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.
The National Party is unlikely to stand in the way of expanding Wanaka airport, if elected next year.
That's according to Party leader, and former Transport Minister, Simon Bridges who visited Wanaka late last week.
Favourite TV and movie theme songs will ring out for this year's Star on Ice fundraiser.
The event will see Queenstown skaters take to the ice rink dressed up and performing to the music of television theme songs.
Central Otago's creative felters are gearing up for the biggest event on their craft calendars, in recent times.
More than 90 registrations have been received, for the 15th convergence of felters, affectionately dubbed "Felting Frenzy".
A war of words has erupted over the proposed Wanaka airport expansion.
This follows an accountant's analysis saying to be commercially viable, the airport would need a jet flight every ten minutes.
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult says the report is fundamentally wrong.
But the report's author says the airport and council council are either hiding something or do not have all the information.
School pupils were busy on Tuesday planting flaxes and grasses at the Matakauri Wetlands near Queenstown.
Coming from nine different Central Otago schools, the pupils visited Queenstown on Tuesday as part of a hui on climate change
Some Queenstown residents are angry after two trees in the town centre were felled to make room for bus stops.
Three existing bus stops, on Camp Street, will move to Stanley Street to minimise disruption during upgrades to O'Connells Mall.
On Monday morning two large birch trees on Stanley Street were cut down, to make way for the new bus stop.