Flying Kiwi Team

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Here are a few of the regulars.  

If you are interested in joining the Flying Kiwi team then check out our recruitment page.

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Vonnie

Director

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.

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Dennis

Marketing Director

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.

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Brenda

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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Neil

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.

Amy

Amy

Marketing & Operations Team Leader

I'm Amy. I was born in Aussie but don't hold that against me - I have been living in the land of Aotearoa for the majority of my life therefore consider myself more a kiwi than a wombat... although I do love the wombat! I have been told I have a weird sense of humour but I really think life should be fun!  Having studied Parks and Rec, I love our country. NZ has a uniqueness of its own with with lots of wild and quirky things in store for you!  I share a passion for the outdoors (and my 1953 Morris Minor named Ruby) as well as socialising, so with this healthy combination..... I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Steely

Depot Manager

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!! 

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Jo

Customer Service & Operations

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!

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Franki

Customer Service & Operations

After spending various stints overseas, I am always drawn back to the beauty that the ‘Top of the South’ holds. Nelson boasts some of the best mountain-bike trails, beaches and walks in New Zealand and I am so grateful to call this place home. If not out camping or exploring, I might be found experimenting in the kitchen on my Yoga Mat! New to the Flying Kiwi team and hoping to stick around for a while, I am full of exciting travel recommendations so contact me at our base as part of the reservations staff for all things adventure! 

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Tom

Tour Leader

Born in Ireland, I have spent a lot of my adult life traveling to a range of countries. After spending time traveling throughout NZ in 2004, I decided that it was the place to be. I enjoy being in the outdoors, particularly mountain biking, hiking and having the opportunity to travel around NZ! This will be my third season with Flying Kiwi and together with Shannon I look forward to showing you the very best this amazing country has to offer!

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Shan

Tour Assistant

I'm Shannon, I’m from Tauranga on the East Coast & although I love life at the beach, the mountains will always be where my heart is, so you will most likely find me residing in the South Island. Having studied Adventure Tourism I have a huge passion for the outdoors and anything that will get my adrenaline pumping! I’m always up for a camping trip or multi-day hike, otherwise you will generally find me around the water in the summer and in the colder months the only place to find me is on my snowboard. I’m a very social person and love meeting new people! I can’t wait to share with you all the beauty this little country has to offer!

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Dennis

Tour Leader

Born and grew up around London, got the travel bug at 14 years old!!! lived and worked in Germany for a couple of years and then decided to travel the world, Got to N.Z via a few countries and forgot to continue. I made my home in the Waikato region of the North Island in a lovely town called Te Aroha,(Aroha is Maori for love)  about 30 Km,s from the Hobbiton film set. in the heart of the main dairy area of N.Z. Outside of the Flying Kiwi season, I drive for a local transport company so I spend most of the year driving around this beautiful country and meeting some great people. During my time off, I like to go to the the beaches around the Bay of Plenty Region of the East Coast for a bit of the ‘'” kiwi lifestyle” Fishing,drinking and barbecues!!!

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Magan

Tour Assistant

Born in the south island of New Zealand, I was raised by two keen outdoor goers who’s idea of a great family weekend was pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere come rain or shine, from this stemmed my love of adventure and creating a fun experience from the simple things in life. For the past 3 years I have been living and working on a yacht cruising around the Mediterranean, however I believe there is nothing more breath-taking than the natural untouched vibe of New Zealand which has drawn me back home this summer to share with you all! In my free time you’ll find me anywhere there is enough water to swim about, getting amongst various water sports and a good bush walk. I look forward to sharing a good laugh with you all in Kiwi land soon!

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Marcel

Tour Leader

Born in Belgium I’ve performed and travelled around the world as a classical musician. Now I’m fulfilling a boyhood dream of driving a bus! But with Flying Kiwi it’s better than the dream because I get to drive through some of the most stunning scenery the world has to offer. The camping, the wilderness and daily adventures are all an extra bonus. Most of all I love sharing this paradise of Aotearoa with our passengers and watching them fall in love with it as much as I did!

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Holly

Tour Assistant

Kia ora, I'm Holly. I grew up in Nelson at the top of the South Island. Since leaving Nelson I have lived in all sorts of places around the country, all beside the sea. I enjoy the salty water sailing, swimming, fishing and diving. New Zealand's native bush is full of tracks and huts that satisfy my need for adventure either on foot or on my bike. I'm passionate about this unique slither of land in the South Pacific I call home. I look forward to sharing it with you.

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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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Bente

Tour Assistant

Hi I’m Bente, originally from Hamburg, Germany. I moved to New Zealand in early 2016 to live with my partner, whom I met the year before while I was travelling around this amazing country. I was a nurse in Germany, but always had a passion for travel and the outdoors, so being able to work in the tourism industry, showing people around my beautiful new home is a dream come true. I love horse riding, hiking, snowboarding and generally exploring nature. I look forward to sharing some of the best spots that this country has to offer. You will soon see why I have fallen in love with this place.