Ziptrek Ecotours wins best adventure tourism business

Published: Fri 22 Nov 2013 01:36 PM
November 22 2013
Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours ‘zips’ its way to success once again winning best adventure tourism business
Ziptrek Ecotours, New Zealand’s number one original zipline tour company, is flying high after taking out the title of Best Adventure Tourism Business at the 2013 Outdoors Awards held in Rotorua last night (November 21 2013).
The prestigious award was presented to Ziptrek Ecotours’ director Trent Yeo and operations manager Mike Higson in front of an influential crowd of around 160 industry people attending the three-day World Outdoors Summit.
The annual awards, organised by Outdoors New Zealand, acknowledges the highest levels of individual and organisational achievement in outdoors recreation and education in New Zealand.
“Outdoors New Zealand spans education, recreation and tourism so it means a lot to be recognised on a broad spectrum like this,” said Mr Yeo.
“The fact we’re in the company of some of the world’s best outdoor enthusiasts and specialists makes it even more special.”
“We take great pride in providing meaningful experiences in the outdoors and as a relative newcomer that seeks educational outcomes in tourism we’re proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire Ziptrek team,” he said.
“We work tirelessly to ensure all our guests have an incredibly memorable experience which is fun, educational and safe.
“We celebrated our fourth birthday earlier this week so it’s also a great birthday present.
“We’re also incredibly proud of the work we do to promote environmental awareness and our work within the local community.
“New Zealand has an outstanding outdoors community which deserves special recognition.
“This award puts us on the map with some of the pre-eminent experts in outdoor recreation around the world which is great for Queenstown and New Zealand,” he said.
Ziptrek Ecotours beat off stiff competition to win the accolade which measured companies on having a positive staff culture, its engagement with the community and its environmentally-friendly policy.
The company was also praised for its work in reducing barriers to outdoor recreation participation.
“Ziptrek can be experienced by people of all ages and abilities enabling those who may not normally be able to access the outdoors to do so,” said Mr Yeo.
“Just this week we had our eldest zipper out on course, aged 91 years. He fully embraced the experience and was blown away by it. There was also an eight-year-old girl on the same tour which just goes to show the diversity of our guests.”
The multi-award-winning established eco company is well respected for its environmental and fundraising commitment to the local community.
Since its launch four years ago over 600 man hours have been by donated by staff to local projects as well as financial contributions.
Outdoors New Zealand CEO Garth Dawson said Ziptrek Ecotours “embodies the very best of New Zealand's adventure tourism community.”
“It's an innovative company that celebrates New Zealand's landscape and has a real focus on environmental and community sustainability,” he said.
“Ziptrek Ecotours looks after its staff and community – it’s an outwardly-focused business, not an inwardly-focused one. Ziptrek Ecotours is an integral part of the outdoors family."
Ziptrek Ecotours’ experienced guides have completed more than 291,000 zips through the forest canopy on gravity fed ziplines, giving a large number of guests the opportunity to soak up stunning panoramic lake and mountain views of Queenstown and its surroundings.
Between ziplines, guests step on and off a series of architecturally-designed, beautifully constructed aerial launch platforms where the experienced guides deliver an interpretive talk with a strong ecological focus before “zipping” to the next tree platform.
Since Ziptrek’s inception it has welcomed an array of celebrities and international media gaining the company worldwide recognition as a fun adrenalin activity with an environmental ethos.
More 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.
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.
About Outdoors New Zealand
Outdoors New Zealand is the peak organisation for the outdoors recreation community. It provides leadership, advocacy and support for professionals and organisations working in outdoor education, outdoor leisure and outdoor commercial operations.
Its vision is to see people in New Zealand enjoying the opportunity for positive outdoor recreation and education experiences through a coherent, vibrant, and effective outdoors community.

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