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Body of tourist recovered from Lake Wānaka
28 Nov 2022  

Body of tourist recovered from Lake Wānaka

Queenstown Mayor Glyn Lewers has thanked operators and people involved in the search for a Korean tourist who drowned in Lake Wānaka on Thursday evening.


Ski lane enforcement this summer at Southern Lakes
23 Nov 2022   /

Ski lane enforcement this summer at Southern Lakes

Queenstown Lakes District Council is installing more signage and observing how people use ski lanes to protect boat users and swimmers around waterways this summer.


Water monitoring buoys placed in southern lakes
11 Nov 2022  

Water monitoring buoys placed in southern lakes

Freshwater monitoring buoys have been deployed in lakes Wānaka and Whakatipu as part of an effort to improve water quality monitoring.


Queenstown Lakes destination strategy to be revamped
28 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown Lakes destination strategy to be revamped

The draft destination management strategy for Queenstown Lakes is now moving towards its second iteration following feedback from the community.


Cardrona development to feature $10m ‘resort-like’ homestead
28 Oct 2022   /

Cardrona development to feature $10m ‘resort-like’ homestead

A $10m homestead will be a major feature of the $650m Mt Cardrona Station development and act as the heart of the alpine village.


Wānaka wine and food fest Ripe returns
25 Oct 2022   /

Wānaka wine and food fest Ripe returns

Otago wine and food festival Ripe will return to the shores of Lake Wānaka on Saturday 18 March 2023 after Covid forced the cancellation of the 2022 event.


Wānaka lakefront upgrades set to open to public
20 Oct 2022   /

Wānaka lakefront upgrades set to open to public

The second stage of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan will open to the public this Friday.


Alpine Group to pay $379k over fatal Wānaka helicopter crash
12 Oct 2022   /

Alpine Group to pay $379k over fatal Wānaka helicopter crash

The operator has been ordered to pay a $315,000 fine and $64,000 in legal costs over the 18 October 2018 helicopter crash that left three people dead.


LWT showcases Wānaka film industry
12 Oct 2022  

LWT showcases Wānaka film industry

A new short video showcasing the local Wānaka film industry aims to promote the region as a strong destination for local filmmaking.


DQ, LWT contribute to Queenstown quality survey
4 Oct 2022   /

DQ, LWT contribute to Queenstown quality survey

Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism have helped to develop questions on the visitor economy for Queenstown Lakes District Council’s latest Quality of Life survey.


QLDC seeks complete Wānaka landmark takeover
15 Aug 2022   /

QLDC seeks complete Wānaka landmark takeover

Queenstown Lakes District Council is making a play for the management of Mount Iron Scenic Reserve, currently under control of the Department of Conservation.


Top Wānaka tourism job up for grabs
10 Aug 2022   /

Top Wānaka tourism job up for grabs

The iconic Edgewater resort is losing its GM to the United Kingdom.


Snow Farm seeks $1.7m for new building
26 Jul 2022  

Snow Farm seeks $1.7m for new building

PACT is close to lodging its resource consent application for the new building, which will be constructed in two stages.


Helen Clark to open new Snow Farm hut
20 Jul 2022  

Helen Clark to open new Snow Farm hut

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark will visit Snow Farm near Wānaka on Saturday to officially open the new 36-bed Musterer’s Hut.


Winter Games returns to southern ski slopes
1 Jul 2022  

Winter Games returns to southern ski slopes

Winter Games New Zealand is returning to Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables this season.


Southern ski fields open
16 Jun 2022  

Southern ski fields open

NZSki has opened its Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown with five of its eight lifts operating.


Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season
15 Jun 2022  

Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season

More than 1.5 metres of snow blanketed parts of Queenstown over the weekend, marking an “epic” ski season ahead for the Southern Lakes ski fields, says Destination Queenstown.


Wānaka operators recognised for excellence
13 Jun 2022  

Wānaka operators recognised for excellence

More than 200 people attended The Ignite Wānaka Business Excellence Awards last night to celebrate business resilience through the challenges of the pandemic.


SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies
31 May 2022   /

SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies

SOUTH launches a new ski product designed to attract Australian visitors.


Wānaka operators make local awards shortlist
19 May 2022  

Wānaka operators make local awards shortlist

Hook Wānaka, Lavender Farm, and WildWire have made the shortlist for the outstanding in tourism category at the Ignite Wānaka Business Excellence Awards.


Lake Wānaka Tourism launches $10k film award
24 Mar 2022   /

Lake Wānaka Tourism launches $10k film award

Lake Wānaka Tourism, in partnership with creative media firm Monster Children Group, has launched an inaugural short film award worth $10,000.


McClay: Nash is wrong – tourism needs to get back to business
4 Mar 2022   /

McClay: Nash is wrong – tourism needs to get back to business

National Party’s tourism spokesperson says the minister won’t decide how the sector is shaped in the recovery – industry will.


Wanaka wine festival, Taupō Ironman fall to Covid
11 Feb 2022   /

Wanaka wine festival, Taupō Ironman fall to Covid

Wanaka’s Ripe Food & Wine Festival and Ironman NZ in Taupō are the latest events to cancel due to capacity restrictions under Covid-19 red light settings.


Wānaka A&P show cancelled
9 Feb 2022  

Wānaka A&P show cancelled

The 2022 Wānaka A&P Show has been cancelled due to Covid-19 red alert restrictions.


Final round of Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund opens
18 Jan 2022   /

Final round of Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund opens

Applications for the third and final round of the Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund are now open for events held May 2022 to February 2023.


QLDC buys landmarks, floats new trails opportunities
17 Dec 2021   /

QLDC buys landmarks, floats new trails opportunities

Queenstown Lakes District Council is buying 100ha of land at Mt Iron and Little Mt Iron in Wānaka.


Consent for $280m film studio with tourism facilities granted
9 Dec 2021   /

Consent for $280m film studio with tourism facilities granted

Silverlight Studios has secured resource consent for its $280m film studio development near Wānaka.


Wānaka’s Edgewater, mi-pad Queenstown mandate vaccination
1 Dec 2021  

Wānaka’s Edgewater, mi-pad Queenstown mandate vaccination

Lake Wānaka’s Edgewater Hotel says it will accept only fully vaccinated guests from this Friday 3 December, to coincide with the introduction of the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.


2022 Southland A&P cancels, Wānaka good to go
26 Nov 2021  

2022 Southland A&P cancels, Wānaka good to go

The Southland A&P Show on 5 March 2022 has been cancelled due to uncertainty around the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.


Legnavsky, Wild Wire finalists in business awards
17 Nov 2021  

Legnavsky, Wild Wire finalists in business awards

Tourist attractions Wild Wire, Lavender Farm, and Hook Wānaka are the finalists in the tourism category of the Ignite Wānaka Business Awards.


F-35A Lightning II fighter confirmed for Warbirds
28 Oct 2021   /

F-35A Lightning II fighter confirmed for Warbirds

Attendees at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka will be able to see the Royal Australian Air Force’s new F-35A Lightning II fighter jet in New Zealand for the first time.


QAC signals fight ahead over Tarras flight paths
27 Sep 2021   /

QAC signals fight ahead over Tarras flight paths

The airport operator says it will be “particularly focussed” on the flight paths the Tarras proposal seeks.


…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale
27 Sep 2021  

…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale

An iconic Taupō tourist attraction selected less than a year ago by the government as a strategic asset worthy of a $500,000 grant is now on the market.


Wānaka to host regenerative tourism hui
27 Sep 2021   /

Wānaka to host regenerative tourism hui

Wānaka will host the Back to Life Hui regenerative tourism event on 26 October 2021.


48 days later: Operators brace for diminished school holidays
21 Sep 2021  

48 days later: Operators brace for diminished school holidays

Auckland’s drop to level 3 is welcomed but tourism businesses will suffer in lockdown for almost seven weeks.


What’s the lifetime value of a visitor? The call goes out for an answer
10 Sep 2021   /

What’s the lifetime value of a visitor? The call goes out for an answer

Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Auckland are funding the hunt for an answer to the question puzzling industry.


Crankworx heads south with new summer series
9 Sep 2021   /

Crankworx heads south with new summer series

The new series of events being hosted in the Southern Lakes and Central Otago could attract thousands of visitors over the summer.


Extra flights put on for people to leave Queenstown
19 Aug 2021  

Extra flights put on for people to leave Queenstown

Additional flights are operating out of Queenstown today for New Zealanders to return home.


DQ’s Paul Abbot: “Excitement, challenge” in tourism shake-up
2 Aug 2021   /

DQ’s Paul Abbot: “Excitement, challenge” in tourism shake-up

Destination Queenstown’s new CEO on the opportunity to shape the future of tourism.


TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions
2 Jul 2021   /

TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions

Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.


Queenstown Lakes launches regenerative tourism initiative
28 Jun 2021  

Queenstown Lakes launches regenerative tourism initiative

Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism, and Queenstown Lakes District Council have formed a partnership to design a regenerative tourism strategy for the region.


New Cardrona, TC ski hub opens on Thursday
1 Jun 2021  

New Cardrona, TC ski hub opens on Thursday

Winter welcome party event, skiing documentary premiere to mark opening of new facility.


…another regional airport battle comes to an end – for now
13 May 2021   /

…another regional airport battle comes to an end – for now

Queenstown Lakes District Council will not appeal the High Court decision that ruled Wānaka Airport’s 100-year lease unlawful.


Cardrona, TC expand in Wānaka with new “everything mountain” hub
12 May 2021  

Cardrona, TC expand in Wānaka with new “everything mountain” hub

A new Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone ski facility in Wānaka is set to open its doors on 1 June.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


Warbirds over Wānaka secures international bookings
13 Apr 2021  

Warbirds over Wānaka secures international bookings

The airshow, set to take place on 16-17 April 2022, will be headlined by a Polikarpov I-16 Russian WWII fighter aircraft.


Aussie influx for Queenstown in July, Sept – Air NZ
8 Apr 2021   /

Aussie influx for Queenstown in July, Sept – Air NZ

It’s promising to be a busy southern ski season, says the airline.


Wānaka launches new domestic tourism campaign
30 Mar 2021   /

Wānaka launches new domestic tourism campaign

New campaign launching this week features work by local photographers designed to lift spending.


Inaugural Ripe festival gathers 2k revellers
24 Mar 2021  

Inaugural Ripe festival gathers 2k revellers

Wānaka’s inaugural food and wine festival Ripe drew 2000 festival goers on Sunday 21 March at Corbridge Woolshed.


84th Wānaka A&P attracts 45,000
16 Mar 2021  

84th Wānaka A&P attracts 45,000

The annual Wānaka A&P Show drew approximately 45,000 people to the two-day event.