Kia ora, Queenstown

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Car dealer Leigh Johnston braves the Gorge Road wind at Queenstown’s newest caryard, Aspiring Auto Court Kia Motors.

“At least the cars don’t freeze in the wind,” says Johnston, who owns the Wanaka-based business, which also has an Alexandra branch with husband Bruce and son Kurt.

Selling new and used Korean Kia vehicles, the caryard occupies Alpine Motor Group’s former corner site.

Johnston says her family knows cars “inside out – we’ve been in the business of wrecking, fixing and now selling them”.