A drunk backpacker has shocked Queenstown bar patrons by recklessly firing a large block of ice into their midst.
The frozen missile – thrown from the second storey balcony of Nomads backpackers down Searle Lane – obliterated an ashtray on a table in the courtyard of upmarket watering hole Barmuda (right).
Shocked Mt Maunganui couple Janelle and Rob Soffe were having a quiet drink when it narrowly missed Rob last Friday evening.
“It was pretty uncool,” Janelle says.
The male backpacker responsible got the chunk of ice, about the size of a large baseball, from the leftovers of a Below Zero ice bar sculpture.
Barmuda bar staff and Below Zero manager Blair Pattinson identified and collared the backpacker and got him to clean up the mess with a brush and shovel.
Pattinson says: “It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen come off those balconies – and I’ve seen irons and all sorts.”
The culprit says he did it “because I’m basically an idiot”.
“I’ve had a little bit more than a few drinks.
“Hopefully I won’t do anything like that again.”