No charges after Nomad Safaris crash


Police will not lay charges after a tour company’s four-wheel-drive vehicle crashed near Queenstown.

Six Chinese tourists and the driver escaped injury when the Nomad Safaris vehicle skidded on ice and rolled on Coronet Peak Rd about 8.30am yesterday.

Senior sergeant Paula Enoka says the Land Rover slid on black ice and the driver will not be prosecuted.

The vehicle, which was travelling uphill in a convoy of three vehicles heading to Skippers Canyon, flipped on to its side. It came to rest on the grass verge with its nose pointing precariously down a steep bank. 

Nomad Safaris co-owner Amanda Gatward-Ferguson said the tourists continued with the tour. The driver did not carry on with them.

“The main thing is nobody was injured.”

The tour company has been operating for more than 25 years and has a fleet of 16 off-road vehicles, according to its website.

It was one of the first companies to offer Lord of The Rings tours, tapping into the buzz created by the blockbuster movies by taking tourists to film locations.

• Four cars came to grief on ice in the space of an hour near Queenstown on Sunday.

Enoka says four vehicles slid off the road after hitting ice in an area between Closeburn and Wilsons Bay in the early afternoon.

No-one was injured and the vehicles sustained no worse than minor damage.

Police contacted the Queenstown’s council, which arranged for more grit to be spread in the area.