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A Hotel in Our Gardens? History of the Queenstown Gardens Part 3
Queenstown Gardens Part 2: From Local Park to Tourist Attraction

Queenstown Gardens Part 2: From Local Park to Tourist Attraction

29 Jan 2018 - Queenstown Historical Society

In 1867 when the eager townsfolk set about planting trees in their new Gardens reserve, they were probably thinking of the benefits such a park would have for their fledgeling town. Few would have predicted a future in which the Gardens would contribute to the attractions of an international tourist resort.
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Queenstown Gardens – A Potted History of 150 Years, Part 1

Queenstown Gardens – A Potted History of 150 Years, Part 1

1 Dec 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Three cheers to the far-sighted colonists who in 1867 set aside the peninsula for a public park.
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Kawarau Falls Dam – Where’s the gold?

Kawarau Falls Dam – Where’s the gold?

8 Oct 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

In 1924 when work began on the dam it was expected to take three months, but in fact, it took 21 months and incurred huge cost overruns. These were not good omens, but were largely ignored except that Otago Daily Times noted that the local residents had been regarding the scheme ‘somewhat oddly and critically.’ With good reason.
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Barbara Anderson - Change of Heart

Barbara Anderson - Change of Heart

5 Sep 2017 - The Black Cat Book Shop

Heaven knows how it will end, but I will start with
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Building Kawarau Falls Dam-Bridge: With Not a Crane or Hi-Vis Vest in Sight

Building Kawarau Falls Dam-Bridge: With Not a Crane or Hi-Vis Vest in Sight

19 Aug 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

It’s not only small boys who are fascinated by seeing men and machinery at work...
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Paul Cleave - Collecting Cooper

Paul Cleave - Collecting Cooper

2 Aug 2017 - The Black Cat Book Shop

Obsession. Or, as Adrian’s mother would insist, ‘deep interest’. Because sane people don’t obsess about things, they just are very, very interested...
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Plants to help birds through winter

Plants to help birds through winter

29 Jul 2017 - Shotovergarden

Winter has well and truly arrived here in Queenstown...
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Rush to Invest in the Kawarau Falls Dam! Fortunes assured!

Rush to Invest in the Kawarau Falls Dam! Fortunes assured!

19 Jun 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

What if riverbeds were dry so that the gold could be reached easily? In 1867 when the Kawarau River was very low, rich un-worked gold deposits were exposed below Kawarau Falls...
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Can nature enhance the mind?

Can nature enhance the mind?

8 Jun 2017 - Shotovergarden

When you live in Queenstown or most places in New Zealand it is difficult to avoid a beautiful view or a tempting walk into the bush. However you may not appreciate the full benefits of being able to frequently see and interact with nature...
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Our Stories by Ian Wishart - book review

Our Stories by Ian Wishart - book review

7 Jun 2017 - The Black Cat Book Shop

Award-winning journalist Ian Wishart puts together a powerful collection of stories on New Zealand history...
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Ski your best this winter: Robbie's top tips

Ski your best this winter: Robbie's top tips

24 May 2017 - Queenstown Health

Headed up the slopes this winter? Check out our quick guide to an injury-free season...
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Tim Shadbolt - A Mayor of Two Cities

Tim Shadbolt - A Mayor of Two Cities

8 May 2017 - The Black Cat Book Shop

Enjoy the autobiography of one of New Zealand’s most iconic mayors...
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Exciting food you can't get in the supermarket

Exciting food you can't get in the supermarket

11 Apr 2017 - Shotovergarden

There’s no debate that supermarkets make a busy life easier, but one downside to supermarkets are that they have a strict list of stocked foods based on consumer demand, shelf life and other factors.
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Crossing Kawarau Falls – or not

Crossing Kawarau Falls – or not

4 Apr 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Let’s take a moment to review the history of the Falls...
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Castle on the Run - book review

Castle on the Run - book review

4 Apr 2017 - The Black Cat Book Shop

Read the nostalgic childhood stories of Gay McInnes, daughter of the first family to live on the Earnscleaugh Station in Central Otago.
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How to become a master gardener

How to become a master gardener

14 Mar 2017 - Shotovergarden

Get your garden looking glorious with these top tips from the experts...
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Kitty - book review

Kitty - book review

3 Mar 2017 - The Black Cat Book Shop

Deborah Challinor is famous for her whirlwind adventures set in historic New Zealand...
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TWO Rare Species Hidden Within Lord of the Rings Country

TWO Rare Species Hidden Within Lord of the Rings Country

27 Feb 2017 - Pure Glenorchy

In traditional New Zealand Maori culture, native birds, animals, flora and fauna were known as Taonga Species, meaning they were cherished and woven into the fabric of existence...
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Useful plants for summer - Aloe Vera

Useful plants for summer - Aloe Vera

7 Feb 2017 - Shotovergarden

Aloe vera is a wonder plant with so many uses, if you don’t have one, go get one...
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Celebrity English writer visited Queenstown

Celebrity English writer visited Queenstown

3 Feb 2017 - Queenstown Historical Society

Anthony Trollope 1872 he came, he saw, he commented.
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