What we love most of all about running tours all over New Zealand is the amazing people we meet, real passionate Kiwis doing amazing work in some of the most stunning corners of the country. Today we'd like to introduce you to a few of our mates from around the country, great people doing great work.

When you support MoaTours, you're supporting all of these hard working Kiwi owned businesses too! From all of us, thank you.


Swade & Paula from Okarito Boat Tours

When you turn off the main West Coast Road to visit Okarito you know you're going somewhere special so it's no surprise that there are some solid gold people living at the end of that road. Swade & Paula have lived in Okarito for 15 years now and run guided wildlife tours out on Okarito Lagoon. To make it even more special, they also host our groups for lunch in the historic Donovan's store and a short historic walk around the village.

Meet Swade and Paula here, live from Okarito on a beautiful West Coast day

Ian & Diana from Akaunui Homestead & Garden

MoaTours guest have been dropping in on Ian & Di for lunch at their Canterbury homestead for nearly 20 years now, we've even been through on Christmas Day and met the entire family. Diana wouldn't have it any other way! It's people and places like this which really make our tours special, Akaunui is a special place and the big buses can't even make it in the driveway! The hardest thing about visiting Akaunui is getting everyone to leave.

Here are Ian & Diana saying hi from their home, Akaunui

Ray & Geoff from Underworld Adventures

Here are our friends from Charleston on the West Coast, now we bet a whole lot of you North Islanders don't even know where that is! (It's between the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Westport on the West Coast) When we're staying on the Coast several of our tours drop and say hi to Ray, Geoff and the team before heading off up the valley on their Nile River rainforest train or even a bit further into the amazing glowworm caves. As Geoff says in the video, certainly the best on this planet at least!

Meet Ray & Geoff at their base on the West Coast, look at that weather!

Jane & Barb from Provisions Cafe in Arrowtown

Say hi to some more of our old friends, meet Jane and Barb from Provisions in Arrowtown who show us around their historic cottage and tempt us with some of their fresh fare. Situated in historic Roman's cottage right on the main street, our guests love stopping in for lunch on our way through Arrowtown on South Island tours.

Meet Jane & Barb and have a quick look around Provisions Cafe in Arrowtown

Meet all our mates for yourself on a South Island tour

Our 9 day South Island highlights tour, the Southern Beauty, is a fun filled adventure visiting all the iconic spots in the South Island on a fully guided, friendly small group tour. Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Cook and the West Coast, plus of course meeting all our mates here too. See the full tour itinerary, tour inclusions, dates & availability and trip pictures here.

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