New Zealand hiking tour team at Ohau

About New Zealand Trails

Our Secret Sauce: Our People

About New Zealand Trails

We love small-group adventures. We spend the off-season preparing for summer, then connect a dozen or so people from all over the world, put them in the capable hands of our Kiwi 'super-guides' and watch the magic happen as they go out and play in our backyard, which just happens to be the most beautiful country in the world (not that we’re biased at all).

If you want to try to boil down the perfect formula, it’s our people – our guests and our team – who come together and create a once-in-a-lifetime, 100% 'Kiwi As' experience for the adventurous traveller.

It's an experience you might be able to get if you had kiwi friends, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of New Zealand's history, geography and wildlife – but you couldn't get travelling on your own, and certainly not with one of the large companies to whom 'New Zealand' is just another destination in their catalogue.

New Zealand Trails was conceived in 2013 by a handful of travel veterans, each with decades of experience operating adventure tours in New Zealand and elsewhere. Nigel Williamson Jodi Narbey and Andrew Fairfax founded and helped build some of the most recognized adventure travel companies in New Zealand and abroad over the past 20 years.

We were very successful at what we did, but we each realised we were searching for something bolder. This time around, our aim is to build a small giant here at home by sharing our country with like-minded souls in the best way imaginable – sustainably, responsibly and most of all, with joy.

We’re heading into our latest season buoyed by the incredible feedback we’ve received from our guests. We’ve grown from one itinerary to five and continue to innovate (watch this space!). We are lucky enough to help create beautiful memories by day then go home to play with our children, walk our dogs, go on our own adventures and do it all again the next day.

See you on the trail!

Meet Our People here.