lockdown

Show-stopping showhome

By PHILIP CHANDLER The grandest showhome built by the developers of Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort opens its doors this month. ‘Residences on Dalgleish’ is a collection of five homes designed by Dunedin-based Mason & Wales Architects, fronting the fourth and overlooking the seventh...

Reinventing in the resort

By HUGH COLLINS While most of us were hunkering down during lockdown, one Queenstown native was floating about in the Bahamas. But it was no holiday. Born and raised in the Wakatipu, for the past four years Emily Burns has been living...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...

Under pressure

By HUGH COLLINS, TRACEY ROXBURGH & GUY WILLIAMS AS the fallout from Covid-19 continues, Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s worried the resort’s mental health services are struggling to cope with demand. He tells Mountain Scene he’s hearing reports of people waiting weeks...
By GUY WILLIAMS Nicholas Holmes was already having the year from hell. After four months in Covid-ravaged French Guiana, the Queenstowner managed to get on a flight to Paris last month, and in a rare moment of good luck, was allowed...

The boys are back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's most popular sports team will soon be back in action, with a South Island ice hockey series facing off next month. SkyCity Stampede, the 2019 New Zealand Ice Hockey League champions, regularly pull in crowds in their...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
By HUGH COLLINS The Fat Lamb, in Queenstown Mall, is the resort's latest Covid-19 hospitality victim. The restaurant's been part of the Wai Group, which also owns and operates Bella Cucina, Public Kitchen & Bar and Finz Seafood and Grill. Wai Group director...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A young Auckland entrepreneur's undaunted about buying a Queenstown motel property during the tourism-crippling Covid-19 lockdown. Satyan Mehra and a friend have acquired Queenstown Motel Apartments, on Frankton Road, from local couple Dianne and Peter Smith, who'd had...

Flame leaps the street

By PHILIP CHANDLER A bit like ageing its trademark steaks, it's taken time for Queenstown's popular Flame Bar & Grill to find larger premises. But, after a seven-month fitout, interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown, it's finally moving across Beach Street to...

Banker boosts QT economy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's new residents is helping broaden the resort's economy, having set up Private Capital Group, a private debt management and equity investment company. Paul Carman's originally from Wellington, but spent 25 years in the UK, working for...
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