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Queenstown Lakes District Council released their draft Climate Action Plan last week and is inviting feedback. At the forefront of climate dialogue in Wanaka, is the question of how expansion of...

How does a tourist resort and district, with a growing resident population and an international airport (and another one planned), achieve a zero carbon future? …the Zero Carbon Amendment Bill will...

You are “scaremongering” was one of the many comebacks published in a letter from Mayor Jim Boult to Michael Ross of the Wanaka Stakeholders Group (WSG). It was a cutting letter...

Earlier this week, our Mayor suggested in a forceful letter to Wanaka Stakeholders Group that we are ‘scaremongering’ about overtourism in Wanaka. That very same day, this piece appeared in our...

Historians, archaeologists, and members of the tourism industry are criticizing the decision to build a new airport at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, claiming it will put the local culture...

With visitor numbers surging and infrastructure problems on the rise, commentators and experts are wondering if we Kiwis have been “asleep at the wheel”. The issue of overtourism is one which...

More than 2.2 million travellers visited Iceland in 2017, a country with fewer than 350,000 residents. That equates to six tourists per resident. The rapid increase in tourism has brought numerous economic...

Wanaka resident Andrew Waterworth considers the likely impact of overtourism on Wanaka and Queenstown. This article was first published in August 2018.  “Overtourism” is an issue that confronts the present and...

McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill, a field of beautiful yellow and white flowers outside of California’s state capital of Sacramento, has announced that it will be closing indefinitely due to fallout from its...

British lawmakers said on Thursday they would count the environmental cost of mass tourism amid warnings that leisure trips pose an ever greater threat to the planet. Acacia Redding from Reuters...