Lake Wakatipu

The Lady takes a rest

By GUY WILLIAMS The TSS Earnslaw was guided on to the slipway at Queenstown’s Kelvin Heights for the vintage steamship's annual once-over last Tuesday. The Real Journeys-owned, 330-tonne vessel was winched up by a steam engine originally in service on Lake...

Local’s Ali coup

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a heavyweight coup, a Queenstowner and another Kiwi are creating a giant tourist attraction in the United States dedicated to one of the world’s biggest icons, Muhammad Ali. Local Stu Robertson — a marketing guru and philanthropist...

Bruce laps up lake

By PHILIP CHANDLER A kayaker who once almost drowned in Lake Wakatipu has just paddled 206km to circumnavigate it. Queenstowner Bruce Telford, 57, arrived back at his Frankton Arm put-in point last Monday, after completing the challenge in eight legs over...
It’s not widely known one of New Zealand’s finest old wooden schooners, built 101 years ago, lives on Lake Wakatipu. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to Lady Sterling’s owner, muso Noel Coutts, about how he acquired her and why he compares...
By MARK PRICE What would you get if you mixed two nuns, twins in a pushchair and Prince Philip? Well, an attempt at a little bit of royal humour, of course. During the 1970 royal tour, then-Queenstown mayor Warren Cooper accompanied the...
By GUY WILLIAMS It takes a remarkable person to swim nearly 4km in chilly Lake Wakatipu, but to call Melanie Ryding remarkable is something of an understatement. Five months after having her left leg amputated, the self-employed personal trainer from Invercargill...

A novel challenge

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man with a kidney disorder e-scooters into Queenstown today near the end of a 14-day, 1400km challenge. Eugene Sanders is riding from Picton to Bluff to raise awareness of kidney disease and fundraise for Kidney Health New...

Bid to close biodiversity loop

By GUY WILLIAMS The Glenorchy Community Association’s hoping to nab $700,000 in Jobs for Nature funding for a project designed to address the township’s wellbeing issues as well as its biodiversity goals. If the application’s successful, the ‘Glenorchy Eastern Biodiversity Corridor’...

Whakatipu time

By PHILIP CHANDLER Highly-respected Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says it’s time Queenstowners put an ‘h’ in ‘Wakatipu’. ‘Whakatipu’ is the undisputed traditional Maori spelling, however ‘Wakatipu’ has been employed since early European days and pops up in everything from...
In a milestone that flew under the radar, Queenstown’s NZONE Skydive — currently in a tailspin due to border closures — recently turned 30. Original co-owner and general manager Robynne Williams and current gm Clark ‘Scotty’ Scott reflect on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Otago Regional Council’s investigating a major sewage spill into Lake Wakatipu last Friday. It’s believed tens of thousands of litres of raw, untreated sewage poured into the lake after a bung ‘‘let go’’ in a pipeline above the Frankton...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...
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