A Queenstown businessman and his partner had to scramble out of the smashed windows of his Porsche GT3 yesterday when it crashed and rolled twice.

Sam Hazeldine, founder of the country's biggest medical recruitment agency, said he was "not sure what happened".

"We're just driving around the corner, and all of a sudden, I don't know if the rear wheel locked up or something went wrong, but we ended up upside down in a bank," he told the Herald.

"We rolled two-and-a-half times, but none of the airbags went off."

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Sam Hazledine and his partner were inside this Porsche as it rolled twice yesterday. Photo / James Allan
Sam Hazledine and his partner were inside this Porsche as it rolled twice yesterday. Photo / James Allan

The MedRecruit founder and director and his partner were on their way to dinner when they were involved in the accident on Queenstown's Hunter Rd around 6.30pm.

"We were going at the speed limit, so I'm not sure what happened. It was pretty scary."

He suspected there was some sort of electrical fault.

As the car rolled, he hoped that nothing would happen to his partner Julia, who was sitting in the passenger seat, he said.

Emergency services were helpful, Hazledine said. Photo / James Allan
Emergency services were helpful, Hazledine said. Photo / James Allan
The couple were on their way to dinner. Photo / James Allan
The couple were on their way to dinner. Photo / James Allan

After the accident, the two scrambled out of the high performance car's broken windows.

The former New Zealand extreme ski champ and ex-doctor was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

His company MedRecruit pocketed more than $20m in revenue within six years of launching and was featured in the Deloitte Fast 50 for four consecutive years.

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Hazeldine said two ambulances, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand truck and two police cars responded to the crash on Thursday evening.

"The emergency response was phenomenal."

The pair had to climb out the broken windows. Photo / James Allan
The pair had to climb out the broken windows. Photo / James Allan
The car was totalled. Photo / James Allan
The car was totalled. Photo / James Allan

Julia was treated for a bump on the head, but they both left the crash unscathed.

"I'm just happy that Julia didn't get hurt," Hazeldine said.

"You don't know what's going to happen and that concerns me, because I wasn't speeding, I wasn't being stupid and yet this happened."

As the car rolled, Hazledine hoped that nothing would happen to his partner Julia. Photo / James Allan
As the car rolled, Hazledine hoped that nothing would happen to his partner Julia. Photo / James Allan
The car is worth up to $110,000. Photo / James Allan
The car is worth up to $110,000. Photo / James Allan

The fate of the 2007 911 GT3 Porsche - which he owned for just under a year - remained uncertain and is now at the mechanic, Hazeldine said.

The car would retail for between $110,000 and $150,000, according to experts spoken to by the Herald including our Driven website team.