Thursday, July 4, 2019

Three mates are on a mission to get bums on seats in Queenstown pubs and eating spot, during quiet times.

Bar Hero is a new booking service in the resort, giving patrons bargain deals on food and drinks.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lake Hayes finally has a water monitoring buoy, five years after the lake's protectors first asked for one.

Otago Regional Council and Otago University scientists helped launch the $70,000, solar-powered buoy on Tuesday.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The pressure was high as southern building apprentices took part in the regional Apprentice of the Year competition in Queenstown over the weekend.

The annual event aims to find the best young apprentices across the country, with the national finals set for later this year.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Thousands of people celebrated the Queenstown Winter Festival over the weekend.

Now in its 45th year, the event is an important showcase for the region, bringing in millions of dollars over four days.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Fine weather made for a perfect start to Queenstown's winter festival last night.

Large crowds turned up to take part in the the opening celebrations, which included a torchlight procession as well as cultural demonstrations at Queenstown Bay.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The eerie silence of a pretend crash site was broken by victim screams and emergency response sirens arriving on scene in Queenstown Tuesday.

While the scenario was fictional, the realistic and gruesome crash simulation showed school pupils the real consequences of poor driving.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Workers who helped build Queenstown's Coronet Peak's new chairlift in record time were thanked at an informal function on Thursday.

About 200 contractors completed the $20 million ski-lift, just in time for the field's soft opening this Saturday.

Friday, June 14, 2019

New Zealand tourism leaders say collaboration and offering a point of difference needs to be a prime focus for Central Otago operators.

That's what around 35 tourism operators were told at a workshop held in Cromwell on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

A band of three black Labradors are now blood brothers for life.

In an amazing story of survival, four-year-old pup Argus was saved, thanks to blood transfusions from two other young Labradors.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The provisional results of the Queenstown Lakes District Council's local visitor levy referendum show over eighty percent of respondents are in support of a bed tax.

Voting for the non-binding referendum closed last Wednesday with over forty percent of local voters responding.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Skifields around Queenstown and Wanaka are getting ready for the 2019 season.

Last week's cold fronts brought snow to mountains and ski fields across the area, with Cardrona Alpine Resort opening on Saturday.

But the weekend's wintry blast made for a low-key start to the skiing season.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

From frolicking fairies to monsters in the deep, the minute the sun went down Queenstown Gardens was transformed into a lit-up wonderland over the long weekend.

The fourth annual Luma Light Festival began in the resort town on Friday night, showcasing dozens of light installations and close to 100 live performers.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

If you thought moving house was hard, try moving an emergency department.

Staff at Lakes District Hospital in Frankton started moving in to their new, purpose-built, facility last week, 9 years after it was first promised.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Blowing up balloons is usually a sign of celebration, but Arrowtown students are learning the town's air pollution is no reason to party.

About 80 students from year 8 have carried out experiments to test the school's air quality, learning about the impacts of breathing in air pollution, as well as healthy heating habits.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Humble beginnings don't get more humble than three housemates coming up with a dream around a kitchen table and jotting down notes on a piece of paper.

But that's where it all started last September for Queenstowners Nick Bolton, Matthew Harris and Andrew Kelly, who've started a rather unique tour-
booking company.