Southern Discoveries was last month named Tourism Operator of
the Year at the Destination Fiordland awards ceremony in Te
The awards, celebrating success in Fiordland tourism, were
presented on September 21.
Southern Discoveries was praised for its ''passion and desire
to provide a genuine visitor experience''.
The company had been operating for more than 50 years in the
Fiordland region, which was described as a ''significant
Fiordland Conservation Trust manager Rachel Cockburn
nominated the company for the award, citing its ''genuine,
community-minded and innovative approach to the visitor
experience in Milford''.
In the past five years it had developed its business in a
sustainable and innovative way, providing ''exceptional
customer service and experience for visitors to Milford''.
The company's strategic approach to growing its range of
products for visitors was another key attribute for the
Mrs Cockburn also praised Southern Discoveries' continued
commitment to conservation through the Sinbad Sanctuary
project, in conjunction with the Fiordland Conservation Trust
and the Department of Conservation.
''As well as offering significant financial support to the
Sinbad Sanctuary project, Southern Discoveries' staff assist
with the regular work in [Sinbad] Gully, enabling them to
have experiences that are very rare."
Southern Discoveries general manager John Robson said it was
''an honour'' to receive the award from peers in the
''We work hard to provide a consistently exceptional Milford
Sound experience to visitors.
''We have a genuine desire to both actively promote Fiordland
as a must-visit destination, while also ensuring this natural
wonder is preserved for many years to come.
''Through education, conservation and active participation,
we take great pride in showcasing what is essentially our
backyard to the world.''
The annual awards celebrate the success of local tourism
businesses, recognising those that actively promote the