Tracey Roxburgh

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.

Four determined to get first snow run

Four determined to get first snow run

Home-made lasagne and brownies on Friday provided all the sustenance required for four Queenstown teenagers, who spent a chilly night at Coronet Peak to ensure they were first on the chairlift for 2014.

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.