Balloon Clips Powerlines, 11 People Killed In Fireball – Update: Urgent Inquiry Launched

Update: 23 February 2012. Balloon may’ve not been airworthy and urgent checks of all of New Zealand’s hot air balloons has been recommended Carterton tragedy Balloon airworthiness questioned The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an urgent inquiry following “serious” findings of a report into the Carterton balloon tragedy. The balloon, which crashed in Carterton…

The Killing Ski Fields

Last season we blogged about a number of snow and glacier fatalities in New Zealand, the majority of them involving falls from height, some of them on to hard or  rocky ground.  Read some of the reviews on Snow Forecast.com (scroll to bottom for excerpts) If you’re planning a ski or winter sports holiday to…

Adventure Tourism Safety – Kiwis Have Their Say

Yesterday we wrote about the highly critical UK inquest into the death of Emily Jordan, who died river boarding in New Zealand in 2008. We also blogged about Kawarau Jet Boat being fined $35,000 for safety breaches. There have been many more deaths and serious injuries since Emily died. Has anything changed since then? The…

Emily Jordan Inquest Opens In UK

The inquest into the death of British tourist, Emily Jordan, has at last opened. But not in New Zealand, the country where she was killed whilst river boarding, but in Great Britain. At the time of her death some adventure tourism activities in New Zealand were operating in a “regulatory vacuum.” Emily Jordan drowned whilst…

Tourists Injured In Bay Of Islands Boat Incidents – Updated

(Scroll down for update) New Zealand’s reputation as a safe tourism destination took another blow today with a Northern Advocate report about several tourists being injured on commercially operated  “fast boat” rides in the Bay of Islands. The paper says that all the tourists were injured in the Excitor III, a 300 horsepower boat in…