visitor accommodation

Boutique A’town subdivision

By PHILIP CHANDLER House builds are underway in what’s probably central Arrowtown’s last residential subdivision. Three Mayors Ridge — named after three generations of the Reid family who were mayors of the former Arrowtown borough — has been developed by the...

Mt Dewar project’s setback

By GUY WILLIAMS The sale of cabin sections on Queenstown's Mt Dewar Station could be delayed by up to two years. Treespace Queenstown boss Adam Smith says the commercially-funded native reforestation project has found the money to start planting trees, but...

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...

Striking streetscape added

By PHILIP CHANDLER A newly-completed luxury apartment complex close to downtown Queenstown could set a trend for the future. The five-unit Lakeside Villas, clad in striking cedar, sits right beside busy Frankton Road and adjoins Oaks Club Resort, to the east,...

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...
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