Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Clive Geddes will have a "unique and unprecedented" opportunity to establish relationships between China and the local community when he visits the Shanghai Expo later this month.
Winter driving conditions have already hit the resort.
Camping out overnight for a year's supply of cookies paid off for a group of 12 pyjama-clad teenage friends in Queenstown this week.
The old Queenstown camping ground will remain vacant after the Queenstown Lakes District Council's finance committee yesterday declined to lease the land to the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.
Seven Arrowtown sections owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council are likely to be offered to the people who lease them at market value.
The council-owned holiday parks in Queenstown and Arrowtown are on target to meet their budgets for the 2009-10 financial year.
The outstanding arrears for rate payments in the Queenstown Lakes District has been reduced from $2.52 million to $588,000 during the past nine months.
The Kawarau River has capacity for more traffic, even with two operators and more boats on the river, the Environment Court heard yesterday.
A week before the ski season starts, ski and snowboard equipment will change hands on a large scale when the traditional Wakatipu Ski Club Sale is staged at the Queenstown Events Centre, on Sunday.
Metservice says Queenstown is not likely to see a repeat of last year's early snow cover, but NZSki chief executive James Coddington is confident Coronet Peak will open on Saturday, June 5.
On the surface, mid-May seems very quiet in Queenstown, but behind the scenes the resort is buzzing with activity in preparation for the influx of winter tourists and seasonal workers.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is facing a $12,533 shortfall in its tree maintenance budget, with parks manager Gordon Bailey saying there are still trees in the district in urgent need of removal for safety reasons.
The Queenstown Events Centre will again host the popular Remarkable Christmas Spectacular this year, but a drastic drop in funding from the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the departure of key event staff have prompted a change in the management of the show.
Callouts for the Fire Service in Queenstown yesterday prompted a fire safety warning and a reminder to building contractors to beware of setting off fire alarms.
The inquest into the death of a Korean tourist in July last year prompted Coroner David Crerar to warn the public about the danger of driving in winter conditions. Police said she might have survived if she had been wearing the fitted seat belt.
The death of a Te Anau man from carbon monoxide poisoning last year serves as a warning of the dangers of using gas burners in enclosed areas, Coroner David Crerar says.
Bargains galore will be up for grabs at the annual Book Fair at St Joseph's School on Sunday, May 23.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council plans to get tough with landowners who encroach on reserve land.
False fire alarms are on the rise in Queenstown, and it is causing concern.
Classification of a dog as either menacing or dangerous can now be done by Lakes Environmental, after the Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday decided to change its delegation register.