Friday, 25 November 2011

Together we sponsored 2 students

Like every year, we raised some funds for the Queenstown local Wakatipu Highschool. They take their year 10 students to the Branches in Skippers Canyon. During 2 weeks, the students are isolated, while experiencing outdoor pursuits including abseiling, rafting, tramping, bush craft, kayaking, shooting and archery as well as important personal and leadership skills. This camp has a tradition of over 35 years and is one of the longest running school camps under canvas in the country!

This year's fee for attending the camp is NZD300.-- per student. We could raise enough money to support 2 of them!

We achieved this outstanding result through the generosity of our visitors who either donated some coins just like this or bought some merchandise from us. We collected the coins and donated ourselves $2.-- for each merchandise sold.

Yesterday, we could hand over this money to the Wakatipu Highschool and as every year, the grateful smile which we get in return is simply priceless!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Have you ever ran out of superlatives?

That's an interesting question, don't you think?

Though first let us summaries a few superlatives that best describe Skippers Canyon near Queenstown. Let's see:

  • most stunning scenery
  • best kept secret
  • most intriguing historic background
  • worth every penny
  • better than other half-day or day tours
Those are the most common superlatives we hear more or less every day. But it was just yesterday as in fact one of our guests made the remark 'I ran out of superlatives' after she joined our unforgettable Skippers Canyon tour.

I have to confess: yesterday was the most breathtaking and stunning spring (even nearly summer) day in Queenstown. The New Zealand weather god treated us more than well and even we Queenstown locals enjoyed Skippers Canyon to the max. The Shotover River had the most vivid and icy blue color that you can only see when the weather is nice and it hadn't been raining for at least 2 days.

It was just a real treat to share this most extraordinary photo-goldmine with our customers.

Well: I guess, I will never run out of superlatives when it comes to Skippers Canyon :-)
But at the end of the day, it is only YOU and your impressions about Skippers that matter most to us.

See you soon here in Queenstown.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

More than just 1 click

Spring is definitely here in Queenstown. The days are getting warmer - at least the majority of them - and a sightseeing tour into Skippers Canyon is on several cards of Queenstown visitors.

Just the other day, we took a couple of Americans into this wonderland which is located in the backcountry of Queenstown. We spent 3 hours in the canyon and had a fabulous time.

The customers joined our Skippers Canyon Vista tour because we promise to stop 'on demand' for photos. Apparently, we kept the promise as the Lady-Visitor repeatedly asked for stops which we did (...when ever it was save to do so).

After a while, we asked her how many pictures she took. Her answer was swift and enthusiastic: "about 200..."

Now let me bring this number into perspective. Our Vista tour takes about 180 minutes. We travel from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon in about 15 minutes. This leaves around 150 minutes in the canyon. This in return means that the Lady-Visitor took nearly 2 pictures every minute - that's simply fantastic!

What a unique and special homage to Skippers Canyon and its features. Our visitors are sure to take home some lasting memories and great impressions of Queenstown's backountry.

When are you coming and visit with us Skippers Canyon?

Friday, 4 November 2011

Your Get Rich Guide

So: you are here to learn how to get rich, right? Rich... really rich... and we mean truly, unbelievably and undoubtedly .... RICH!

Tell me: is anyone out there who doesn't want to be rich? I'm actually not sure. Who knows; there might be some people who believe that being rich is not everything... nah... really... EVERYONE wants to be rich, so here is your guide to it.

But first let's have a look at the definition of richness. What actually does it mean?

People who have possessions and wealth. having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances. People how have things of great worth or quality.
That's the theory. This definition can be found in all major online dictionaries.

The Wealth Gate for example states that some people are rich in their own eyes when they get twice as much as they already received.... interesting, don't you think?

Though Seneca (a philosopher and humorist) believed that 'Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.' Benjamin Franklin said that 'If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.' - wise words! 

Cicero (a philosopher, too) explained that 'Not to be avaricious is money; not to be fond of buying is a revenue; but to be content with our own is the greatest and most certain wealth of all.'  

Those philosophers in the good all times said it easily. But what does this mean to you? How do you get rich now? Well, if you are looking for THE recipe to earn endless amounts of money, I'm sorry, I have to disappoint you - I can't give it to you - unfortunately. If however you are reading this to learn more about how to acquire some immaterial wealth - at least a little bit of it - then here are my guidelines:
  1. plan your next holidays to New Zealand - why not...? Come on: we won the Rubgy World Cup and we have the best Pinot noirs of the world.
  2. Travel to Queenstown. It is on the South Island and 'Worth a Queen'. Even the Lonely Planet declared the Southern Lakes Region as a must-visit destination for 2012 - come and see for yourself.
  3. Visit Skippers Canyon with us - this is the place where so many people tried to find their own material wealth. This region is famous for the gold rush in Central Otago. In fact, real gold can still be found.
  4. Bring your camera and plenty of storage cards. You will need it to collect your own wealth of... experiences, impressions and timeless memories. You will capture moments of history, take home your private collection of breathtaking snapshots of this beautiful natural landscape and of course you will own the bragging rights that you actually survived this smooth-adventure.
So there you have it - this is my get rich guide. 

But let me say one last thing in the words of Bonnie Friedman. She believes that 'an unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.'

So very true... Thank you for reading my blog. And thank you for imagining to travel into Skippers Canyon. Here - and I am sure about this - you could become richer; in experiences and ultimately in sharing something special with the one(s) you love.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Thrill of a Bungy Jump in Skippers Canyon

Some of you might know that Skippers Bridge used to be a platform for a Bungy Jump. It must have been quite a thrill to do this. I mean just simply jumping off this bridge and then plunge into the canyon, surrounded by this breathtaking gorge - Ah... not for me anyway...

But just in case you wondered how it would look like: here is a commercial illustrating this very experience. Have a look.


Even though, Skippers Bridge is not any longer in 'Bungy operation' the platform is still there. In fact, you will see this remarkable structure up close and personal on all our Skippers Canyon tours.

Anyway, we regularly host a little photo camera competition in Skippers Canyon. I am absolutely convinced that this Fuji camera will capture all your special moments in the canyon. After all it showcases New Zealand in a unique way.

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