Adventure Group Limited, operating as Canyon Explorers, has decided to hibernate normal operations from Monday 15 February.
Managing director Stefan Crawford said it had been ‘a tough but necessary call’ given the ongoing decline in visitors to Queenstown over the coming months and the uncertainty around a trans-Tasman bubble.
He says Canyon Explorers has been doing its best to navigate through its first domestic-only season, adjusting offers to encourage Kiwis to ‘Do Something New’.
Historically, 95% of the company’s clients come from outside New Zealand, so he was aware this season was always going to be a challenge.
‘Our priority has always been to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people, and that includes staff and clients,’ he says. ‘Through the generosity of local businesses, we have found work opportunities
for our guiding team over the medium term.’
Canyon Explorers will honour existing bookings and groups through to Easter.