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July, 2019

A new Queenstown adventure tourism playground is under construction
at the gateway to Queenstown in the Gibbston Valley.
Opening mid-summer at Gibbstons Victoria Flats, Oxbow Adventure Co.
will comprise unique jetsprint boats, 4WD off-road buggies, and claybird
Oxbow operated in Wanaka for five years, till 2017, but is relocating to
Queenstown to capture a larger tourist market, including passing
highway traffic.
The 17-hectare site, on Mt Rosa Station, will include a one-hectare
manmade pond with about five islands which the jetsprint boats will
weave around, 4WD tracks, some on steep hillside, and a claybird
shooting station.
The sites being extensively landscaped with up to 15,000 natives and
rock features to hide it from the highway.
Punters can do all three activities or one or two.
The business partners are Wanakas Darb Richmond and Tim Bayliss,
with support from Richmonds father-in-law Lloyd Ferguson who
founded Oxbow on his Wanaka property.
The lead project manager and landowners rep is Arrowtowner Jeremaia
Fisk, who also project-managed and designed Gibbstons Kinross
Cottages and wine cellar.
Ferguson says whats unique about Oxbow are the custom-built sprint
boats and buggies which will have specialised drivers  these two things
you cant do anywhere else.
The boats, built and designed by seven-time world jetsprint champion
Peter Caughey, go from 0 to 100kmh in two seconds  it is probably the
fastest four-seater commercial ride, around a track, in the world.
The four-seater buggies were designed by national off-road champion
Dan Cowper.
Having champions design the boat and buggy, Ferguson says, is like
having Schumacher build your car.
Richmond says theyll be able to put throoughthrough about 60 people
an hour  while a boat and buggy are on course, the next one will be
loaded so its ready to go straight afterwards.
He adds that the claybird shooting station will cater for beginners right
through to advanced shooters.
Our goal would be that every person hits a clay  well have specialised
Richmond thinks Oxbow will also appeal to the conference/corporate
market because they can do three activities in one spot.
Being close to AJ Hacketts Nevis bungy jump and accompanying thrills,
Fisk says there could be a chance for link-ups.
He believes with Gibbston already renowned for its wineries, the extra
activity options, along with cycleways and increasing accommodation
offerings, will only enhance its appeal.

Source: Mountain Scene


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