Queenstown and District Historical
Society Incorporated
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The Queenstown and District Historical Society was formed in  May 1965 at a time when significant buildings from the gold rush era of the 1800s were in danger of demolition as the tourist town grew.  The first campaign saved the former Library built in 1877 in the centre of the town.  Since then the Society has flourished and been influential in the preservation of buildings, sites and historical knowledge throughout the district which extends from Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston in the south, north up the Shotover River to Skippers, and east to Arrowtown, Gibbston and the Kawarau Gorge.
 Activities
 Spring-Autumn Programme of activities for members
 Publications including a twice-yearly magazine, The Courier
           Submissions on proposals affecting historical sites
           Collaboration with organisations promoting local history

  Current Projects, 2014-2015
* Promoting the ‘Queenstown and District History’ app of 64 heritage    sites in the Wakatipu.
*  We have just commemorated the 50th anniversary of the formation of    the Society with the publication of a book of the Society’s own history    and a function at Walter Peak Station.
* We contributed to the Arrowtown Autumn Festival by presenting ‘People    From Our Past.’
* Writing and editing two issues of the Queenstown Courier  magazine   each year.  
* Preparing for publication a book on Macetown’s history, in   collaboration with the Lakes District Museum.
* Collaborating with Danny Knudson and the Lakes District Museum to    publish a book on Skippers written by Danny.
                     Membership Subscriptions
 Individual or Family:   $25 per calendar year
 Corporate:                   $50 per calendar year
 Life membership:         $250
 To join: Click  here  for form.
 Email contact: The Secretary    jsrob@xtra.co.nz
Our History
Former Queenstown
Library built in 1877
2015 Calendar

 Cemetery Tour at Arrowtown


Bryants’ bus

Queenstown’s first motor fire engine at the Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka

New Membership Form.pdf



Smartphone App of 64 Heritage Sites in the Wakatipu


This major project was launched on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

As soon as it has been registered in the app-stores and can be downloaded, we will provide instructions.


We aim to share our heritage much more widely to locals and visitors with a free level of information, and additional pay-for articles.


We are grateful for a grant of $20,000 from the Community Trust of Southland, and sponsorship from the Lakes District Museum in the form of many photographs.


We are seeking sponsorship for individual sites and thematic collections.