Queenstown firm among top 50 fastest growing in NZ


A Queenstown tourism firm has been named among the top 50 fastest-growing businesses in New Zealand.

Thunder Jet and Queenstown Water Taxis is the only tourism business to have made the Deloitte Fast 50 index for 2013.

The index ranks businesses according to their revenue growth over the past three years. To make the 2013 Deloitte Fast 50, companies have to achieve growth of 161%.

Thunder Jet director and jet boat pioneer Neville Kelly says the Deloitte accolade recognised the hard work and dedication of the company and its staff.

“We’re incredibly proud to have been named and recognised alongside some of the most forward-thinking and innovative businesses in New Zealand, and to have taken out an internationally-recognised award,” Kelly says.

“To be the only tourism operator in the top 50 winners is an outstanding achievement for our company, and we couldn’t have done it without all the support we’ve been given.

“We aim to have our customers walking away feeling like they know a little bit more about New Zealand, including our hospitality, the beautiful scenery and our fun and adventurous side.”

Within the past year Thunder Jet expanded its business with the acquisition of a high-speed, state-of-the-art twin-engine Mackraft jet boat.

The new V8 – bring the current fleet size to three – leads the industry in terms of technology, engineering, safety and ride quality.

Thunder Jet was established in 2009 by internationally respected jet boat pioneer Neville Kelly, who has taken on some of the most challenging, uncharted waterways in the world.

The company prides itself on being a family-owned and operated business, with a background of more than 25 years in Queenstown’s tourism and transport industry, much of it in jet boating.

“There are plenty of tourism activities on offer in Queenstown so it takes a great deal of time and effort to build recognition of who we are and what we do, not only within the FIT [free independent tourists] consumer market but also for groups, tours and the C&I [conference and incentive] market.

“We’re always looking at ways and means of improving our services while continuing to invest back into the business.”