Richard Lauder

By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...

Lauder’s Wayfare farewell

Queenstown's biggest tourism company needs a new boss. Wayfare Group chief executive Richard Lauder - one of the most enduring faces in southern tourism - has resigned, and will clear his desk in late May. The 56-year-old's been with Real Journeys,...

$90 million road splurge

It was a red-letter day for Queenstown infrastructure yesterday as the government announced a $90 million spend-up on our roads. And Otago Regional Council decided to save the Queenstown Water Ferry at the eleventh hour. The government announced the Wakatipu's funding...

New boss for WHS Foundation

Tackling inequality and ensuring all pupils can participate is the key issue for Real Journeys boss Richard Lauder, as he takes on the top job at the Wakatipu High School Foundation. Lauder has succeeded founding chairman Mark Taylor, who's stepping...

Wiggly dinner

Maggots were accidentally served to a Real Journeys staffer, the tourism giant confirms. Mountain Scene was tipped off after an evening staff meal 'sit over' in March. The maggots were only discovered after staff had eaten the meal, the informant says. Real...

Community thanks heroes

Fifty local unsung heroes are getting their own cruise at this year's Queenstown Winter Festival. Real Journeys is set to host a special 'Thank You Cruise' on the Earnslaw steamship during the opening night party on June 23. The hour-long cruise...

Quartet cough up for Open

Four major Queenstown tourism operators are swinging in behind the New Zealand Open golf tournament. Coronet Peak skifield, Real Journeys, which operates the historic Earnslaw steamship, five-star Eichardt's Hotel and jetboat operator Shotover Jet – as the Queenstown Group – are...
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