Approval for a $100 million, five-star hotel on the Wanaka lakefront has been granted after conditions for the proposed development were confirmed by the Environment Court this week.
Four weka chicks are dead after an attack by a "killing machine" at Stevensons Island, Lake Wanaka, earlier this week.
DOC weka breeding programme manager Stu Thorne said the four weka killed by a stoat had been frozen and were being held on behalf of Ngai Tahu.
A footbridge used in the construction of the Clyde Dam has a new purpose in life, straddling the Arrow River, thanks to an enthusiastic bunch of Arrowtown locals.
A family of four awoke to find their Wanaka house on fire and escaped minutes before the property was engulfed by flames yesterday morning.
Wanaka parking warden Daryl Taylor says he is considering his employment options after a complaint was laid against him by the editor of a Wanaka community newspaper last week.
More than $400 was raised for Wanaka fire victims John and Tracy Scott and their two children by the Upper Clutha Rugby Club at a game played at the Tarras rugby ground on Saturday.
The Wanaka Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) team was called into action 28 times in the past year, slightly down on its 2006-07 operation tally, members heard at the annual meeting.
Wanaka holiday home accommodation providers are unique, a Queenstown Lakes District Council plan change hearing was told in Wanaka yesterday.
A council planner has recommended a set of 10 vacant apartments in Wanaka's residential suburb of Meadowstone not be rezoned for visitor accommodation.
Wanaka hosts the New Zealand snowsports awards ceremony for the first time this evening, confirming the resort's status as the country's favoured destination for snowsports athletes.
The continued global surge in oil prices is bringing pain not only to motorists but also to the small independent service stations of heartland New Zealand.
Wanaka Connexions general manager Tony Collins says the increase in petrol prices is a "double-edged sword" for the bus company.
The Guardians of Lake Hawea are growing increasingly concerned about the lake's low level, which they claim may soon hit emergency status.
Central Otago's mild weather refuses to relinquish its grasp on the Southern Lakes and the lingering effects have caused an unseasonable hangover for skifield operators and their staff.
A 17-unit complex of residential dwellings in Meadowstone, Wanaka, would be "nothing like a motel" if granted resource consent to operate as short-term visitor accommodation, a hearings panel was told yesterday.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants to designate a 1122sq m block of land at the corner of Tenby and Connor Sts in Wanaka for use as a works depot.
The neighbours of a proposed 20-unit visitor accommodation complex located within the heart of a residential suburban community in Wanaka continue to insist it will be a "large motel."
Temperatures in Central Otago are hovering near record levels for midwinter.