While some still struggle with New Zealand Rugby's announcement in December that Rotorua has gained New Zealand Sevens hosting rights for 2014 and 2015, Otago Rugby Sevens coach Roy Hawker says the seven-man game is on its way up at an international level.
A 16-year-old Dunedin boy has been commended by police after running for help when his 75-year-old friend collapsed in the Hollyford Valley, in Fiordland, on a hunting trip on Monday.
Police are appealing for further witnesses who were at the scene of a fatal crash on State Highway 94 near Te Anau on Saturday afternoon.
Two Dart River Jet drivers have been stood down while Maritime New Zealand investigates a collision involving two company jet-boats - one carrying 13 passengers.
Three incidents on the upper Clutha River in the past three days which have prompted a warning to water users to ''stay off'' the waterways while they are at high flows.
Obtaining orders to have a dangerous dog destroyed has cost the Queenstown Lakes District Council $55,000 in legal fees.
More than 60 passengers climbed aboard the Kingston Flyer on a quiet, wind-chilled Kingston morning yesterday.
Two people were flown to the Lakes District Hospital yesterday after a collision between two commercial boats near Glenorchy.
Whether you're on foot this summer or on two wheels, Queenstown and its surrounds provide tracks for all fitness levels. Otago Daily Times reporter Olivia Caldwell, in Queenstown, has supplied an A-Z guide on the area's biggest, best and hidden tracks to try out this summer.
A year after Alex Cottier suffered a brain bleed at the National Rugby sevens tournament in Queenstown, causing him to collapse, he is finally looking to move on in his home town of Arrowtown.
After being stuck in flooded conditions for an extra night, 120 Milford Track trampers arrived in Milford Sound yesterday exhausted, unshowered, but upbeat.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is considering whether to manually control traffic on the Kawarau Bridge as hundreds more vehicles are expected in and out of Queenstown around New Year's Eve.
The Kingston Flyer will resume commercial operations on January 4 after being taken off the tracks earlier this month because of safety concerns over one of the two engines' boilers.
Queenstown police warn people breaking the liquor ban in the resort over the new year holiday will be fined instantly and underage drinkers will attract police attention.
The Beaton family of Arrowtown received the best possible Christmas gift this week when told that youngest member Angus has no visible signs of cancer after months of treatment.
''Cheap and cheerful''is how a Scottish couple describe the Twelve Mile Delta camping ground just 10km from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown's summer crowds.
Surcharges did not deter diners in Queenstown yesterday as thousands flocked to eat out in the sun, while retail stores struggled to match last year's Boxing Day influx.
Drink-driving in rural Otago is on the increase and police say they will crack down on drivers over the entire region during this holiday period.
A Queenstown woman and a toddler were taken by ambulance to hospital yesterday morning after their vehicle collided with another, at the intersection of State Highway 6 and Glenda Dr, in Frankton.
The Hills has reeled in one of the Japan Tour's top performers for next year's PGA Championship.