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Meet our team

Reliability is the key to our team

Whether you're talking to our office team, or our guides in the field, everyone at Adventure South NZ is committed to providing you with the best possible experience. All of our staff are keen travellers at heart - we know what you're seeking out of your experience - and we are here first and foremost to help you get the most out of your time in our wonderful wilderness of New Zealand.

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  • Philip Wyndham General Manager

    Phil has been involved in the travel and adventure tourism industry for many years including guiding, sales, marketing, industry liaison and business management. He has a passion for trail running and mountain biking but is an all round outdoor guy. His enthusiasm for encouraging people to get out and be their best self in the outdoors is infectious.

  • Sandra Appleby Sales

    Sandra is often the first person to greet you when you contact us. She loves all things outdoors and has cycled the length of Britain, through Pakistan, South America, London to Istanbul, China, Tibet, Northern India and Spain. She loves inspiring people with her cycling and hiking stories and organising your adventures.

  • Brett Leyden Operations Manager

    With a background in Physical Education and Endurance Sport, Brett loves the opportunities for biking, hiking, and skiing in the South Island. Brett has guided cycling, hiking and kayaking tours for the last 3 years and is now fortunate to support an amazing team of guides as the Operations Manager at Adventure South NZ.  

  • Kaye Wilson Finance Manager

    Kaye is the number cruncher of the team and she has a serious chocolate addiction. She processes all of our accounts, and she emails out the friendly reminders when the balance of a tour is due for your trips. Kaye also pays the Adventure South team - so we keep her well stocked with Whittakers chocolate.

  • Lisa Jones Lisa Jones Marketing Manager

    With a mountaineering dad and a kayak instructor as a mum, Lisa has loved the outdoors for as long as she can remember. After completing a Marketing and Tourism Degree in Dunedin, she travelled Europe before joining Adventure South NZ. You’ll find Lisa out on the hockey field or training for the Coast to Coast.

  • Abram Mahoney Bike Mechanic

    Abram grew up in New York State, building and racing bikes for as long as he can remember. His quest for epic mountain bike riding brought him to New Zealand in 2017. When not out riding, he loves creating all sorts of interesting food and cocktails, and playing and writing music.

  • Andre Booth Guide

    Andre studied botany and plant ecology after school then worked as Park Ranger before travelling. He has worked in Adventure tourism for over ten years and is a self proclaimed expert on central otago pinot noir! If you go on a tour with Andre don't forget to ask him about his famous sheep joke (its clean) !

  • Peter Sexton Guide

    The reward of a terrific meal, a bottle of wine or a block of chocolate are likely to be found in any adventure where Peter's involved. Having left the corporate world behind years ago, nowadays he spends his time amongst the mountain peaks and hilly road's with his wife Angela (also a guide) in between guiding in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Bas Kruisselbrink Guide

    Bas was born in the Netherlands and was literally raised on a bicycle. At 16 he cycled with a friend from Holland to Spain and Portugal and that was the start of a life full of cycling adventures. Bas loves sharing his cycle expertise and speaks Dutch, English and German and is proficient in French and Spanish.

     

  • Chris Cameron Guide

    Born and bred on a farm in the North Island, Chris trained in Physical Education and Spanish and taught for many years in secondary schools, making the switch to guiding 5 years ago. She has a real passion for nature, cycling, hiking, kayaking and skiing and loves sharing her adventures with travellers in our spectacular New Zealand. 

  • Chris Todd Guide

    Three years ago Chris left his management job for a career in guiding. Since then he's worked for Heritage Expeditions as a nature guide in the Arctic Russian Far East, subantarctic islands and Antarctica; and as a conservation contractor with the Department of Conservation. Chris enjoys people, natural history, hiking, boating, skiing, mountaineering, music, reading, gardening, cooking and wild-food foraging.

  • Dave Monk     Guide

    You won't find Dave living within the confines of a white picket fence and 3 bedroom suburban villa. What makes Dave tick is his passion for life in the outdoors; be it hiking, surfing with his sons, or scheming up his next tour cycling adventure with wife Rachel. Dave's love for tour cycling, ensure he will probably love your tour just as much as you do. 

  • Erin Greene Guide

    Growing up in Dunedin racing my mountain bike since high school I’ve done a lot of awesome events all over the world. 24hr mountain bike races, mountain bike stage races, multisport events, Southern Traverse and Godzone events. Working winters ski patrolling and guiding in summer it’s just a perfect life getting to show off our little corner of the world.

  • Fiona Macdonald |  <i>Fiona Macdonald</i> Fiona Macdonald Guide

    Fiona grew up on a farm in Hawkes Bay where she developed an early appreciation for the outdoors. After travelling extensively overseas in her youth, she became a travel agent, and helped others explore the world. Fiona moved to Taupo 15 years ago where she started her guiding career on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. She loves to share her passion and swap stories with others.

  • Heather Gallagher Guide

    Heather is a 5th generation kiwi from Christchurch and grew up on the family farm enjoying the foothills, lakes & Southern Alps of the South Island. She enjoys all of the outdoor activities Kiwis love, including skiing,hiking, biking, boating and horse riding. Heather loves sharing her backyard with like minded people.

  • Howie Barnes    Guide

    Born and raised in NW England, Howie fell in love with the great outdoors whilst attending an Outward Bound course aged 17. After leaving school he followed his childhood dream of joining the army and served for 18½ years. Since emigrating to NZ in 2006 Howie has worked in the agricultural and outdoor sectors. He has led eighteen World Challenge expeditions to the developing world and guided throughout Aotearoa.

  • Jan Kirkpatrick Guide

    Jan embraced an outdoor career by completing a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Management, through Aoraki Polytechnic. She then developed an outdoor programme for people over 50, which she ran for 10 years. It was a natural progression for her to move into guiding and share her love for this wonderful outdoor environment.

  • Marcus Brown, Adventure South NZ guide MaRCUS BROWN Guide

    Marcus and his family moved to New Zealand in 2003 and are now Kiwi's and avid All Black's fans. His professional background is Countryside Management and Recreation, Project and Property management. A keen fly fisherman, and cyclist, he's recently completed the Cyclocross winter series in Dunedin and is a keen mountain biker.

  • Mike Revell | Guide |  <i>Mike Revell</i> MIKE REVELL Guide

    Having ridden bikes for over 50 years, Mike has completed most of the many bike trails that now exist in NZ. He is keen to share with others his passion for exploring the back country of NZ by mountain bike, road bike or hiking and if you have a question about the weather, ask Mike - he spent 40 years studying it at MetService and Niwa.

  • Nicki Evans Guide

    Nicki grew up in Auckland however her passion for the outdoors and exploring lured her to the South Island. She loves getting off the beaten track on her bike, hiking or skiing to discover amazing scenery, nature and wildlife. She has a background in professional theatre and teaching with a Degree in Art History. Nicki loves sharing the delights of NZ with others.

  • Rich Mortiboys Guide

    After leaving university, Richard began a career in the outdoors by organising trail running events along the coastline of the South West of England before becoming a road cycling guide in Europe. Richard is constantly thinking about food, so you’ll be in good hands when it comes to snacks on the trail.

  • Rudy Tetteroo Guide

    Born and educated in Nelson, Rudy’s early work was in environmental forestry before working as a park ranger and community based field officer for the Department of Conservation. Rudy is a keen tramper, runner, cyclist and trout fisherman, and after retiring early he is excited to share his experience and knowledge with visitors to New Zealand.

  • Sarah Inglewood, Adventure South NZ guide SARAH INGLEWOOD Guide

    After spending her youth exploring the far corners of the globe. Sarah returned to New Zealand to work as a police emergency responder and as part of the police search and rescue team. Her passion for the outdoors inspired a move to guiding, where she loves sharing adventures in her beautiful homeland.  

  • SeÁN Mulvany     Guide

    Born in the UK, raised in Germany with Irish heritage, Seán was always likely to end up living somewhere else. His Kiwi partner made the decision simple and the Marlborough Sounds is now definitely home. From military background, Seán has also worked in outdoor education and spends his winters working locally in the ski industry. 

  • Steven Franklin Guide

    A proud kiwi, lucky to call the pristine waters and alluring habitat of Abel Tasman my backyard! My passion for the outdoors inspired me to study adventure tourism. Since, I have had the pleasure to work in both New Zealand and Norway as a kayak and hiking guide. I thrive inchallenging environments, meeting new people, and making them smile.

  • Sue clark Guide

    A Kiwi for the past 25 years Sue is originally from the UK but is passionate about this country and loves to show it off to visitors, especially on a bike! Before guiding Sue had a lengthy indoor corporate career and has no regrets about heading outdoors and combining 3 of her favourite pastimes, cycling, exchanging stories with like-minded people and exploring.

  • Damian Stones Damian Stones Guide

    Mountain bike adventurer, Guide and bike skills instructor, Damian has been involved in mountain biking for 20 years and is a brand ambassador for a number of different companies including Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Ground Effect clothing, CLIF Bar and Yakima Bike Racks. Notable missions include the Waiau Toa Odyssey - biking and pack rafting from Lake Rotoiti to Kekerengu.

  • Jake Rowse JAKE ROWSE Guide

    I am a Cantabrian through and through and have been a part of the Canterbury road and track cycling scene since the early 90’s. I was a NZ representative for track cycling in 1993/94 before backing off the racing for a career in communications and then policing. A stint living in Europe reignited the passion for cycling, which lead into guiding cycle tours in Europe since 2013. I truely believe the best way to see a country is by bicycle.



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