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NZSki has given the green light to a new six-seater chairlift at The Remarkables. A season pass for The Remarkables increases by $100 to $599 while the Queenstown pass, which covers Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, is frozen at $889. Next season, a new 1.2km lift will start from the lower of the two car parks at 1600m and go to the ridge at the south head of the Rastus Burn known as Curvey Basin. Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence said the Curvey Basin lift could take 2400 people an hour.
Historic mining auction
A large collection of hardwood beams and mining relics owned by Infinity Investment Group managing director Bob Robertson will be auctioned this weekend. The beams, gathered by three generations, from old bridges in Kurow, Duntroon and Riverton, would be ideal statement pieces in private homes or commercial buildings, Mr Robertson said. The auction is at Riverside Park in Albert Town on Saturday at 11am.
New build demand
Real Estate Institute Queenstown spokesman Kelvin Collins says demand for new housing in Queenstown is increasing with 39 properties and 14 sections sold last month. Their combined value was $27.9 million, an overall reduction of 12 per cent compared to last year when there were more sales in the entry-level market. The highest sale price was $2.45m for a lifestyle property.
Dr Compost will be sharing tips for easy composting on Friday at the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Gorge Rd office, 12pm till 2pm.
The Remarkables Market opens on Saturday with two spring gardening markets. The markets run every Saturday from 8.30am till 1pm until April 19. Stalls by artisans and food producers.
New business launched
New business Your Saving Grace launched last week. The company provides in-home help, a respite and companionship service aimed at elderly people in the Wakatipu. The team assist with general household duties and provide companionship for appointments and social outings to help people maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.