Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


New Glenorchy Discovery Group tour embraces Chinese tourism

January 22 2014

Queenstown’s Dart River Jet is embracing Chinese tourism – on the eve of Chinese New Year – with two new Chinese staff and a tour aimed primarily at the Asian market.

Glenorchy Discovery Group tours – launched mid last year – receives up to three groups of Chinese visitors a day who come to experience jet boating, a forest walk and the back country drive from Glenorchy to Paradise.

Chinese staff Jin Jing and Qui Wenrong work in guiding and customer service, and are busy familiarising themselves with all aspects of the business before the busy Chinese New Year celebrations, which officially starts on Friday January 28.

Along with other Queenstown businesses, Dart River Jet has seen substantial increases in the number of Chinese visitors around this traditional celebratory time of year.

“We’ve seen numbers and bookings increase substantially over the past two years and this year is no exception with heavy forward bookings,” said General Manager Clark Scott.

“As a result of past growth we recognised the need to introduce a new product to cater specifically for this market which is where Glenorchy Discovery Group tours come in.

“It’s been hugely popular and we’re anticipating that through the New Year celebrations and into the remainder of summer and autumn it will continue to delight these visitors.”

The tour combines three outdoor activities to explore and discover Glenorchy and its surrounds in just half a day, including a jetboat ride on the braided Dart River, followed by a 30 minute bush walk where a guide introduces several special New Zealand plants.

Finally a backroad bus tour through Paradise and past Diamond Lake, stopping to view ‘Middle Earth’ movie scenes and backdrops, also passes through private farms, with a chance to feed horses at the last photo stop before finishing in Glenorchy with a tour of the stunning lakeside hamlet.

Working as a guide and in customer service at Dart River Jet, Jin Jing has been enjoying introducing Chinese visitors to the delights of New Zealand including the hot and peppery herb horopito.

25-year-old Jin Jing Li, originally from Sichuan province, recently graduated with a degree in IT and is currently applying to do her Masters in the USA. She took the job with Dart River Jet because she wanted to do something different and learn more about New Zealand.

“I’m very much enjoying the work and helping Chinese visitors understand the wonders of New Zealand while I’m still learning about geography, plants and animals,” she said.

Earlier this month a large slip on the upper reaches of the Dart River temporarily blocked the river and caused a small lake to form behind it, but Mr Scott said it had caused very little disruption to jet boat operations.

“While the slip location has meant a small section of the Dart River track is being re-aligned, it’s been business as usual on the river and we’ve been as busy as ever, looking forward to the remainder of summer,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news