Rugby hard man’s got a soft spot for Queenstown

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Former Springbok rugby captain Bobby Skinstad has been sampling Queenstown’s top tourist spots for a promo video to boost visitor numbers next year.

Skinstad was in town yesterday and today shooting footage of local attractions for SuperSport – a South African sports channel with 5.5 million viewers – as part of a Tourism New Zealand-led initiative to showcase NZ.

The 40-minute clips are being shown before this year’s Tri Nations games to give South Africans thinking of visiting for the 2011 Rugby World Cup a glimpse of NZ’s best locations.

Skinstad, who took the plunge on the Nevis bungy, hurtled up-river on the Shotover Jet and went skiing, says Queenstown’s adventure capital title is well deserved.

“I would like to say I’m a leisure skier but I was sliding on my bum,” Skinstad says after spending time up Coronet Peak yesterday.

He’s also been fishing in Northland, sailing in Auckland, and visited Taupo and Wellington on the trip.

Skinstad, who was in South Africa’s1999 World Cup team, hopes the Springboks’ improve after two losses against the All Blacks this month.

“The All Blacks are playing a great brand of rugby – the Springboks got blown away at Eden Park,” Skinstad says.