World Expeditions has expanded its presence in New Zealand by acquiring a majority shareholding in Trail Journeys, one of the country’s most popular self-guided cycle tour operators. World Expeditions CEO Sue Badyari says the move is designed to cement World Expeditions as a major player in the NZ cycle scene.
“Trail Journeys are the ideal complement to our well-established cycle brand, Adventure South, which runs fully-supported, guided cycling holidays primarily on the South Island, from its base in Christchurch,” Ms Badyari said in a statement.
“New Zealand is a highly desirable destination for active travellers seeking an immersive experience,” she added. “We are very excited to be offering a fun, affordable product to people keen to see the country’s stunning natural landscape via its network of cycle trails, enjoying quality accommodation, great food and wine along the way.”
Trail Journeys has a more than 400 bikes for hire and has bases in Clyde and Middlemarch, at either end of the famous Otago Central Rail Trail.
As part of the acquisition, World Expeditions has also become a shareholder in Trail Journeys Nelson, which offers guided and self-guided cycling tours from its bases in Nelson, Mapua and Kaiteriteri, paving the way for it to become the leading operator on the Tasman Great Taste Trail.