The wind picked up and Sir Clifford Skeggs nervously remarked ''we should have another boat here'' to help shelter the airborne catamaran.
In a community of about 30,000 permanent residents how and why does Queenstown support multiple theatre companies which can produce productions rivalling those in New Zealand's main centres?
If all went to plan, work on the foundations for the proposed Queenstown convention centre could begin at the start of 2015, Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam Feeley said yesterday.
The idea of a cafe on reserve land near the Lake Hayes Pavilion is opposed by the Lake County A&P Society, but the previously contentious issue of freedom camping is now a favoured option for the area.
A strong win on Friday night had Southern Stampede fans believing the home team might just have its cake and eat it, too.
A $50 million convention centre for Queenstown was a step closer yesterday with councillors giving unanimous support for the proposal to go to public consultation..
There has been a ''year-on-year drop'' in the number of temporary work visas considered in Queenstown and the decline is attributed to the poor ski season in 2011 and staff shortages in the resort's small immigration office.
Delivering a multimillion-dollar catamaran across the Tasman will be anything but a luxury journey for the four-man crew.
Much-needed points were lost in Auckland on Saturday night but Southern Stampede captain Simon Glass is confident his team can still make the finals of the 2013 New Zealand Ice Hockey League.
For some tourists, a new Queenstown attraction is competing with the likes of skiing for the highlight of their winter trip to the resort - and rather than ear-to-ear smiles the souvenir photos reveal people showing their enjoyment with terrified expressions.
The Kiwi Birdlife Park's pregnant Auckland green gecko is bulging at her green seams, but having the ability to adjust her gestation according to climatic conditions means it is likely she considers it too cold to let her twins see the world yet.
The school holidays have been a time of learning for motorists, who are being educated about the correct speed when driving past a school bus, and when school starts again next week there should be no excuses for not knowing the rules.
Medical tourism is coming to Queenstown, when a stem cell therapy centre begins operating by the start of next year.
Buoyant applause was countered by ''boos'' in the Queenstown Memorial Centre yesterday, ending a fiery public question-and-answer session on the proposed $50 million convention centre for the resort.
Even with a huge truck, 16 men and perfect conditions, Spirit of Queenstown did not quite make it from Bluff to Kingston yesterday.
A family of four from Hong Kong were lucky their rental van did not roll further than 40m down a gully after it came off the Remarkables access road yesterday, and rolled ''several times'', ripping a door off.
With 429 submissions received on the proposed Queenstown convention centre, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said she was ''very encouraged'' about the level of public participation.
Arrowtown's newly re-elected second-term councillor Lex Perkins is ''more than grateful'' to again represent the village, but says the lack of opposition is ''one of those awkward situations''.