The whole of New Zealand is on Covid 19 alert level 4 lockdown until midnight this Friday, with longer for Auckland.
There are still no cases of Covid 19 in the South Island, prompting some to question why people and businesses away from the outbreak zone are also locked down.
Earlier this week Queenstown Lakes Major Jim Boult voiced concern about his area... and joined us via zoom .
Queenstown tourism operators are noticing the impact on visitor numbers as Covid-19 virus travel bans come in force around the world.
A new marketing campaigns hopes to lure visitors from less-affected parts of the world to the resort.
Arrowtown School pupils got a thrilling surprise this week, when a Queenstown Helicopter Rescue crew dropped in to their camp at Cecil Peak Station.
Paramedics Jodie Burton and Dave Chittenden, along with pilot Justin Gloag, flew in to the school’s camp by the Lochy River on Thursday morning.
A man has been charged with careless driving causing injury following a bus crash in which a girl and woman lost limbs.
Emergency services arrived at the crash yesterday afternoon on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, southwest of Queenstown.
A tourist bus had rolled on to its side, and the Otago Daily Times understands a girl lost both hands in the crash, and a woman lost one hand.
Otago Lakes Area Commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says a 32-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury following the bus crash.
Those on board the bus, including the driver, are all Chinese nationals.
The man is expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court on Monday, January 27.
Twenty people are injured, including two seriously, after a bus rolled on Glenorchy-Queenstown Road about 7km southwest of Queenstown.
Police say the crash happened just before 2pm and the road, just south of Closeburn Road, is blocked.
A Queenstown tourism giant has begun building a village for its staff at Walter Peak, in response to rising Queenstown rents.
Real Journey's has spent 1.5 million dollars on three new houses for staff at Walter Peak High Country Farm.
A man has been charged with dangerous driving, following the death of an elderly woman in a collision on Queentown's Frankton Road on Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency services were called the accident involving a motorcycle and two cars, just after 3:30pm.
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.
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.
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.