Friday, 26 November 2010

Skippers Canyon Visitors generously supported the Fundraiser for Wakatipu High School Branches Camp

Today, we can announce that we completed our fundraiser for the Wakatipu High School for the second time. During November, we made our customers aware of the yearly organized camp to the Branches Station and asked for a small donation that would financially support this program.

As last year, the generosity of our visitors is unspoken of. We don’t take it for granted that some loose coins and even more than that were placed in our donation bucket. This motivates my entire team to keep nurturing this initiative in the coming years.

We would like to thank all our customers for their contribution.

In this joint effort, we could collect more than NZD500.-- and to see the big smile on the faces as we handed over the money was just priceless...

We informed our partners and the press today. Please read our press release.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

5 reasons to visit Skippers Canyon in Queenstown

Now you might want to know why you should travel to Skippers Canyon - and why exactly you should go with us, right? Let me explain:

You visit New Zealand for a reason. You come here to see the country, experience the nature of it, feel the young spirit simmering in every leave, every tree and in the Kiwis (that would be the humans, not the birds...). You might want to know why the Kiwis are the way they are and how it came about that they ended up being so friendly, laid back and relaxed.

Agreed, I might not give you a 100% objective impression about what I am going to write to you, but please bear in mind that we are all 'victims' of our environment and of what we know. And 1 thing is sure: I know Skippers Canyon and I certainly know what kind of reaction we trigger with our tours.



Here are the reasons you should come and visit Skippers Canyon:

  1. it's unique. It's as simple as this. You will find Jetboats and Bungy Jumps at other places in New Zealand. I don't advocate that either experience is better that the other, but Skippers Canyon is truly unique - which means that you can only visit this area here in Queenstown.
  2. it's steep in history. 'Oh no...' you might say now - but wait: did you know that Queenstown got to this point where we are today mainly due to the gold rush? Skippers Canyon (or shall I say Mount Aurum and the Shotover River) still carries Gold up until this very day. Who knows what would have happened, if... but let's not go there. We had the gold rush and we can tell you a little bit about it. If you feel like it, read this brief summary about Skippers Canyon on Wikipedia.
  3. Skippers Road is protected by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. This basically means that the road is protected and is maintained in such a way that it stays like this. Why? Because it has a major historic relevance to the history of New Zealand. Next to this, Skippers Road is unique again. It is a public road (please read my other blog entries) but Rental Cars can not be used as vehicle: your insurance will not cover any potential damage. So leave it up to the experts to take you in (that would be us...)
  4. Skippers Canyon showcases a truly remarkable natural beauty. The scenery is awesome and could be described as a wonderland in the backyard of Queenstown. "A picture says more than thousand words" so they say. We just heard the other day from one of our customers that not even the pictures taken of Skippers Canyon 'really' capture the nature, the beauty, the uniqueness of the area. Which leaves me to say: you have to come and experience it yourself!
  5. You like to travel without crowds? Do you like to experience attractions which are not main stream and away from the hustle and bustle? Then you have just given me the 5th reason why you should visit unforgettable Skippers Canyon.

    Convinced? Arrange your flights to Queenstown, book a nice hotel and secure your tour into Skippers Canyon.

    Monday, 15 November 2010

    Forever Young in Skippers Canyon Queenstown

    There was that lovely Lady joining our unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour a couple of days ago. She is over 90 years old and enjoyed this scenic attraction very much. She did in fact entertain the entire minibus; all other passengers were full of praise for this young-at-heart-Lady. She shared some of her experiences of life and even made jokes about herself.

    The one thing that impressed us very much was (and it still is) how well she copes with all the changes that happened in her long life. Let me just share with you 1 example: some of our customers pay the tour fare while we are in Skippers Canyon. The customers either pay by cash or credit card. If payment is done by credit card, we use our EFTPOS terminal. Customers can either sign their receipts or enter their PIN. Some of our customers like to sign as remembering the PIN is not their thing to do, but not this lovely Lady!

    She would follow our Queenstown local Driver/Guide step by step as he prepared the credit card payment. She then entered her PIN and wanted to know where to press to confirm her entry. Very impressive!

    Some of her memories that she shared was that she very vividly remembers when people used to travel in coaches - not our flashing comfortable 4WD minibuses, but carriages that were moved by real horse-power. And now imagine that those carriages were on Skippers Road...


    What a pleasure it was to have this Lady on board - we enjoyed her company as much as she enjoyed Skippers Canyon.

    Sunday, 14 November 2010

    Skippers Canyon Tour Now a Carbon Neutral Operation

    Today, we can announce that our operation to Skippers Canyon is now carbon neutral. We launched our environmental impact management initiative in October 2009. Monitoring our CO2 emissions forms the major part of this initiative. We are furthermore fully committed to recycling and reusing material where ever possible. All our monitoring endeavors paid off; the results are quite interesting and according to our expectations.

    The results show that about 83% of its produced CO2 emissions are created by its sightseeing and wine tours, 15% by the commuting activities by its staff members and the rest by domestic air travel.

    We offset our carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund.org is the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org has over 600,000 individual supporters and over 1,800 business and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Motorola, Amtrak, Dell, JetBlue, Virgin America and Staples.

    We informed our partners and the press today. Read our press release.

    Monday, 8 November 2010

    a Kiss for the Driver

    Agreed: this is not the usual feedback we receive - a kiss - but it is nice to get it anyway.

    It all started very innocently; a usual tour. We picked up from a hotel here in Queenstown. It was a group of Ladies, enjoying their holidays together and decided to come on our unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour. At the beginning, they were very quiet, listening to the comments our Driver/Guide gave them. But after a while, they started having fun: they giggled, made jokes with our Driver/Guide and really enjoyed the tour.

    As soon as it was time to drop off the group, every Lady thanked our Driver/Guide very genuinely that they liked what they experienced and this 1 Lady even gave him a kiss.

    ...so much for written feedback...

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