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Wonky Donkey man launches new book with fun times at Skyline Queenstown

Wonky Donkey man launches new book with fun times at Skyline Queenstown


Renowned Kiwi musician and children’s author Craig Smith is launching his latest book EATING during a family fun morning at Skyline Queenstown next Sunday (October 4).

The author of No.1 best sellers The Wonky Donkey and Kaha the Kea will unveil his latest offering to Queenstown families and school holiday visitors as part of a special Skyline Queenstown family-focused morning.

EATING, Smith’s second self-published book, is already finding favour with kids. It’s a story with songs about a birthday party and the fun and diverse foods and eating styles enjoyed by the party participants.

I’ve been performing songs from the book as I’ve toured the country and kids just love it,” Smith says. “They absolutely crack up as we explore eating and where that food ends up. Parents and kids alike have been asking me when EATING will be a book – and now it is, complete with more wonderful illustrations by Scott Tulloch.”

Skyline Queenstown general manager Lyndon Thomas says family fun with Craig Smith seemed a great way to show appreciation of a local performer and help launch the book from Queenstown to the rest of the world.

“Kids love the Wonky Donkey man. EATING is a wonderful book for kids with plenty of scope for hilarity. Kids also love the Luge, Gondola and fun to be had at Skyline, so for us it’s an awesome combination and a great activity for the school holidays,” Thomas adds.

The fun starts at 10am and goes through till midday. It includes performances from Smith, free face painting, $5 luge rides and $4 kids’ pizza and drink combos from Skyline’s Market Kitchen. And EATING, which includes a CD, will be on sale at the Skyline Shop.

Smith is a New Zealand chart-topping author – The Wonky Donkey reached No. 1 and has sold over 500,000 copies since release six years ago. His first self-published book, Kaha the Kea, also reached the top spot and has stayed in the top 10 for two years. Smith is also globally acclaimed after winning a coveted spot to perform to thousands at the children’s section of Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival.

Publishing funds for EATING, his second self-published book, were raised through PledgeMe – a New Zealand crowd-funding platform. Smith pre-sold more than 600 copies at $25 each to raise the $15,000 required to complete the project. The creativity behind the book was a Wakatipu affair, with Smith based in Queenstown and illustrator Tulloch living in Arrowtown.


Photo Caption: Craig Smith welcomes young of all ages to Skyline, a favourite Queenstown playground.

Further information:

Lyndon Thomas, Skyline Queenstown General Manager, +63 441 0101 Ext 705,

Craig Smith, +64 027 343 3537,

About Skyline Queenstown
With 220-degree panoramic views spanning from Coronet Peak to The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and Cecil Peak, there is no better place to experience the beauty of Queenstown than Skyline Queenstown at the top of Bob’s Peak. Skyline Queenstown is a fun park for all ages and stages and all levels of adrenalin. Skyline Queenstown offers unforgettable family fun – whether it be soft adventure, or luging, mountain biking, bungy jumping, forest walking and tandem paragliding, as well as a range of dining and relaxing options amongst some of the world’s greatest scenery.

Skyline Queenstown opening hours:

Complex: 9:00am until late
Luge: Open from 10:00am daily
Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar: Lunch – 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Dinner – First sitting from 5:45pm, second sitting from 8:15pm.
Stargazing: Tour times vary with sunset

About Craig Smith
Better known as the Wonky Donkey man, Smith is much loved throughout New Zealand for his delightful and humorous songs and stories. He is also a singer/songwriter preforming cruisy, easy listening acoustic music for adults. He is based in Queenstown where he lives with his partner and young daughter. His albums and books, including EATING can be purchased from

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.