Queenstown run business gets on track

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A super-fit Queenstowner is quitting his accountancy job to get his unique business up and running – literally.

Thijs Hubber has formed a heli-running business, New Zealand Run Safari, offering guided runs on stunning running trails around Queenstown and the Southern Lakes like the Routeburn, Greenstone and the Rees.

Clients will be choppered in and driven out to avoid any back-tracking.

Hubber – a runner who’s won two national road relay titles and a competitive triathlete – says he’s aiming at “people who are passionate about running and have run, let’s say, a half-marathon upwards”. He’ll also offer shorter runs and heli-hiking.

Hubber says he removes the logistical problems facing anyone wanting to run local tracks.

“If you want to run the Routeburn you’ve got almost half a day driving to get to the start and then you’ve got the problem of how you get your car back.”

Hubber, 32, says he supplies clients with running packs, thermal underlay and waterproof jacket, on-track nutrition and safety equipment.

He’s spent about two years getting to this stage including obtaining Department of Conservation concessions and developing his website. 

Trips will range from about $500 to $1000.