Westaways are away

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A function tomorrow will honour a Queenstown couple for their 34-year-long contribution to the tourism industry.
Dianne and Lindsay Westaway have run farm tours at Walter Peak since 1974, latterly working for tourism giant Real Journeys.

This summer the couple will now live at their Queenstown property, rather than at Walter Peak, before probably taking their final bow next April.

“Dianne wanted to step out and retire so I’m just following suit,” Lindsay says – the couple are both 66.

Lindsay estimates they’ve hosted about 2,500,000 visitors – mainly off the historic Earnslaw steamer – during their time, with numbers rising from about 12,000 a year to 130,000.

“It’s our job to see them leave happy.”

Lindsay – who’s best known for his humorous sheep-shearing demonstrations – says standards have lifted dramatically.

“A year ago you could get away with a ‘She’ll be right’ attitude.”

Famous guests they’ve entertained include the Prime Minister of Singapore, King of Malaysia and the Duke of Westminster.