Tracey Roxburgh

Tourists get say on NZ road habits

An increase in the open road speed limit; more highways; better indicating; and safety rails on skifield access roads are among suggestions received in a visiting driver survey.

Little time for a breather

Little time for a breather

At 12.23pm yesterday in the Queenstown Mall, Jim ''The Balloon Guy'' Sheard was hard at work, blowing up balloons and making them into all manner of animals for passers-by.

Film industry mourning death of noted location scout

The New Zealand film industry is mourning the death of one of its most influential members. Location scout Dave Comer (58), of Queenstown, died on Christmas Day from a rare form of cancer.

Last drinks - for a while

Last drinks - for a while

Making the most of the Boxing Day sun and the last drinks on Queenstown Beach, known locally as Bikini Beach, are British tourists, from left, Jack Baker, of Brighton, Abby Farrand, of Leeds, Richard Simpson, of Preston, Jade Baker, of Brighton, Mark Atkins and Richard Hurst, both of North Kilworth.

Are we fixated on rental car drivers?

Are we fixated on rental car drivers?

''Ten-one all units, keep an eye out for a rental vehicle ... heading towards Queenstown. Reports it's crossing over the centre line and travelled some distance on the wrong side of the road.''

Tourist employee change big relief

Tourist employee change big relief

Christmas arrived early for Queenstown and Wanaka tourism operators, who have been granted their biggest wish by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand.

Benefactor funds sculpture

Benefactor funds sculpture

An anonymous benefactor has struck again in Queenstown, this time funding a ''static kinetic sculpture'' beside Lake Wakatipu.

Safety steps for tourist drivers

Safety steps for tourist drivers

Amended rental vehicle agreement forms; increased communication between rental car companies; a website dedicated to driving in New Zealand; and a nationwide roll-out of steering wheel tags are among measures to help keep drivers safe.

Backs of buses to promote safe driving messages

Drivers visiting over the summer period who end up behind local buses in Queenstown will be able to read some driving tips, courtesy of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Council backs new pool over repair

Council backs new pool over repair

A proposed upgrade of Wanaka's community pool appears to be off the table and the Queenstown Lakes District Council has instead agreed to bring forward the design of a new pool development at Three Parks.