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A “joyous day” for Queenstown Lakes District

QF121 touched down at 2:31 pm on Monday, 387 days after the last scheduled international flight arrived at Queenstown Airport. As the aircraft approached the gate, it passed through a water arch compliments of the Queenstown Airport rescue fire team...... Read More

Nationwide consultation on freedom camping

Nationwide consultation on how we should deal with the minority of freedom campers who are causing “quite a stink” around the country is underway. Freedom camping is where you camp on public land that isn’t a recognised camping ground. Tourism...... Read More

40-year mystery of missing mountaineer solved

A few weeks ago, the Wānaka Sun published a story on the discovery of a body on Mt Aspiring on 19 March 2021 which was believed to be that of Australian mountaineer Terry Jordan. Jordan disappeared over 40 years ago. This was not the case- these remains...... Read More

First Covid vaccines roll out in Wānaka

The roll out of Covid vaccinations for Wānaka began last weekend, with a clinic for frontline health workers held at the Wānaka Medical Centre. Residents and staff of Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven Care Centre also received vaccinations. These were...... Read More

Wānaka SAR awarded substantial grant

Wānaka Search & Rescue (SAR) has been awarded $30,000 in the latest round of the Central Lakes Trust (CLT) financial grants. Wānaka SAR is a volunteer organisation that depends entirely on grants and donations.  “The Central Lakes Trust...... Read More

Mt Iron Junction development gets go-ahead

The proposed new development Mt Iron Junction has been given the green light to go ahead with the granting of consent by the Environment Court. Mt Iron Junction is a mixed-use development on 6ha of land at the base of Mt Iron bordered by State Highways...... Read More

Contact Epic Race: great day out for 660 riders!

“A stunning day on a stunning track with a field full of good guys racing the hardest course to date:” was how Race Director Aaron Nicholson described the Contact Epic cross-country mountain bike race. Excessive rain meant the Hunter River...... Read More

Future bright for snowsports athletes

It’s been an incredible year so far for the likes of local ski and snowboard stars Alice Robinson, Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott.  Wānaka Freeskier Porteous and snowboarder Sadowski-Synnott have been on the podium at every major...... Read More

Festival of Colour 2021 wraps up

With more than 9,000 tickets sold to over 40 shows across eight days, Wānaka’s Festival of Colour has been hailed a success. For outgoing festival director Philip Tremewan, it was a relief to present the festival in full with no disruptions due...... Read More