Adventure operators snap up Queenstown canyoning business

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Adventure operators snap up Queenstown canyoning business

Queenstown’s thrill-seeking canyoning business has been bought by two experienced local adventure tourism operators.

White water safety consultant Stefan Crawford and ex-Shotover Jet Group (now Ngai Tahu Tourism) boss Adrian Januszkiewicz took over Canyoning.co.nz this week.

The business, comprising a guided canyoning adventure at 12 Mile Creek, near Queenstown, and another on the Routeburn Track, near Glenorchy, was started by local Mike Enright in 1998.

Enright, who’s staying on this summer season to ensure a smooth transition, says: “I have had plenty of fun in this business, but after 16 years of jumping and sliding down waterfalls, it’s time to step aside and let others bring some new energy to it.”

The new owners have the best credentials to carry the business forward, he says.

Crawford, who’ll be managing director, formerly co-owned Extreme Green Rafting.

His Camp Street-based Snow Rental business will be sold into the new operating company to give it winter as well as summer cashflow.

Januszkiewicz, who’ll be chairman, owns Fox Glacier Guiding on the West Coast and is chairman of Queenstown’s Canyon Swing business.

He says Enright has done a fantastic job with canyoning.

“The people in the business have a strong passion for the product, it has an excellent safety culture and it delivers an amazing adrenalin bang for the tourist’s buck.”

Januszkiewicz says the way the 12 Mile Creek canyon trip is designed can suit both adventurous and more passive visitors – the former might jump off a four metre-high rock into a pool while the latter can abseil down or be lowered on a rope.

The new owners plan a new canyoning adventure at Scott Creek, on Routeburn Station, later this year.