Henry van Asch

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...

Winds of change in Gibbston

A new tourism operation wants to set up shop in Gibbston, with a possible 25 helicopter flights in and out of the valley a day. Havoc Farms Limited, owned by bungy pioneer Henry Van Asch and his wife Caroline Hutchison,...
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...

Nevis Thriller set to fly

Queenstown's latest extreme activity is one step closer. A patent application for Nevis Thriller shows plans for a bungy-zip-line experience. Thriller, part of the AJ Hackett empire, got a $500,000 government hand-out to help cover a portion of developments costs. The application,...
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