Aspiring Adventures co-founder Steve Wilson, with a copy of
National Geographic Traveler magazine, at home in Dunedin
this week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A small Dunedin adventure company is world-famous in
A 14-day caving, diving, kayaking and trekking tour of
Vanuatu by Aspiring Adventures has been selected by
National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of its 50
best tours in the world.
The company was the only New Zealand travel business to be
recognised in the 2014 annual list.
''As a small Dunedin-based adventure tour operator, we're
absolutely astounded with this news. I mean, wow, one of the
top 50 in the world,'' company director Steve Wilson said
''For us, it's like winning an Oscar. We're the only New
Zealand company to be included in the list.''
The highlight of the company's $US3375 ($NZ3905) ''Vanuatu:
The Original Bungee Jumpers'' tour is the traditional naghol
ritual on Pentecost Island, in which local people tie vines
to their feet and plunge off a tower.
''What's cool about this is it's a recognition of the style
of trips we run. We design hiking and biking adventure trips
that are immersive in the destination. Hopefully, it will be
good for business.''
Mr Wilson established Aspiring Adventures with Peru-based
business partner Katy Shorthouse in 2009, to organise tours
in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Patagonia, Peru
The ninth annual National Geographic Traveler best
tours list recognised 2014's ''most authentic, most
innovative, most immersive, best-guided and most sustainable
tours'', executive editor Norie Quintos said.
''The tours we selected go beyond destination, to add meaning
and context. They open the mind to new possibilities, new
connections, new ways of thinking.''
The travel magazine is the world's most widely read in its
genre, with 14 international editions and more than 8.5
Aspiring Adventures features in next month's edition of the