World Expeditions Travel Group acquires NZ’s self-guided cycling tour operator
In a move designed to cement its position as a major player in the New Zealand cycle scene, Australia’s leading adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions Travel Group has acquired a majority shareholding in Trail Journeys, one of New Zealand’s best known self-guided cycle tour operators.
Trail Journeys provides expert advice, a fleet of more than 400 quality bikes for hire, passengers’ luggage transfer, accommodation and transfer service, as well as storage services on the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and on the Clutha Gold Trail.
With bases in Clyde and Middlemarch, at either end of New Zealand’s famous Otago Central Rail Trail, Trail Journeys is well resourced to grow the business as demand for this world-class cycling trail continues to increase.
As part of the acquisition, World Expeditions has also become a shareholder in Trail Journeys Nelson, which offers guided and self-guided cycling tours from its bases in Nelson, Mapua and Kaiteriteri, paving the way for it to become the leading operator on the Tasman Great Taste Trail, which is fast emerging as the new “must do” cycle trip in New Zealand.
According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, the acquisitions cement World Expeditions’ position as a leading provider of cycle journeys in New Zealand.
“Trail Journeys are the ideal complement to our well established cycle brand, Adventure South, which runs fully-supported, guided cycling holidays primarily on the south island, from its base in Christchurch.”
“New Zealand is a highly desirable destination for active travellers seeking an immersive experience,” Ms Badyari said. “We are very excited to be offering a fun, affordable product to people keen to see the country’s stunning natural landscape via its network of cycle trails, enjoying quality accommodation, great food and wine along the way.”
“Trail Journeys’ previous owners are the pioneers of self-guided options along these routes and they share a great synergy with World Expeditions in standards and philosophies,” Ms Badyari said.
The World Expeditions Travel Group offers a range of guided and self-guided walking and cycling itineraries all across the globe, through brands including World Expeditions, UTracks, Great Canadian Trials, Tasmanian Expeditions and Australian Walking Holidays.
More information at www.worldexpeditions.com or call 1300 720 000.