lockdown

Fergburger reopens

By MATTHEW MCKEW Fergburger's Queenstown doors will swing open again today. The world famous burger bar's known for its long lines, stretching up the street, but general manager Steve Bradley doesn't expect the normal queue after it opens at 8am. "We are...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Amidst a health crisis, it's apt foundation works on Queenstown's first surgical hospital started this week. The $20 million-plus hospital's being built next to the Queenstown Country Club by the retirement village's original developer, Sanderson Group. Despite a slight delay...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The couple who made Queenstown's Shotover Jet world-famous are devastated owner Ngai Tahu Tourism's bailing out. The big corporate last week announced it's closing its tourism businesses, including Shotover Jet and Glenorchy's Dart River Jet, "for the time being",...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...
In a town where one couldn't buy toilet paper for three weeks, the American people came to terms with their plight. Palm Springs is the darling hideaway of the Hollywood famous, and here I observed the world's most prolific consumers...

Tracking virus spread

By MATTHEW MCKEW When lockdown ends and people return to bars and restaurants, it's likely customers will have to register their details - a process about to get a lot easier thanks to a Queenstown business duo. Richard McLeod and James...
A global pandemic was never going to be kind on a couple whose livelihood revolves around social gatherings. But that doesn’t mean the word ‘optimistic’ has been entirely omitted from the vocabulary of long-time Queenstown musicians Lindsay and Ailsa Woods. The Hanley’s...
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. However, as lockdown continues, and many of us heading to the supermarket with little regularity, it can sometimes feel like the war room. Besides the three meals a day...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...
Former Queenstown bar manager Julia Lonnerheden is now flying planes in her native Sweden – a country that’s attracted curiosity - and criticism - by not going into lockdown to try to stop the spread of Covid-19. But, as...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Could it become Queenstown's lockdown anthem? In an amazing video collaboration, local choir Southern Soul posted American singer-songwriter Andra Day's stirring song, Rise Up, on its Facebook page, on Tuesday night. And by this afternoon it had generated about...
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