What makes a travel experience really special, something that brings a smile to your face for years and years afterwards?  It's easy right, the people.  No doubt you've done a bit of travel before, and the trips you remember best of all are those you made real connections with people.  Well that's what we reckon too, we've all done heaps of travelling ourselves and if you ask us why we do what we do, it's because we love meeting new people and showing you around our home, New Zealand.

When you're talking about coming over to visit, you'll be chatting with Ena, Tanya and Caroline - all true blue Kiwis, here to help you with any questions and make sure your MoaTrek experience is memorable from start to finish. And making sure eveything runs like clockwork when you're here, born and bred Kiwi head guide Steve has over 30 years experience, his goal is to make sure your trip is even smoother than his bald head! At the helm of the good ship MoaTrek, mother and son team Ena and Miles (yes, of course he does what his mum says!) take care of grown up side of things and still love nothing more than sharing that 'Kiwi Magic' with people.  As Ena says - 'we love showing you places we've been going since we were kids and introducing you to our mates!'

The MoaTrek HQ team on the beach in Auckland - Caroline, Steve, Tanya, Miles and Ena.

Your Kiwi Guides

Our team of Kiwi guides are great guys and have had pretty interesting lives, they all believe the personal touch of our small group style travel is the best way to see our amazing country. You'll love hearing about Richard's childhood on a farm in the South Island, or Matt's years as a true blue West Coaster - getting to know these Kiwi characters makes your New Zealand vacation that much more special.

Our guides are backed up by a support team of real pros, all with decades of experience and people who love sharing their favourite Kiwi spots with you on your holiday.

MoaTrek kiwi guides on the Hokianga sand dunes

Meet the whole MoaTrek family

Scroll through and say hi to everyone in the team, Miles & Ena, our Kiwi Guides and the friendly team at home base...

It's Miles (the Big Moa) in his new blue MoaTrek shirt picking Kiwifruit

Miles

- The Big Moa

Miles believes New Zealand is the ultimate touring destination – offering beauty, diversity, friendliness and a relaxed way of life. He has travelled to more than 70 countries as a tourist and knows from first-hand experience what’s required to deliver the very best to visitors. He is dedicated to ensuring MoaTrek operates at the highest professional standard. Miles loves New Zealand for its ever-changing landscape and stunning coastline. When Miles is not in the MoaTrek office he can be found surfing the waves of the wild West Coast or mountain biking in Rotorua.
Ena from MoaTrek by Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Ena

- Miles's Mum!

Ena’s eternal love of New Zealand is reflected in MoaTrek’s enviable itineraries, which include both famous sights and visits to out-of-the way places that few other Kiwis have discovered. Getting to know the locals over lunches and dinners in private homes is a special feature for MoaTrek travellers. With more than 30 years operating small-group tours, Ena knows it’s these personal connections that are most fondly remembered long after a holiday has ended. When Ena’s not in the office you will find her at the beach or walking one of New Zealand's bush tracks.
Tanya from MoaTrek on the beach in Auckland, Rangitoto Island behind

Tanya

- The Friendly Voice

Like most good Kiwis, travel has been a massive part of Tanya’s life for years, having lived and traveled all over the world on her own ‘OE’. As a traveller herself, she knows what matters and is passionate about helping people turn their New Zealand dream holiday into a reality. Ask Tanya what she loves most about living in New Zealand and she’ll tell you it’s sharing fantastic food and wine with friends after a day out walking or cycling in our great outdoors, just all part of living in paradise!
Steve from MoaTrek at the Lake Tarawera lookout

Steve

- Big Daddy

With over thirty years’ experience in managing tour operations, Steve Taylor (we call him ‘Mo’) is the man who ensures your time with us runs smoothly from beginning to end. Leading our team of expert Kiwi guides, Steve is a born and bred in New Zealander. His experience includes leading London to Cape Town Africa overland tours before forming his own successful overland adventure company – you’re in very good hands! Returning to New Zealand in 2003 to experience tourism in his own country as a tour guide and coach driver, Steve is passionate about showing off the very best of his back yard – New Zealand.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Matt at Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Matt

- Kiwi Guide

Matt loves the natural and cultural history of New Zealand and especially enjoys showing our guests the special, secret local destinations that are off the tourist trail. His passion for history and Maori culture helps visitors to gain a deeper, more meaningful understanding of all the places they visit on tour. A born and bred Kiwi, Matt’s love for the beaches and forest walks that are included in MoaTrek's tours means that working as one of our Kiwi guides is a real pleasure.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Paul at Lake Tarawera

Paul

- Kiwi Guide

Travel is Paul's great love. When he is not guiding guests through his beloved New Zealand he will be travelling, both in his home country and abroad. He knows from first-hand experience the recipe and ingredients that go into making a happy holiday. Guests love his ability to entertain and keep a bus full of laughter, as well as his in-depth knowledge of early New Zealand history, geology and economy. Paul is passionate about showcasing the very best of New Zealand and ensuring guests have an unforgettable time ‘downunder’.
Caroline from MoaTrek on the beach in Auckland

Caroline

- The Helping Hand

Caroline started travelling at a very young age when her Mum and Dad dragged her around the country as a wee kid! While still a kid at heart, nowadays she loves helping people discover her favourite childhood spots for themselves. Once you’ve booked your trip Caroline will be there to help you out with anything at all - from what to bring to where to find that bottle of Kiwi wine your favourite restaurant back home just started serving. Need help, think Caroline!
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Richard about to jump off a bridge in Queenstown

Richard

- Kiwi Guide

Richard Gallagher is a 5th generation Kiwi and grew up on a hill country farm close to the Southern Alps. Richard has always enjoyed the outdoors, from working on farms and in places as exotic as outback Australia and Antarctica. This passion for the outdoors is now put to great use guiding MoaTrek clients through his backyard - New Zealand. When not guiding a tour Richard can be found exploring the back roads of the South Island on his beloved BMW motorbike.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Mike at Lake Wakatipu

Mike

- Kiwi Guide

Mike has been a professional tour guide for nearly 20 years, although we reckon he doesn't look old enough for that! Originally from the deep south, his first foray in guiding was in Queenstown, driving off road tours all over the beautiful Wakatipu. This was during the filming of Lord of the Rings, and what do you know, he landed himself a part and he'll happily point out to you which of the orcs he was in the battle at Amon Hen! He now makes his home in Wellington, the film capital of New Zealand, where he has his finger on the pulse in 'the coolest little capital in the world'.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Marillyn at Lake Wanaka

Marilyn

- Kiwi Guide

Marilyn is one of the most experienced tour guides on the road in New Zealand, with nearly 20 years experience leading walking and cycling tours here and around the world. As soon as you meet her you'll realize she's right in her element showing visitors around the best sights in New Zealand, but what we always hear from people after Marilyn's trips is that it was like travelling with an old friend. When she's not guiding Marilyn loves exploring the best walking tracks in the country, she's got some great stories from years 'tramping' in New Zealand, just ask her and she'll be happy to share.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Brent at the Hokianga

Brent

- Kiwi Guide

Brent is a 5th generation kiwi bloke who grew up right here in the City of Sails, but now calls Christchurch home. He knows the country like the back of his hand, with years driving backpacker coaches from Cape Reinga to Bluff. He knows tourism inside out and even spent time working for Tourism New Zealand. He's now graduated to small group tours with MoaTrek and loves nothing more showing off his beautiful country to visitors. On the road he'll help you find the best coffee spots and if you're lucky he'll even share some of his "cheesey" jokes with you. You'll have to ask him more about that yourself...
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Graham at the Hokianga harbour

Graham

- Kiwi Guide

Graham brings an amazing background to the Kiwi Guide team, having spent 30 years working all over the world as a geologist! Back home in New Zealand, he loves sharing visitors around, his favourite spot out on the road is one he knows a lot about, Tongariro National Park. He’s been visiting since he was a young lad and even wrote his PHD thesis on its volcanoes. You won't find anyone better qualified to lead you through the volcanoes of the North Island! Graham lives north of Auckland, in Leigh.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Anton at the Hokianga

Anton

- Kiwi Guide

Anton joins the Kiwi Guide team after being our local Auckland guide, being the first friendly MoaTrek face that guests see when they arrive into Auckland airport. Anton is from the Ngati Kahu Iwi in Northland, so when you're up North with Anton in the first few days of your trip you're sharing it with someone with a deep connection to the area. Anton's also a big foodie and has worked as a chef in some of Auckland and London's finest restaurants, so he's just the man for the right recommendations for dinner.

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