This vehicle, which plunged off Victoria Bridge in January,
was dragged out of the Kawarau River on Saturday.
The Queenstown driver escaped with only minor injuries.
Queenstown Harbourmaster Marty Black said the vehicle could
not stay in the river because of pollution and also because
anyone who came across it who had not seen it before would
probably call the police, thinking it was a new accident.
Airbags were used to lift the silt-filled vehicle, which
weighed more than two tonnes, and a jet-boat helped tow it
across the river.
A line was suspended across the river and the process
mimicked a pendulum, Mr Black said.
It was ''a reasonably tricky operation'' which took about