Tracey Roxburgh

All action on and off water

All action on and off water

There was action aplenty at Queenstown Bay on Saturday as thousands of people lined the shoreline to watch Queenstown Winter Festival's Day on the Bay.

Thrills, spills aplenty

Thrills, spills aplenty

There have been flares, platforms, afros and jive talking; thrills, spills, calamity and hilarity; shivering birdmen, bleeding runners and soaked spectators - and the best is yet to come.

Act amended for housing accord

The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act has been changed to enable the Government to enter into a Housing Accord with Queenstown, which has the potential to increase the supply of houses and reduce their cost in the Queenstown Lakes district.

Parade embraces '70s theme

Parade embraces '70s theme

The 1970s made a comeback in Queenstown on Saturday morning as many dressed to impress during the Queenstown Winter Festival Golden Mile and Street Parade, enjoyed by thousands of visitors and residents.

Mild weather, barmy activities at festival

Mild weather, barmy activities at festival

Thrills, spills, mid-winter swims, splashes, dashes, sprints, hilarity and organised chaos have been par for the course over the past two days, during the Queenstown Winter Festival.

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.