Meet our team of adventure experts


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We are a small and dedicated team who specialise in matching adventurous travellers with their dream holidays, both in New Zealand and beyond. We are passionate about active travel, wild places and their conservation and nothing makes us happier than sharing our wilderness discoveries with others. As avid hikers, mountain bikers, canoeists and “give anything a go” people we use our unique knowledge and experience to design adventures that will exceed your wildest expectations. 



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Daniel Murphy - Co-owner and South Island Operations Manager:

Dan has always been a devotee of the outdoors. A progression from agriculture to tourism started with his role as a hiking guide in Spain in the late 90’s, and later as a backcountry guide in New Zealand. Dan still gets out and about guiding some trips and has the enviable job of tour research and development too. He also has a reputation for getting out on a lot of his own cool mountain running and biking events and hiking trips.

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Anne Murphy - Co-owner and Managing Director:

Having grown up in rural New Zealand it was no surprise that this country girl returned to work involving the outdoors. Anne tried life as a city slicker with a commerce degree but packed in corporate life when she met Dan. Anne is the face of Hiking New Zealand at international trade and travel conferences and the strategist in the office. Like Dan, Anne also does a lot of trail running, mountain biking and hiking – and these days it’s alongside their fit kids too.

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Malcolm O’Neill - Co-owner and North Island Operations Manager:

Even before he could walk, Malcolm was being carried through the New Zealand wilderness in a pack on his father’s back. Since those early days, he has hiked, climbed, sea kayaked, and mountain biked throughout New Zealand and the globe. He squeezed in time to get a science degree in physical geography and co-authored a guidebook, Classic New Zealand Adventures. Based in Auckland Malcolm keeps the North Island team singing and itineraries humming.

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Michelle McConnon - Account Manager and Women's Group Travel:

Michelle has a background in tourism operations & publishing. After a break to look after her children she joined up with the Hiking New Zealand team. Michelle is a cheerful outdoor obsessive and her enthusiasm for anything active is simply contagious. When she’s not out mountain running and biking with groups of likeminded women, she’s putting her boundless energy into keeping the rest of us free-range adventurers in line. Michelle is our women’s group travel specialist.

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Martin Leslie - Head of Guiding and Operations:

Martin has always had a great interest in exploring the natural world and this has been the main thread throughout his life. After studying Earth Sciences at university, he began a long career as a high school teacher focusing on outdoor and environmental education. After a couple of seasons guiding, He couldn't be happier to now have a management role at Hiking New Zealand which still allows him to get out on trips, where he can practise his favourite pastime: being outdoors in nature.

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