Rolls-Royce of rick­shaws to tour around Q-town

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Queen­stown’s Sam Clark is only 22 but he is al­ready a busi­ness­man.

He has a rick­shaw from Den­mark and has started Re­mark­able Rick­shaws - a busi­ness he hopes to use to ed­u­cate tourists about his ’’favourite place on Earth’’.

‘‘I love Queen­stown so much and I just want to share it with peo­ple who come here. It’s get­ting just big­ger and big­ger this place.’’

Clark is tak­ing the risk of ask­ing tourists to pay as much as they want for his tours around the town cen­tre. ’’If they think they are happy with $20 - that’s awe­some. If you want to walk off and not pay anything that’s ab­so­lutely fine as well.’’

He be­lieved that if the profit de­pended on the guide’s skills and the rider’s gen­eros­ity it would push him to do a bet­ter job. ’’If they don’t think you are worth the money then ob­vi­ously you’ve done some­thing wrong. I think it works both ways and you can re­ally con­nect a bit more. In­stead of just cy­cling around think­ing ‘the time is up, get off now’ you are ac­tu­ally work­ing for your money,’’ he said.

The rick­shaw had been pop­u­lar amongst el­derly and dis­abled peo­ple, as it gave them a chance to get around town dif­fer­ently.

‘‘They are happy that they can get out to places where they would never be able to go.’’

How­ever, the crowd was dif­fer­ent in the evening. Cou­ples and party go­ers were us­ing the rick­shaw as a taxi to restau­rants and bars. Clark takes his rick­shaw off the street around 11pm and starts work be­hind a lo­cal bar to earn some ex­tra money.

Parked at the lake front, the Chris­tia­nia-man­u­fac­tured rick­shaw was shipped from Den­mark and he is await­ing the ar­rival of two more. ’’The brand is well trusted in Den­mark. The Chris­tia­nia is like the Roll­sRoyce of rick­shaws,’’ Clark laughed.

A ‘‘re­laxed’’ tour on the rick­shaw, mainly at the lake front, took about half an hour and al­lowed a vis­i­tor to see the land­marks in cen­tral Queen­stown, he said.

DASHA KUPRIENKO

Sam Clark is yet to im­port two more rick­shaws from Den­mark to give tours around Queen­stown.

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