Winter

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown fireys are chuffed to bits with their newly-refurbished $4 million station on Isle Street. The vollies have been holed up in temporary accommodation in the back yard since September last year, with scaffolding and awnings covering the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A monstrous rock’s landed near Queenstown’s Gorge Road, having hurtled down a cliff face about 300 metres above. Local Julian Croft spotted the dislodged rock, near Matakauri Park, while driving along the road. ‘‘I looked over into the paddock...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown hotel has stayed open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown just to look after - for free - a treasured Belgian guest. Luce Wilsens, 89, has been staying at Kamana Lakehouse - formerly Aspen Hotel - for all...

Frozen palace

New Zealand's first ice castle will soon open at Queenstown's Coronet Peak skifield. Visitors will be able to wander through the frozen structure's tunnels and play on icy slides inside the castle once the structure is fully built. The castle's construction...

It’s snow time

Staff at The Remarkables skifield have pulled out all the stops to open two days ahead of schedule this morning. The skifield is now open thanks to heavy snowfall leading up to the start of the ski season. The snow-making team...

It’s jam time

Get ready to shred. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal one of the first events in this year's Queenstown Winter Festival will see 16 of the region's top skiers and boarders go head-to-head in the 'Legends of Steel, Brecon Street Rail Showdown'...

Home coming

Brentwood are coming home for the Queenstown Winter Festival. Siblings Isla (pictured left) and Finley Brentwood, originally from Arrowtown, will star at the festival's Auckland Airport Carnival along with Wellington's The Phoenix Foundation on June 25. The Melbourne-based duo shot to fame...
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