Lucy Ibbotson

Snowfall welcome around skifields

Snowfall welcome around skifields

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.

Ski event included in international series

Ski event included in international series

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.

New slip disrupts access through Haast Pass

Access problems between Wanaka and the West Coast were further aggravated by another major slip on State Highway 6 yesterday morning.

'Icebox' scene of two crashes

'Icebox' scene of two crashes

Two vehicle crashes occurred within minutes, and metres, of each other on the Crown Range Rd yesterday morning.

Sections finally on market

Sections finally on market

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.

Trust in race for funds

Trust in race for funds

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.

Off to mix it with the best

Off to mix it with the best

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 next Monday.

Most submissions back extended holiday parks lease

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider whether to accommodate its holiday park managers for a longer stay at a hearing this week.

Queen's message cause for alarm

Queen's message cause for alarm

Anne Dickinson's method of preserving her birthday message from the Queen caused some excitement at the Wanaka centenarian's rest-home this week.

Dog owners critical of proposed bylaw

Dog owners critical of proposed bylaw

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's draft dog control bylaw has been criticised for being complex and overly restrictive.