Two backpackers who allegedly flooded five Queenstown
businesses when the pipe they were swinging on broke are
The pair were granted interim name suppression when they
appeared before a registrar in the Queenstown District Court
The British man and woman were arrested after allegedly
swinging on a sprinkler pipe at Nomads Backpackers, Church
St, in the early hours of Valentine's Day.
It burst, sending hundreds of litres of water gushing through
the budget hostel and down into businesses Cup and Cake,
Devil Burger, Below Zero Ice Bar and Cowboys Bar.
Both tourists were charged with intentional damage.
The case was adjourned until Monday by the registrar, as they
are eligible for diversion.
They are due to attend the Queenstown police station to talk
to an officer.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the
total repair bill for the affected businesses could be a
Business owners say they were also left thousands of dollars
out of pocket on what should have been one of their busiest
retail days of the year.
The pipe burst shortly after 4am as the intoxicated pair
danced on tables, Snr Const Blackford said.
The incident triggered the fire alarm, to which the
Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade responded. Volunteers shut
off the sprinkler system.
The budget hostel's 383 guests and staff were evacuated and
five rooms flooded, with the common room receiving the most