Flying Kiwi Team

Meet the team Photo taken by: (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

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.



Marketing Director (owner)

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.



Accounts Manager (owner)

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.



General Manager

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.

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Business Development Manager / UK Sales

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.



Operations Manager

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.


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Depot Manager / Tour Leader

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!! 



Tour Consultant

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!



Tour Consultant

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.



Tour Leader

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.

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Robbie John

Tour Leader

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.

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Tour Leader

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.

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Tour Leader

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.

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Tour Assistant

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.

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Tour Assistant

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!!”

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Tour Assistant

Kia Ora, my names Anna. I have just finished studying adventure Tourism. I have a passion for all things outdoorsy and adrenalin inducing. Whether that be rafting or kayaking in the summer and/or snowboarding in the winters. Originally hailing from Wellington, although I have spent the past 2 years in Sunny Nelson. Many of my childhood holidays were spent road tripping round New Zealand with my Whanau and friends. I am now really excited to share all that this awesome country has to offer with you all. Sweet as!!!

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Tour Assistant

Hi everyone! I’m Becca, a Canadian originally from Montreal but consider Banff National Park home. I love getting into the backcountry, camping and hiking. Outside is my happy place, I travelled to magical New Zealand to experience the huge variety of landscapes on offer and was not disappointed. The experiences and opportunities are endless, and I am so excited to share this spectacular country with you! It’s gonna be a blast!