Thursday 3 March 2011

It's safe to travel to New Zealand's South Island - Adventure South offers 20% off to encourage travellers

Christchurch tour operator encourages travellers with 20% Saving on Otago Rail Trail

Christchurch based active travel company, Adventure South, is advising travellers that it is safe to travel to the Canterbury region of New Zealand and that all their tours are still operating as scheduled.  Last week's devastating earthquake has had no impact on the wilderness regions where they operate and travellers will actually help local people by choosing to travel to this spectacular part of New Zealand.

To encourage Australians to travel to the South Island, Adventure South has extended their 20% discount on the popular 5-day Otago Rail Trail Classic cycle tour for all new bookings before 31 March. This iconic cycling tour usually retails for AU$995pp, however those who confirm their place during March can secure any April departure for only AU$796pp. The price includes professional cycling guides, 4 night's accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners, private coach transport, helmets and cycle bags, all national park fees as well as a ticket on the spectacular Taieri Gorge Railway to Dunedin.

"It is safe to travel. Fortunately, our staff and their families and homes are all safe and well, and our depot and offices came through this tragedy without any major issues.  The earthquake was localized to Christchurch and there has been no impact whatsoever in the regions where our trips, such as the Otago Rail Trail, are operating, "said Geoff Gabites, Managing Director of Adventure South.

"We are currently fielding enquiries from concerned clients who want to know if we are open for business.  Our message is very simple - our trips are operating as normal.  Ensuring our business continuation allows for some 20 staff to thrive in their professional lives as much as they can during this time.  There is nothing better at the moment than having a role that requires you to focus on the tasks ahead," said Geoff.

Adventure South, like most travel businesses, believes that the tourism dollar benefits the wider community.  Traveller's income is used to buy food and fuel, pay for a wide variety of accommodation and generally the impact of the holiday dollar is spread as far and as wide as possible.  "Tourism revenues are an important part of the rebuild process for the people and businesses of Christchurch. We are all very keen to see life return to normality as soon as possible," said Geoff.

For bookings and more details call Adventure South on 1800 10 70 60 or visit

About: Adventure South operates cycling and walking tours across New Zealand's North and South Islands.  Established in 1992, Adventure South generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in to the Canterbury economy each year by providing more than 750 active travel tours in the region. In 2010, Adventure South became a division of World Expeditions, Australia's first adventure travel company.

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