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Trips ‘n’ Tramps buys Fiordland Experience

Media Release 17 Jun 2008
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Trips ‘n’ Tramps Ltd buys Fiordland Wilderness Experiences

Te Anau-based tourism operator Trips ‘n’ Tramps Ltd has purchased well-respected sea kayaking company Fiordland Wilderness Experiences (FWE).

Trips ‘n’ Tramps Director Ron Hielkema said FWE fitted well with Trips ‘n’ Tramps. “Both are small operations providing quality and personal experiences in Fiordland.”

Trips ‘n’ Tramps are small group specialists that have provided day trips to Milford Sound and guided multi day walks in Fiordland since 1988. FWE was established in 1992 by Bill Gibson and Daphne Taylor and provides guided sea kayaking trips in Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Lakes Te Anau, Manapouri and expedition kayaking in the southern fiords.

Mr Hielkema said FWE would continue under its current name for the foreseeable future.

Trips ‘n’ Tramps and FWE have been closely linked in the past. Mr Hielkema has previously worked for FWE as assistant operations manager and has an 11-year work history with the company.

FWE’s head guide Fiona Lee will remain as operations manager. Ms Lee is a SKOANZ qualified sea kayak guide and has a diploma in outdoor leadership.


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