International investors may be lining up behind ambitious plans to expand skifield operations on the Pisa Range, but those responsible for deciding whether a $14 million Cardrona Valley gondola goes ahead remain uncertain whether it will have any economic spinoffs for the district.
The risk of a structure failure at the dammed Young River remains very high and a flood protection scheme is ‘‘urgently'' needed to protect 200ha of prime farming pasture 12km downstream at the confluence of the Young and Makarora Rivers, a University of Canterbury geologist claimed yesterday.
There was a 90% likelihood the massive landslip damming the Young River would fail in the next 12 months, an expert hydrologist told commissioners at a determination hearing in Wanaka yesterday.
Efforts to find new organisers for the annual Race to the Sky hillclimb from the Cardrona Valley to the Snow Farm atop the Pisa Range have failed, so the winding gravel road will remain quiet this Easter.
Many Albert Town residents experienced a sleepless night on Saturday as music from the Rippon after-party at Dublin Downs continued until dawn.
Tearaway triathlete Aaron Barclay (15), of Gore High School, maintained his individual success at the Otago-Southland secondary schools triathlon championships at Cromwell yesterday.
A million-dollar budget blow-out on the Crown Range road upgrade between Queenstown and Wanaka has been forecast by the Queenstown Lake District Council, despite claims of newly introduced processes designed to provide more robust cost estimates.
Wanaka teenage freeskiing sensation Jossi Wells is primed to continue his success in the northern hemisphere winter after winning ¥1 million at the recent Nippon Freeskiing Open in Niigita, Japan.
Amateur mountain biker Dan Aitken, of Wanaka, has revived his hopes of racing on the European downhill circuit with a top-10 finish at the recent National Downhill Championships in Wellington.
A $16.5 million economic windfall is predicted for the Queenstown Lakes District if the proposed gondola to twin Cardrona Valley skifield operations Snow Park and Snow Farm is built, a Wellington economist says.
A power generation project by Contact Energy to reconfigure the Lake Hawea dam and control gates remains in its infancy, with a starting date for construction yet to be decided.
Doug Ball is one retiree who deserves to put his feet up, but not necessarily for the reasons you might expect.
Flouting Easter trading laws and having businesses open to provide services for an expected horde of visitors is ‘‘absolutely good business sense'', the president of Wanaka's Chamber of Commerce says.
John Lamont is hoping time stays on his side in the build-up to the 11th Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow this Easter.
Historically significant reserve land at Skippers Canyon is being subjected to ‘‘wholly inappropriate use'' by trail bike riders and needs to be protected by the Department of Conservation, a former Lands Information New Zealand officer says.
Planting trees at every meeting of the Otago Conservation Board held away from Dunedin is an initiative started by its members in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
Two New Zealand Davis Cup representatives will be travelling to Wanaka to take part in centenary celebrations at the resort's tennis club on March 30.
Wanaka teenage freeskier Jossi Wells was crowned world superpipe champion after winning the invitation-only event in the United States on Sunday.
Police have recovered the body of the West Coast hunter who went missing on the north bank of the Haast River on Wednesday morning.