Southland

Tree falls on people in Queenstown

A number of people are reported to have been injured in an incident in Queenstown this afternoon. Emergency services are responding to an incident at the Shotover Jet base. Reports came in around 1pm indicating that a tree had fallen onto people at...... Read More

Two rescued after riding rapids on air mattress

Queenstown's Harbourmaster says people who need rescuing because of "their own stupidity'' should have to foot the bill. His comments followed the rescue of two men who got caught in rapids after heading out on the Kawarau River on...... Read More

Police seeking vehicle in relation to incident

Police are seeking a vehicle believed to have been involved in an altercation in Invercargill yesterday. Around 3:30pm police attended an address in Drury Lane, Grasmere where a 26-year-old man had suffered serious head injuries. He was taken to Southland...... Read More

Heavy rain issued for Fiordland

An active front should approach the lower South Island on Saturday morning, preceded by a strong and very moist northwest flow, and followed by very strong and showery westerlies. This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations will meet...... Read More

Mayors happy with freedom campers despite fines

The vast majority of freedom campers are playing by the rules this summer, according to councils in South Island tourist hotspots. That's despite hundreds of fines being dished out across a number of the big tourist hotspots. Since December 21,...... Read More

Queenstown E coli: Lake cleared for swimming

E coli levels in Lake Wakatipu have subsided. The Queenstown Lakes District Council reported yesterday that tests had revealed elevated levels of the bacteria in the lake near Queenstown's town centre, and people were advised to avoid the water...... Read More

E coli risk forces closure of Queenstown swimming spot

High levels of E coli bacteria have been found at a popular swimming spot in Queenstown. The council discovered the bacteria at Queenstown Bay while carrying out water testing for Lake Wakatipu. Its chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said people should...... Read More

Delays expected for travel between Queenstown and Cromwell

The NZ Transport Agency is warning motorists to allow extra time on their journeys with two months of roadworks about to start. Travellers between Queenstown and Cromwell this month and next are being warned to allow for roadworks and delays. Two...... Read More