Wakatipu

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...

Outrigger outrage

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu Waka Ama Club paddlers are outraged one of their valuable canoes has been vandalised. The ama, or outrigger, on a six-person waka, ‘Te Ao Hurihuri’, was severed from its waka overnight, last Friday, and probably irreparably damaged. Club...

Super strummer

By PHILIP CHANDLER A professional Latin guitarist for the past 20 years, Dunedin-based Ryan Sanchez — aka Dr Sanchez — performs in Queenstown’s Village Green at 5pm tonight. He’s appearing as part of a Creative Queenstown mini music festival, ‘Listen Up,...
Jason Medina's a long-time Queenstown resident who last week completed 100 Canyon Swings in one day, raising money for St John after the charity and two resort cops saved his life last year Last Thursday morning I woke up early,...
Martin Hawes is a financial advisor, wealth coach and author who called Queenstown home for 20 yearsbefore moving to Christchurch When life changes, conventional wisdom says you should revisit your will. After 20 years of living in the Wakatipu Basin, I...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...

Gigs galore for a good cause

By PHILIP CHANDLER A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers. Starting this coming Monday, the likes of...

Dog day afternoon

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tomorrow's a day for the dogs at one pooch-propitious craft beer bar in Queenstown. Beech Tree, off Beach Street, is hosting a ‘Paws & Pose’ fundraiser for Dog Rescue Dunedin (DRD), a charitable trust which also operates in the...

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...

Renewing the cultural landscape

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Twenty-seven Wakatipu artists and performers have received RenewArt grants so their work can be displayed or performed at free community art celebrations here next month. In total, 20 visual artists and 21 performing arts groups have been given funding...
In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...

Bike club gains white knight

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s about to put its foot down — and it’s got some serious firepower behind it. New Zealand tech entrepreneur and Xero co-founder Rod Drury says he decided a while ago to get back into...
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