Bicycles booming in Mackenzie
8 December 2016 -Twizel is set to become ‘home base’ for the region’s booming bicycle touring industry. Cycle Journeys, who operate along the 312 km Nga Haerenga Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, will open their new 240 sq m base in Twizel's MacKenzie Park on Saturday. It’s great news for the local economy, bringing all of the business’s core functions to the township and ensuring visitors can enjoy a seamless experience.
“The move to our new facility is a really important step in Cycle Journey’s development. It will enable our business to streamline our visitor experience at the beginning and end of their Nga Haeranga journey – the 310 km ‘bit’ in between really takes care of itself!” said Cycle Journeys’ CEO, Geoff Gabites.
The MacKenzie Park facility includes Administration and cycle storage, a workshop and visitor reception areas. The company employs 10 Twizel-based staff with a further 5 based in Christchurch.
“Since we began operating on the Alps to Ocean trail in 2011, our forward bookings have consistently grown annually by in excess of 50%. As our business expands, we know we have to complement the experience of cycling amongst some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and diverse scenery with exceptional customer service. The only way we can do that well is to have a larger local base, staffed with local people. Previously we have been split between separate Reception and a container based bike storage which was far from ideal. The investment in the move to the new location reflects the confidence in the cycle trail and in Twizel as base – the ‘Heart and Start’ of the Alps 2 Ocean trail.”
Cycle journeys’ Alps 2 Ocean ride takes visitors on a journey from Aoraki Mount Cook to the coastal township of Oamaru. Along its 312km length, riders experience the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps, the tussock land and glacial lakes of the Mackenzie Basin, the Waitaki river with its dams and hydro-electric power generators and the rural landscapes of the Oamaru farming hinterland. The trail is part of the national Nga Haerenga 23 cycle trail network that covers some of the best riding in of New Zealand.
“Biking is becoming an increasingly popular way of touring New Zealand – particularly when riders are able to enjoy the safety of dedicated cycleways. Our journey enables pretty much anyone to hop on a bike and get amongst some of the best scenery in the country – whether you’re a family group with small children, sporty couples or you’re 85 in the shade, the Alps 2 Ocean is achievable and it’s amazing. What is really exciting is that the majority of our market are Kiwi’s exploring their own country. Its a trend that started with the Otago Central Rail Trail and is rolling out as new trails are opened”.
The Cycle Journeys’ MacKenzie Park opening will be held on Saturday 10 December at 1pm. Locals are warmly invited to attend.