AJ Hackett Bungy

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...
By GUY WILLIAMS Nearly four months after five tourists were injured in a jetboat prang on Queenstown's Kawarau River, the official investigation has yet to be wrapped up. The Go Orange jetboat was carrying 23 passengers when it became beached between...
An equipment hiccup has caused delays for Queenstown's next adrenalin-pumper, the Nevis Thriller, which is being described as a "world first". The extreme experience, part of the AJ Hackett empire, was to open earlier this year. But Hackett co-founder Henry van...

Bungy staffers pitch in

A Queenstown tourism giant's staff helped at a crash scene yesterday. AJ Hackett Bungy staffers helped St John paramedics and fire volunteers attend to motorcyclists injured on State Highway 6 outside the bungy company’s Kawarau Bridge operation about 2pm yesterday. The...
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