The Team & History


The Kiwi Journeys Team

Kiwi Journeys is a locally owned and operated family business. Our values are based on quality with genuine, friendly, professional service. From your initial enquiry through to your feedback when your adventure is finished; you can have confidence knowing that we are passionate about ensuring all our customers have a great experience whilst in our care.

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Andrew Schwass

Andrew a qualified joiner and former cricketer had the idea of starting Kiwi Journeys in Nelson. Andrew now manages the daily operations.


George Gibbs


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Sherie Schwass



Geoff Lovelock

Geoff is our guru with book keeping and is also one of Kiwi Journeys qualified drivers. Both Geoff & Glen have poured hours into setting up the Nelson operation which has been massive and appreciated.


Glen Lovelock

Glen is Andrew’s mother, and is the force behind the scenes. In charge of organising the tours, Glen will be your first point of contact through the website.


Lynnie Nevin

Lynnie has recently joined the team


Brett Glass



Paul Appleby

Paul is our main skipper on the Mapua Ferry. Paul and his family have relocated from Auckland and has never looked back! Paul has a great sense of humour and is a lot of fun to have around. Hobbies: trying to sail yachts!!


Mel Weir



Grace Appleby




KIWI JOURNEYS are centrally positioned to offer Day adventures from depots in Nelson, Mapua and Kaiteriteri.

The locally family owned business is operated by Andrew and Sherie Schwass, Glen and Geoff Lovelock, who are passionate about the region and providing first class experiences on two wheels.

In 2011 Andrew Schwass had the vision of starting the operation in Nelson after then Prime Minister, John Key committed to the construction of New Zealands, ‘Great Rides’

In 2012 the Mapua Ferry service was purchased for taking passengers and their bikes from Mapua to Rabbit Island. Based on the Mapua Wharf Kiwi Journeys had their first year of operation in 2014/15, hiring out bikes for people wanting to explore the trails on Rabbit Island. They now offer rental services in Kaiteriteri where the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park is very popular and Nelson where you can enjoy the city trails or the Trail towards Mapua and Wakefield.

The next section of the Great Taste Trail from Wakefield to Wai-iti Domain gets underway this summer 2019. The 175km loop Trail is due for completion around 2020.

Outstanding Achievements

In 2014, Kiwi Journeys won the ‘Business Accelerator’ competition, allowing local businesses to provide their expertise to the tune of $30,000.

The company is committed to environmental issues, ensuring the company and its employees maintain appropriate standards and encourage clients to respect the environment.

Certified under Qualmark (Silver) their annual review stipulates that we maintain standards in the following areas:

  • Occupational Health & Safety

  • Employment Processes

  • Maintenance of Customer Satisfaction

  • Responsible Tours

Kiwi journeys aim to make cycling in the region accessible to all. We have a number of E-bikes and Tandems for people with reduced mobility or vision impairments. 

Kiwi Journeys have been a service provider for Blind and Low Vision New Zealand (BLENZ).