Water sport holiday operation expands
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle will be mooring a barge off Anchorage to use as a base for its kayak and paddleboard operation this summer.
The company, which already offers kayak hire among its tourist services, signed the purchase of Kaiteriteri Kayaks and Kaiteriteri Kayak Paddleboarding last week. It will take over the business from October 1.
ATSS owner Keith Knapp said included in the purchase was a concession to launch kayaks and paddleboards from a barge moored in the park.
The company will use a barge it built last year for a different purpose to house 40 kayaks and paddleboards. It will be moored off Anchorage over summer to act as a storage base. The move will save time and fuel and the need to carry as many kayaks and boards into the park on the top of boats, he said.
In winter the kayak barge, along with another ATSS barge, will be used for contract cartage work around the coast.
Keith said ATSS would run the kayak and paddle board business off Kaiteriteri Beach year-round to cater for the increasing flow of international tourists, particularly during winter.
‘‘We are looking to extend the season into winter – a lot of overseas visitors are coming to New Zealand over their summer months because that is when they get time off.’’
ATSS’s expansion meant the company would employ about 25 staff in peak summer and possibly up to four during winter, depending on kayak demand, he said.
The purchase has further widened its range of experiences travellers could choose from – including water taxis, independent kayak hire, guided kayak trips, guided walks and paddleboard hire.
Buying the paddleboard company also meant it stayed in local hands, Keith said.
Barge base: Kayaks and holiday makers at Appletree Bay.