Friday, March 24, 2017

Queenstown is scheduled to have a new five star hotel by the middle of spring.

Construction is well underway on the $35 million, 69-room hotel in Brunswick St, behind the Rydges Lakeland Resort.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

After a hiatus of a year, Central Otago's Wool On Creative Fashion event is back.

The annual event, which used to be held alongside October's Alexandra Blossom Festival, has grown into a separate entity.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Miki Brown and Sam Maxwell are two Queenstown-based musicians who have taken advantage of assistance from the Rock Formation Trust.

The South Today sat down with the pair to learn more about how the trust has helped them develop as musicians.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hopes a new strain of the rabbit killing virus RHD might be released this autumn have been dashed.

The virus is now not likely to be available until at least March next year. That has led to a call to farmers not to take matters into their own hands, as they did twenty years ago.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Heavy traffic is proving to be a "big challenge" for contractors working on the SH6 Kawarau Falls Bridge at Frankton.

However, the NZTA says the project has picked up "real momentum" since Christmas, and should be finished by the end of the year.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Police are working to identify the people who died in a crash on the Te Anau - Milford Highway last night.

The crash between a passenger bus carrying tourists and a rented car happened just before 3pm yesterday afternoon. Southern Area Commander Inspector Joel Lamb described the incident as horrific.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Justin Bieber went from dancing shirtless with an elderly lady in Arrowtown on Monday night to swinging backwards 200 meters over the famous Shotover River in Queenstown.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A cheaper, more frequent and efficient bus service may become a reality for Wakatipu Basin residents sooner than expected.

The Otago Regional Council’s proposal may be rolled out as early as September or October this year. Public consultation began today.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.


Monday, March 20, 2017

The 2017 Gibbston Food and Wine Festival was buzzing on Saturday at Queenstown's 150 year-old gardens with local musician, Miki Brown.
The musician performed at the festival among a selection of others in addition to Queenstown’s Jazz Orchestra.
The festival showcased Central Otago’s wines including Hawkshead, Gibbston Valley, Valli and Rockburn wines.
Queenstown reporter Meena Amso was there.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Motorists travelling in Central Otago on week days will have a rare opportunity to drive across Lake Dunstan's Clyde Dam.

The dam is being used as a detour for traffic travelling between State Highway Eight and the Earnscleugh Valley, on the south side of the Clutha River.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Some Central Otago churches are welcoming the need for earthquake strengthening on their historic buildings.

They welcome the requirements, as it will preserve the old churches for future generations.


Friday, March 17, 2017

The Harley Davidson motorcycle Thunder Run will be rolling through Queenstown and surrounding areas this weekend.

About 500 bikes and their riders are in the resort taking part in demonstration rides, jump starts, and a Thunder Run to Arrowtown on Saturday morning.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

A late summer has kept the temperature of Arrowtown's outdoor swimming pool a little cool for swimmers, and that has led to a suggestion the pool be heated in future.

Arrowtown Swim Club president Deborah McLeod is lobbying the Queenstown Lakes District Council to include the project in its annual plan.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Large amounts of toxic algae has been found at two Southland swimming sites.

Environment Southland says people and animals should avoid two waterways in the Te Anau area - the Hamilton Burn around Affleck Road, and the Upukerora River near the Te Anau to Milford Road.