James Beech

February big month for tourism

February big month for tourism

February was a blockbuster month for tourism in Queenstown with more domestic and international tourists visiting the Wakatipu basin and staying longer.

Survey time for 'Lady of the Lake'

Survey time for 'Lady of the Lake'

Real Journeys Queenstown operations manager Luke Taylor stands yesterday in the sweltering engine room of TSS Earnslaw, which will be inspected for preventive maintenance during the annual survey of the steamship from next month.

Mountain bikers on a roll

Mountain bikers on a roll

Wild weather around New Zealand kept Easter weekend numbers lower than in past years, but the organisers of the 2014 Queenstown Bike Festival are riding high after their popular nine-day event ended at the weekend.

Actor stays 'in zone' for 'Superstar' try-out

Actor stays 'in zone' for 'Superstar' try-out

Finley Brentwood had tears running down his face and collapsed on the floor after singing Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) at his audition for the starring role in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Bar patrons sprint to help St John

Wakatipu residents and visitors were so keen to give money to St John during the collection held around bars some people chased volunteers down the street to drop cash into their buckets.

Plunket book goes hi-tech with new app to collate babies' data

A $15 million world-leading tablet application to collate real-time diagnostics of children's development is being supported in Otago by Queenstown businessman Sir Eion Edgar.

Getting it in the gallery was challenging

Getting it in the gallery was challenging

The eagle has landed in Queenstown - a huge $55,000 sculpture created by a Glenorchy artist from century-old fencing standards recovered from Otago high country stations.

Slimmed down residential proposal goes before court

Slimmed down residential proposal goes before court

Should more residential development be provided for outside the urban growth boundary of Arrowtown and, if so, what is the appropriate density, were the questions posed in the Environment Court yesterday.

Pak'n Save, Mitre 10 all ready to go

Pak'n Save, Mitre 10 all ready to go

The developer behind the $50 million Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega development in Queenstown says he would be ''very surprised'' if long-awaited construction of the retail stores did not go ahead this time around.

Global interest rockets after royal visit

Global interest rockets after royal visit

Global interest in Queenstown has rocketed following the visit to Amisfield Winery and Shotover Jet by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday.