A Queenstown wildlife keeper was last week involved in the release of 80 endangered brown teal ducks in the Arthur Valley, near Milford Sound.
Queenstown Lakes cafes and restaurants could face an increase in fees for the right to seat customers outside, but they would be able to hold the licences for five times as long.
The past six months were "much tighter than it has ever been" for Lakes Environmental Limited, which yesterday reported an operating deficit of more than $56,000.
It is hoped a strong Easter period will be a saving grace for the Queenstown Lakes district's holiday parks, just as their busiest Christmas yet had improved an otherwise lacklustre six months.
The 7 Hours of 7 Mile endurance cross-country mountain bike race returns to Queenstown on March 24 for a day of non-stop biking action.
Lack of luck so far in becoming an extra in The Hobbit has not deterred Polish visitor Maciek Osika, who yesterday took to the streets of Queenstown in goblin attire.
A mountain biking venture in which a former world champion rider takes clients through week-long coaching camps has cleared its trial run, and further camps are planned from October this year.
The Queenstown central business area is about to accommodate another liquor store, the sixth in the resort's downtown hub.
Revolution Tours' first four-day round trips between Queenstown and Glenorchy have hit the road, taking on the newly connected Paradise Trail route by boat and bike.
The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club plans to run a five-part cyclocross series this winter, buoyed by the success of Queenstown's first cyclocross race last year.
Queenstown skier Cameron-Leigh Murphy (12) has held her own in her first taste of overseas competition, in Lake Tahoe, California, last week, finishing seventh in a largely American giant slalom field.
Queenstown officials say it is too early to comment on a mooted access charge for international tourists to New Zealand's national parks, but some Glenorchy residents are concerned.
Like the majority of young visitors, Matt Schoonmaker-Gates, of California, is travelling on a budget and says charging international visitors to enter national parks would discourage people like him.
Interest in Queenstown central business district leasing space has jumped, at the expense of interest in the resort's industrial areas, a Queenstown realtor says.
After nearly nine years at the helm, the owners of Subculture nightclub have announced the sale of the business to a consortium headed by Wellington musician and entrepreneur Jostan Murray.
Three years on from his failed attempt to become the first person to swim the length of Lake Wakatipu, Wellington man Ben Campbell-MacDonald has succeeded in his 80km challenge.
NZSki is confident its offer of free food, accommodation and skiing for children at Mt Hutt will not detract from the number of families visiting Queenstown skifields.
The Queenstown Gardens came to life yesterday afternoon with hundreds of people lounging on the grass in the sun during the resort's first official Waitangi Day celebrations.
Restoration of the boat shed and ticket office building on the Frankton waterfront is on track for completion at the start of May.