The Flying Kiwi adventure team
Here are a few of the regulars!
If you are interested in joining the Flying Kiwi team then check out our recruitment page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim grew up in the UK and has been around adventure all his life. Camping holidays throughout Europe, coupled with “back to basics” survival trips with The Scouts, really set Tim up for the life he lives now. Travelling to New Zealand in 1999, Queenstown and more recently Nelson have become his home. A corporate careerist turned extreme sports athlete, the one thing that has never changed is Tim’s desire to explore the world around him.
Having worked for many years in adventure tourism, on the chalk face and at a managerial level, Tim shares an enthusiasm and passion for New Zealand’s outdoors with everyone he meets. "Life for me is about living to the max, soaring like a bird on my paraglider, back country skiing in the Southern Alps, or blasting on my windsurfer on Tasman Bay, getting out there and living life is what it’s all about.”
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!!
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!
After a few years working elsewhere Penny just couldn’t stay away and has recently rejoined the great Flying Kiwi family! She’ll be the one answering all your tour questions and helping you plan your adventure to this amazing country. Born and bred around the top of the South Island, she left the area after high school to study then travel oversea’s. She has worked all over the world as a dive instructor before deciding that there was no where like home and returned to Nelson where she enjoys getting out into the mountains, camping, fishing and exploring the country with her 2 children. She’s also a mad keen runner, having done several marathons and is currently training for an Ironman.
Kiaora team! Tom here. I am originally from the UK but have been living in New Zealand for the past 4 years, so yeah I pretty much consider myself a Kiwi now! I'm coming into my 4th summer with Flying Kiwi working with Shan, my partner in crime. New Zealand is such an amazing place and as well as getting to see so much of this country whilst show casing it to people like yourselves, we spend a lot of our free time, believe it or not, doing more camping! There is always somewhere new to find and we will generally go out on a hiking mission deep in the surrounding National Parks, kayaking or boating in the Abel Tas, running and just keeping active over summer. In the off season (winter) it's a mixture of travelling new countries, following the snow and surrounding ourselves with friends alike. I can't wait to meet you all and show you just how incredible this country is!
Hey Team! I'm Shannon, Im a Kiwi born and breed, originally from the North Island but currently residing in the sunny Abel Tasman, top of thSouth 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 i'll be travelling to the warmer countries otherwise the only place to find me is on my snowboard. Coming into my 4th summer with Flying Kiwi and working with my partner in crime, Tom, we are super excited to meet your friendly faces and show off this wonderful country you are about to fall in love with!
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!!!
Hey guys, I'm Kim! Having spent my life a little bit all over New Zealand, i am kinda from everywhere but I'd probably settle with being from the west coast! I'm a pretty keen outdoorsy type, so tour guiding on a camping tour around my home country fits me to a tee! In my spare time i enjoy hiking, long distant running and catching up with friends. I started with Flying Kiwi in the 2014/15 summer for 2 seasons. I then took a break and have been tour guiding over in Africa for the past year! Coming back to the homeland late this year, I'm excited to get into another kiwi summer with FK on the road!
Hey folks my name is Genna, my friends call me Quincy, you can take your pick. I'm a born and breed south islander. I grew up on the west coast but spend my summers in Nelson and winters in Wanaka. I knew leaving school, work was somewhere I was going to have to spend a lot of my time so I studied outdoor rec and adventure tourism so I could make sure it was a good time. Since then, I have had the amazing privilege of working with some amazing outdoor jobs in some amazing places around the world but home is where my heart is and I am super passionate about my beautiful country and love nothing better than to show it off and go on epic adventures all around it.
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, exploring or on the road with you guys, I might be found experimenting in the kitchen on my Yoga Mat! Having been with the Flying Kiwi team last summer in reservations I am so keen to move my energetic self out on to the road as a guide for the coming season!
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.
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.
Kia Ora, I’m Ginna! I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in this amazing country. Originally from the North Island, but have spent the last two years living in the adventure capital of the world… Queenstown! Where I studied Adventure Tourism, and spent as much time as possible up the mountain. I have a huge passion for the outdoors, and am always up for anything that will get the adrenaline pumping! Before moving to Queenstown I spent a lot of time on the road, travelling to different showjumping events around the country. I believe this is where my love for camping started! I can’t wait to get back on the road this summer, and show you guys all the hidden gems that New Zealand has to offer!