The upgraded Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown was officially opened by Health Minister David Clark on Friday.
Consent for the upgrade was granted in June last year and was funded by the Southern District Health Board to the tune of 9.3 million dollars.
However, some of the upgrade's major assets, such as a state-of-the art CT scanner, has to be paid for with local donations and fundraising.
Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".
The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.
More than a thousand school pupils from across the region descended on Queenstown this week, for the second annual Central Lakes Polyfest.
Pupils ranging in age from early childhood to eighteen took the stage in Queenstown to participate in kapa haka and Pasifika.
Numbers are almost double from last year, thanks to the enthusiasm of both teachers and pupils.
Polyfest has been running in nearby Invercargill for ten years, and attracts up to ten thousand pupils.
Which leaves organisers of the Queenstown-based event wondering if they've outgrown the venue.
In just over a week, an equestrian park is set to open at Shotover Country near Queenstown.
The owner says there's nothing else like it in the lower South Island, and they hope to attract both local and visiting horse lovers to the business.
A large housing development on Queenstown's former high school site will include 100 KiwiBuild apartments.
Minister of Housing Megan Woods formally announced the partnership between the Government and Ngai Tahu during a visit to the site yesterday.
Rural property owners in Queenstown are praising the fire and helicopter crews who tackled a massive scrub blaze on Saturday evening.
The fire burned an area of almost 150 hectares, and threatened homes in the remote area of Deep Creek about 40 minutes drive along Skippers Canyon Road.
Protesters in Queenstown have set their eyes on the New Zealand Petroleum Conference venue.
Around 35 protesters stationed themselves outside the front of the Millenium Hotel where the conference was being held, loudly voicing their displeasure at the attendees.
New Zealand's best young hip hop dancers converged on Queenstown at the weekend for the for the national schools dance championships.
It is the first time the resort hosted the competition, and organisers say they were very pleased with ticket sales, with about 500 cheering fans attending the opening night.
Wagging tongues and tails were signs of happy hounds as they dashed through the snow at Coronet Peak for the 45th dog derby race.
Sunshine came to the party when around 80 dogs and their owners bolted down a freshly powdered mountain on Saturday.