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2014-07-18 23:05:16

Active Adventures New Zealand has been offering New Zealand hiking trips for two decades, and the jewel in the crown is the Ultimate South Island Adventure ‘Rimu’ trip. Since 1995, more than 5,000 travellers have joined the ‘Rimu’ adventure tour to hike, bike and kayak through parks, valleys, bays and backroads. Queenstown, Otago (PRWEB) July 18, 2014 Leading adventure tour operator, Active Adventures, mark a milestone as they celebrate 20 years of small group adventure tours....

2010-04-19 07:25:00

MONETA, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- How did Earth's natural lakes form? Receding glaciers and cataclysmic events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteorite impact are some of the generally accepted geologic origins of our planet's lakes. But the original inhabitants of many lakes had their own theories about creation. New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu is shaped like the curled-up giant, burned to death in his sleep after kidnapping a chief's daughter. An enraged god threw fists full of...

2008-10-01 15:00:31

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Wanaka THE Queenstown Lakes District Council has approved a new master plan for the Wanaka Airport, allowing the airport to prepare itself for the next 30 years of development. Former airport manager Tim Johnston said the plan allowed for a rise from 650 passengers a day to up to 1650 in 2036 and facilities to cope with ATRs and Boeing 737s. The future governance of the airport, currently managed by a committee of council, was still under review, he said....

2008-09-26 15:00:36

By FEA, Sue in Queenstown A NEW childcare centre planned for Arrowtown might ease the backlog of more than 100 Arrowtown children waiting for a spot in child learning and care centres. The Queenstown Lakes District Council on Friday will consider a request from the Arrowtown Community Preschool to guarantee a $20,000 bank loan for its $733,000 childcare project. The preschool committee is applying to the Education Ministry next month for a discretionary funding grant to build a new...

2008-09-10 15:00:17

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Queenstown A$1.2 MILLION plan to redirect the Shotover River and help mitigate flooding in Queenstown came a step closer to reality this week. The Otago Regional Council agreed to prepare resource consent applications to allow the construction of a "training wall" to shift the flow of the river, extract large amounts of gravel and remove three willow islands. The plan involves the removal of up to 1 million cubic metres of gravel, sand and organic material from...

2008-09-05 15:00:20

I WAS intrigued to read in your paper (August 21) that Queenstown Mayor Clive Geddes believes low-fare airlines like Pacific Blue would have a similar (negative) impact to budget accommodation for Queenstown. Since Pacific Blue launched New Zealand domestic services in November 2007 the main centre airports have enjoyed increases in domestic passenger numbers of up to 30 percent. Dunedin Airport recently reported 20 percent domestic passenger growth since Pacific Blue began services on...

2008-08-13 15:00:45

By CREAN, Mike Bells rang out in Arrowtown over the saving of three rundown cottages from demolition. The 130-year-old miners' cottages were rotting away. Arrowtown residents and heritage advocates nationwide feared their owner, a property developer, would use a loophole in planning laws and let them deteriorate until they became dangerous and had to be removed. The Queenstown Lakes District Council last year bought the cottages for $1.9 million. They stand in a row of heritage...

2008-08-01 18:00:24

By FEA, Sue `It will be extraordinary to do jet operations at night into Queenstown Airport.' Captain Dave Morgan QUEENSTOWN would be one of very few mountainous terrain airports in the world to have night flights if they proved feasible, Air New Zealand's general manager of airline operations and safety Captain Dave Morgan said last night. He told a public business meeting it could take anything from six months up to two years to work through the necessary planning and consent...

2008-07-20 15:00:21

Look around at the landscape, folks, and think about the forces that have made it so breathtaking. Folding and faulting have formed the mountains and valleys right along the alpine spine of the South Island. Nowhere are those forces more obvious than in the Queenstown area. Geology teaches us that erosion continues to play with the landscape long after the big guns -- earthquakes and glaciers -- have laid the groundwork. Hillsides give way, sweep down to block rivers and form natural...

2008-07-04 15:00:30

By HEATHER, Ben in Queenstown THE risk of an aircraft crashing into homes would be preferable to risking an electrical substation crash, according to one engineer. Speaking on behalf of Remarkables Park Ltd, engineering consultant Murray Smith said in a consent hearing yesterday that flights from Queenstown Airport should avoid passing over a substation, taking an alternative route over the Five Mile development in Frankton. "I believe the aircraft going over the Five Mile is a lesser...


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