Hundreds of bras have been stripped from Cardrona's bra
fence. Photo by Mark Price.
The bra fence in the Cardrona Valley has been ransacked
again and hundreds of bras were removed one night last week.
The bras have been a feature of a farm fence just north of
the Cardrona Alpine Resort entrance for about 15 years.
Operator of The Cardrona Horse Trekking and Quad Biking tours
business behind the fence, Sean Colbourne, told the Otago
Daily Times last night he was disappointed a ''sneak
thief'' was prowling around at night with a pair scissors
taking the bras, many of them left by passing tourists.
''The next time someone tampers with it we will charge them
with theft and trespass.
''We're not quite sure who's doing it or what their agenda
''I just find people sneaking around in the middle of the
night with scissors is a little bit mischievous.''
Mr Colbourne said he had not complained to the police but was
looking at ways to make the bra fence more secure.
One possibility was to move it further away from the road on
to the land where his business operates.
Mr Colbourne said he was bemused by the amount of genuine
interest shown in the bra fence by tourists who stopped to
He was one of those who added to the fence when bundles of
bras were sent to the valley.
''It's a bit of a frivolous fun,'' he said.
The original bra fence was started by Cardrona identity John
Lee and revived by son Sam Lee last year, in memory of his
late girlfriend, Danielle Cook, who had enjoyed the fun of
contributing to the bra fence.
Supporters have always maintained it is a bit of fun that
puts the Cardrona on the map.
Opponents have raised concerns about road safety.