A Christchurch woman had only three weeks to prepare to join
her Queenstown mother on the $10 Queenstown Challenge for
Cure Kids, but the dynamic duo were all smiles at the finish
Checkout manager Kath Wright and taxi driver mother Mandy
Gardiner, dressed as Where's Wally characters (inset), were
among the 23 pairs of weary but happy costumed challengers at
the end of their journey in Queenstown on Saturday (main
They all arrived on three KJet boats at O'Regan's Wharf, then
triumphantly marched, waving to crowds, through the resort.
They were led by young Cure Kids ambassador Sophie Newbold,
of Gibbston, and a piper and drummer from the Queenstown and
Southern Lakes Highland Pipe Band to their final destination,
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.
The teams of two managed to travel from Auckland to the
resort in three days on just $10.
Miss Wright and Ms Gardiner said they had to complete secret,
tough physical and mental challenges for points along the
way, such as scaling dizzying heights up a pole in Taupo and
sampling stomach-churning wild foods in Bulls.
They thanked their sponsors and while they did not yet know
how much they had collected, all challengers had to raise the
entry fee of $7000 each for the charity, which supports the
search for cures for life-threatening illnesses that affect
children. REPORT & PHOTO: JAMES BEECH