The "Orange Men" who took top honours in the 2011 Birdman
competition, held as part of the Queenstown Winter
Festival. Photo by Jessie Baker.
People willing to launch themselves into the frigid
waters of Lake Wakatipu next week during the annual Birdman
competition have until 5pm today to register.
The Birdman, one of the annual highlights of the Queenstown
Winter Festival, will be held on Saturday, with the bravest
of souls jumping from a jetty near Earnslaw Park in the hopes
of gaining the most flight time before plunging into the
This year, four tickets to the sold-out Flight of the
Conchords show on Sunday night are on offer to entrants.
Festival director Simon Green said he was hoping the tickets
would get people excited about entering and "take the chill
off a little when they hit the icy waters".
'We've had some amazing entries over the last 10 years or so.
"We had the Orange Men from last year in the office last week
and the word on the street is that the girls from Hush Spa
are back, too, so there's bound to be some bikini action
again this year."
The Birdman will begin at 1.30pm on Saturday, rounding off an
action-packed day of events including the Golden Mile,
Festival Parade and Family Fun Day.
Details about entering the Birdman competition can be found
The 2012 Queenstown Winter Festival starts on Friday.