Mates rates launch

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A new Queenstown-based tour company is launching with a mates rates jaunt to South America’s Peru.
Aspiring Adventures plans an “at cost” 12-day trip in June for 10 to 16 Queenstowners.

It’ll have a mountain bike focus – part of the trip involves a downhill race held in Peru – as well as knocking off the famed Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Aspiring co-directors Steven Wilson and Peru-based Katy Shorthouse are holding an information night this coming Monday at Revolver bar from 5.30-7pm.

Wilson says Aspiring won’t make money from the trip, which he expects to cost punters around $2400. That’ll cover most food, accommodation and activities but not airfares – roughly $2000.

“It’s basically at cost. We’re making sure we don’t lose money.”

Shorthouse adds: “We get to run a real trip, which helps us figure out our systems.

“For me there’s also the warm fuzzy of giving something back to the mountain bike scene [in Queenstown] – I learned to ride here and it has become a big part of my life.”

Both Wilson and Shorthouse previously worked for Queenstown’s Active NZ. Wilson was general manager for three years and Shorthouse was South America operations manager.

Peru-based Shorthouse has opened her own bar in Peru’s Cusco and contributed chapters to Lonely Planet’s Peru edition out early next year.