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By GUY WILLIAMS About 1000 mountain bikers are expected to take up the chance of a ride on the wild side this Sunday. As they’ve done every year since 2016, the Porter family’s opening up their deer and sheep farm, Queenstown...

Boutique Fryer Street units

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown planner/developer’s building an entry-level apartment complex just 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD. Northlight Apartments consists of 10 boutique apartments over two levels in Fryer Street. It’s being developed by planner Tim Williams and his wife Paula,...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...

Alpine chalet full of charm

By PHILIP CHANDLER Few Queenstown homes have the charm and character of one currently on the market in Kelvin Heights’ Balmoral Drive. It was built in the early ‘90s by Arrowtown-based architectural designer Erwin ‘Strauss’ Steck in the style of a...

Iconic attraction’s back

By TRACEY ROXBURGH After 11 long years, the gates to Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights will lift again for the public from next week. The iconic Peninsula Hill, at Kelvin Heights, has been in the Mee family since the 1960s and, till 2009,...

Silicon resort

By MATTHEW MCKEW International tech firms could soon have offices at a new Queenstown innovation campus, providing a piece of land can be found. Former developer Ross Allan, who brought Dell to New Zealand in the late ‘90s, says he’s lined up...

Flame leaps the street

By PHILIP CHANDLER A bit like ageing its trademark steaks, it's taken time for Queenstown's popular Flame Bar & Grill to find larger premises. But, after a seven-month fitout, interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown, it's finally moving across Beach Street to...
By GUY WILLIAMS A controversial $100 million hotel proposed for Fernhill has got the thumbs down at City Hall. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied in December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel in Queenstown's Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel, which it also...
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