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Australian detective named as Shotover River rafting fatality
22 May 2018  

Australian detective named as Shotover River rafting fatality

New South Wales police officer Joshua Paroci has been named as the tourist who died during a rafting trip on Saturday.


Southern ski fields fire up their guns
18 May 2018  

Southern ski fields fire up their guns

Natural snow, cold temperatures and “heaps more fire power” are getting Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ready for the ski season.


Swapping corporate Auckland for Real Country
11 May 2018  

Swapping corporate Auckland for Real Country

Laura Douglas threw in corporate life in Auckland to start Real Country, a tourism venture based in Kingston on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.


Bungy NZ marks 30 years with ‘Live More. Fear Less’
9 May 2018  

Bungy NZ marks 30 years with ‘Live More. Fear Less’

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ has marked the company’s 30th year with its #LiveMoreFearLess campaign.


Queenstown, Wanaka explore unified approach to tourism, business
4 May 2018   /

Queenstown, Wanaka explore unified approach to tourism, business

Queenstown and Wanaka business, tourism and council leaders have agreed to adopt a unified approach to regional issues during a “ground-breaking” meeting this week.


Wong to lead new $15m attraction
3 May 2018  

Wong to lead new $15m attraction

Former Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters general manager Matt Wong has been appointed to manage a new Queenstown adrenalin experience, iFLY Indoor Skydiving.


Watch: Waterfall Park plan for Queenstown unveiled
24 Apr 2018  

Watch: Waterfall Park plan for Queenstown unveiled

A new luxury hotel and wellness retreat looking to tap into the meetings and events market has been proposed for a site next to Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort.


Historic Arrowtown and Kawarau bridge’s new landmarks status
24 Apr 2018  

Historic Arrowtown and Kawarau bridge’s new landmarks status

The Chinese Consul General and AJ Hackett Bungy NZ co-founder will celebrate the new Landmarks Whenua Tohunga status of Historic Arrowtown and Chinese Settlement and the Kawarau Suspension Bridge next week.


March passenger numbers leap 15% at Queenstown
23 Apr 2018  

March passenger numbers leap 15% at Queenstown

The number of passengers who passed through Queenstown Airport in March rose to 198,983, up 15% on the same month last year.


Tributes flow for ‘Chief’ as rafters rename river section in his honour
26 Mar 2018  

Tributes flow for ‘Chief’ as rafters rename river section in his honour

More than 70 family, friends and colleagues of Moana-Roa Keith ‘Chief’ Haare have paid tribute to the popular rafting guide.


Police: ‘Medical event’ probable cause of popular guide’s death
26 Mar 2018  

Police: ‘Medical event’ probable cause of popular guide’s death

A preliminary post-mortem into the death of popular Queenstown Rafting guide Moana-Roa Keith ‘Chief’ Haare suggests he died due to a medical event, say police.


NZSki launches Find you Freedom
22 Mar 2018  

NZSki launches Find you Freedom

Find your Freedom, a new brand campaign for The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown, has been launched with their pre-season video featuring long-time Head of Ski Patrol Michel Lepage as the front man.


QLDC and QAC sign Wanaka Airport lease
22 Mar 2018  

QLDC and QAC sign Wanaka Airport lease

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has confirmed that it has finalised the terms of a long-term lease with Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) for Wanaka Airport.


Sporting events, Chinese NY boost airport numbers
21 Mar 2018   /

Sporting events, Chinese NY boost airport numbers

Chinese New Year and the Challenge Wanaka and NZ Golf Open sporting events have helped boost passenger numbers at Queenstown Airport in February.


The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism
14 Mar 2018  

The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism

The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell went along to the opening of Camp Glenorchy yesterday and met the American couple behind the innovative eco-friendly accommodation.on. 


TNZ: Valuable boost for golf tourism
14 Mar 2018  

TNZ: Valuable boost for golf tourism

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open provided another valuable opportunity to promote New Zealand as a world class golfing destination.  


Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes
7 Mar 2018  

Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes

Visitors to New Zealand’s ski slopes grew on average 5% over the past four years to reach 1.6 million in 2017, according to the Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ).


Queenstown gears up to welcome 6000+ from Amway China
7 Mar 2018   /

Queenstown gears up to welcome 6000+ from Amway China

Excitement is building ahead of Amway China’s arrival in New Zealand for their annual leadership seminar next month.


Air NZ, Lake Wanaka Tourism finalists at Mumbrella awards
7 Mar 2018  

Air NZ, Lake Wanaka Tourism finalists at Mumbrella awards

Air New Zealand’s ‘A Very Merry Mistake’ and Lake Wanaka Tourism’s (LWT) #skiwanaka campaigns have been named as finalists at Australia’s Mumbrella Travel Marketing Awards.


DQ goes back for seconds with MiNDFOOD
7 Mar 2018  

DQ goes back for seconds with MiNDFOOD

Destination Queenstown has teamed up with MiNDFOOD magazine again in 2018 to deliver a story-driven campaign to promote domestic travel to the four season resort in autumn.


Luxury chopper joins Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
6 Mar 2018   / /

Luxury chopper joins Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

The luxury helicopter is a Category A capable twin engine helicopter, engineered with world-class technology and the only one of its kind operating commercially in New Zealand.


Queenstown freedom camping feedback available
5 Mar 2018  

Queenstown freedom camping feedback available

Queenstown Lakes District Council has received a significant amount of feedback in an online poll asking how freedom camping should be managed in the district.


Helicopter crashes at Wanaka Airport
2 Mar 2018  

Helicopter crashes at Wanaka Airport

Emergency services responded to an incident at Wanaka Airport on Thursday morning which involved a helicopter crashing in the airport’s helicopter training area at 11.28am. 


Edgewater appoints new GM
27 Feb 2018  

Edgewater appoints new GM

Edgewater resort at Lake Wanaka has promoted its financial controller, Jon Brown, to the position of general manager.


NTT’s hot pools development gets QLDC panel nod
22 Feb 2018   /

NTT’s hot pools development gets QLDC panel nod

The panel unanimously agreed to recommend that a long-term lease over the Lakeview recreation reserve be granted.


Queenstown Airport profit surges 43%, pays QLDC $750k
20 Feb 2018  

Queenstown Airport profit surges 43%, pays QLDC $750k

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has reported an interim net profit after tax of $8.8m for the six months to December 2017, up 43% on the previous corresponding period.


Queenstown starts freedom camping clamping
18 Feb 2018  

Queenstown starts freedom camping clamping

QLDC moved on Friday to reduce the impact freedom campers are having at several popular community spaces in Queenstown and Wanaka.


QLDC asked to authorise freedom camping changes
6 Feb 2018   /

QLDC asked to authorise freedom camping changes

QLDC has been asked to authorise restrictions as the first steps towards addressing irresponsible behaviour by a minority of freedom campers.


KJet appoints international sales manager
1 Feb 2018  

KJet appoints international sales manager

Queenstown jet boat operator KJet is looking to expand in to the wholesale markets with the appointment of a new international sales manager.


Fitch rates Queenstown – here’s what it has to say
1 Feb 2018  

Fitch rates Queenstown – here’s what it has to say

One of the world’s ‘Big Three’ credit ratings agencies has for the first time assessed Queenstown’s financial prospects. 


WorkSafe, TAIC launch investigations into industry deaths
30 Jan 2018  

WorkSafe, TAIC launch investigations into industry deaths

WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission have launched investigations into industry deaths at Wanaka and Queenstown.


QLDC seeks public input on freedom camping
30 Jan 2018  

QLDC seeks public input on freedom camping

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking public input on the challenges posed by increasing numbers of freedom camping in the district.


Skyline appoints new GM
21 Dec 2017  

Skyline appoints new GM

Skyline Queenstown has appointed Wayne Rose its new general manager.


Council blames ducks for high E.coli lake reading
21 Dec 2017  

Council blames ducks for high E.coli lake reading

The Otago Regional Council has cleared Queenstown’s Lake Hayes safe to swim in and blamed ducks for an unusually high E.coli reading.


Queenstown Airport marks two millionth passenger
21 Dec 2017   /

Queenstown Airport marks two millionth passenger

Queenstown Airport has welcomed its two millionth passenger this year in what it says is a “major milestone”.


Christchurch Casino, Dunedin Leisure Lodge drag Skyline
20 Dec 2017  

Christchurch Casino, Dunedin Leisure Lodge drag Skyline

Skyline Enterprises has reported an increase in trading across all of its businesses except for its Christchurch Casino and Dunedin Leisure Lodge operations.


Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app
20 Dec 2017  

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app

Lake Wanaka Tourism has launched a Wanaka Tracks app in time for the busy summer season ahead.


Skyline unveils $26m redevelopment
19 Dec 2017  

Skyline unveils $26m redevelopment

Skyline Enterprises has unveiled concept plans for its proposed $26m redevelopment of O’Connells Pavillion shopping centre in Queenstown.


Swimmers warned away from Queenstown lake
19 Dec 2017   /

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
18 Dec 2017  

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
18 Dec 2017   /

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
15 Dec 2017  

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
15 Dec 2017  

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
15 Dec 2017   /

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
14 Dec 2017  

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
13 Dec 2017  

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
12 Dec 2017   /

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
12 Dec 2017  

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
7 Dec 2017  

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
7 Dec 2017  

Aspen Hotel fills newly created role

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


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