lockdown

Double whammy

By PHILIP CHANDLER A heavily-pregnant Queenstown migrant stressed out about losing her job claims she's also been intimidated by her landlord. Spa beauty and massage therapist Viviane Soares de Freitas was distressed enough to be among 150 Hilton Hotel staff made redundant...
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...
By HUGH COLLINS Like most of us, Sofia Machray has spent the last seven weeks complying  with the national Covid-19 lockdown. But this was never going to stop last Friday's release of her debut single, Handstands. The Arrowtown songwriter and guitarist describes...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In the face of the tourist industry's Covid-19-induced implosion, a Queenstown-based tourism broker's delighted he's just been given extra firepower to do his job. Simon Haslett's worked in the region for Resort Brokers for the past five years, but...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...

Uplifting Fijian women

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Bring out your bras. Tori Keating, above left, and Niki Davies, of xtravel, want Queenstown women to clean out their top drawers and donate any unwanted support garments for the 'Uplift Project'/ The pair started collecting bras just before...
By HUGH COLLINS With Covid-19 putting many musical careers in the Wakatipu Basin on hold, one artist claims the general mood among the local musos isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Long-time Queenstown muso Shay Muddle’s spent lockdown running ‘Quarantunes’, a...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Auckland owner of Queenstown's QBox campsite's donated $20,000 to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Following an article in Mountain Scene last week, Li contacted fundraising queen Kaye Parker, who founded the fund in conjunction with the Wakatipu Community...

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...
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