Thrill-seeking Queenstown granny says ‘What’s next?’


Earlier this year, Queenstown great-granny Noelene Kennedy did a tandem parapente off Coronet Peak.

Yesterday she got her buzz from a Harley Davidson motorcycle – now she wants to skydive.

Long-time local and Bularangi Motorbikes boss Peter Reinke shouted the 83-year-old and fellow great-granny Rae Mudd, 93, joy-rides around the Wakatipu yesterday.

“It was just wonderful, there wasn’t a spot of oil or dust or anything on it, it was all perfect,” Kennedy says.

“I loved going around the corners and then he’d put his foot down.”

Wakatipu Senior Citizens Association manager Rosalie Thompson jacked up the rides after several of her members pored over Harleys and other bikes at Cardrona during an outing late last year.

“I couldn’t get this crowd away from all the bikes. This put an idea in my head that we actually have Harley rides in Queenstown – when I mentioned it, Noelene lit up.”

Kennedy says she’d love to do a skydive at some stage but has no interest in Queenstown’s famous bungy jump: “I used to be able to swim a mile but, by God, I wouldn’t go head-first into that river.”