Fun on roadhouse menu

18:59, Apr 14 2014
 Chris Wagner
Teeing off: Riverlands Roadhouse owner Chris Wagner is excited to be able to offer activities for families at the truck stop

A new mini-golf course at Riverlands Roadhouse near Blenheim may be the first of several fun activities developed at the site.

A drive-in movie theatre and a go-kart track were also on the drawing board, provided there was enough public interest, said Riverlands Roadhouse owner Chris Wagner.

The course opens to the public this Saturday.

"[The mini-golf is] the first step . . . I've got the area, I've got the space and I've got the money to put it in to action," Wagner said, adding that there would be no fee to play mini-golf on the opening day.

"I think Marlborough seriously needs something like that."

A mini-golf course and go-karts used to operate at Golfers World, not far from the roadhouse, but the business closed last year when the land the business occupied was sold for development into a vineyard.


Wagner said his truck stop on State Highway 1 south of Blenheim was normally empty at the weekends, and he wanted to create a space that would attract families.

"I would really like to make this a place for entertainment on the weekend," he said. "What I need to make that happen is demand."

He bought the roadhouse seven months ago from his father David Wagner, who developed it, and was keen to see the business grow.

David Wagner still owns the 4.5 hectares of land the business is on.

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