Tracey Roxburgh

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.

Education key to preventing harm

A Queenstown police officer says education is the key to preventing further harm in the community by users of psychoactive substances.

Top chef shares his perfect matches

Top chef shares his perfect matches

A conversation over a beer about 18 months ago has led to Michelin-star chef Josh Emett's latest business venture, believed to be a world first.

Seizures, vomiting: 'addict' tells of long struggle with legal highs

Seizures, vomiting: 'addict' tells of long struggle with legal highs

Temporary paralysis, daily vomiting, seizures, coughing up ''black stuff'', violent mood swings and insomnia were all par for the course for those addicted to psychoactive substances, a former addict says.

Golf GPS adds 'unique element'

Golf GPS adds 'unique element'

Millbrook Resort has become the first golf club in New Zealand to install an interactive multilingual GPS system in its golf carts.

Australian 'Sunrise' on the snow

Australian 'Sunrise' on the snow

Australian television audiences will be given a bird's-eye view of Queenstown next week when Channel Seven's Sunrise breakfast programme broadcasts live from the resort.

April was the greatest month for visitors

April was the greatest month for visitors

Guest nights in Queenstown hit an all time high in April, with domestic figures the highest of any single month.

Legal high views invited

Despite a temporary ban on legal highs, there was ''no doubt'' the psychoactive substances would be back on the streets of Queenstown and Wanaka ''within a year'', a Queenstown Lakes district councillor says.

Musical with message

Musical with message

Wakatipu High School's annual theatre production, which opens tonight at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, tackles a serious subject many will relate to.

'Really special place' razed

'Really special place' razed

A woman's scream pierced the air as flames, ripping through a historic homestead, lit up the sky near Queenstown yesterday, destroying a property which had stood for well over 100 years.