Mountain Scene

By GUY WILLIAMS The last time Greg Thompson had a ‘light bulb moment’, it turned into a multi-million-dollar roading project that fixed the dangerous Tucker Beach Road-State Highway 6 intersection. Now the energetic Quail Rise resident’s made a submission to Queenstown council’s...

Nash’s bold call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism Minister Stuart Nash predicts Queenstown could enjoy a record ski season thanks to the trans-Tasman bubble, and hints he’ll announce more measures to help the Covid-ravaged tourism industry next week. In the resort on a family holiday...
By MARK PRICE A ‘‘huge roadblock’’ is holding up a start on the next leg of the $26.3 million Central Otago cycle trail network that would link Queenstown with Cromwell. The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust will officially open the...
I cried on Monday. Not that classy kind of crying either, like you see in the movies, where one solitary tear rolls down the cheek in dramatic fashion. No, siree, Bob. It was the proper ugly snarfle-type cry, and it caught me...

Scene up with the best

Mountain Scene’s been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Voyager Media Awards. Continuing its proud tradition, Scene, produced by Allied Press, is in the running for the Community Newspaper of the Year award, for which more than 90 community...

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...
By GUY WILLIAMS Two holes-in-one, same course, same hole, three weeks apart. As reported in Mountain Scene on March 11, Kelvin Heights man George Shaw scored an ace on the course’s seventh hole while playing with his Frankton Masters buddies in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Shattered windows, lost stock, closed footpaths and near-constant noise. Two months after the start of Queenstown’s CBD upgrade beginning, the length of Beach Street, some business owners are already tearing their hair out. While all spoken to by Mountain...
By GUY WILLIAMS It could be a low-mow no-no, or just a go slow. Mountain Scene’s none the wiser after asking Queenstown’s council for its thoughts on a recent ‘‘low-mow’’ trial in two suburban spots. The trial began last December with its...
By GUY WILLIAMS The backers of a major extension to the Queenstown Trail have finally got a date to argue their case before council-appointed commissioners. The Queenstown Trails Trust’s plan to build cycling routes between Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown...
By GUY WILLIAMS The first candidate to put up their hand for Queenstown council’s vacant seat’s been there before. Recently-retired lawyer and long-time resort resident Phil Wilson, who served a term from 1992 to 1995, tells Mountain Scene he’d already been...
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...
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