Queenstown newcomers Craig and Michelle Eccles (above) have bought local bar/restaurant Guilty from original owner Barry Ellis.
The couple, who are in their early-40s and have three children, have lived in Auckland for the past eight years.
Craig had various national sales manager roles, most latterly with magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch. Michelle has worked in advertising and administration.
The couple intend renaming the venue later this year while still retaining a connection to its original use as Queenstown’s courthouse for 130 years.
Ellis, who also owns the neighbouring Pig & Whistle pub, opened Guilty in 2007.