The Flying Kiwi adventure team
Here are a few of the regulars!
If you are interested in joining the Flying Kiwi team then check out our recruitment page.
Originally from Manchester in the UK, Dennis has been in New Zealand since his school days. In charge of all things Marketing related, he is committed to showing travellers the real New Zealand. Away from the office Den is a keen biker and involved with many local and national organisations related to the travel industry and the varied interests of his family.
Vonnie has a background in HR and hotel management and takes care of the Flying Kiwi accounting. Passionate about fitness and sport, she enjoys travel and the outdoors. In her spare time (not much) she is mother to two boys and coaches/manages a number of sports teams.
With a taste for adventure, Brenda took her Kitesurf ‘kit’ around the world working for Air New Zealand as an International Flight Attendant. No newcomer to the world of tourism, she has created, managed and owned a successful adventure tourism company. After working in Australia as Sales Manager for a tropical island resort she has returned to New Zealand to join Flying Kiwi, where she now channels that experience, imagination and energetic enthusiasm into her role as General Manager.
Neil is our marketing guru and currently resides in the UK. He is a footie and surf mad web wizard who is biding his time for a return to the land of the long white cloud. Neil lived in New Zealand for almost 7 years and fell in love with the outdoors lifestyle.
He currently looks after product marketing and many of our European agents and partners. If you have feedback on anything Flying Kiwi then please get in touch.
Tim grew up in the UK and has been around adventure all his life. Camping holidays throughout Europe, coupled with “back to basics” survival trips with The Scouts, really set Tim up for the life he lives now. Travelling to New Zealand in 1999, Queenstown and more recently Nelson have become his home. A corporate careerist turned extreme sports athlete, the one thing that has never changed is Tim’s desire to explore the world around him.
Hi, I'm Mark, a.k.a. "Steely". Born and bred in sunny Nelson, after leaving college I worked in the timber industry then studied adventure tourism, which lead me to becoming a tour coach Driver/ guide for Flying Kiwi (It's the best job ever!). In my spare time I like to make the most of the outdoors and am passionate about windsurfing, mountain biking, Jetskiing, rock climbing, running, scuba-diving, fishing, trail bike riding, hiking and swimming just to name a few. Adventure is life!!
Johanna is our longest standing team member, first falling in love with New Zealand and Flying Kiwi when she arrived here as an intern from Germany in 1997. After completing a Tourism Degree in a small town near the German Alps, she could not stay away any longer and returned to New Zealand to start a full time position with us. Coming from a rather busy part of the world, she appreciates wide open spaces. She has a 9 year old daughter to keep her on her toes, but always makes time for a bush walk, yoga or a good game of squash to help her stay sane!
After a few years working elsewhere Penny just couldn’t stay away and has recently rejoined the great Flying Kiwi family! She’ll be the one answering all your tour questions and helping you plan your adventure to this amazing country. Born and bred around the top of the South Island, she left the area after high school to study then travel oversea’s. She has worked all over the world as a dive instructor before deciding that there was no where like home and returned to Nelson where she enjoys getting out into the mountains, camping, fishing and exploring the country with her 2 children. She’s also a mad keen runner, having done several marathons and is currently training for an Ironman.
Hey folks my name is Genna, my friends call me Quincy, you can take your pick. I'm a born and breed south islander. I grew up on the west coast but spend my summers in Nelson and winters in Wanaka. I knew leaving school, work was somewhere I was going to have to spend a lot of my time so I studied outdoor rec and adventure tourism so I could make sure it was a good time. Since then, I have had the amazing privilege of working with some amazing outdoor jobs in some amazing places around the world but home is where my heart is and I am super passionate about my beautiful country and love nothing better than to show it off and go on epic adventures all around it.
Kia Ora! My name is Toby, but everybody calls me Robbie John. I was born and raised in the rural North Island. I have recently finished studying Adventure Tourism at NMIT, Nelson. I enjoy being outdoors and I love to travel, so I have turned my dreams into a reality and a new journey. I have had many great adventures, with many amazing and unexpected experiences. Experience is the key to happiness and my partner and I are excited to have the privilege of guiding our visitors through the great journey that is Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Kia Ora. My name is Craig and i'm excited to travel with you around this beautiful and diverse country I call home. I grew up in the stunning Tutukaka, diving the magnificent Poor Knight islands and surfing the local surf beaches in the summers then traveling to the mountains to snowboard my way to winter bliss. I spent 5 years loving the Queenstown experience before moving to the coolest little capital in the world, Wellington. I have had an incredible time traveling the North and South islands and I look forward to being part of you own adventure as we explore this wonderful country, New Zealand.
Oh hey there. Yeah nah so New Zealand is pretty sweet as aye. I Love to travel but if I spend to much time away from New Zealand I start missing all our good food like...meat pies, marmite and great hoppy beers. We have it so good in New Zealand, so much good nature to enjoy any kind of out door activity you can think of especially on my home island - the South Island, so many sweet as rivers and mountains. I'm looking forward to showing you around.
Gudday, I grew up in rural New Zealand where my sense of humour was formed by Footrot flats comic strips by author Murray Ball. This was also the source of my first relationship…with a comic strip farm dog!!
Humour aside I believe Murray Ball encapsulated rural Kiwi culture very well which I love to share. I have a massively varied work history across diﬀerent areas of New Zealand which I believe has given me a broader than average perspective and many stories. Embellished and exaggerated as only a tour guide can of course! :-)
In recent years I have worked with youth, tourism and truck driving. Also combining youth and tourism at one point by volunteering as a hiking guide in central America fundraising for underprivileged children.
I love hiking, fishing and archery among many other activities and I look forward to sharing a camp fire with you all sometime soon.
Kiaora team! Tom here. I am originally from the UK but have been living in New Zealand for the past 4 years, so yeah I pretty much consider myself a Kiwi now! I'm coming into my 4th summer with Flying Kiwi working with Shan, my partner in crime. New Zealand is such an amazing place and as well as getting to see so much of this country whilst show casing it to people like yourselves, we spend a lot of our free time, believe it or not, doing more camping! There is always somewhere new to find and we will generally go out on a hiking mission deep in the surrounding National Parks, kayaking or boating in the Abel Tas, running and just keeping active over summer. In the off season (winter) it's a mixture of travelling new countries, following the snow and surrounding ourselves with friends alike. I can't wait to meet you all and show you just how incredible this country is!
Kia Ora Koutou. Ko Charlene Rotira Forbes Toku Ingoa. (Hello my name is Charlene Rotira Forbes). Aotearoa is a place I hold close to my heart. The history, the culture, the sights and the adventure of my beautiful country will blow you away. I am so excited to be joining Flying Kiwi this summer, exploring the outdoors is my number one passion and I can’t wait to share this experience with you! Nau Mai Haere Mai.
Hi I'm Frankie and I’m from North Wales in the UK. I have been travelling on and off for the last 4 years and first fell in love with New Zealand back in 2015. Having spent an amazing year travelling and experiencing all stunning NZ has to offer, I am now back for another year and super excited for my first season as a Tour Assistant! I am determined to help make other people’s memories of New Zealand as unforgettable as my own! I love the outdoors; camping, hiking, and water sports. I am a bit of an adrenaline junky and always willing to give something new ago .... apart from bungee jumping! Bonus points to anyone who can talk me into this!!”
Kia ora guys, my name is Jess. I’m originally from Auckland but chased my love for nature, skydiving and other crazy stuff to Queenstown where I've been studying adventure tourism management for the past two years. Having done a few road trips around the USA and Canada, I realised how beautiful my own country is and how much I want to share it with others, so working as a guide for Flying Kiwi really is my dream job. I love exploring the New Zealand outdoors and will often have a camera in hand to snap some great memories.
Hey guys, I'm Kim! Having spent my life a little bit all over New Zealand, i am kinda from everywhere but I'd probably settle with being from the west coast! I'm a pretty keen outdoorsy type, so tour guiding on a camping tour around my home country fits me to a tee! In my spare time i enjoy hiking, long distant running and catching up with friends. I started with Flying Kiwi in the 2014/15 summer for 2 seasons. I then took a break and have been tour guiding over in Africa for the past year! Coming back to the homeland late this year, I'm excited to get into another kiwi summer with FK on the road!
Hey Team! I'm Shannon, Im a Kiwi born and breed, originally from the North Island but currently residing in the sunny Abel Tasman, top of thSouth Island. Having studied Adventure Tourism I have a huge passion for the outdoors and anything that will get my adrenaline pumping! I’m always up for a camping trip or multi-day hike, otherwise you will generally find me around the water in the summer and in the colder months i'll be travelling to the warmer countries otherwise the only place to find me is on my snowboard. Coming into my 4th summer with Flying Kiwi and working with my partner in crime, Tom, we are super excited to meet your friendly faces and show off this wonderful country you are about to fall in love with!