Some businesses in Queenstown could face hefty repair bills
after two tourists' alleged sprinkler stunt went awry
Around 4am the pair returned to their accommodation at Nomads
Queenstown backpackers after a night out and allegedly swung
from a sprinkler pipe on the first floor near the guest
This resulted in a burst pipe, the fire alarm being
activated, the hostel being evacuated and a flood which
affected neighbouring businesses.
Cup and Cake, a separate businesses operating on the ground
floor below the flood, has been unable to make cupcakes and
open on what should have been their biggest day of the year -
St Valentine's Day.
The tourists, a 25-year-old man and 23-year-old woman, both
from the United Kingdom, were arrested and charged with
wilful damage and are expected to appear in the Queenstown
District Court at a later date.
Senior constable Chris Blackford said there was significant
damage to downstairs properties in the building, and there
was potential for repair bills to amount to six figures.