Locals Day 2014
Annual Shotover Jet Locals’ Day all “go go go” despite inclement weather
The 2014 annual Shotover Jet Locals’ day held last Saturday November 15 was a huge success with early reports indicating it was a record breaking year for the tourism giant’s fundraising day.
Shotover Jet general manager Clark Scott said it was all “go go go” on the day and everyone got into the spirit of things with ease despite some “tiny drops of rain”.
“Although the weather was at times overcast and threatening, a legacy of the overnight rain, the atmosphere on the beach was great,” said Mr Scott.
Great music courtesy of a DJ, a BBQ manned by local Wakatipu Youth Trust staff and members and even Mr Whippy all contributed to a carnival-like atmosphere.
“The Shotover River was running a little high and some smaller children and their families were transferred to the Sunday for safety reasons. Everyone understood and were very happy to come back the next day,” he said.
“We took over a thousand people on the day - the maximum given our limitations on how many boats we can have operating in the canyons at any one time,” he said.
“The staff certainly worked hard and got a good work out as we prepare for the busy summer ahead,” said Mr Scott.
“The team love locals’ day. It’s a lively and fun atmosphere with lots of familiar faces and a great opportunity to showcase Shotover Jet to the community we live in.
100% of the ticket revenue from the day will be donated to the Queenstown Youth Booth at the Shotover Jet Christmas Cracker show held at the recreation ground on Saturday 6 December.
“Based on the turn last weekend out I would think it will be a record amount we’ve raised for this worthwhile cause,” said Mr Scott.