Into the wild: Craig McKenzie owns a STIHL shop next to Fiordland National Park in New Zealand

The STIHL Group is active in nature and for nature. Whether in gigantic forests or urban parks, our high-performance products are ready for any challenge. We aim to be close to where they are used, worldwide, in order to develop solutions for diverse conditions – with our unique expertise and experience.

Our STIHL dealers around the world are in contact with the people who use our products and they know that the challenges our products have to meet are as diverse as nature itself.

As an example, we like to introduce STIHL dealer Craig McKenzie to you. Together with his wife Angela he is the owner of the STIHL shop in Winton / New Zealand.

CRAIG MCKENZIE

The largest national park in New Zealand, the Fiordland National Park, has a major impact on the life and work of Angela and Craig McKenzie: “We are in the greatest living space on earth. People have access to, experience and enjoy the national park – and want it to be looked after for future generations.”

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The Fiordland National Park is part of the Te Wahipounamu world heritage site in south-west New Zealand, which covers 2.6. million hectars of pristine wilderness. Its fjords are an important attraction for tourists in New Zealand and three world-class great walks cross through the forests: the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks. “Most of the park is untouched. But wherever people are on the move, paths and grounds have to be maintained – around the numerous huts in the park for example. Action is also taken to ensure the survival of our near-extinct native birds like the kiwi, takahe and kakapo. The Departement of Conservation has been one of our customers for some years now – they are very satisfied with the STIHL products and with our service.”

Quality and reliability are important factors when purchasing a product. People and equipment are often transported by helicopter to remote areas in the rugged forest. The tools have to withstand the harsh climate, the wet conditions with annual rainfall of 1,200 to 8,000 millimeters, and also the altitude differences in the fjords – the park ranges from sea level to peaks of up to 2,746 meters.

Angela and Craig McKenzie have owned STIHL Shop Winton since 1994. “We service a very strong rural clientele with predominantly sheep and dairy farmers.” The small company has grown continuously and now employs four staff members. In 2006, they moved into a new, much larger building. “The STIHL products have always been the backbone of our business. We are looking forward to further growth.”

Stihl Shop Winton

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