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Real Journeys’ new $2.5 million tourism
boat MV Sinbad was officially launched in
Milford Sound last Saturday.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English was in
attendance but the honour of breaking the
customary bottle of Champagne over its
bow went to Abbe Hutchins, granddaughter
of company founders Olive, Lady Hutchins
and the late Les Hutchins. Guests were then
invited for lunch on board as they cruised
beneath Mitre Peak.
The launch of the MV Sinbad is the fifth new
vessel to be launched in Fiordland by Real
Journeys since 2000.
A company spokeswoman said the
launching of the MV Sinbad reflected the
company’s strong confidence in the future
prospects of the New Zealand tourism
sector, despite the recent downturn.
The MV Sinbad is a luxurious small motor
vessel with comfortable seating, large
windows and external observation decks.
Up on the bridge, it has floor to ceiling
windows that will allow for great viewing
even on the wettest Fiordland days.
Designed by company engineer Jim Young,
the MV Sinbad has been purpose built
to combine classical lines with excellent
viewing opportunities. It carries a maximum
of 75 passengers.
The boat was built at Sheet Metalcraft
in Invercargill by Real Journeys’ own
staff, along with three Sheet Metalcraft
Real Journeys chief executive Dave Hawkey
said the MV Sinbad would be used for
Milford Sound Nature Cruises, answering
a growing demand for extended, leisurely
cruise options with a specialist nature guide
“Company passenger research shows
visitors are becoming increasingly
discerning, with a strong preference for
natural, authentic experiences.
“They want small-group, interactive high-
quality excursions that are sensitive to the
environment. High quality interpretation
provided by guides is also important to
them,” he said.
“As arguably the most iconic destination in
New Zealand, it is important that Milford
Sound continues to provide a high quality
experience for visitors and launching of
the MV Sinbad has definitely enabled us to
enhance further what we offer travellers.”
Sinbad sails Sound
Abbe Hutchins (grand daughter of Real Journeys’ founders Les and Olive Hutchins)
christening the MV Sinbad at Milford Sound on Saturday. She is watched by Real Journeys
Milford Sound Operations Manager Paul Phelan.
Work began this week on a long-awaited
extension to the Te Anau Library.
The curved wall at the back of the building
is being removed and a rectangular-shaped
room of about 5m by 9m developed to
create a dedicated children’s area.
Librarian Lisa Millar said the work was the
joint project of the Te Anau Friends of the
Library group, which had contributed profits
from its annual book sale towards the work,
and the Southland District Council.
Within the new area children would have
access to their own internet terminal, while
a special tiered seating area would be
built for story telling sessions. There would
also be increased shelving for the growing
collection of children’s books.
While the work is carried out, Destination
Fiordland staff have been forced to cram
into a single office but, once complete,
they will have a bit more space and a new
Library goers may also be faced with a little
“It’s quite noisy and dusty for a while but
it’s business as usual – no disruption to our
service,” Mrs Millar said.
Library expansion begins
Sherlock Homes builders Liam McDermott (left) and Glen Black begin work on an extension to the
Te Anau Library.
Thinking about renovating or building a new
Then the Te Anau Kepler Lions Club has just
the jaunt for you during Labour Weekend.
President Brony Eason said the club was
holding a New Home Show on Sunday,
Participants would get to visit a selection
of large and smaller new homes, hopefully
gaining some ideas and inspiration from
the home owners generous enough to
showcase their new dwellings.
For the ticket price of $15 participants will
receive a booklet about the homes and also
The tour will start from the Lakeside Church
Hall from 12.45pm. After visiting the
homes, people would return to the hall for
afternoon tea and a chance at winning a
Tickets will be limited, so anyone interested
should phone Brony on 027 473 7607 or
Denise on 249 8281.
All the money raised will be donated to buy
equipment for the new Te Anau Medical
Homes on show in Labour Weekend tour
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