There was cause for celebration at Southern Lakes skifields
yesterday as the first of this week's forecast snow began
blanketing the district's mountain ranges in time for next
week's school holidays.
The inclusion of Snow Farm's Merino Muster cross-country ski
event in a major international race series is expected to
boost the number of big-spending overseas visitors to the
Queenstown Lakes district.
Access problems between Wanaka and the West Coast were
further aggravated by another major slip on State Highway 6
Two vehicle crashes occurred within minutes, and metres, of
each other on the Crown Range Rd yesterday morning.
A final claim could soon be staked on Cardrona's abandoned
gold mining era sections, which are up for sale for the first
time in 140 years.
The clock is ticking on fundraising efforts for a proposed
Clutha River conservation park, but there will be ''no
backing down'' from the project if its supporters fail to
meet their funding deadline.
Wanaka bartender Shannon Sanderson hopes to ''take some of
the shine'' off the North Island's cocktail culture when he
competes against the country's best mixologists in Auckland
The Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider whether
to accommodate its holiday park managers for a longer stay at
a hearing this week.
Anne Dickinson's method of preserving her birthday message
from the Queen caused some excitement at the Wanaka
centenarian's rest-home this week.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council's draft dog control
bylaw has been criticised for being complex and overly
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