The Wanaka resident who discarded ashes and inadvertently started the fire on Mt Alpha two weeks ago could still have to pay the costs associated with fighting the blaze.
Wanaka's most photographed tree will soon have signs asking people not to climb it, after visitors broke a branch climbing the tree for a photo opportunity last month.
This year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow free lakefront event will pay tribute to Warbirds’ founder Tim Wallis and other helicopter pilots involved in the early days of live deer recovery by including a "moose" capture.
Otago Fish and Game rangers have reported a rise in the number of fishing licence compliance offences committed by anglers on Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea over the Christmas-New Year period.
Otago Rural Fire Authority officials are warning hot spots could continue to flare up in the area of the Mt Alpha fire in Wanaka until rain falls.
Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters may be a controversial politician to some but to embroidery artist Amy Baker, of Kingston, he is a prizewinner.
A group of Wanaka artists searching for somewhere new to exhibit their works are behind the first pop-up art gallery to open in a former Stewart Island boat shed.
A Queenstown sports event organiser has picked up the baton and is now running a small triathalon in order to keep the Wanaka community sporting event going.
Motorists driving past the car park and track entrance to the Blue Pools along State Highway 6 between Makarora and Haast now have to slow down.
An investigation into a mudslide that flowed from a construction site on to a major thoroughfare in Wanaka last September is now part of a legal process and it is unclear when the results will be made public, or if legal action will follow.
Record numbers of tourists visiting the Blue Pools are having to park illegally and "hang on'', despite Doc promising public toilets would be built and the car park extended.
Fire crews may be back on Mt Alpha near Wanaka for the sixth day today, dampening down remaining hot spots from the fire that started on Wednesday afternoon and burnt almost 200ha of hillside pasture.
Wanaka Yacht Club’s annual New Year regatta at the weekend attracted entries from around the country, including the sons of New Zealand yachting legend Sir Russell Coutts.
The cost of repairs to damaged "no parking" grassed areas along Wanaka’s lakefront damaged by vehicles parking on them over the Christmas-New Year period has been estimated at about $3000.
Kerrie Waterworth reports on the progress of what is now a 10-year staged project in Luggate to turn wasteland into a recreational and historic reserve.
The investigation into the cause of the fire on Mt Alpha near Wanaka, which burnt nearly 200ha, has finished, but it is not clear when the results will be made public.
Boaties are being urged to take advantage of a scheme allowing them to trade in their old lifejacket for a heavily discounted new one.
Wanaka’s Ignite Chamber of Commerce recently had a change of leadership following the election of Cardrona Alpine Resort general manager Bridget Legnavsky as chairwoman. She spoke with Kerrie Waterworth.
Wanaka ratepayers will likely have to pay for damage to the town's lakefront caused by holidaymakers and tourists parking their vehicles illegally on grassy verges over the New Year weekend.
Wanaka police believe they may be the first police station in the country to allow underage drinking offenders to write an essay about what alcohol does to the teenage brain rather than pay a hefty fine.