Queenstown Gardens

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...

Lights out for Luma 20

By GUY WILLIAMS The lights have gone out on Luma 2020. One of Queenstown's biggest event success stories of recent years, the four-day festival of illuminated art, light sculptures and performance has been cancelled because of the coronavirus. A media statement says...

Rally-round for reggae gig

The organiser of Queenstown's annual 'Reggae in the Park' is stoked a fundraising appeal's ensured Thursday's Waitangi Day event will again go on. Tyrone Morehu, aka 'DJ Pops', needed an extra $2500 this year to meet council security and rubbish...

Hives new buzz

Public beehives are the new buzz in the Wakatipu. Thanks to local apiculturist Neal McAloon and various sponsors, bee colonies have popped up in the Queenstown Gardens, Arthurs Point's School House Reserve and Arrow Junction's Whitechapel Road. In each case, McAloon,...

Dress-circle property dream

On many fronts, a residential property for sale at the end of Queenstown's Brisbane Street represents a unique proposition. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 27 Brisbane Street, with a two-bedroom rental unit below, is on the lakefront but elevated, for...
The splendour of today's Queenstown Gardens owes much to long-time former curator Nic Leefe, who died last month at 91. Leefe took the head gardener's job, aged only 24, after seeing it advertised while holidaying here in 1953. He'd trained with...

Run making strides

Queenstown Gardens echoes every Saturday to the sound of joggers running a new five-kilometre event. Parkrun is a free, non-competitive, timed event which started in England 14 years ago and is now held in more than 1500 places around the...
"DICKHEAD" thieves have failed to return hundreds of dollars' worth of gear nicked from Queenstown's Luma Festival. And it's safe to say the boss of the trust behind the festival isn't impressed. Three disco balls that formed part of an exhibition...

Artist collab lights the way

The creative brains behind LUMA Southern Lights Project are planning a New Zealand first. Trust big-wig Duncan Forsyth says artists are creating "one giant piece" – a collaboration between local and national artists – for June's event. "That is pretty much...
A volcanic pyramid animated by 4000 lights is just one of the sculptures designed to make Queenstowners gawp in wonder this weekend. Artist Angus Muir is the principal light installation artist behind Queenstown's Luma arts and culture festival, which opens tomorrow. The...
Queenstown audio-visual king Tom Lynch has grand plans for the 2017 Luma arts festival. The TomTom Productions founder and artist wowed visitors last year by illuminating Queenstown Gardens' forest with lights activated by movement. He hopes to go one better over Queen's...

Luma lights the way

Queenstown's spectacular Luma Light Festival might expand after a stellar opening year. More than 10,000 people visited the illuminated art installation and sculpture trail in Queenstown Gardens last year. The Luma Light Festival Trust had originally anticipated numbers would grow to...
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