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NZ’s original zipline company welcomes new 'Ziptrekker'

19 November 2012

New Zealand’s original zipline company welcomes new ‘Ziptrekker’

Award-winning Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is pleased to welcome new sales executive Will Murphy.

Mr Murphy has been introduced to focus on local and national retail sales as well as handling group sales enquiries and regional promotions.

Ziptrek Sales & Marketing Manager Nicky Busst said she was very happy to have Mr Murphy as part of the team.

“As New Zealand’s original zipline tour company, appointing Will is a strategic decision to find someone who is well known in the local community and has the personality and skill set to take this key area of our business to the next level,” she said.

Mr Murphy said he welcomed the “fantastic opportunity” to join a company that was growing with an amazing reputation and great people.

“Ziptrek has created a real buzz around town in only a short space of time and I wanted to be a part of that,” he said.

Will’s previous experience includes five years in Queenstown working in front line sales and guest relations. Most recently he worked at a Queenstown-based luxury hotel where he was involved in event organisation, front line sales and reservations.

Mr Murphy started in his new role on Monday November 19th.

About Ziptrek Ecotours

Queenstown-based Ziptrek Ecotours is a must-do, award-winning adventure ecotourism business renowned for delivering awareness and appreciation of the natural environment along with a good dose of adventure.

Ziptrek Ecotours is New Zealand’s number one original zipline tour – launched in 2009 it has won numerous awards within its first three years’ of operation.

The company’s tourism success story, matched with strong ‘eco-credentials’, has caught the attention of global television and print media, putting the company in front of millions of people across Australia, UK, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, the USA and others.

When the business was first established on Bobs Peak, overlooking Queenstown and The Remarkables mountain range, it launched the Moa four-line tour, which includes four ziplines through the forest canopy connecting aerial treetop platforms (tree houses) descending a third of the way down the mountain. In November 2010 Ziptrek launched the additional Kea six-line tour where guests travel from the Skyline gondola all the way to the bottom of the mountain and enjoy a beautiful walk through native beech forest. This tour lays claim to having the steepest tree-to-tree zipline in the world.

Ziptrek's eco and business credentials gathered pace as the business grew. Within 18 months of opening it won the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Business Award and in 2012 won the Chamber’s award in the ‘Tourism, Activities and Events’ category. It also won the 2011 Fairfax Media Sustainable 60 Award for Marketplace and has achieved the coveted Qualmark Enviro Gold status.

Ziptrek Ecotours works closely with its local community and is a patron of the Wakatipu Trails Trust, is in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium, works with Otago Polytechnic on its Sustainable 360 business programme and provides native trees and plants to local schools through the Paper4trees recycling programme.

The very first Ziptrek was founded in 2001 in Whistler, Canada. In December 2009 former Ziptrek Whistler employee Trent Yeo committed to a partnership to open the first global Ziptrek operation in Queenstown. His background in sustainable architecture with outdoor education was a perfect fit for the business. With continued success and growth, Stu Cordelle was appointed General Manager 15 months later. Stu bought a wealth of knowledge to the business having been involved in a number of leading tourism operations in New Zealand.

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