Tracey Roxburgh

Historic home destroyed by fire

Historic home destroyed by fire

A Sydney couple who arrived in Queenstown yesterday for a long weekend and a "bit of excitement" got more than they bargained for, watching on in horror as their historic home was destroyed by fire this morning.

Season under way at Coronet Peak

Season under way at Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak heralded the start of winter in Queenstown this morning, opening the skifield on schedule with a healthy average base of about 30cm across the mountain and about 600 people there to enjoy the first runs.

Ski area opening day signs good

Ski area opening day signs good

Coronet Peak will open on schedule this year, with opening day shaping up to be one of the better in recent years.

Tourist road safety group meeting

A project aimed at improving road safety for tourists is gathering speed and a governance group is expected to hold its first meeting by the end of the month.

Three crashes reported in Wakatipu

Ice, grit and gravel were the causes of three car crashes in the Wakatipu between 6pm Monday and 8am yesterday.

Ice cream parlour to join chain

First there was Fergburger, next came Fergbaker and soon the Mrs Ferg Ice Cream Parlour will be arriving on Shotover St.

Fair margin for convention centre

A total of 875 submissions were received on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's draft annual plan.

Snow fun gives way to ice warnings

Snow fun gives way to ice warnings

Queenstown police are advising motorists to take ''extreme care'' on the roads today after the resort and surrounding communities woke up to a heavy blanket of snow yesterday.

Wakatipu pupils highlight girls' plight

Wakatipu High School pupils recently joined 35 schools around New Zealand to raise awareness, through a red ribbon day, of the plight of more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

World cup 'hits hot spots'

Footballsouth will be pushing for Queenstown to host a pre-tournament game before next year's 2014 Fifa U20 World Cup, featuring future stars of ''the beautiful game''.