In 2004 I moved to New Zealand with the intention of running my own tour operation and showing the country to travellers, creating lasting memories, satisfying our clients. From the onset I took it as a lifetime mission. I have never liked “big tourism”, however in Spain and Israel I met exceptionally good tour guides who inspired me and persuaded me that a guided tour with a good local guide brings really valuable experience which I would never get as an individual traveller.
It all started with my first private trip around New Zealand in 2001 - 9 months of backpacking (walking/tramping all over the country), I was already gathering valuable experience. This was one great comprehensive “homework” - solid foundations to build on. Czechia and Slovakia were just fledgeling niche markets we wanted to conquer and show them New Zealand. Step by step I built my knowledge and expertise, regularly visiting all corners of New Zealand, reading, listening, trying to understand the big picture.
I love to convey these long term experiences to my clients - not only to show them this beautiful country but also explain whatever they would like to know - about life in New Zealand, history, nature, politics, economy and so on. Of course I don't know everything, however I need to have a good overview and keep up to date all the time. I believe there are only a few people in the industry with such a background and long-term dedication - this is my unique selling point.