Class...

Best of buddies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Long-time Wakatipu buddy coordinator Nanette Benington’s thrilled with the support locals are showing her volunteer programme in which ‘Big Buddies’ spend time supporting ‘Little Buddies’. She’s trained nine new big buddies this year, including Lee Hart, who’s pictured...

RJ’s Walter Peak farmstay

By GUY WILLIAMS For the first time in its history, Real Journeys plans to offer visitor accommodation at Walter Peak High Country Farm. The company’s applied for resource consent to offer a farmstay in a two-bedroom cottage originally built for its...

Maritime history shipshape

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowners and visitors can now dine out on the resort’s rich maritime history. Named after an early paddlesteamer, The Mountaineer Room has opened as an annex to The Boat Shed cafe by the Frankton marina. It’s the work of...

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...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Who hasn’t sung You Are My Sunshine or My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean on Queenstown’s Earnslaw steamer on sailings back from Walter Peak? Despite its popularity over scores of years, however, the Earnslaw singalong’s become yet another...

Blooming ‘eck

An ugly algae bloom called lake snow is biting Queenstown Bay boaties, and even stopped the iconic Earnslaw tourist steamer in her tracks. TSS Earnslaw chief engineer Peter Dorrington calls it "horrendous" and says it surfaced "almost overnight". "We found it...

Earnslaw jumper’s regret

Queenstown man Tom Murray has apologised to the skipper of TSS Earnslaw after deciding to take the plunge into Lake Wakatipu last month. The 23-year-old, who has lived in the resort since February, told Mountain Scene he did not realise...

Wiggly dinner

Maggots were accidentally served to a Real Journeys staffer, the tourism giant confirms. Mountain Scene was tipped off after an evening staff meal 'sit over' in March. The maggots were only discovered after staff had eaten the meal, the informant says. Real...

Logging project a real journey

A tourism company's project to rid its land of wilding trees and invasive weeds has transformed a peninsula across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Over nearly two years, Real Journeys has logged about 30ha of Douglas fir trees and cleared a...
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