A spate of minor crashes and smashes and a few drink-driving incidents were reported to police over the weekend, as visitors flocked to Wanaka to enjoy Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow and the start of the school holidays.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council reached an important milestone last week when it signed off its long term plan.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council last week voted unanimously to pass a suite of recommendations on road access to the proposed Larchmont Developments subdivision at Arthurs Point.
Thousands of plane-spotting, camera-toting aviation enthusiasts spent many hours transfixed by action in the skies at the weekend as the Warbirds over Wanaka airshow went through its paces for the 14th time since 1988.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force has been no stranger to Warbirds Over Wanaka International Air Show since the show's inception in 1988.
Wanaka husband and wife Andi and Ellen Delis are about to turn their dream into a reality, writes Marjorie Cook.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has increased this year's budget for the Queenstown Memorial Hall upgrade by $80,000 to $200,000, allowing the project to proceed to the tender phase in the hope of preventing construction delays.
Dunedin man Grahame Fox got a $3000 thrill of a lifetime when he took a flight in a P51-D Mustang at Warbirds Over Wanaka on Friday.
With their talk of directing, choreographing and conducting, one might have thought the air traffic controllers at this year's Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow were better suited to careers on the stage.
First the statistics, which make grim enough reading. One in three women experiences psychological or physical abuse from their partners in their lifetime. On average 14 women, six men and 10 children are killed by a member of their family every year, according to Women's Refuge New Zealand.
Returned New Zealand serviceman Mack Swinburn (93) has not had much to do with aeroplanes in his lifetime.
The majority of Queenstown Lakes district councillors voted yesterday to reduce the district's three wards to two by abolishing the Arrowtown ward and councillor and establishing an Arrowtown community board.
A visitor tax, amending general and roading rates and introducing new targeted rates were approved by the Queenstown Lakes District Council at a meeting in Wanaka yesterday.
The Warbirds Volunteer Army of at least 400 people is about to swing into action, undertaking the many tasks that go towards making the huge event run smoothly, writes Marjorie Cook.
When an elderly Australian who, in the 1990s, flew a 1930s vintage aircraft from Australia to Haast, was asked by a television reporter why he did it, the ageing adventurer responded "I want to have memories not dreams".
Wanaka multisporter Ailsa Rollinson (26) is looking forward to this weekend's 375km Gold Rush adventure race, even though she has not seen the course.
Participants in this year's Gold Rush three-day multisport race around Central Otago have increased by 20% over last year, with 91 entries (206 participants) registered.
The powerful grade four Citroen rapid on the Kawarau River proved a challenge to many of the 48 kayakers on Saturday as they battled for line honours in the extreme race and overall New Zealand championship titles.
The North Three Parks zone change needs one final tick from the Queenstown Lakes District Council strategy committee next week before it is notified for public submissions.
Prime Minister John Key enjoyed a taste of rural life at the 75th Upper Clutha A and P Show in Wanaka yesterday, admiring home produce, eating bacon and lamb and test-riding lawnmowers.