Bob’s Peak

Farmer, family man, gold fossicker, hunter, historian, shearer, bugler and, above all, a character. On the eve of his 90th birthday, lifelong Queenstowner Alan ‘Hammy’ Hamilton talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his life and times One of Queenstown’s longest-lived locals and...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu's wilding warriors have received a major funding windfall, but still have a battle on their hands, they say. The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s budget for the current financial year is more than $5 million — a...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown’s first music festival in the Covid-19 era is set to prop up the resort’s “underground” songwriting community high above the forest floor. Treehouse Sessions will see 20 local artists perform in treehouses as punters zipline between them...
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 MATTHEW MCKEW A campaign's been launched in Queenstown to keep the resort buzzing with the sound of music. Yonder prides itself on being the place to be for up-and-coming artists in New Zealand. But, with Covid-19 hitting the purse strings, there's...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown adventure tourism company's zipping into new territory to support the resort's arts, culture and performance communities. Next weekend Ziptrek Ecotours will hold its first 'Treehouse Sessions', where about 20 local musos will take to the tree...
It's no accident a former Southland Times photographer regularly shot Queenstown Winter Festival fireworks displays from the balcony of this Queenstown Hill home. That's because 47 Kent Street, for sale for the first time since it was built in 1992, has...

Q’town character dies

Queenstown's lost one of its characters. Lifelong local Peter Fleming, who died from a heart attack, aged 68, on December 28, stood out not only for his prominent moustache and stature, but for his strong, even vehement, opinions on both local...
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