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Music was added to the magic of Milford Sound at the weekend when over fifty guests taking part in a Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraiser were treated to opera singing by rising Dunedin star, soprano, Sophie Morris, accompanied by pianist Josh Romero.
The Conservation Discovery Expedition to Dusky Sound has been such a success that Real Journeys and the Department of Conservation are working at turning it into an annual event.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust will employ a researcher to find out why yellow-eyed penguin numbers are decreasing near Stewart Island, following a $15,335 funding boost from Real Journeys ‘Cruise-for-a-Cause’ initiative.
Real Journeys has been recognised as the best in the business at the Tourism Export Council Conference Awards Dinner, held in Dunedin this year. Real Journeys was named ‘Operator of the Year’, which for the first time was a joint honour.
With one of the world’s most endangered birds flown from Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) to be a mystery guest, the ‘Birds of a Feather’ charity ball organised by Real Journeys, was clearly never going to be your ordinary ball - and the sold-out event raised over $35,000.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Real Journeys are looking for conservation minded people for a unique Discovery Expedition to take part in the Dusky Sound Conservation and Restoration Programme on 3 September 2015.
Real Journeys consistently achieves outstanding traveller reviews and is endorsed as responsible tourism operator
Real Journeys has now been awarded Qualmark Enviro Silver across its products from Stewart Island to Queenstown and TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for twelve of its listings for 2015.
The TSS Earnslaw returned to Walter Peak today, for the first time in seven weeks, sporting a freshly painted bright red funnel.
The Queenstown Lakes Family Centre and Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust have been chosen as this year’s recipients of Real Journeys’ inaugural Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraising initiative.
Real Journeys is holding an exclusive black tie charity ball at Walter Peak on Saturday 1 August, to support New Zealand’s ‘parrot of the night’ – the critically endangered Kakapo.
Real Journeys will charter two helicopters to bring out the group on a school camp at Deep Cove to get them home to their families for the weekend, as originally scheduled.
The next ‘dux’ of Mt Aspiring College will receive a cheque for $2,500 to put towards further study, following an offer from Real Journeys to sponsor the award.
Prince Harry and his entourage chose a small but upmarket bed and breakfast with stunning sea views for his private stay in Stewart Island, on the second day of his New Zealand tour.
Queenstown’s TSS Earnslaw heads on her annual survey next week, after being awarded a Qualmark Enviro Silver, (New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality). Silver represents exceptional levels of resource management and social responsibility.
Real Journeys is pleased to launch its inaugural Cruise-for-a-Cause, a new initiative to help organisations raise funds for a good cause.
OUTSIDE – one of America’s leading active lifestyle magazines has selected Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise as the best small cruise for 2015 and features it on its cover.
Three young whio (blue duck) have been successfully rehomed in Mt Aspiring National Park thanks to the efforts of the Department of Conservation, Real Journeys, Genesis Energy and Air New Zealand.
Real Journeys is embarking on large scale restoration of its land at Walter Peak to ensure visitors continue to have an authentically New Zealand experience.
Real Journeys is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chairman and two new directors to its board.
Queenstown based Commercial Director for Real Journeys, Tony McQuilkin, has won the New Zealand tourism industry’s most prestigious individual award - the Crowe Howarth International Sir Jack Newman Award for 2014.
The TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship turns 102 tomorrow (Saturday 18 October) and the occasion will be quietly marked this year with cake for all who travel on her.
Diners taking the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak to enjoy their gourmet barbecue will be able to enjoy the outdoors despite the current wintry weather following the completion of an innovative new outdoor kitchen and pergola.
Real Journeys and Cardrona Alpine Resort Chief Executive, Richard Lauder is looking forward to representing Queenstown and the lower South Island after being co-opted to the Tourism Industry Association Board.
A rescue exercise will be held on the TSS Earnslaw at 8.30am on Sunday morning (21 September), to test the crew’s ability to handle an emergency situation.
Two-and-a-half month old Kākāpō chicks Lisa1, Rakuira2 and Heather1 drew crowds like “rockstars” at the Kākāpō Chicks Day Out in Arrowtown today. In a first for the region Real Journeys and the Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery team brought the three precious chicks in from Invercargill for a one off public viewing.
Key Southern New Zealand tourism operator Real Journeys celebrates 60 years in business and family ownership this month.
In a first for the region Real Journeys and the Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery Team are bringing three precious Kākāpō chicks to Arrowtown for a public viewing on Friday 23 May.
Following a bumper summer season Queenstown’s 101-year-old “Lady of the Lake” the TSS Earnslaw heads up the slipway at Kelvin Grove next week to begin her annual maintenance.
Real Journeys has purchased the land & facilities that underpin its Walter Peak operations from its landlords Convelle Enterprises Ltd.
Key New Zealand tourism player Real Journeys has purchased Cardrona Alpine Resort from Australian based Vealls Ltd.
Queenstown and New Zealand tourism icon the TSS Earnslaw celebrated her 101st birthday with a special Frankton Arm cruise today and a strong assertion from Real Journeys boss Richard Lauder that the company has every intention of having the vessel on Lake Wakatipu for another 100 years.
Key tourism player Real Journeys is significantly upgrading its Walter Peak offering with the intention of making it a destination that “locals and tourists alike want to visit”, says Chief Executive Richard Lauder.
Key New Zealand tourism player Real Journeys was named Tour Operator of the Year 2013 at the annual Tourism Export Council conference held in Masterton last week.
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.
Queenstown’s 100-year-old “Lady of the Lake” the TSS Earnslaw will be out of service for a slightly longer maintenance period than initially anticipated.
Key New Zealand tourism player Real Journeys has been named today as the preferred bidder in the sale of Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.
Doubtful Sound is open for business, that’s the message tourism operator Real Journeys is pushing in light of the NZ Transport Agency’s announcement to close the Milford Road for works for 10-14 working days commencing Thursday 23rd May.
New multimillion dollar harbour facilities in Milford Sound were officially opened by Real Journeys founder Olive Lady Hutchins and Southern Discoveries owner Sir Cliff Skeggs with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Fresh Water Basin today.
Milford Sound Flights’ new Airvan passed through its ‘crossing of the guard’ at Queenstown Airport yesterday following its first passenger flight.
After undergoing an executive recruitment process for the newly created Director of Sales position Real Journeys has appointed internal candidate Ryan Ingram. Ryan has been International Sales Manager – Australia, India and Japan for the past three years and prior to that worked for 13 years for Kirra Tours, a New Zealand travel wholesaler.
Leading New Zealand tourism operator Real Journeys is ramping up its multi-day cruise offerings on the back of the burgeoning cruise sector and domestic interest. The company is significantly increasing the number of its Fiordland and Stewart Island Discovery Cruise sailings and adding three and four day short-cruise variations.
The heritage steamer the TSS Earnslaw continued its 100th birthday celebrations during Labour Weekend, making a nostalgic journey tracing its original freight and passenger route to the Lake Wakatipu high country lakeside stations and Glenorchy on Sunday (October 21), attracting almost 300 people, many with strong links with the Head of the Lake and the TSS Earnslaw.
Queenstown turned the clock back 100 years today (October 18) when a large crowd, dominated by school children waving flags, lined Queenstown’s Steamer Wharf to welcome the heritage steamship the TSS Earnslaw, as she marked her official centenary by sailing on Lake Wakatipu from Kingston to Queenstown re-enacting her maiden passenger voyage held on October 18 1912.
The TSS Earnslaw centenary celebrations were officially launched on Sunday (October 14), during a night of nostalgia, when more than a hundred past and present staff members gathered on board the heritage steamer to mark her century of service.
Past and present skippers, stokers, engineers, pianists and caterers will meet on board the TSS Earnslaw on Sunday October 14 to kick off the heritage steamer’s week long centenary celebrations which focus on a re-enactment of the maiden voyage from Kingston to Queenstown on October 18.
An Australian man’s passion for the TSS Earnslaw has gained him widespread recognition after his hand carved model of the heritage steamer won supreme awards at a Queensland show.