Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Queenstown blanketed in bumper snowfall

Queenstown blanketed in bumper snowfall



Queenstown, New Zealand (26 May 2014) – Downtown Queenstown and the surrounding mountains have been blanketed in snow this morning, following a bumper overnight snowfall, giving local ski areas a good boost before the start of the winter season.

With Coronet Peak scheduled to open on the 7th June and other local ski fields set to open in the following weeks the snow has set the scene as Queenstown gears up for winter.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd says the fresh snowfall signals winter is fast approaching and the resort had been transformed into a winter wonderland over the last 24 hours.

“There’s a real buzz in the air now as everybody around town starts getting excited about winter.”

Locals and visitors will officially welcome the start of Queenstown’s winter season on 20 June when the annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off. 2014 will be extra special as the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and brightest winter celebration marks its 40th anniversary. The multi award winning festival (20-29 June) will celebrate with a calendar of activities that includes fireworks, live music, street parades, comedy, quirky races, mountain mayhem and some new attractions that specifically recognise the 40th anniversary.

Mr Budd says Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter and is a great excuse for both Kiwis and Aussies to plan a trip to Queenstown.

“It’s a short flight to Queenstown from New Zealand’s major centres and only three hours from Australia which makes it very accessible for a winter break. With increased flight scheduling this winter, both domestically and trans-tasman, it has never been easier to get here,” says Mr Budd.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are operating an additional 40,000 seats to and from Queenstown over the peak winter period, Qantas has boosted services between Sydney and Queenstown with daily flights over peak ski season and Jetstar has added an extra 16,000 seats from Sydney and Melbourne into Queenstown over winter.

“Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading four season resort, the skiing is world-class and the range of activities in Queenstown itself are second to none. It really is the ultimate winter holiday destination for all ages,” says Mr Budd.

For more inspiration visit www.queenstownNZ.co.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop Business: Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out.

The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill, it said in a statement. The casino operator had previously estimated the centre would cost $402 million, which it had agreed to cover in return for extensions to its Auckland gaming licence.

The company today lodged its application for a resource consent. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news