Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Skippers Canyon - one of those Queenstown tours for boys only

Yes, you got that right: it just happened the other day and I endeavor to tell you exactly how it came about that we discovered that our unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour is for boys only. Here we go:

We hosted a small group of 6 passengers. They booked their tour through their travel agent a couple of days earlier. So far so got. We went to pick them up at their Queenstown hotel, we seated them in our comfortable 4WD minibus and off we went into Skippers Canyon.

We had the usual tour on the way in: several photo stops, some short walks in particular over Skippers Bridge and we prepared morning tea while our guests marveled at the historical attraction called Skippers Point.

After a while, the entire group returned to our picnic spot and we had a little chat - like you have it. And then it happened! We asked two friends who knew each other for many, many years, where they would come from and why they joined our tour. They explained that they were retired farmers from Australia and that they joined the tour because they were intrigued by the promise of a beautiful scenery and the comfort of the 4WD minibus. We continued asking why their wifes did not come and they replied "our wifes thought this was a tour for boys only and that they would rather join the Shotover Jetboat..."

So there you have it! And what did we learn from this feedback? Firstly: we learned that their wifes thought that our Skippers Canyon tour would take them on a true 4WD course with endless amounts of bumps to overcome. In fact, Skippers Road is an unsealed mountain road, that's true. There are some bumps on this road, that's true, too. But...

...and that would be our second lesson: bumpy is not the same as bumpy...

I believe I can conclude this story like this: if you think that a sightseeing tour where retired farmers feel like home is not for you, please take a minute and think about it - it is in fact a little bit more bumpier on a Jetboat...

We had the chance to talk to the couples briefly later on this day. Both parties enjoyed their Queenstown experiences very much and that is the most important conclusion at all!

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