I grew up in Dunedin in the lower South Island, as a family we would travel around the South Island camping and exploring its natural beauty which I still do to this day. I like to share my lifetime knowledge of New Zealand with my travellers and make you fall in love with New Zealand as well.
I specialise in creating the perfect New Zealand holiday to suit you, from hiking in the outdoors to relaxing on wine tours, my wide variety of knowledge will help create your perfect holiday, so tell me more about you, what you enjoy doing when travelling, what you are interests are, and I will use this to create your perfect custom itinerary.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"New Zealand has so much to offer that I try to not specialise in anything particular. My knowledge is so broad from snorkelling, skiing, museums, history. However my favourite location is the West Coast of the South Island, with its natural diversity from Rainforests to untouched beaches and glaciers, I like to enjoy our great outdoors and love to show this off to my travellers as well. "
How did you get involved in travel?
" I decided to complete my final year of high school as an international exchange student in Switzerland and after a year abroad I came back to New Zealand wanting to help others explore the world. I then realised the passion I had for New Zealand and wanted to show the world what we had to offer when an opportunity to join the team in Wanaka and specialise in arranging New Zealand holidays arose, I jumped at the chance. 5 years later the passion for showing off New Zealand has not changed."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I arranged a short road trip along the West Coast of the South Island to enjoy its wild and remote wilderness. Joining a small tour north of Punakaiki, I travelled into the West Coast rainforest via a small unique train, we hiked into the cave in our wetsuits, hardhats, and headlamps whilst carrying our inner tubes to explore the stalagmites and stalactites of the natural cave system before floating out of the cave on a tube under the glistening glow worms. The day was topped off exploring the region and finding some remnants of my ancestors in the small gold mining region."
Featured trips & expertise
With two weeks, you can get to know both of New Zealand's islands or enjoy an in-depth exploration of either one. Take a North Island road trip from Auckland to Wellington, or stick to the South Island with stops in Queenstown, Te Anau, Wanaka, and Christchurch. Alternatively, opt for a multi-country trip that combines New Zealand's highlights with one full week in Australia.
You can comfortably explore four to five different destinations with ten days in New Zealand. Spend up to two days in each city, including the "Big Little City" of Auckland, geothermal Rotorua, and scenic Wanaka. There are also several opportunities to discover settings from the Lord of the Rings films in Matamata, Tongariro National Park, and Wellington. The itineraries below cover the North and South Islands with ideas for every traveler—from family-friendly excursions to hardcore outdoor adventures.
With two weeks in New Zealand, there is plenty to discover on the South Island. Begin in Queenstown for some wine tasting, bungee jumping, scenic flights, and hot-pool soaks. Then, visit a glowworm cave in Te Anau, followed by hiking in Mt Aspiring National Park and more wine tasting in Wanaka. Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are next, along with a stop at the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki. Then, spend two days discovering Abel Tasman National Park, do more wine tasting in Blenheim, go sea kayaking in Akaroa, and wind down with a full day of sightseeing in Christchurch.
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Sydney, Melbourne, & Cairns - 14 Days
This two-week crossover trip takes you from New Zealand to Australia with plenty of adventure laced throughout. From Auckland, visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the movie set of Hobbiton. Next, explore the volcanic landscape of Rotorua, followed by an entertaining dinner with the Maori. Go jet boating and wine tasting in Queenstown and tour the stunning Milford Sound. Then, fly to Sydney to go sightseeing and cruising around Sydney Harbour and embark on a day trip to the stunning Blue Mountains. In Melbourne, bookmark the hip neighborhoods and cafés and visit kangaroos and koalas in the wild. The tour concludes in Cairns with free time and an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
April is the middle of autumn in New Zealand. In some parts of the country, that means the leaves on the trees turn orange and the air is crisp and cool. In others, especially further north, April can still be quite warm, especially earlier in the month. April is shoulder season in New Zealand, so you will see tourists around, but many places will not be as busy as they are during peak season. But, if Easter falls in April then expect domestic travelers to be out and about.
This 10-day road trip in the South Island combines the best New Zealand has to offer. Discover jaw-dropping scenery here, including Lake Tekapo and its turquoise waters, Mt. Cook and the surrounding glaciers, the peaks of Mt. Aspiring National Park and the magnificent fjords. You will also enjoy more intimate and off-the-beaten-path experiences, including the exploration of the Banks Peninsula, with its active wildlife setting, as well as immersing yourself in the historical gold rush of the small town of Clyde.