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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Working in the outdoors has always been a priority for Daniel. His progression from agriculture to tourism started with a role as a walking guide in Spain in the late 90’s. Daniel doesn’t get to guide too many tours these days but he still manages to get out there and do some inspiring tour research and development. Mongolia today... who knows where tomorrow?


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Anne Murphy - Co-owner and Marketing Manager:

Growing up in rural New Zealand it was no wonder that this country girl returned to work involving the outdoors. She tried to become a city slicker with her commerce degree under her wing but she packed in the corporate life when she met Daniel and moved to Spain. Anne’s post-graduate teaching qualification she gained, upon her return to New Zealand, and time in the classroom is invaluable whilst we develop our youth and school group tours.


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P1060927 malcolm RTAR 200Malcolm 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 and rather puzzling 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.


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ResizedImage453300 Ange v2 200 RTARAngela Janes - Sales and Administration Manager:

Ange has roamed as far south as McMurdo (Antarctica) for work, as far north as the top of Europe for cycle touring, trekked amongst the peaks of the Himalaya and wandered the wilderness of NZ (naturally!). There is a good chance Ange will handle all of your booking as she is our sales guru - lucky you, she is great! 


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Michelle McConnon - Marketing and Operations Coordinator:

Michelle left a career in tourism operations and publishing to look after her young family but the opportunity to join the Hiking New Zealand team was too much for this outdoor obsessive to resist. Michelle's enthusiasm for anything active and adventurous is contagious. When she's not out mountain running she's putting her boundless energy into keeping the rest of us free-range adventurers in line and our operations system running like a well oiled machine. 


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Eva Starostka - Marketing and Administration Assistant:

Eva has a passion for travelling the world. We label her the confused Pole; born in Poland, raised in Germany, completed her tourism studies in the Netherlands, spent seven months in South Africa and is now working in New Zealand. Eva relishes every opportunity to join our tours, despite our efforts to shackle her to her desk. She is having a great time exploring her new backyard.


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Martin2 copy4 Martin Leslie - Head of Guiding and Operations:

Martin has always had a great interest in exploring the outdoors. It is no surprise that this has been the main thread throughout his life. After studying Earth Sciences at university he began his long career as a high school teacher focusing on outdoor and environmental education. He couldn't be happier to now be a guide at Hiking New Zealand, where he can practise his biggest hobby: being in the natural world.


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Untitled design Magan McKenna - Sales Consultant:

Magan loved growing up in the rural surroundings of Kirwee and the main reason for that were the farm animals she, her sister and their parents kept. Because of school they moved to the city of Christchurch and that's where Magan started her career in the tourism industry. After she explored slices of Asia and Europe she couldn't help but return to what she calls: a little piece of paradise at the bottom of the earth.


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 Untitled design 1 Anika Zwaan - Intern:

Dutch girl Anika grew up in the flat surroundings of her home country, but when her parents took her to the mountains in summer holidays she knew: there's so much more the world has to offer than just this little slice in West Europe. Commencing the study of International Tourism Management last year has allowed her to do an internship abroad. She immediately knew it would be in New Zealand.


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