Mountain Scene

By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER Could a conference centre finally be on the way for Queenstown? Mountain Scene understands the government is at least considering investing in Remarkables Park Ltd’s long-mooted multi-million dollar conference centre at Frankton. RPL director Alastair Porter...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Despite spending 10 months locked down in her adopted home of Los Angeles, Broods lead singer Georgia Nott says 2020 was one of her “favourite years’’ yet. ‘‘It was really powerful. ‘‘Not since I came into the music industry have...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A planned community rally in Queenstown tomorrow's been canned. Resident and business owner Lou McDowell, who was organising the rally planned for tomorrow morning, says in part the decision to pull the pin is because Tourism Minister Stuart...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstowner George Shaw only took up golf five months ago, but has already achieved what every player dreams of. The hallowed hole-in-one. The 74-year-old Kelvin Heights resident tells Mountain Scene he picked up the clubs last year, at the...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown adventure racer Chris Forne (pictured) admits to being ‘‘a bit apprehensive on the physical front’’ as he counted down to today's start of the eight-day GODZone race in Rotorua. Forne, a six-time world champion with his team...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH As far as international competition debuts go, Queenstown’s Cool Wakushima’s is hard to beat. The 18-year-old snowboarder, who left Wakatipu High School last year, is in her first competition season overseas, and over the weekend picked up a...
By GUY WILLIAMS Sir Russell Coutts once told Mountain Scene his golf game’s ‘‘crap’’, but that isn’t stopping the yachting legend from hoping to extend his field of dreams on the Crown Terrace. He’s applied to Queenstown’s council for resource consent...

Lights, camera, more action

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's all go for two high-profile TV shoots in the Whakatipu. Great Southern Television’s second season of crime thriller One Lane Bridge started shooting in the Basin last week. Pictured on location at Glenorchy’s Dart River Bridge on Monday...

It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

Sanctuary’s blow

By GUY WILLIAMS The consortium behind a $30 million plan to eradicate or intensively control predators across a vast swathe of the Queenstown Lakes district is back to square one after a series of funding setbacks. The Southern Lakes Sanctuary, unveiled in...

‘Unsightly’ but allowed

By PHILIP CHANDLER QUEENSTOWN’S council admits mountain bike jumps created alongside Malaghans Road, near Arrowtown, are unsightly, but says they comply with earthworks rules. Mountain Scene reported two weeks ago council’s enforcement team was investigating jumps built by the landowner Mike...
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