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By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...

Hostels fear collapse

By MATTHEW MCKEW If something doesn’t change, Queenstown’s once thriving hostel industry will collapse — and, yet again, visas are a crucial issue. It’s led to a suggestion internationals living in Australia, who’ve already had  working holiday visa in New Zealand,...
LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Expensive flights, visa issues and fluctuating lockdowns could offer a new opportunity for Queenstown as the international destination from within for young Kiwis. It’s an idea put forward by St Moritz Hotel manager Jo Finnigan, who wants to find...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A choral number written for this weekend's RenewArt arts celebration in Queenstown reflects on the resort's cosmopolitan nature at this vexed time for the world. The song, being performed at Events Centre concerts tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...

The boys are back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's most popular sports team will soon be back in action, with a South Island ice hockey series facing off next month. SkyCity Stampede, the 2019 New Zealand Ice Hockey League champions, regularly pull in crowds in their...

No return for migrants

By PHILIP CHANDLER IMMIGRATION New Zealand doesn't believe a desperate Queenstown migrant couple, stuck in Bali since March because of Covid-19 border restrictions, meet its humanitarian criteria to let them return. Mountain Scene last week reported Brits Charlie Grant and Zara...

Migrants’ mare

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown migrant couple holed up in Bali for almost four months are becoming increasingly desperate as they’re continually barred from re-entering New Zealand. Brits Charlie Grant and Zara Meekins were holidaying there in March when their return...

Banker boosts QT economy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's new residents is helping broaden the resort's economy, having set up Private Capital Group, a private debt management and equity investment company. Paul Carman's originally from Wellington, but spent 25 years in the UK, working for...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time columnist for Britain's prestigious Financial Times suggests northern hemisphere tech firms, and the like, relocate to New Zealand, and particularly Queenstown, assuming this country becomes a Covid-19 "safe haven". "The country should use the pandemic to...
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