We take regular stops on the trail to refuel |  <i>Lachlan Gardiner</i>

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.

  • 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.

  • Louise Vargaya-Conza Reservations Co-ordinator

    Louise is camp mum. She ensures all of our clients are re-energised with delicious meals and can rest their wary bones in a comfy bed after each day’s activities on tour. She organises the accommodation on tour as well as any pre and post tour accommodation. Louise also guides cycling tours over the winter months for us in Peru with her Peruvian husband Rudy.

  • 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 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.

  • Tamika Mulders Trip and Equipment Coordinator

    Tamika grew up camping, canoeing, fishing and cross-country skiing in Canada’s Northwest Territories where she has also worked as a field biologist. Since arriving in New Zealand last year she’s explored all over the country and hiked to over 50 backcountry huts. When she’s not organizing gear, Tamika is probably heading to yet another hut, baking or skiing.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Angela Sexton Guide

    Ange began her career guiding in her home of Colorado, in the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. She has since made the Southern Hemisphere her home, guiding in both NZ and Australia. She is fortunate enough to share her passion for mountain climbing & road cycling with her husband Peter.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Merisha Moora Guide

    Merisha was born in Holland and raised exploring NZ from age six. Never one to stay in one place for too long, she worked first as a commercial pilot, before leaving on a permanent travelling sabbatical, living a year in Brazil, climbing in Argentina and teaching yoga. NZ is home and she loves sharing it with everyone on tour.

  • Sue Wills Guide

    After more than 20 years spent running her own retail business and raising 3 children, Sue decided it was time for a change. Guiding fuels her passion for the outdoors and she loves getting out and exploring - whether it's by bike, on foot, on a paddle board, a kayak or a pair of skis.

  • Shaun Guyton Guide

    Born and raised on New Zealand's South Island, Shaun has worked as a mountain guide, ski patroller, teacher and public sector manager. When not guiding with us he can be found ski touring, x-biking, kite boarding or tinkering in his workshop making vintage skis. He has a real passion and insight for New Zealand and loves sharing this with his tours. 

  • 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. 

  • Rachel Monk     Guide

    Rachel arrived in NZ 20 years ago with just a backpack, thirst for adventure and passion for travel. Along the way she collected the Kiwi husband Dave, 2 young boys, a bus called 'home' and $200 for passing GO! Since then, she has tour cycled in more than 20 countries and spends her time with her family enjoying the simple things in life.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Will Fraser Guide

    Will moved over to New Zealand last year to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy UK. The former Royal Marine loves nothing more than a day exploring the New Zealand wilderness by bike, foot or his trusty 4x4. After covering as many kilometres a possible, he'll reward himself by exploring the local beers too!
  • Fiona Newsome Guide

    Fiona is a keen social cyclist, outdoorsy lass, loves showing & sharing the beautiful surroundings of NZ with others. A compassionate heart with 8 years helping a children’s HIV community in SE Asia, she’s a “jack of all trades but a master of none”. With management experience this makes her a handy, creative, positive & humorous human to be around.

  • Stefan Fairweather Guide

    Stefan originally studied biology, but after graduating, fled the country for nine years, five of which he worked as a cycle-rickshaw tour guide in Canada, and three teaching English in Japan. He then trained as a doctor at Otago University, taking 6 months out in 2017 to walk New Zealand's 3,000km Te Araroa trail. If he is not doctoring, he can be found either guiding, skiing or tramping.

  • Wanda Vivequin Guide

    Born in Holland and raised in Kenya, Lebanon, Canada and New Zealand, Wanda developed her love for travel early on. She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for New Zealand with visitors. Wanda is an avid cyclist, hiker, skier and lover of the Himalaya where she has visited and guided for almost 20 years. 

  • Wayne Orchard Guide

    After a career in banking Wayne decided it was time for a change and bought a Travel Agency. 22 years later, after planning many overseas trips and taking every opportunity to travel himself, it was time to get out from behind the desk and highlight his own country. Wayne loves the thrill of discovery, inspiration, and sense of achievement that travel brings.

  • Chantal Mann Guide

    Chantal’s ideal holiday is a beautiful location, her bike, a tent, a map and some friends. She can regale you with stories from her self-guided trip around Rwanda ‘the land of 1000 hills’ and lots of adventure tales from living 14 years in Southern Africa. In 2018 she decided to make her dream holiday her job and joined the Adventure South team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Iain Ogilvy Guide

    Keenly busy in the outdoors chasing grand kids, sailing the pacific wandering through the NZ bush or cycle touring. Somewhere I fit time into nursing in the Australian rural and remote communities. Keen to help anyone who wants to see the NZ outdoors.

  • 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.

  • Joanna Thomson Guide

    A willing escapee from the business world Jo is a passionate skier, cyclist and wanderer and unashamedly proud to show off New Zealand's great outdoors. Having spent years travelling and exploring extensively over seas she returned home to find some of the best was in our own back yard. Oh, and shes your go to person at the end of the day to find great food and wine.

  • Jonathan Tye Guide

    Jonathan has been a stone Carver for many years restoring many historical buildings throughout the UK, Australia and the Art's center here in Christchurch New Zealand. Jonathan has now decided it is time to swap his carving skills for his passion for adventure, travel and fun times. Jonathan has travelled extensively throughout the world and is an active mountaineer, rock climber and tramper.

  • ALEX anderson Guide

    Originally from the U.K., Alex has been a Kiwi for over 26 years. Alex owned a Sporting goods retail store on the North Shore of Auckland for many years before becoming a Tour guide in 2006. Since then he has guided cycle tours in all parts of New Zealand plus India, the Czech Republic and Austria. Alex is a keen traveler himself and enjoys sharing the beauty of New Zealand with visitors to the country.

  • Craig 'Spud' Crosse Guide

    Known to all as Spud. Based on the edge of the Tongariro National Park in the North Island, Spud has over 30 years’ experience of leading trips into the outdoors. He has climbed on all seven continents and led some amazing expeditions to crazy altitudes.

  • 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) !

  • 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.

  • Dave Mitchell Guide

    Dave was born & raised in Christchurch & started his working life with a career in local government before moving into the tourism industry. He's searched for the perfect wave in Hawaii, Bali & Queensland, skied extensively in North America but these days is more than happy to guide hike n bike tours throughout the North & South Islands.

  • 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.

  • Rach Astbury Guide

    Rachel has spent the last 10 years working in adult education and the creative arts. When she found herself dreaming up increasingly elaborate schemes to skive off her computer for more time outdoors, she realised she had best legitimise it by sharing her love of cycling and hiking adventures with others.

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