Tracey Roxburgh

Drink-driver numbers disappoint resort police

Drink-driver numbers disappoint resort police

Queenstown police were kept busy over the weekend with drink-drivers and intoxicated people celebrating the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Crowds turn out for festival fun

Crowds turn out for festival fun

Fine, warm weather greeted the thousands of people who lined the Queenstown CBD today to take in the action from the Golden Mile and the annual Street Parade, part of the 2014 Queenstown Winter Festival.

Small shindig becomes huge party

Small shindig becomes huge party

The 2014 Queenstown Winter Festival started last night with a spectacular fireworks display. The $1 million event will draw an estimated 45,000 people and inject about $57 million into the local economy - a far cry from 1975, when the festival was run on $1500 and targeted 5000 local residents who had nothing to do in winter, Tracey Roxburgh reports.

Resort fires up for festival

Resort fires up for festival

About 45,000 people will inject an estimated $57 million into the Queenstown economy over the next 10 days during the 2014 Queenstown Winter Festival, which opened with a bang last night.

Alpine city future seen for resort

Alpine city future seen for resort

It was not unrealistic that within 40 years Queenstown would be an alpine city with a resident population of up to 65,000, attracting up to 7.5 million visitors a year, primarily from China, former Queenstown Lakes mayor Clive Geddes said yesterday.

Rival convention centre by 2016

Rival convention centre by 2016

Queenstown developer Alastair Porter says his company, Remarkables Park Ltd (RPL), has the money to fund a proposed conference centre at Frankton, the company believing it to be the ''optimal site'' and the proposal the one which would deliver the ''greatest economic value to the district''.

Aussie TV hosts having cool time in Queenstown

Aussie TV hosts having cool time in Queenstown

Woollen hats, gloves, blankets and hot drinks were not enough to keep the hosts of Australian breakfast show Sunrise warm yesterday morning as they broadcast live from Queenstown Bay.

Ripping good tournament

Arrowtown School pupil Ana Winders (10) manages to elude a player from The Terrace School, Alexandra, during the Central Otago Rippa Rugby Tournament at the Queenstown Events Centre yesterday.

Bar can trade, on strength of new manager

Bar can trade, on strength of new manager

A Queenstown bar with a colourful recent history has been granted a temporary authority by the Queenstown Lakes District Licensing Committee under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, with reduced hours.

Festival countdown on

Festival countdown on

The stage is being set, fireworks prepared, volunteers organised and performers are packing their bags in readiness for the official opening of Queenstown's 40th Winter Festival on Friday night.