Putting the QT in Queenstown

The Rydges Hotel Queenstown with development of the new QT Hotel at rear.

"It's an eclectic mix of design and art. It's style and luxury with a touch of quirk."

Controversial rental company's key ring

The "Try not to be a c..." key holder is given to every Wicked Campers customer.

"People love them. They say 'can I have more to take home overseas?'"

Wanaka lodge approved amid noise

Roys Peak is one of NZ's marquee spots but it has "at least a limited capacity to absorb change", planning commissioner ...

Hush-hush ordered as permission granted for contentious lodge at Roys Peak near Wanaka.

Chinese NY's $165m NZ injection video

Chinese tourists enjoy the Hanmer Springs hot pools.

Businesses cock-a-hoop for Year of the Rooster as up to 33,000 Chinese prepare to descend on NZ shores.

Bad buzz for bees in Southland

Catlins Honey beekeeper Grant Hayes says he expects honey production to be down about 50 per cent on last season because ...

Southland beekeepers expecting honey production to be down 50 per cent as cool weather stings.

$85m Wanaka apartments approved

An artist's impression of the pool area of the Marina Terrace Apartments.

Restaurant binned but 50 Wanaka apartments approved for construction on the lakefront in February.

Wanaka development properties on market

The four Lakeside Road properties are directly opposite the Wanaka marina.

Hope springs forth again for prime lakefront Wanaka sections within two minute's walk from town.

Sacking over stun gun use

Silver Fern Farms was worried a potential backlash from customers if it did not take action over animal cruelty by a ...

The Employment Relations Authority has upheld Silver Fern Farms' decision to sack a meat worker for overusing a stun gun on a lamb.

Retirement village hearing opens

16012017 Photo: Supplied. MIR News: Artist's impression of retirement village between Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover ...

A resource consent hearing for Queenstown's first retirement village is underway.

Black Diamond mine on track

The Takitimu coalmine in Nightcaps in 2010, which is also owned by Bathurst Resources. Its coal supply was exhausted ...

Plans are on track for the new Black Diamond mine in Nightcaps to begin work next month.

Cherry charters hit the skies

Tonnes of New Zealand cherries and lobsters are being flown to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

Singapore Airlines puts on four charter flights to get hundreds of tonnes of South Island cherries to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

Sacre Bleu!

The Ship L'Austral berthed at Bluff Island Harbour

Passengers aboard a luxury cruise ship will be treated to a day in Southland after their ship was forced to turn back from its voyage to the Sub Antarctic Islands.

$50m cherries for export

Summerfruit New Zealand chairman Tim Jones said the market for exported cherries grew about $7 million since last season.

Growers race against the clock with over 1000 tonnes to be picked before Chinese New Year.

Freedom camping spot sensors prevent overcrowding

Ground sensors allow freedom campers wanting to stay at Wellington's Evans Bay to find out in advance whether overnight ...

Ground sensors in freedom camping areas and solar powered rubbish compactors are preventing freedom camping problems.

Bold goals for Wanaka

Queenstown Lakes deputy mayor Calum MacLeod.

Calum MacLeod's challenge to Wanaka: don't just whinge, get involved in long term planning.

Visitor numbers increase, and they're spending more

A pair of Kea campervans at Arthur's Pass. Note the kea on top of the right hand van. Photo: Stephen Russell / Fairfax NZ

Increase in visitor nights across Southland in September and October

Slapped with pink sticker

Queenstown Lakes District Council monitoring enforcement officers Morgan Shepherd and Tom Grandiek will ensure ...

Council rules see more than 100 warnings and fines handed out for "ugly'' and "hazardous" illegal signs.

Two decades of fashion

Winton retailer Margaret Hogan closed her business after 20 years.

Margaret Hogan closed the doors on 20 years of women's fashion.

Caught out for renting out

Queenstown home owners making a killing by letting their properties to holidaymakers could be in for a rates shock.

Queenstown home owners making a killing by letting their properties to holidaymakers could be in for a rates shock.

Ice cream tricycle delivery

Queenstown's Amy Freedman delivers organic Pick Me Lick Me ice blocks on a tricycle in the resort.

Pick Me Lick Me are organic ice blocks and ice cream cookie sandwiches. 

Leap in Chinese skydivers

Leaping out of an plane on their New Zealand holiday is a high priority for many Chinese tourists.

Skydive operators are facing a boom summer thanks to the Chinese craze for tandem parachute jumps.

Holiday parks v toilet sneaks

Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park's beach front location makes it hard to keep out non-paying visitors so it is upping its ...

The threat of arrest makes most freeloaders pay up, but some hoon off dangerously, hurling abuse.

Holiday cash crunch

Waiting days for banks to deposit card payments is tough on small businesses like the Brick Mill Cafe, where owner Janet ...

A Canterbury cafe owner is ropeable at having to wait four days for $6500 in card payments over the break.

Private jets turned away

The 2014 record of eight private jets at once at Queenstown airport is unlikely to be repeated this year.

It's a very Queenstown problem, but a private jet parking solution could still be years away.

Welcome mat for freedom campers

Vineyards, olive groves and other artisan food producers are among those welcoming freedom campers.

Vineyards, pubs, small businesses and homeowners are inviting freedom campers to stay in their car parks and driveways.

Southlanders make it rain with Boxing Day spending

Quest Invercargill manager Jesse Gush.

Boxing Day spend up in Southland, Paymark figures show.

Tubing at Cardrona

Cardona's logistics manager Ewan Mackie is trying out summer tubing course.

You don't need the snow to go tubing.

Braving Boxing Day for the bargains

Shoppers on Esk Street on the morning of Boxing Day 2016.

Would you brave the Boxing Day sales?

Christmas, birthday and work

Trent Yeo, executive director of Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown, celebrates his 42nd birthday at the office.

Queenstown adventure business open on "crazy" Christmas Day and celebrate the boss' birthday.

Backpackers bypass 'boring' Christchurch video

12122014 News Photo: Marion van Dijk/ Fairfax NZ

STAND ALONE:  A backpacker with fry pan in tow, walks across the road ...

The word has filtered out on the backpacker grapevine: don't go to Christchurch.

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