Ferry service operator has plans to branch out

MV Sootychaser, operated by Rachel McGregor, returns from a wildlife cruise on the Otago Harbour. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
MV Sootychaser, operated by Rachel McGregor, returns from a wildlife cruise on the Otago Harbour. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Less than six months after launching a new ferry service from Port Chalmers to Portobello, the operator is looking to expand her operation.

Port to Port Cruises and Wildlife Tours owner-operator Rachel McGregor said she planned to buy a 14-seater bus to pick up tourists from the Octagon, take them on a short tour around the city and out to Portobello where they could board MV Sootychaser, a custom-built vessel designed for wildlife cruises and harbour crossings.

While the tourists enjoyed the 90-minute wildlife cruise on the harbour, the bus would return to the Octagon, pick up more tourists and transport them to meet Sootychaser at Back Beach in Port Chalmers, to begin the tour in the opposite direction, she said.

Ms McGregor hoped the tours would be available for tourists for the start of the 2019-20 tourist season in October.

She started providing ferry crossings between Portobello and Back Beach, Port Chalmers last September, making it the first ferry service to operate on Otago Harbour in more than 60 years.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

Comments

This is fantastic news.I have used the Portobello to Port Chalmers service and it"s a lovely day out to visit the very interesting museum and do a spot of retro shopping where I found the matching items for my sixties depleted tamuka dinnerware...SCORE....walked around to Careys bay for lunch sitting outside on a mild spring day in the sunshine.....where else would you want to be.?Well probably on a tour of the harbour when Rachel launches her new addition to her portfolio.Congratulations for having the determination and vision to bring much needed transport back to our harbour for locals and visitors .

This sounds like a fantastic tour. I'm sure it will be very popular. Well done!

 

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