Our Team

Our team of New Zealand travel experts are
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We have an outstanding team. The best in the business without doubt and we are incredibly proud of them.

Drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds they are united by two things – they all love New Zealand having experienced it from top to bottom and they all have an uncompromising commitment to providing fantastic service to travel agents.

Sign up today and not only will you have access to the world’s largest range of New Zealand touring itineraries but our team of 20+ sidekickers who specialise only in New Zealand touring will be beside you ready to create custom, bespoke tours quick as a flash for your clients.

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Everyone at nzsidekick loves New Zealand and we share this passion with every travel agent  we help.

We’re happiest when we’re going the extra mile – whether it’s putting together a really complex itinerary that suits your client perfectly - and making it happen fast - giving your customers a warm welcome and top class documentation when they arrive, and even picking them up if they’re stranded along the way!

Meet the team

Each with their own individual superpower our team of nzsidekicks are here to make hings easy and save you time so you can focus on being awesome. All are blessed with superb attention to detail, expert knowledge of NZ, super fast turnaround abilities and of course they are faster than a speeding bullet. We're nzsidekick and we got this.

Laura Davidson
Laura Davidson
Superpower: Scottish aye!
Laura Davidson

Laura Davidson

Although born and bred in Scotland I am now lucky enough to call Wanaka home. I live for the outdoors whether it be hiking mountains, running and biking trails, swimming lakes…anything that gets my blood pumping and there is always the guarantee of fabulous views whilst doing all this here in the South Island.

I traveled myself for a number of years and adored every minute of it so I love having the privilege of helping you create your perfect traveling experience.

Email: laura@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0894

Christina Brockie
Christina Brockie
Superpower: Spelling
Christina Brockie

Christina Brockie

I was born in Dunedin, the lower South Island, but I did my last year of high school in Switzerland. I love to travel and have been to Europe, South East Asia, UK and Dubai but I visited Wanaka every year when I was younger, so I knew this is where I was always going to end up.

I love exploring the outdoors and enjoy skiing, camping and heading out in the 4wd so our base here in Wanaka is the ideal location for that. 

Email: christina@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0892

Shelley Ryder
Shelley Ryder
Superpower: Good ear for listening
Shelley Ryder

Shelley Ryder

I am a true blue, jandal wearing, BBQ loving New Zealander. My favourite spot in New Zealand, after Wanaka of course would have to be Akaroa. I grew up in Christchurch and just one hour away was Akaroa. My family still has a good old kiwi bach there and spending time with them, bare feet, BBQ dinners, wading in the sea is what it's all about for me.

There are so many spots still like this in New Zealand; untouched pieces of paradise, and getting the chance to share some of these secrets with visitors and hearing about it afterwards still gives me a buzz. 

Email: shelley@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0846

Nisse Perry
Nisse Perry
Superpower: X-ray Vision
Nisse Perry

Nisse Perry

Originally from a small town in Australia called Walgett, I settled in New Zealand in 2013. I have been to 31 countries so I know what makes a trip truly memorable.

I can't wait to show you just how I love this country and create some itineraries to really blow your customers away!

Email: nisseperry@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 222 8015

Sarah Baumanis
Sarah Baumanis
Superpower: Intergalactic travel & manifestation!
Sarah Baumanis

Sarah Baumanis

Originally from Manchester in the UK, I have been living in NZ for 12 years now. I love to travel, to eat good food, and enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.

I have traveled to all corners of NZ, discovering hidden gems & beautiful experiences and would love to share with you what this beautiful country has to offer for your clients.

Email: sarahb@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0890

Louise Barrett
Louise Barrett
Superpower: Australian oy!
Louise Barrett

Louise Barrett

I’m originally from Australia, but after visiting New Zealand I loved it so much that I settled here and have called Wanaka my home. After working at Treble Cone Ski Field for 3 years I’m now a keen snowboarder, a huge jump from when I first arrived and had never seen snow!

My favourite part of New Zealand would have to be the Catlins, I have been a few times now and I think I have nearly covered all the walks within the area.

Email: louise@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0895

Heather Mullet
Heather Mullet
Superpower: Super speedy legs
Heather Mullet

Heather Mullet

Although originally from the United Kingdom, I count myself lucky to now call New Zealand home. I love everything about the outdoors and enjoy exploring new places. Hiking is a passion of mine and my favourite place to trek is the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland.

Get in touch today and I’ll help you plan the perfect holiday for your clients!

Email: heatherm@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 222 8016

Amanda Dalgleish
Amanda Dalgleish
Superpower: Speedy talking
Amanda Dalgleish

Amanda Dalgleish

Originally from the Bay of Islands, I lived in the UK and then Australia, with short stints back to New Zealand in between.

I am excited to be back in my home country, and Wanaka of all places has made this super easy! Surrounded by mountains and lakes who wouldn't be inspired. so let me inspire you and help plan your clients New Zealand journey.

Email: amandadalgleish@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 222 8012

Brigett Turner
Brigett Turner
Superpower: Crystal Ball Gazer
Brigett Turner

Brigett Turner

A Kiwi girl, born and bred, I spent much of my childhood traveling the country. Be it a train, plane, coach or car - I've seen New Zealand in every way possible - and I fall more in love with my home country every day.

I spend my spare time watching the horse racing, or jet skiing on lakes Rotorua or Taupo and enjoying the outdoors. Lets plan your customers adventure together!

Email: brigett@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 222 8018

Narissa Phipps
Narissa Phipps
Superpower: Hypnosis
Narissa Phipps

Narissa Phipps

I grew up in Brighton in the UK and after doing a psychology degree I decided to hit the road and go traveling. With a passion for photography and hiking what better place to come than New Zealand.

I traveled from Auckland to Queenstown and saw everything in between. After spending 2 years in Queenstown I decided to head over the hill and work in Wanaka until the big city lights of Auckland came calling.

Email: narissa@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0844

Jane Zwerrenz
Jane Zwerrenz
Superpower: German - fact
Jane Zwerrenz

Jane Zwerrenz

After growing up in Germany, I left home to travel the world and promptly fell in love with New Zealand. I now live in beautiful Wanaka, and I can't imagine a better use of my time than to help others discover more about this amazing country.

Get in touch with me today and we can start planning your customers New Zealand holiday and ensure its a once in a lifetime adventure.

Email: janez@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0896

Jess Pearson
Jess Pearson
Superpower: The fountain of Youth
Jess Pearson

Jess Pearson

Born and raised in Wellington I came to spend a summer holiday in Wanaka a few years ago and instantly fell in love. I decided to leave the city life and make my way to the beautiful lakes and mountains. I love to be outdoors exploring and hiking, especially in the Summer. Otherwise you can find me keeping cosy with a good book, good people and good food. I am incredibly lucky to live here in this awesome part of the world, let me help you show your customers why!

Email: jess@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0842

Chelsea Lodge
Chelsea Lodge
Superpower: Lodge by name Lodge by nature
Chelsea Lodge

Chelsea Lodge

I grew up in Christchurch and spent most of my summers in Central Otago. I took off overseas as soon as I finished university and explored the world for a few years, returning to New Zealand with a new appreciation of the country for it's beautiful scenery and our special culture. With my extensive knowledge of New Zealand and all it has to offer I look forward to helping make all your clients New Zealand holiday dreams come true.

Email: chelsea@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 222 8021

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Tare Lowe
Superpower: Teleportation
tare nzsidekick-1

Tare Lowe

I have spent my life in and around the lower South Island. I love the mountains, mainly for skiing and snowboarding but I spend a fair amount of my summers outside hiking and exploring all this beautiful country has to offer. When I’m not in the outdoors I love a visit to a good winery and food is also a passion of mine. I am so proud that I get to live in the most beautiful county on the planet and am so excited that I get to share it with others.

Email: tare@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0845

Abby Alexander
Abby Alexander
Superpower: Secret spot detection
Abby Alexander

Abby Alexander

I was born in New Zealand and I have travelled its winding roads my whole life. Finding secret spots is my favourite pastime – which I usually promptly tell everybody about in my excitement! For me New Zealand is incredibly special and I can’t believe I get to live here! I am so excited to help your clients see my beautiful home!

Email: abby@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: + 64 3 222 8017

Nichole White
Nichole White
Superpower: Expert crammer
Nichole White

Nichole White

I have always craved fresh air, mountains and an outdoors lifestyle so made the move to Wanaka and am loving every minute! My weekends consist of trying to cram in as much hiking, skiing, and kayaking as possible. I absolutely love to explore and find hidden gems. I have the best job.. sharing these hidden gems with you and your customers!

Email: nicholewhite@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: + 64 3 443 0847

Nicole Andrews
Nicole Andrews
Superpower: Being outdoors!
Nicole Andrews

Nicole Andrews

I have lived in Wanaka since I was just 9 years old.  Living in paradise has given me the opportunity to experience so many awesome things and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My biggest passion is skiing, and this has taken me all over the world.  From my traveling experiences I have learned what makes a great holiday an experience to never forget.  Let me help you create some amazing experiences for your customers.

Email: nicole@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: +64 3 443 0812

Luke nzsidekick
Luke Ashall
Superpower: Master Motivator
Luke nzsidekick

Luke Ashall

Originally from the UK I came on holiday to NZ in 2001 and I've never looked back.

I am the Sales Manager here at nzsidekick and have the absolute pleasure of leading this extraordinary team of New Zealand specialists. They love New Zealand and they love travel agents so get in touch today and we will make selling New Zealand easier than ever!

If there's anything I can help you with please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Email: luke@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: + 64 21 641 426

Chris Sutton
Chris Sutton
Superpower: Colouring in
Chris Sutton

Chris Sutton

Five years with NZFT, makes a cracking latte, our very own ringleader of creative operations, smuggler of good ideas and agent wrangler.

Sutts is based in our Auckland office and loves to chat about our strategy, partnerships, PR and marketing. Over a coffee in Newmarket of course.

Email: chris@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: + 64 21 646 247

Kerry Kettle
Kerry Kettle
Superpower: Multi multi-tasker
Kerry Kettle

Kerry Kettle

Been around the tourism industry for a long time with experience to burn. Started the company with Dave from the family home back in 2004 and is our resident voice of reason and people hugger.

Kerry is based in Wanaka and loves to talk finance and product – the $ and sense!

Email: kerry@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: + 64 27 458 2242

David Kettle
David Kettle
Superpower: Classified
David Kettle

David Kettle

Started the company with Kerry from a table in the back bedroom many moons ago Dave is our resident deep thinker, system sorcery and maestro of mayhem.

Dave is based in our Wanaka office and loves to talk about our strategy, our amazing system ‘Trev’ (his baby) and all things operational.

Email: david@nzft.co.nz

phone DDI: + 64 27 411 6938