AJ Hackett Bungy

Luma’s shuttle fix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Punters to this year’s Luma event won’t have to worry about carparking. In a first for Luma, a park-and-ride’s being set up at Queenstown Central, where people can also fill up on meal deals — kids can eat...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH After Covid decimated its ranks, the Whakatipu women’s rugby team’s looking to make a comeback. Coach Grant Scannell says the ramifications of the global pandemic on the ladies — many of whom were made redundant and forced to...
In New Zealand, Denis Marshall’s best known as the Minister of Conservation who resigned after the Cave Creek tragedy. In Queenstown, he’s probably best known as the co-owner of Gibbston’s Hawkshead winery. But, as PHILIP CHANDLER explains, his biggest...

Introducing the Hacketts

By PHILIP CHANDLER & TRACEY ROXBURGH It's funny how things work out. More than 30 years after they first met, the world’s bungy king’s married a former Queenstowner in Glenorchy after the stars aligned. AJ Hackett and his new wife, Suzanne, nee...

Tourism worker scheme ends

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Tourism Workforce Alliance has reached the end of the road, with no immediate prospect of more work in the offing. Since June, the group involved about 50 tourism workers, who had lost their jobs or were on...

Swingers get last laugh

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown tourism company that missed out on Covid relief funding has produced A Covid Fairy Tale YouTube video to try to turn a negative into a positive. Shotover Canyon Swing had applied for $300,000 in strategic tourism assets protection...

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...

Government handout rejected

By MATTHEW MCKEW NZSki's said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the government after being offered just $500,000 of the $2.7 million it asked for. Chief executive Paul Anderson says the company behind Coronet Peak, The Remarks and Mt Hutt’s ‘‘grateful’’ but ‘‘respectfully declined’’...

‘Let foreigners buy’

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstowners should be able to sell to whoever they ‘‘damn well please’’ — including foreigners. That’s according to ACT leader and MP David Seymour, who was in the resort on Wednesday ahead of September’s election. ACT’s Southland candidate Basil Waker...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...
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