Surface flooding, road closed, motorists warned

Heavy rain caused widespread surface flooding across much of Wanaka township and surrounding areas yesterday after former tropical cyclone Fehi moved across the South Island. Queenstown Lakes District Council warned motorists to watch out for water on roads, in particular Mt Aspiring Rd between the Mt Roy track car park and Ruby Island Rd. Mt

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Film festival to celebrate free-flying

Wanak’s first “Freedom of Flight Film Festival” will be held this Saturday, at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Co-organiser Pedro Pimentel said it was being held to coincide with the national cross-country paragliding championships being held in Wanaka and Queenstown this week. He said the festival would showcase a variety of free-flight disciplines, including speedflying, hang

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Heatwave sends people to cool sanctuaries

Heatwave conditions continued in Central Otago and Wanaka yesterday, leading people to scamper for shade or remain indoors as temperatures climbed into the mid-30s for the fourth straight day. Not long after 4pm the gauge struck 36degC in the centre of town, while MetService said it peaked at 33 degrees at the airport. Those on

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Hundreds head into lake for The Ruby

The Ruby swim event was held in Wanaka in picturesque conditions on Saturday morning, and saw hundreds of competitors of all ages take part. The feature swim, The Ruby, saw swimmers take off from Waterfall Creek and swim 2.5km around nearby Ruby Island and back to shore. It was won by local Rio Olympian Tony

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Show ticket sales go online

The Wanaka A&P Show has announced its ticketing system for the 2018 show has gone online. Event manager Jane Stalker said the change would cut  the queues at the gate on show days and make access easier. Showgoers can buy their tickets online through the Wanaka Show website www.wanakashow.co.nz. The show is on March 9

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Golf course plan for Cardrona

Golfers could soon be teeing-off in the Cardrona Valley if a proposed ”alpine links” golf course goes ahead.  Mt Cardrona Station Ltd has requested a plan change which would allow a 12-hole golf course to be built about 2km north of Cardrona township. Plan change 52, as it is known, will be discussed at a

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Airshow seeks disposable caravans

Warbirds over Wanaka organisers are looking to the past for inspiration to help mark the airshow’s 30th  anniversary in style. Planning for the 2018 event  is  well under way with people already asking about ticket sales. General manager Ed Taylor said organisers wanted to bring back some of the most popular acts from past events,

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Work starts on new ski lift

Work on  Cardrona Alpine Resort’s new “chondola” lift started  this week. The drive station from the old McDougall ski lift was removed on Monday and earthworks for the  $10 million  lift will start soon. Almost all  the older lift has been now been removed, except  for the top station, which will  be  taken out once

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Puzzling World supreme

More than 40 years after a wooden maze was built 2km outside what was a small Central Otago town, Puzzling World has been recognised as Wanaka’s top business for 2016. Puzzling World won the supreme business award at the inaugural Ignite Chamber of Commerce Wanaka business awards at Rippon Hall last Friday night. In the

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