coronavirus

By HUGH COLLINS For the first time in its 36-year history, the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival's been forced to cancel. The decision's come on the back of recent government directives to cancel mass gatherings of more than 500. Festival coordinator Carole Watts...

Lights out for Luma 20

By GUY WILLIAMS The lights have gone out on Luma 2020. One of Queenstown's biggest event success stories of recent years, the four-day festival of illuminated art, light sculptures and performance has been cancelled because of the coronavirus. A media statement says...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's going to "bust my backside" to help lead the resort, and the district, out of the coronavirus crisis. But, he warns, it will have an impact far bigger than anything most of us will...

Sweating Motatapu

By HUGH COLLINS Nearly 4000 athletes are set to charge through the hills between Wanaka and Arrowtown this weekend during the 16th Macpac Motatapu. The Motatapu's grown to incorporate seven different running and biking events across two days - it's the...
Queenstown Resort College is rejecting a claim coronavirus is disrupting its industry internship programme. The father of a Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management student tells Mountain Scene only a handful of students in his child's intake have found internship positions,...

Resort catches coronavirus

A Queenstown businessman says he started the year believing the summer of 2020 would be the best ever for his business. Now he's having second thoughts. Like accommodation providers, retailers and other tourist operators in the resort, he's come to rely...

China travel ban slammed

A Queenstown tourist operator believes the New Zealand government's coronavirus-induced travel ban on Chinese is an over-reaction that'll damage the resort. The two-week ban, imposed this Monday, is aimed at containing the spread of a deadly, fast-spreading virus that originated...
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