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, Alisha 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. 

Your Kiwi Guides

Our team of Kiwi guides are all professionals 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, all with decades of experience and people who love sharing their favourite Kiwi spots with you on your holiday.

Mike and Kiwi

Meet the whole MoaTrek Team

Scroll through and say hi to everyone in the team, 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!
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’.
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. Charlie's 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.
Alisha from MoaTrek on the beach

Alisha

- Office Team

Alisha has been part of the MoaTrek team since 2010, she has a passion for traveling her own country and is a true Kiwi, having been raised in the countryside on a dairy farm in the Waikato. Her warm personality, calm efficiency and creative skills are a valuable asset to our team. She is here to help you with any questions and to make sure your MoaTrek experience is smooth from start to finish.
Tracy from MoaTrek on the beach at Mission Bay

Tracy

- Office Team

Tracy is an expert in recommending the small group experience that fits your needs. She has years of experience in the travel industry so you know you're in a safe pair of hands! Having travelled all over New Zealand for years on her own holidays, she knows all the best spots and loves sharing with our guests. When she's not here at MoaTrek she loves social dancing and exploring Auckland's amazing West Coast beaches.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Tim

Tim

- Kiwi Guide

Tim brings a wealth of experience to his role as a Kiwi guide with more than 25 years history in the New Zealand tourism industry. From the South Island originally he knows the 'mainland' like the back of his hand. Tim now resides in the relaxed village of Opotiki on the east coast of the North Island to be closer to family. Having previously run a tour company Tim's true love is not being bound by an office but guiding our travellers through New Zealand and seeing them discover New Zealand for the first time.
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Andre

Andre

- Kiwi Guide

Before taking up a career in guiding Andre worked as a Park Ranger in Christchurch putting to use the knowledge he obtained as a student of botany and plant ecology. Andre has over a decades experience guiding travellers through New Zealand and brings his passion for botany, eco-systems, environmental education and last but not least delicious pinot noir from Central Otago to his tours. If you go on a tour with Andre he is likely to involve himself in one of your selfies!
MoaTrek Kiwi Guide Chris

Chris

- Kiwi Guide

Chris is a 5th generation New Zealander raised in Gisborne, one of the most isolated cities in the world and the first to see the sun. Chris has an interest in knowledge, land, place, culture and people which all add to his love of guiding tours. With an employment background in horticulture, trees, gardens and ecology Chris loves explaining the landscapes of New Zealand to our travellers. In his spare time Chris enjoys tramping, river rafting, skiing, sailing and cycle touring.
Imke from MoaTrek

Imke

- Office Team

Originally from Germany, I fell in love with New Zealand the moment I stepped out of the plane and after living here for more than 8 years, I am still amazed by the natural beauty, diversity of landscapes and friendly people. My love for travel has taken me to many different places in the world and I am very excited to be helping others create their dream holiday and once in a lifetime experience. Apart from travelling, discovering new places and cultures, I have a passion for the outdoors and sports, as well as good food and wine.

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