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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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]