When you travel on one of our New Zealand Small Group Escapes, your Kiwi Guide will be your best friend on the road. From morning till night, this is the person who is at your side helping make your trip one that you will remember for a very long time. 

Our Kiwi Guides come from a wide range of backgrounds and life skills, we're very proud of our team and they are some of the most experienced guides in New Zealand. What they all have in common is a passion for New Zealand's regions, history, wildlife and landscapes and sharing their favourite spots and stories with guests.

Meet the 2020 MoaTours guide team below, find out more about them, see some photos of them in action and hear what guests on recent trips have had to say.

Matt Lysaght

Matt has been leading our tours since 2008 and is the Senior Pro of the MoaTours guide team. Originally from the West Coast of the South Island, in a past life Matt was a school teacher but has been a professional guide in New Zealand now for over 20 years.

Guests who travel with Matt always tell us they love his humour and wit, but most of all what they learn about New Zealand, our history, culture and environment. Matt has a passion for NZ history and many of our other guides turn to Matt for guidance on this. 

Hear what recent guests of Matt's said

Matt was a brilliant and very professional tour guide and driver. He looked after us all, talked with everyone and gave us relevant and interesting information. I think everyone appreciated his sense of humour and ability to give and take a joke. Top marks all the way.

Judy Somerville, Wairarapa Wandering, January 2020

MoaTours guide Matt and guest at the Kea Point lookout at Mt Cook

Nigel Murray

Nigel's home is in Tauranga in the North Island and when he's not guiding you'll find him out on the harbour in his boat. He has many years experience guiding in both New Zealand and Australia and his early career included time in the military, so when he says you're leaving at a certain time we notice everyone tends to show up. Nigel's forte is adding personal touches like his famous Kiwi Barbeque on the beach at Punakaiki on our West Coast trips!

Hear what recent guests of Nigel's say

Nigel was absolutely fantastic. Very personable and fun to travel with. Very caring to all of us and extremely helpful in terms of pointing us in the right direction to get the most out of our stops.

Heather Reeves, Southern Odyssey, March 2019

MoaTours guide Nigel BBQing on the beach in Punakaiki

Tim de Jong

Tim has more than 25 years experience both guiding and operating tours here in New Zealand. After running his own business and working as a tour operations manager he is now back in his "happy place", which is at the head of the pack out on the road guiding tours. Originally from the South Island, Tim now lives in the Bay of Plenty where he's close to his grandchildren. 

Hear from recent guests of Tim's

On a scale of 1-10, Tim was a 12! He was a great driver, very personable, helpful and knowledgable. Everything you could hope for in a tour guide. The best guide ever!

Ralph Theroux, Southern Beauty, March 2020

MoaTours guide Tim in the Bay of Islands

Andre Booth

Andre's field of expertise is botany and ecology, and after studying this at university he worked as a park ranger and gardener before becoming a full time guide. Ten years on he is loving life out on the road showing the best corners of New Zealand to visitors, especially on our garden tours, where he's right in his element. You can tell Andre's a true Kiwi because whenever you see a photo of him he's wearing shorts, regardless of the weather!

Hear what guests of Andre have to say

We appreciated Andre's knowledgeable commentary on the bus and he showed genuine concern for looking after us. His botanical background and interest in plants was a bonus as we walked around the gardens. He made our trip extremely pleasant and enjoyable. Highly recommend him.

Alistair & Bevlyn Biddy, Canterbury Spring Gardens

 

MoaTours guide Andre on the West Coast with guests

Paul Owen-Lowe

Everyone would agree (and we're sure he wouldn't mind us saying) that Paul is the "joker" of the pack. With a background in theater, being on tour with Paul is like a stage show, complete with show stopping moments, raucous laughter and applause. Before joining MoaTours, where he has been a mainstay of the guiding team for 10 years now, Paul drove large tour coaches all over New Zealand. He now loves the freedom and flexibility of our smaller groups and coaches, as well as the amazing off the beaten track spots he can we visit.

Read what recent guests on Paul's trips say

Paul was a very attentive, funny, and interacted with everyone and we all laughed our socks off all the way to and from Auckland.

Jack & Ann Patrick, World of WearableArt Awards Show

MoaTours guide Paul at the Lake Tarawera lookout

Brent de Jongh

Brent is a proud Aucklander who was destined to work on the tourism front line showing travellers around our beautiful country. Brent started his guiding life in 2003 and is still going strong, he has also worked in the safety audit side of tourism too so knows how important all the back end systems are to keep everything running smoothly on tour. In his own words "I have what some say, an unhealthy love affair with New Zealand, an obsession for great service and a penchant for cheese scones!" You can't argue with that!

What Brent's tour guests have to say

Brent was the best! He gave us so much interesting information about the locality and history of the places we were travelling through. He kept us informed of the routine for the day, the times to be here and there, arranged plenty of comfort stops and lots of laughs. His driving is superb and we all felt so safe and secure. He never stopped "caring" for us and really made the tour just so good. He is a natural. We were all happy campers. Thank you Brent.

Patricia Ives, Christmas in the Bay

MoaTours guide Brent sailing on Lake Rotoiti

Graeme Corlett

Before beginning his guiding life with MoaTrek Graeme worked as a geologist all over the world, so if geology is your thing then you'll love travelling with Graeme. He even wrote his thesis on the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park! When he's not out on the road leading MoaTours trips you'll find him working on his property North of Auckland. 

Hear what recent guests of Graeme's say

Not enough words to express our gratitude to Graeme - friendly, obliging, patient, great driving, and good company. Full marks!

Marion & Bill Christie, Southern Odyssey

MoaTours guide Graeme and guests on the West Coast

Andrew Millson

Originally from the UK, New Zealand is now Andrew's home. When he's not out on tour you'll find him with his sleeves rolled up working on his properties in Christchurch, where he lives now, or perhaps unwinding at the Yoga studio! Andrew was been a professional tour guide since 2015 and loves being out on the road sharing is favourite spots and stories with guests.

Hear what recent guests of Andrew's say

Our guide, Andrew, was outstanding and provided the background and context to our tour that meant we gained far more from our holiday than we would have done if we had decided to self guide. He was knowledgeable, well organised, flexible and excellent company. He really enhanced our experience.

Julie Taylor, Southern Beauty, Feb 2020

MoaTours guide Andrew Millson on the sand dunes in the Hokianga Harbour

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