He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. (Maori proverb)
Our guests tell us that it is our people who make their experiences unforgettable. As well as dedicating substantial funds to conservation work in our area, our pledge is to be held in the highest regard by our staff and the communities in which we live and work.
In the past year we’ve donated or helped raise over half a million dollars for a number of conservation and community initiatives.
Real Journeys is the title partner sponsor of the Queenstown Winter Festival – helping ensure the Queenstown Winter Festival continues to be one of New Zealand’s most iconic events and the southern hemisphere’s biggest celebration of winter.
In 2017, Real Journeys stepped in to help out the Winter Festival, sponsoring the Friday Night Party & Fireworks. The following year it became the first local business to step up as naming sponsor in the festival’s 43-year history.
Real Journeys and its sister companies Cardrona Alpine Resort and Go Orange will also be represented in the festival which runs from 21 – 24 June 2018.
In March, Real Journeys joins forces with three other tourism operators as the ‘Queenstown Group’, to sponsor of the NZ Golf Open. This event on the PGA Tour of Australasia is run in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour.
Real Journeys wanted to do its bit to help support this important local event which is broadcast in twenty countries, attracts significant international media and helps showcase Queenstown and New Zealand to the rest of the world.
Our Executive Chef, Mauro Battaglia enjoys mixing with the locals and golfing community at a food stall set up at the event, offering a sample of the delicious fresh local produce served at the Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ. (LINK??)
As sponsor of the Friday Night Party & Fireworks, Real Journeys created an evening to remember last year for 200 community volunteers and their families. A ‘Thank You’ evening cruise was held on the TSS Earnslaw, culminating in a ‘toot’ of the steamship’s horn to set off the Winter Festival fireworks display. Volunteers were nominated for their work in all areas of the community including the local fire brigade, hospice shops, conservation and sports groups. Each volunteer received invitations to the celebratory cruise where their contribution to the communities in the southern region was recognised.
The annual Birds of a Feather Conservation Ball is one of the most lavish events on Queenstown’s social calendar.
Real Journeys foots the bill for the entire black tie event and 100% of the ticket price goes towards a conservation initiative. Last year’s ball raised over $100,000. Since they were first held in 2015, the three Birds of a Feather Balls have raised over $200,000.
For the last three years, Real Journeys has dedicated its final training cruise of the Milford and Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises as fundraisers for charitable organisations like the Cancer Society, Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and Forest & Bird. Real Journeys provides the overnight vessels, crew, dinner, breakfast and water activities at no cost. Over $100,000 has been raised in the three years since Cruise-for-a-Cause began.
Each year, Real Journeys partners with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and dedicates two of its multi-day Discovery Expeditions to raising awareness and funds for the Cooper Island Restoration Project in Fiordland’s Dusky Sound. Real Journeys donates $500 from each ticket. Last year, these raised almost $60,000.