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Queenstown & Wanaka

Swimmers warned away from Queenstown lake

Swimmers have been warned away from Queenstown's popular Lake Hayes after it recorded more than three-and-a-half times the level of E.coli considered safe to swim in.

National: Tourism continues as big earner for Otago

New tourism statistics show how significant the sector is to this region and this country’s economy.

The Hub opens at Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport has opened the doors to its first dedicated operations centre, The Hub.

TSS Earnslaw named one of Otago’s most significant heritage sites

Queenstown’s 105-year-old steamship TSS Earnslaw, was today recognised as one of 12 significant Otago landmark heritage sites.

Tourism sector wins new QLDC funding

Two tourism businesses have been awarded a total of $40,000 of funding from Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new Economic Development Fund.

Millbrook wins planning approval for $45m development

Queenstown’s award-winning Millbrook Resort is celebrating a major milestone - taking the next step towards developing a neighbouring farm into a new golf course interspersed with high-end residential homes.

Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

Jetstar will operate between Wellington and Queenstown three times a week from March next year, providing travellers with a choice on the route for the first time since 2013.

All abuzz with bees for The Rees

Neighbours within a 3km radius of award-winning Queenstown property, The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences will come eye to eye with its new little community ambassadors this summer.

Queenstown clamps down on freedom campers

Queenstown is clamping down on badly behaved freedom campers by doubling patrols and restricting access to the popular Lake Hayes.  

Ex-Tourism NZ country manager to join DQ

Former Tourism New Zealand country manager Kiran Nambiar is joining Destination Queenstown as its new business development director.

Cardrona GM voted chair of Ignite

The Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce has new leadership, with the election of Bridget Legnavsky as chair and Mike Toepfer as deputy at the board meeting yesterday.

Aspen Hotel fills newly created role

Aspen Hotel Queenstown has appointed Mario Sandulescu to the newly created role of Executive Assistant Manager.

Queenstown Airport: Sustainable aviation hub for Wanaka welcomed

Queenstown Airport today welcomed a community-fostered vision to develop Wanaka Airport as a “sustainable aviation hub for the region”.

…and so does The Spire Hotel at Queenstown

Luxury Queenstown accommodation quarters, The Spire Hotel, has been named ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Romantic Hotel’ and ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Small Hotel’ at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Switzerland over the weekend.

Ziptrek Ecotours launches new Queenstown tour

Find your wings, fly like a bird and zoom through the treetops before a swooping 21m drop – welcome to the latest eco-thrill from Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours.

Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism

Chinese developer Fu Wah International says its investment in the proposed length-of-New Zealand luxury train service is a strategic move to push into the regions and invest in the country's booming tourism sector.

Audio: Q&A with Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis

We caught up with the Tourism Minister in Queenstown last Thursday evening and put a few questions to him on the resort's and the industry's needs.

Behind the rebrand with Skydive Southern Alps

An exciting brand refresh drawing on New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery and boundless skies sees Glenorchy-based Skydive Southern Alps ready to make its own mark on the domestic and international visitor market.

Over The Top welcomes an ‘over the top’ helicopter

Queenstown luxury helicopter operator, Over The Top, unveiled their latest helicopter at a launch event held at their Queenstown airport base.

Winter Games injects record $13m

The Audi quattro Winter Games attracted 865 athletes and pumped a record $13.4m into Central Otago, says the event's organisers.

Minister to launch Queenstown tourism conference

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will launch The Great Southern Tourism Opportunity event in Queenstown tonight alongside the resort's mayor, Jim Boult. 

Go Bus launches Savy service

Go Bus has launched the first on-demand ridesharing transport solution of its kind in New Zealand.

Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards

It might not be surrounded by Queenstown's remarkable scenery but that hasn't stopped Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from winning the Best Course in Oceania at the 2017 World Golf Awards.

Ngāi Tahu’s $25m hot pools development notified

Ngāi Tahu Tourism's proposed hot pool and day spa development in Queenstown has taken another step closer to becoming a reality after the council opened public consultation on the scheme.

Skyline Queenstown celebrates 50 years, looks to the future

Skyline Queenstown celebrates 50 years of operation today and will be hosting a local's day and exhibition of memorabilia over the weekend.

Queenstown Marathon sets new records

Record numbers will set off in a variety of events at this Saturday’s Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon.

“Innovative” Cardrona takes supreme business award

Wanaka ski area Cardrona Alpine Resort has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

$9m bonanza from Queenstown Marathon

The fourth Queenstown International Marathon is expected to inject $8.5m into the resort's economy.

Hospitality NZ: Home lending restrictions welcomed

Hospitality New Zealand has thrown its support behind Queenstown Lakes District Council's move to tighten rules around visitor accommodation.

QLDC clarifies visitor accommodation rules

Queenstown Lakes District Council unanimously voted to proceed with public notification of revised rules for Residential Visitor Accommodation, at its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.

Queenstown votes to curb short-term lets

Queenstown Lakes District Council has continued to crack down on residential ratepayers renting out their homes by voting for stricter short-term visitor accommodation rules.

QLDC: Visitor accommodation rules to be reconsidered

Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider proposed new rules on Residential Visitor Accommodation at an extraordinary meeting today.

Queenstown student awarded tourism scholarship

One lucky Queenstown student has been granted a scholarship to give her the ultimate kickstart in New Zealand’s booming tourism industry.

Skyline Queenstown to host celebrations for Gondola’s 50th birthday

Skyline Queenstown is set to host two community events to celebrate its 50th anniversary this month.

Operator raises funds to protect endangered birds

Queenstown and Glenorchy locals got to experience the world-class Ngāi Tahu Tourism adventures operating in their own backyard over the weekend, with the bonus of helping protect endangered birds.

DQ launches inaugural Queenstown Week for Aussie buyers

Destination Queenstown is hosting close to 50 trade and conference and incentive buyers this week as part of its inaugural business-to-business event, Queenstown Week.

Ziptrek ‘Locals Day’ a soaring success for camp

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating another successful ‘Locals Day’ as over 200 locals ‘took to the trees’ on Sunday to raise money for chosen charity Wakatipu High School Branches Camp.

“Staggering stats” from Skyline Queenstown

Seventeen million gondola rides, 12 million Luge experiences, 850,000 pints of beer, 350,000 rotisserie chickens, 65 tonnes of coffee beans – these staggering statistics have all been enjoyed by Skyline Queenstown’s millions of domestic and international visitors in the last 50 years.

Potentially toxic algae confirmed in Cardrona River

The presence of the potentially toxic algae Phormidium has been confirmed in the Cardrona River, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council for people (and dogs) to avoid contact with waters in the river.

Forestry works to begin near Skyline Queenstown

A band of conifer trees on either side of the Skyline gondola above downtown Queenstown will soon be cleared to avoid creating a health and safety threat to the aerial cableway.

Mayor thwarted, frustrated by freedom campers

Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult says he has been left frustrated by van owners who have thwarted his plans to deal with "unacceptable and undesirable" freedom camping habits.

Queenstown Airport appoints new GM

Queenstown Airport has welcomed experienced aviation professional Olivia Pierre to the senior leadership team this week as General Manager, Commercial and Customer Experience.

Real Journeys becomes Winter Festival title sponsor

Real Journeys is stepping up to become the principle sponsor of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Destination Queenstown board members appointed

Two new directors have been appointed to the Destination Queenstown board for 2017/18.

Heli Tours Queenstown achieves Qualmark success

Queenstown commercial scenic flight provider Heli Tours Queenstown is celebrating after being recognized as one of the highest-quality, safe and sustainable tourism businesses in the country.

Aussies lead overseas invasion at Air NZ Queenstown Marathon

With less than five weeks to go until race day, an incredible 1,113 Australians have signed up to take part in the variety of events on offer on November 18, and that number is increasing every day.

Jet fuel woes fail to slow Queenstown passenger traffic

Passenger numbers at Queenstown Aiport continued to climb in September with Auckland's jet fuel woes having little impact on traffic.

Queenstown Airport launches Chinese language website

Queenstown Airport has launched a microsite designed to assist Chinese-speaking visitors to more easily access important travel information online.

Gay Ski Week QT nominated for Australian LGBTI award

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event - Gay Ski Week QT continues to go from strength to strength with its recent nomination in the Australian LGBTI Awards – ‘Destination Category’.

Cardrona: Record ski season spurs $20m investment

This year's record winter ski season will help spur $20m worth of investment in facilities, says Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Go Orange appoints general manager

After an extensive search for the right candidate, adventure tourism company Go Orange welcomes former Real Journeys Queenstown operations manager Luke Taylor as its General Manager.  

Wildwire, Cardrona, Edgewater recognised in awards

Wildwire, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Puzzling World and Edgewater Resort are among the company's recognised in the Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

Wherewolf sets course for US after raising $550K

Adventure tourism software developer Wherewolf is gearing up for a push into the US after securing $550,000 of angel investment.

Wanaka RTO: 88% uplift in lead generation after website refresh

Lake Wanaka Tourism says a website refresh late last year has led to an 87.85% increase in lead generation for the resort's businesses.

Queenstown & Wanaka airports focus on safety

Queenstown and Wanaka airports will join airports and aviation-associated agencies around the globe to take part in Airport Safety Week, held 16-20 October 2017.

Supreme Court backs investors in dispute over $10m deposits

Investors in a failed Queenstown hotel and apartment development have won back $10m worth of deposits following a long-running dispute that has ended in the Supreme Court.

The votes are in for Ziptrek’s Locals Day recipient

Queenstown’s vibrant community has spoken – rallying together to vote for the voluntary organisation which will receive thousands of dollars from an annual fundraising day.

New airport directors appointed

Queenstown Lakes District Council resolved to appoint two new directors for Queenstown Airport Corporation in November to replace retiring directors John Gilks and James Hadley.

Ritchies as provider for resort’s new $2 bus service

Queenstown’s new public transport system is going to be a game-changer for both residents and visitors.

$135K contestable fund considered for resort businesses

A new contestable fund to support economic development in the District will be considered by the Queenstown Lakes District Council at its meeting this Thursday.

Southern Discoveries launches fleet

Southern Discoveries is launching its new fleet of glass-topped coaches taking passengers from Queenstown to its Milford Sound cruises.

Luxury renovation revealed for Queenstown hospitality icon

The property unveiled its new-look rooms and suites, along with upgrades to public areas this week to coincide with the start of the resort’s vibrant summer season.

Research: NZ hotel rates cheap, could rise further

New Zealand hotel room rates are cheaper than comparable international destinations and could justifiably increase further, according to a Lincoln University study. 

The Rees Hotel asked 5000 guests what they wanted most – here’s what they...

Free wi-fi access to the internet is the number one amenity sought by hotel guests, according to survey conducted by The Rees Hotel Queenstown.

Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient

The company is giving its local community the chance to vote on which one of three local voluntary organisations should receive thousands of dollars from their annual fundraising day.

Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade

Work to upgrade the popular Roys Peak Track vehicle facilities will begin this week.

USA, Aussie passengers rise as Chinese fall at Queenstown

Passenger numbers at Queenstown Airport jumped to 189,040 for August, up 12% on the same month last year.

Ziptrek Ecotours appoints first social, digital media guru

Innovative zipline company Ziptrek Ecotours has this week appointed experienced influencer Joe Di-Gesse as its first social media and digital guru.

Shotover Jet Manager appointed

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Wayne Paton to lead the ‘Big Reds’ as Business Manager at Shotover Jet.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown scoops the pool

The Rees Hotel Queenstown was joint winner of ‘Best NZ Hotel’ and 'Best Hotel Chef' in Friday night's prestigious 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence held in Sydney.

New Queenstown Winter Festival director appointed

Destination Queenstown is delighted to announce the appointment of Rae Baker to the position of Queenstown Winter Festival Director.

Queenstown Airport seeks views on Master Plan

The Master Plan will provide a roadmap for sustainable airport growth, covering areas such as infrastructure development, noise planning and transport connectivity.

QLDC: Near-drowning a reminder for water safety

QLDC wishes to remind anyone visiting lakes or rivers in the district to take extra care around the water after a 26-year old backpacker was rescued after nearly drowning.

Southern Lakes boost from bumper Winter Games

The Southern Lakes region is set to benefit from New Zealand’s largest recurring sporting event, the Audi quattro Winter Games, which kicks off tonight.

Queenstown, Auckland airports reap bumper profits

Queenstown and Auckland airports have reported bumper profits driven by tourism and increased capacity. 

Queenstown Airport reports record July

July was a record month for Queenstown Airport, reaching over 200,000 total monthly passenger numbers for the first time.

Students invited to ‘dream big’ with tourism scholarship

Two Queenstown businesses have joined forces with their local high school to offer a student a scholarship to kickstart their global tourism career.

Skyline Queenstown launches ‘Fifty Years of Fun’

New Zealand’s most popular tourist attraction Skyline Queenstown is toasting its 50th anniversary with a month-long party.

Buy Side/Sell Side: Cardrona Alpine Resort’s Mat Woods

Cardrona Alpine Resort's head of sales, Mat Woods, on developing the Chinese market, the resort's $15m investment programme coming to fruition, a new year-round product and tapping into the trend for an alpine experience.

Tourism businesses eligible for Wanaka Business Awards

Wanaka’s flourishing business community has another opportunity to celebrate success with the launch of this year’s Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

Wanaka Airport appoints operations manager

Experienced airport and aviation professional Daniel Debono will join the Wanaka Airport team early in 2018 as Operations Manager.

An Operator’s View: Hassle-free Tours’ Mark Gilbert

Hassle-free Tours owner Mark Gilbert on how he and his wife Nikki began their business, recovering from the Christchurch earthquakes, and the company's $2m expansion plans to launch in Queenstown and Auckland.

Remarkables Park launches worker accommodation for up to 600

Remarkables Park Ltd and investment company New Ground Capital have announced a new housing project which will help address a number of Queenstown’s most pressing issues.

Birds of a Feather Ball raises over $100K for conservation

Real Journeys lavish sold-out Birds of a Feather Conservation Ball has raised over $100,000 to help bring back the birds to the Wakatipu.

SkyCity CEO: Queenstown, Hamilton scoped for redevelopment, hotels

SkyCity Entertainment Group is evaluating its Queenstown and Hamilton sites for redevelopments which could include new hotels.

Spring ski fun for Australian visitors

Destination Queenstown has launched the latest instalment of its ski campaign activity this week with an invitation to Australians to visit the resort town for a spring snow holiday.

Getaway to Glenorchy’s A Sense of Place

This month’s Great Glenorchy Getaway Day tempts visitors and residents of Central Otago to explore A Sense of Place.

Great sexpectations for Gay Ski Week QT

The world’s number one condom brand Durex is pulling out all the stops to ensure the LGBTQI community has the most enjoyable Gay Ski Week QT yet.

Active Adventures on Blue Sky private equity deal

Queenstown tour operator Action Adventures has spoken publicly about its deal with Australian private equity firm Blue Sky.

Destination Queenstown organisation changes

The newly established position of Business Development Director will oversee all channel sales and trade marketing activity including domestic and international travel trade, industry partnerships and business events.

An Operator’s View: The Rees’ Mark Rose

Mark Rose, general manager of The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments, calls for better staff pay for industry workers, why more effort should be made to promote our 'New Zealandness', and why he's pushing the expansion of the hotel out if its Queenstown base.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints GM jet boat experiences

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Jolanda Cave to a new executive role that will provide leadership to its jet boat businesses.

Aussie PE enters NZ tourism with Queenstown purchase

An Australian private equity investor has splashed millions for a stake in a Queenstown tour operator and is hunting for more deals in NZ's booming tourism sector.

Tourism tops half-a-billion dollars for Wanaka

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows visitor spend for the Wanaka region now equates to half a billion dollars annually.

Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown

Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.

QLDC: No action to be taken for night flight breach

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will not take any enforcement in relation to a breach of curfew by the Queenstown Airport Corporation.

InterCity adds business class to Otago services

A new daily bus service between Dunedin and Queenstown will give travellers a taste of luxury on the road.

NZ’s first commercial ski field, Coronet Peak, turns 70

In 1947, Coronet Peak in Queenstown opened with just a rope tow pulling keen skiers up a mountain, the first commercial ski field to open in New Zealand.

Domestic passengers surge as Queenstown reports record

Queenstown Airport has reported another record rise in passengers with 1.89m travelling through its Frankton terminal in the year to June, up 15% compared to the previous corresponding period.

The Rees targets Auckland, Christchurch with new luxury offerings

Queenstown’s The Rees Hotel has launched a luxury motor yacht in Auckland and is on the cusp of starting development of a new five-star hotel in Christchurch.
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KJet fights for a ferry service on prohibited part of Queenstown’s Kawarau River A Queenstown jet boat company wants to operate a water taxi service from Queenstown to the bungy bridge on the Kawarau River. Stuff

Queenstown to lease land workers live on to build spa What will happen to the migrant workers if a proposed hot pool and spa facility go ahead? RNZ

Public views sought on Ngai Tahu proposal for Queenstown hot pools A hot pool complex in central Queenstown is a step closer with the council entering public consultation on the scheme. Stuff

‘LOTR’ series likely to boost tourism A TV series based on The Lord of the Rings is great news for the Wakatipu, whether or not it gets filmed here. ODT

$60m hotel proposed for Queenstown An Auckland-based developer is proposing a new $60m hotel. Mountain Scene

Billionaire Airbnb co-founder on Queenstown pushback: ‘We believe in regulations” Ten years after its founding Airbnb is facing pushback in several markets and one of its founders, Joe Gebbia, says his company can cope with regulations. NZ Herald

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce looks to educate new GovernmentQueenstown’s Chamber of Commerce is planning to educate the new Government on Queenstown’s particular issues. Stuff

Rental rules introducing 28-day limit Proposed rule changes for residential visitor accommodation will be notified tomorrow, changing the landscape of short and long-term accommodation in the Queenstown-Lakes district. ODT

Rutherfords celebrate 25 years of Glenorchy Air When Robert and Janet Rutherford mark 25 years in business, they will be celebrating Glenorchy, the Lord of the Rings and the people they have worked with. Stuff

Queenstown bus fares: How do other cities compare? Queenstown’s new $2 bus fare means its public transport is considerably cheaper than in New Zealand’s main centres, although central Christchurch fares come close. RNZ

Queenstown’s beloved Skyline Gondola marks 50 years of service Millions of tourists have enjoyed the town’s stunning views from a fibreglass bubble. TVNZ

Hotel celebrates 150 years A weekend of celebrations was held at Luggate Hotel to mark 150 years since it first opened its doors. ODT

New CEO’s view from the top Geoff McDonald discusses his job switch with Philip Chandler on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Skyline Queenstown’s iconic gondola. Mountain Scene

Queenstown gondola pioneer recalls steep teething troubles for 50th anniversaryWhen Queenstown’s iconic gondola was built in the 1960s, its steepness caused difficulties for the engineers and operators. NZ Herald

Council has recreational plans for old Kawarau bridge Queenstown Lakes District Council is primed to take ownership of the old Kawarau bridge when it is decommissioned as a state highway. ODT

Queenstown’s Airbnb crackdown explained Diehard rulebreakers are the short-term target of the Queenstown council’s crackdown. Newsroom

Short-stay proposal irks property manager The local council’s plans to tighten short-stay accommodation rules are a kneejerk reaction to bigger housing problems, says a Queenstown woman who manages nine holiday homes in the area. ODT

Does Queenstown have an architectural character? Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, who is visiting from the USA with a Sister City delegation, says Queenstown is lacking in architectural character. Stuff

Raw: Air New Zealand plane navigates beautiful snow-blanketed mountains near Queenstown after rare spring dump An unseasonable dump of snow has created some stunning landscapes in the deep south, including this vista from near Queenstown. TVNZ

Plans for new rental accommodation on Gorge Rd, Queenstown, next year A couple who made Queenstown their home more than 30 years ago are planning to build rental accommodation to help long-term residents. Stuff

Queenstown’s draft restriction on homestays angers Airbnb Airbnb says the policy will hurt tourism. TVNZ

Queenstown Council to vote on Airbnb cuts A battle is brewing between the Queenstown Lakes District Council and Airbnb operators. RNZ

Foreign property purchase restrictions should be good for Queenstown A Queenstown property expert believes Government plans to restrict foreign home ownership will increase much-needed rental stock in the resort, but says the property market is a little nervous. Stuff

Foreign property purchase restrictions should be good for Queenstown A Queenstown property expert believes Government plans to restrict foreign home ownership will increase much-needed rental stock in the resort, but says the property market is a little nervous. Stuff

Skyline growth opportunities in luge developments Skyline CEO Geoff McDonald is passionate about prospective growth opportunities. ODT

Queenstown Council to vote on Airbnb cuts A battle is brewing between the QLDC and Airbnb operators. RNZ

He Tangata A chat with Luke Taylor of Real Journeys NZ Herald

Changes could cost jobs Proposed changes to short-term visitor accommodation rules in the Queenstown Lakes district are ”nanny-state policies” that will hurt its tourism economy, an Airbnb boss says. ODT

Aspen and Queenstown mayors to learn from each other The mayor of Aspen is impressed with Queenstown’s Fergburger but believes the resort lacks its own architectural flavour. Stuff

The danger of an Airbnb crackdown in Queenstown Airbnb rooms now occupy 14 percent of Queenstown’s visitor accommodation market. Newsroom

Cracking new blue additions Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park has a few new additions to its feathery brood. Mountain Scene

What Labour means for Queenstown Queenstown’s mayor hopes he’ll know how the new Labour-led government’s policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Mountain Scene

Long-time operator has an eye for detail No-one knows Skyline Queenstown’s present-day gondolas better than David Glanfield. ODT

April 2017

Sunday sorted but… Wanaka shop owners are looking forward to trading on Easter Sunday without fear of prosecution, but still plan to open on Good Friday. ODT

Airport land battle keeps going The battle over 16ha of land at Frankton, known as Lot 6, may not yet be over. ODT

South Korean luge celebrated Queenstown tourism operator Skyline Enterprises has been formally congratulated by South Korean government officials at the opening ceremony for its $20 million luge investment in Tongyeong City. ODT

Accommodation registrations still coming in Council threats are flushing out Queenstown’s unregistered holiday let owners. ODT

Too few beds for two events Wanaka accommodation providers and Lake Wanaka Tourism are predicting there will be an accommodation crisis in March next year due to the Wanaka A&P Show and the Motatapu race both being held on the second weekend that month. ODT

March 2017

Freedom camping turns feral Freedom campers have been snapped sleeping under trees in Queenstown. Mountain Scene

Queenstown first in New Zealand to have Airbnb Experience Airbnb has launched it’s first New Zealand Experience destination as the company diversifies its offerings. Stuff

Resort restaurateur heads to beach Forty years after first coming to Queenstown, the resort’s longest-serving restaurateur is upping sticks. Mountain Scene

Resort tracks caked in cack Queenstown council’s parks boss Clare Tomkins says her team come across human poo almost daily. Mountain Scene

Levy on visitors rejected A visitor levy to pay for Queenstown infrastructure looks to be a non-starter. ODT

Remarkables set to install high-tech new ski lift ahead of new season The Remarkables skifield will open a pioneering conveyor lift. Stuff

$10m hotel build Consent’s been lodged for a new Queenstown hotel, which will cost up to $10m. Mountain Scene

New facilities, parks for SH6 tourists Car parking is to be extended and toilets provided for visitors at the Blue Pools tourist stop on State Highway 6 near Makarora. ODT

Old stalwart to return to skies A former workhorse of Queenstown’s skies will touch down in the resort next month for a get-together of airline pioneers. Otago Daily Times

NZ’s newest trail: Creatives lure travellers south with scones Three creatives are tempting travellers south using the humble scone. Stuff

PM ‘on edge’ at Wanaka attraction More precisely he was on the edge of local tourism attraction the waterfall climb at Wildwire Wanaka. Otago Daily Times

Queenstown Airport warned ongoing growth could start driving people out of Queenstown The Queenstown Airport Corporation has been warned not to kill the golden goose with its ongoing expansion. Stuff

Queenstown and Wanaka Airports to complement each other if working together Queenstown Airport Corporation representatives see the operation of the Wanaka and Queenstown Airports as complimenting each other, if they are granted governance of Wanaka. Stuff

A ‘fair go’ from taxes? A visitor levy is not the answer to Queenstown’s lagging infrastructure, NZ First leader Winston Peters says. Otago Daily Times

Resort restaurateur heads to beach Forty years after first coming to Queenstown, the resort’s longest-serving restaurateur is upping sticks. Mountain Scene

$20m redevelopment programme for Walter Peak Queenstown tourism firm Real Journeys is investing $20 million in farm tourism at Walter Peak, on Lake Wakatipu. Otago Daily Times