visitor accommodation

New JP for resort

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's 19th Justice of the Peace has been sworn in. Annalisa (Lisa) White took the oath in Queenstown’s court on Monday before Judge Russell Walker, with her proud family, husband Matthew and children Abigail, 15, and Dylan, 12, friends...
By GUY WILLIAMS University of Otago’s applied for consent to build a $12 million retreat for academics near Queenstown’s Jack’s Point, but is backing off a plan to build it by the end of next year. Calling it one of the...
Only a couple of months ago the Southern Lakes region was riding high on the back of a thriving tourism industry. The burgeoning tourist sector, growing population and construction industry had created a prosperous time for the region. Mass tourism...

Accommodation fillip

Queenstown Lakes accommodation businesses that would collect the proposed visitor levy will have their rates burden relieved if it goes ahead. Ahead of a district-wide referendum on June 5, mayor Jim Boult is proposing to reduce the extra amount of...

Suburbs sell out to tourism

Commissioners may not think they're having any major bearing on Queenstown's overheated rental market, but applications to operate visitor accommodation have more than tripled in just two years. Queenstown's council received 119 applications to run visitor accommodation in 2017. Last year,...

Expansion on the horizon

A luxury Queenstown hotel is pushing north – by taking on a posh, 25-metre cruiseliner in Auckland Harbour. The Rees Hotel is also looking at building a spanking new hotel in Christchurch. Hotel boss Mark Rose says the growth signals the...
Allegations of mismanagement at a Queenstown apartment complex have reached the Serious Fraud Office. Some disgruntled unit owners claim they're being ripped off. They claim some apartments are deliberately being let out more than others and lower-than-actual occupancy rates are being reported...
Threats of a hefty fine and jail time are flushing out Queenstown's unregistered holiday let owners. In January, City Hall wrote to almost 800 property owners, warning them if convicted they could face a $300,000 fine or two years in...

$10m hotel build

Consent's been lodged for a new Queenstown hotel, which will cost up to $10 million. Builder Russell Lund, of Dunedin, wants to build two five-level buildings beside The Sherwood at Goldfield Heights. Lund says his primary aim is to help alleviate...
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