Journeys director Tony McQuilkin at O'Regan's Wharf yesterday. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
More vessels can be expected at Queenstown's waterfront after
three companies purchased the O'Regan's and St Omers wharves
The partnership between rival tourist companies, Southern
Discoveries Ltd, Real Journeys Ltd and Remarkables Jet Ltd,
will mean the possibility new commercial ferries.
Remarkables Jet Ltd director, John Porter, said they planned
a waterfront "resort village" that would be serviced by small
jet ferries that would travel between the already existing
Remarkables Park and the newly purchased wharves.
"Involvement in the joint venture is a key part of
progressing the development of our integrated master plan,"
The wharves were purchased from Ngai Tahu Property Ltd at
auction on Thursday and the three companies own one-third
A director of Real Journeys Tony McQuilkin said the venture
made "sound practical commercial sense" and would enable the
company to purchase more vessels and future use of the wharf.
Real Journeys, which operates the TSS Earnslaw at the
neighbouring Steamers Wharf, will operate 48m of the wharf
while, Southern Discoveries will operate 32m of it.
Managing director David Skeggs said he was pleased to have
entered a joint venture with the other parties, but said the
company had no big plans.
Southern Discoveries operate the Queenstown Princess
catamaran from O'Regan's Wharf.