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 Tanya, Tracy 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...

Tanya - Office team

Tanya

- Office team

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

- Office Team

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

- Office Team

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 Graeme at the Hokianga harbour

Graeme

- Kiwi Guide

Graeme 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 thesis on volcanoes. You won't find anyone better qualified to lead you through the volcanoes of the North Island! Graeme lives north of Auckland, in Leigh.
Kiwi Guide Nigel Murray

Nigel

- Kiwi Guide

Nigel has an extensive background in guiding across New Zealand and Australia. With Nigel's love for the outdoors and water, Nigel has guided for some of New Zealand's Great Walks and land tours and skippered a variety of cruises. Not surprisingly Nigel loves boating, fishing, camping and DIY. Nigel loves nothing more than to introduce his guests to the beautiful great outdoors and take you off the beaten track for that unique experience.
Sean McDonnelll Kiwi Guide

Sean

- Kiwi Guide

Sean loves the great outdoors and is passionate about the environment. When Sean's not guiding he is a commercial artist and can be found painting unique New Zealand landscapes & abstracts in his home studio. As a lover of art, music and travel Sean loves to immerse himself in the local culture and meet the people when he is travelling, and hopes to share this passion with the MoaTrek guests. After many years of travel Sean still believes that Kiwi's are still the most friendliest and welcoming and he looks forward to introducing these lovely locals to our MoaTrek guests!
Fleet Manager Charlie Cavolo

Charlie

- Fleet Manager

Charlie is originally from Argentina but brings a Kiwi ‘can do’ attitude combined with a background in vehicle maintenance and detailing along with great enthusiasm to his role as MoaTrek Fleet Manager and Tour Support. Charlie ensures our vehicles are ready for your tour and runs the servicing programmes to make sure our fleet is always in good order for your comfort and safety. You may also see Charlie at the airport as when we get busy he also helps out with transfer arrangements in season. Charlies hobbies include rebuilding European and Australian classic cars. He is involved in motorsport in New Zealand having most recently built a classic race car for competition.

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