New Zealand Locals and Landscapes
Stunning landscapes make for beautiful photos but it is the people of this country that make for lifelong memories. Our Locals and Landscapes guides offer a truly unique perspective on New Zealand

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» Dee and Mike - Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Dee and Mike
» Damian - Bush and Beaches with Damian - 2 Days / 3 Nights
» Karen - Rotorua
» Huru - Rotorua
» Tina and Matt - Rotorua
» Simon and Cath - Fishing and Fun with Simon and Cath 2 Days / 2 Nights
» Geoff - Wine Indulgence with Geoff 1 Day / 2 Nights
» Pete and Takutai - On the Water with Pete and Takutai - 1/1 1/2 & 2 Days / 2 Nights
» Peg - Art and Design in Picton with Peg
» Tony and Maree - The highlights of Christchurch with Tony and Marka
» Mark - The Southern Alps by 4WD with Mark 1 - 2 day / 3 nights
» Matt - West Coast Experience with Matt 3 Days / 2 Nights
» Ron - Secrets of Fiordland
» Brian - Wildlife Wonders with Brian 1-4 Days / 3 Nights
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Where only the friendliness of the people outshines the beauty of the landscape

EXCLUSIVE TO NEW ZEALAND ENCOUNTERS

We believe that the stunning landscapes of New Zealand make for nice holiday photos but it is the people of this country that make for life long memories. So, we decided that instead of promoting destinations or specific activities, we are going to promote the country's richest asset; its people.

Our Locals and Landscapes guides offer a unique perspective, hava a contagious personality and are at one with their regions.

Meet the locals and view the landscapes of New Zealand

Bay of Islands Exploration with Colwyn

Colwyn is a true local to the Bay of Islands. As a descendant from the area he has an in-depth knowledge that can never be learned from a book and has a passion for Maori culture and history which is prominent in Ipipiri (Bay of Islands). He was a local policeman (be good or he will lock you up in the little historic Russell jail) and is a civil marriage celebrant. He has represented New Zealand in sports and truly enjoys sharing his two greatest passions with guests; Maori culture and fishing. He will quickly become a friend for life so leave him a space on the Christmas card list.

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Bay of Islands Exploration with Colwyn

When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Colwyn a Donation of
$10.00 per person will be donated to The Kororaraka Marae Society,
helping New Zealand Encounters in our Conservation Efforts in
New Zealand.

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Andy & Christine - Hauraki Gulf

Christine is the owner of Te Okupu and looks forward to being your host during your time aboard this beautiful Catamaran. Andy was part of the crew on the Chesterfield Reef adventure in 2007.  Although he is from the USA, Andy has a love of New Zealand and Kiwi's, that we have made him an honorary 'kiwi'. Andy has done enough fishing and diving around Great Barrier Island and the Mokohinaus with John and I to know our favourite family spots, and is a master of deep water stray lining.  He has been a qualified Divemaster for the last 8 years. Andy is also a great cook, and has run restaurants in the Santa Barbara area through 2008 and 2009. Andy is a native of Santa Barbara, graduating from UCSB with a degree in Aquatic Biology and Oceanography.  He has a love of fishing, diving and the ocean in general  which led him to build a career 'on the water'.


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Andy & Christine



Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Dee and Mike

Mike and Dee are true locals; having had a long association with the sea and the Hauraki Gulf in particular they are a great team together.

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Dee and Mike
Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Dee and Mike

When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Dee & Mike, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to the Supports of Tiritiri Matangi.
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Bush and Beaches with Damian - 2 Days / 3 Nights

Leave the bustle behind and explore the remote beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula with one of the region's greatest treasures, Damian. Born and raised on the Coromandel, he seems to mimic the region's landscapes. The tranquility and gentleness of the bush and the unpredictable nature of the ocean are mirrored in Damian's peaceful yet spontaneous personality. Hike to the giant Kauri Trees, learn the mystical uses of the native plants, lunch on a sandy white beach, soak at Hot Water Beach, meet the local artisans and fall in love with Damian's Coromandel.

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Damian
Bush and Beaches with Damian - 2 Days / 3 Nights

When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Damien, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to the Project Kiwi Trust. Click the
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Encounters Conservation effort.

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Karen - Rotorua

Karen comes from a long line of Tourist Guides and is the great great great Grandaughter of Kui Guide Sophie who guided in the Rotorua region dating back some 126 years. Karen a gracious Maori Lady with a heart of gold and passion to keep alive today the culture of her tribe that once lived in the ancient Village of ‘Te Ariki’ the closest Village to where the Pink and White Terraces once stood and which were sadly lost to the Mount Tarawera eruption of 1886. You will learn of the significance of Lake Tarawera and Maori traditions as you find yourself at Punaromia – The Tarawera Landing where you will board a boat and follow in the footsteps of our dear Kuia, Guide Sophia as you cross the lake to where the Pink & White Terraces once stood majestically on the waters edge.

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Karen
Rotorua

Huru - Rotorua

Huru has been a guide in the Rotorua region for more than 20 years now and comes from a family line of Tourism Guides in this area. This handsome Maori man always wears a smile and has a great sense of humour. You will learn of Maori traditions and visit a Maori Marae (meeting house), experience geothermal reserves and bubbling mud pools, hike through the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley. After you will visit Huru’s Village Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao, known as the Living Village. You will learn the history of this village and be shown the traditional Hangi cooking method of the Maori people. You will be given some Hangi food that has been cooking for hours prior to your arrival for you to enjoy.

 

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Huru
Rotorua



Tina & Matt - Rotorua

Your knowledgeable guides Matt and Tina and always happy to share local Maori legends during your Rotorua cruise and point out some of the many Historic and culturally significant sites of Lake Rotoiti.

Tiua (Maori for ‘ride the wind’) has a large spacious deck with bean bags and nets to spread out on at the bow. The comfortable saloon and cockpit areas are fully weather tight with clear roll down curtains allowing us to cruise, fish and soak in any weather.

 

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Tina & Matt
Rotorua


Fishing and Fun with Simon and Cath 2 Days / 2 Nights

Well it took some searching but we found them; a fishing guide and wife team who offers a pure New Zealand experience. Simon is a patient fishing guide and offers those necessary helpful tips for the first time angler yet knows the perfect locations, gear and tricks for the advanced angler. Add to this a wife who is fun, cultured and an excellent cook and you have the perfect couple offering a genuine Kiwi experience. Choose either a day, or a day and a half of fishing while the non-angler enjoys the lakefront lodge and its facilities. True kiwi hospitality.

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Simon and Cath
Fishing and Fun with Simon and Cath 2 Days / 2 Nights
When you book our Locals and Landscapes guides Simon and Cath a
 donation will be made of NZD$10.00 per person to The Okareka
Mistletoe Restoration Project and helping us to promote conservation
in New Zealand.

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Wine Indulgence with Geoff 1 Day / 2 Nights

One day long ago, it was suggested to Geoff that he write down the three things he enjoyed most in life, and then pursue it. Geoff wrote; New Zealand, Wine and People. Today he is living his passion by sharing with others the wines of the Hawke's Bay. From working in vineyards cleaning wine vats, to being honoured as the Cellar Door Personality of the Year, Geoff is truly passionate about all aspects of the industry. Enjoy a day filled with all that is wine. Enjoy a private wine tasting, meet the wine makers, lunch amongst the vines and partake in an exclusive tasting from Geoff's private cellar. A truly delicious experience.

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Geoff
Wine Indulgence with Geoff 1 Day / 2 Nights

When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Geoff a Donation of
$10.00 per person will be donated to the Environmental Conservation
and Outdoor Education Trust, helping New Zealand Encounters in our
Conservation Efforts in New Zealand.

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On the Water with Pete and Takutai - 1/1 1/2 & 2 Days / 2 Nights

Pete and Takutai have an intense connection with the Marlborough Sounds that has been nurtured through a lifetime of family stories, both Maori and Pakeha (European) and by living each day on its shore. Takutai, whose name in Maori means one with an afinity for the sea, and Pete, together on their historic boat Tutanekai, will share the mystery, history and beauty of the region with you. Follow in Captain Cook's path, visit an island bird sanctuary, meet the characters who live (survive!) in this remote region and possibly catch a fish for dinner. An experience that steps back in time.

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Pete and Takutai
On the Water with Pete and Takutai - 1/1 1/2 & 2 Days / 2 Nights

When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Peg, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to The Guardians of the Sounds.
Encounters in their Conservation Effort.

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Art and Design in Picton with Peg

Like a magpie to silver, fibre artist Peg’s eye is drawn to colour, and by chance, on a visit to Old St. Mary’s Guesthouse in Blenheim we came across her work that adorns the walls there. We met Peg and could not resist the temptation of asking her to join our exclusive Locals and Landscapes Guides. With no hesitation she agreed and today we are pleased to offer the chance for our clients to enjoy a day with this gracious and fun-loving lady. Being introduced to Peg for the first time is a joy, her zest for life and passion for the Damask Loom has her today, at the age of 90, working away daily in the design of new and interesting art. Peg will introduce you to Damask Weaving with a difference and show you the beautiful art that she creates. Peg has worked with “World of Wearable Arts” (WOW) and on their 10th anniversary was both an invited exhibitor and model.

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Peg
Art and Design in Picton with Peg
When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Peg, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to the Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife
Sanctuary. Click the following link to see how your donation is helping
New Zealand Encounters in their Conservation Effort.

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The Southern Alps by 4WD with Mark 1 - 2 day / 3 nights

"The honour of sharing the Southern Alps with its vast valleys, rivers and ever changing moods? Well, you can hardly call it a job", Mark's response when asked to described his work. Mark was born and raised on a sheep, deer and crop farm in the Canterbury region outside Christchurch. He began experiencing the Southern Alps and Canterbury high country as a child on family 'Sunday drives'. These turned into more "manly" adventures as a teenager when he and his father went on hiking and four-wheel-drive trips, sometimes staying overnight in old Musterer's huts in the middle of nowhere. "But the stars kept you company at night".

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Mark
The Southern Alps by 4WD with Mark 1 - 2 day / 3 nights
When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Mark, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to The Crested Grebe Conservation
Project. Click the following link to see how your donation is helping
New Zealand Encounters Conservation effort.

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West Coast Experience with Matt 3 Days / 2 Nights

Matt moved to "The Coast" 30 years ago... just for a couple of years but the people, the way of life and the awesome environment took hold and he stayed. A keen explorer of the history of the Maori and European settlers to the area, he knows the stories of the places and people, the trails they walked and the historic sites of the those who came before. You'll be guided on walks that let you experience the amazing landscape while meeting some of the characters who battle a living from this challenging environment. A passionate advocate for the protection of the region's flora and fauna, he loves to share its unique qualities with visitors who have ventured to this remote and spectacular region.

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Matt
West Coast Experience with Matt 3 Days / 2 Nights

When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Matt, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust.
Matt has also offered to match this donation. Click the following link to
see how your donation is helping New Zealand.

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Wildlife Wonders with Brian 1-4 Days / 3 Nights

Where passion and knowledge collide; that's Brian. He is passionate about sharing and protecting New Zealand's wildlife and he is knowledgeable on a broad expanse of subjects. On an experience with Brian you get the rare opportunity to visit a private farm where there is a Yellow-Eyed penguin colony, see the New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and endless birds including the Royal albatross. Visit the remote and wild Catlins then visit Stewart Island. There you have the ultimate opportunity to see our native bird, the Kiwi in the wild. With Brian you just don't see wildlife, you will get to feel and understand them.

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Brian
Wildlife Wonders with Brian 1-4 Days / 3 Nights
When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Brian, a Donation of
$10.00 Per Person will be donated to The Sealion Trust. Click the
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Encounters Conservation effort. www.sealiontrust.org.nz

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