The brother of missing Israeli tramper Liat Okin has been floored by an outpouring of community support in Queenstown as he launches a private search for his sister.
The 24th annual Arrowtown Autumn Festival gets under way today, with the opening of the festival art exhibition at the town's Lakes District Museum.
Two bars - one in Wanaka and the other in Arrowtown - have been penalised with 24-hour licensing bans after serving minors during alcohol ‘‘stings'', while the operators of a Queenstown bar where two minors were found drinking will learn its fate this morning.
Plans for a scaled-back $60 million Hilton Hotel in Queenstown have won the approval of the Environment Court, but the developers are already planning to expand the complex.
Queenstown Airport authorities are keeping their fingers crossed winter hasn't come early, after a dusting of snow contributed to two days of disruption for passengers flying to and from the resort.
Police divers entered Lake Wakatipu yesterday to examine the wreck of a Budget rental car found submerged last weekend.
When missing Israeli tramper Liat Okin decided to see the world, she chose New Zealand because she thought she would be safe.
There appears to be something in the water near Balclutha. Passengers were seeing triple recently as three sets of twins from the small Warepa School, 12km from Balclutha, jumped aboard Queenstown's historic TSS Earnslaw steamship.
A third international hotel has been confirmed for the $1-billion Kawarau Falls Station development, near Queenstown.
National carrier Air New Zealand is to lay on more direct flights between Queenstown and Sydney this winter.
The discovery of a rental car submerged deep beneath the surface of Lake Wakatipu has ended a three-year mystery, police say.
Queenstown police say they are keeping a close eye on motorists ignoring red lights on the single-lane Kawarau Falls bridge, after a series of complaints about impatient and dangerous driving.
The search for New Zealand's future leaders was the focus of a breakfast talk in Queenstown yesterday.
The brother of missing Israeli tramper Liat Okin appears exhausted, but sheds no tears and refuses to concede his sister might be dead.
Queenstown police have released a leaflet appealing for information as the hunt for missing Israeli tramper Liat Okin continues.
Opponents of a new bungy operation planned for Queenstown are taking their fight against the development to the Environment Court.
Queenstown police fear for the safety of an Israeli woman last seen walking the Routeburn Track nearly two weeks ago.
Two councillors' objections have failed to derail plans for residential rates increases of up to 18% across the Queenstown Lakes district.
Homeowners facing rates increases of 18% next year - the largest in the Queenstown Lakes District - are likely to react with hostility to the plans, community association chairman Peter Gibson says.
Queenstown councillors have expressed alarm at rising construction costs after new figures showed a combined $19.4 million budget increase for more than 30 projects planned across the Queenstown Lakes District.