Queenstown has some special systems and facilities to cope with billionaires, movie stars and VIP’s. But here’s our guide to Queenstown for the VVIPs – like the CIA director James Comey, FBI director Mike Pompeo, and other Five Eyes bigwigs expected in Queenstown this weekend.
So you're a one-percenter looking to escape the oncoming global apocalypse by hiding out in a luxury NZ bolthole. Who you gonna call? Peter Newport meets the fixers behind the super-rich influx and looks at how the newcomers are settling in.
Behind the affluent image of luxurious resorts and multi-million dollar homes, there is a another, far darker side to life in Queenstown. Peter Newport investigates the shocking state of the town's rental market, and what it means for those caught up in it.
Residents of rural towns are facing astronomical bills to support basic infrastructure. In Glenorchy, a mecca for film and tourism, they're mad as hell and not going to take it any more, writes Peter Newport.
Driving in Queenstown has become a kind of Russian roulette. Platitudes about 'education' won't cut it: we need a tourist licence requirement, and urgently, argues Peter Newport.
A small storm in Queenstown over some sewerage pipes on a new bridge points to how little we know about the vastly expensive infrastructure we pay for, writes Peter Newport.
This year thousands of people priced out of Auckland – or just looking to escape the big city rat race – will pack up and move to regions like the Queenstown Lakes District, where Peter Newport calls home. But if they're hoping to be welcomed with open arms, he says, they may just be in for a nasty shock.
It's a place with low wages, stratospheric property prices and housing stock that's often near-uninhabitable. Sound familiar? But this isn't Auckland - it's Queenstown, where the worst aspects of our growing economic inequality are writ large, as Peter Newport explains.