Lucy Ibbotson

Whisky distillery development gains approval

Whisky distillery development gains approval

The celebratory clink of whisky glasses this week was a sign of good things to come for Wanaka woman Desiree Reid as she toasted the news her proposed Cardrona Valley whisky distillery, perfumery and museum development had been approved.

And it's lights, drone, action!

And it's lights, drone, action!

A drone-mounted GoPro camera hovering over the Wanaka skate park yesterday marked the start of the action at the town's 12th annual New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.

Committee offended by bias claims

Committee offended by bias claims

Suggestions of bias for a proposed watersports facility on Wanaka's lakefront angered and ''offended'' members of a hearing committee yesterday.

'Log cabin' removal repercussions argued

'Log cabin' removal repercussions argued

The loss of the long-established ''log cabin'' from Wanaka's waterfront would also mean losing the lake's ''de facto lifeguard'', lawyer Graeme Todd told the draft Wanaka lakefront reserves management plan hearing yesterday.

Lakefront plan 'destructive', 'weak', 'vague'

Lakefront plan 'destructive', 'weak', 'vague'

The authors of the draft Wanaka Lakefront reserves management plan were advised to go back to the drawing board yesterday.

Winners and losers in road funding

Winners and losers in road funding

Government plans to bring forward construction of a new bridge at Kawarau Falls is ''sensational news'' which will help deliver a complete ''world-class experience'' for visitors, Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd says.

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.