Rolls-Royce of rickshaws to tour around Q-town
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.
Sam Clark is yet to import two more rickshaws from Denmark to give tours around Queenstown.