Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Real Journeys propose new “Narrows” Wakatipu ferry service

PRESS RELEASE
26 June 2013

Real Journeys propose new “Narrows” Wakatipu ferry service

Real Journeys is seeking resource consent to operate a small passenger and cycle ferry across The Narrows on Lake Wakatipu to link Frankton Arm’s Queenstown trails.

It is proposed a 10.5 meter fully electric catamaran will carry up to 30 passengers or 16 with cycles and run the 390 meters back and forth across the Narrows.

Real Journeys Commercial Director Tony McQuilkin says the intention is to build the vessel from scratch as well as construct small purpose built floating jetties at Park Street, Queenstown and the foreshore adjacent to the Kelvin Heights Wakatipu Yacht Club.
“The ferry which we are already affectionately calling the ‘Bumblebee’, because of its distinctive yellow and black stripes, would link up the Queenstown and Kelvin Heights walking and cycle tracks and effectively finish the loop with a quick 3-5 minute ferry ride.

“The service will enable Queenstown locals and visitors to explore the warmth of the Kelvin Heights Peninsula and Kelvin Heights residents to walk or cycle to Queenstown,” says Tony.

Tony says the jetties will have a unique cradle design to charge the “Bumblebee” and enable passengers to board from both sides of the vessel.

“This is an exciting and innovative initiative that will have little or no impact on our stunning Queenstown environment and deliver genuine benefits to visitors and locals alike,” says Tony.

Depending on the consents process and subsequent conditions the ferry could be operational as soon as October 2014. In the interim Real Journeys have applied for the right to operate a smaller trial ferry, that lands directly on the beaches, to assess the market.

Real Journeys Chief Executive Richard Lauder says this proposal is part of Real Journeys growth strategy to be become New Zealand’s foremost provider of outstanding tourism experiences.

“The potential investment in this ferry service represents another significant commitment to the Queenstown market by Real Journeys.”

Real Journeys was also recently named preferred bidder for the purchase of Cardrona Alpine Resort.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SMC Expert Reaction: Record Dry Spells And Effects On Forests

With no rain forecast before Sunday, Auckland is about to break a record for the city's longest dry spell. Niwa says Auckland is likely to hit 40 consecutive days without rain this weekend . The upper North Island is seeing severe meterological ... More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: Official Cash Rate Remains At 1.0 Percent

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 1.0 percent. Employment is at or slightly above its maximum sustainable level while consumer price inflation is close to the 2 percent mid-point of our target range. ... More>>

ALSO:

Research: Climate Change Throws Tree Seeding Out Of Sync – New Study

Climate change is negatively affecting tree reproduction by throwing seed production systems out of synchronisation, according to a new international study co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist. Many tree species worldwide produce large ... More>>

ALSO:


Science Media Centre: Novel Coronavirus Detected In China – Expert Reaction

The virus was detected after more than 40 people were hospitalised with pneumonia in Wuhan City, China and the outbreak traced to a large animal and seafood market. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that person-to-person transmission ... More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: Flooding could release toxic gas – Expert Reaction

A chemical substance known as ouvea premix stored at an old paper mill in Mataura could release toxic ammonia gas if it comes in contact with water.More>>

ALSO: