Oxbow on the move

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Wanaka Sun (page 7) 16 March 2017 by Glenda Turnbull – email: journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

After establishing the adventure business in Wanaka five years ago, Oxbow is moving its operations to Queenstown at the end of April.

The company offers thrill-seekers a range of adrenalin-packed activities in their custom built ‘toys’.

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Oxbow owner and general manager Darb Richmond is the in-house helicopter pilot with ten years’ experience. He started driving jetboats in Queenstown in 2000, and also worked as a jet boat driver in Makarora.

The company is looking to refine and expand the Oxbow experience and Darb said it was a good time to move to a separate property.

“We set the business up five years ago on my wife’s parents’ property. It has been a good testing ground, but it is not our land. With the company looking for a new home base and most business coming out of Queenstown it is logical to move the company’s operations over there,” Darb said.

The new Queenstown Oxbow will concentrate on packages including the jet sprint boat, clay bird shooting and offroader truck, and for the first time will offer individual experiences.

“Both the jet sprint boat and offroader truck are pretty unique rides. Our jet sprint boat is the only commercial one of its type in the world and can go from 0-100km in 0.5 seconds,” Darb said.

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The boat was built and designed by Peter Coe, eight-time world sprint champion and the off-road truck was designed by National Off-Road Champion Dan Kelper.

“People absolutely love these two rides and they will be unique to Queenstown,” Darb said.
Darb said he and his wife Hails were grateful for the support from the Wanaka community.

“The Wanaka locals have been amazing over the last five years and we want to thank you for all your support,” Darb said.

In the six weeks up to the Wanaka closing date Oxbow is running individual activities for locals without having to do a package.

Oxbow is also offering a giveaway exclusively through the Wanaka Sun. Simply like the Oxbow post on our Facebook page and tell us why the Oxbow adventure is on your bucket list and be into win a Thrill Seeker package for you and two friends.

The Thrill Seeker packages include adventures in their custom built jet sprint boat, off-roader truck and clay bird shooting worth $379pp.

The competition closes on March 19 at 8pm and winners will be contacted shortly after that.

Oxbow is also offering a giveaway exclusively through the Wanaka Sun.

Simply like the Oxbow post on our Facebook page and tell us why the Oxbow adventure is on your bucket list and be into win a Thrill Seeker package for you and two friends.

The Thrill Seeker packages include adventures in their custom built jet sprint boat, off-roader truck and clay bird shooting worth $379pp.

The competition closes on March 19 at 8pm and winners will be contacted shortly after that.


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Wanaka Sun | 16 – 22 Mar 2017 | Edition 809