From The Times Online
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"A British man has fallen to his death outside a bar in the New Zealand ski resort city of Queenstown.
James Patrick Smith, 25, from Kent, fell about 10m from a roof into an alleyway, police in the South Island city said today.
His body was found outside a backpackers' hostel and bar by a bouncer at around 1.40am NZT.
The death did not appear to be suspicious and initial investigations indicated it was an accident, Senior Sergeant John Fookes of Queenstown police said.
The Times understands Mr Smith had been escorted from the Altitude bar earlier and may have climbed the building’s fire escape in a bid to get back in.
Rear view of the building
The general manager of Base Queenstown backpackers' hostel and Altitude bar, Matt Hirst declined to comment and referred inquiries back to police. He said Mr Smith had not been staying at Base.
Senior Sergeant Fookes said Mr Smith had been on holiday in New Zealand with a friend and had been looking for work in Queenstown."
Different reports say that Mr Smith fell from a stairwell or a fire escape in an alleyway at the rear of the building. Judgement about whether or not his death was an accident should be reserved until a full and proper investigation has been carried out.