Trips resume after tourist death


Southern Discoveries will resume operations on Lake Wakatipu this morning after a fatal incident at Mt Nicholas Station on Friday afternoon.

The company suspended Queenstown operations over the weekend following the death of 73-year-old Richard Philip Hyde, of Massachusetts.

He died after a bus reversed into him in the carpark about 1.35pm.

Mt Nicholas is a privately owned, 40,000ha station west of Walter Peak, on the western side of Lake Wakatipu.

Queenstown police said Hyde was taken to Queenstown Hospital but died from his injuries.

A police serious crash investigation has been launched.

Southern Discoveries launched the station as a tourism experience in 2014, attracting visitors to one of the few traditional farms left in New Zealand where only horses and dogs were used for mustering.

The company said on Friday: “The vehicle was believed to have been making a slow backing manoeuvre at the time of the incident.

“A full accident and emergency procedure was instigated by the company.

“The visitor was treated at the scene and then airlifted by helicopter to the Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown, where he later died.”

Staff were comforting his wife, who was not travelling with him at the time.

Southern Discoveries boss Tim Hunter says all staff are “deeply shocked and saddened” by the incident.

“Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.”

The company was supporting staff involved and Queenstown operations were suspended.

The company was working with police and the serious crash unit investigating the incident.

All other relevant authorities had been informed.

Otago Daily Times