A Wanaka paddleboarder, who has reached the pinnacle of her sport several times in the last decade, has decided to change tack.
Former world champion Annabel Anderson has joined the shift to hydrofoiling, allowing her to 'fly' above the water.
Environmental officers have been busy checking water and environment measuring sites around Otago following last week's heavy rains.
Luggate Creek has been one of more than 60 sites across the region that needed to be inspected.
After a week with a flooded Lake Wanaka lapping on its doorstep, the Lake Bar was finally re-opened business on Thursday afternoon.
The bar is just one of several Wanaka businesses which lost about a week's trading due to the threat of flooding, and a shut down sewerage system.
Members of the Cromwell Menz Shed have been overwhelmed by the support they've received from the local community to establish a base to work from.
The group, which has about 50 members, is now based from two, 40ft shipping containers at the Cromwell Racecourse.
Wanaka and Queenstown residents and business owners let out a collective sigh of relief this morning.
Both their respective lakes, Wanaka and Wakatipu, reached their peak levels earlier today without inflicting too much damage on the two townships.
A dozen Wanaka residents had oil portraits of themselves on display at a one-day pop-up exhibition recently.
"Everyone Deserves a Portrait" was the title of the show, featuring works by well-known Luggate artist Stephen Martyn Welch.
Wanaka Community Board members progressed a contentious master plan for the township to the next stage.
The Wanaka Masterplan and Wanaka Integrated Transport Programme Business Case includes a contentious proposal to construct a bypass road through a Crown reserve golf course.
It is the time of year when the honey bees are swarming across the thyme-covered slopes of Central Otago.
Unfortunately, the bees are wasting their time, with beekeepers being paid around $4 a kilogram for thyme honey, when it costs around $6 a kilo to make.