The Team & History

 
 
 
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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 2012. Andrew now manages the daily operations and takes pleasure in giving our clients a fantastic experience in our amazing region.

George Gibbs

George is a first class driver for Kiwi Journeys and has been with us for many seasons. George is a fantastic guy who loves sharing his experiences with you. George is one of those great all round guys that any business is lucky to have.

 
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Sherie Schwass

Sherie is a fulltime Primary School Teacher, a qualified dance teacher and mum to Samantha and Brea. Sherie hangs out for the winter when the family gets a well deserved holiday.

Geoff Lovelock

Geoff is the Kiwi Journeys book-keeping guru and is also one of our drivers. Geoff loves getting out on the bike and is not far away from the E-Bike option! Eh Geoff?

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Glen Lovelock

Glen is Andrew’s mother, and keeps things ticking behind the scenes. Glen has a new E-Bike and loves getting out and about, recently crossing the West Coast Wilderness Trail off her bucket list.

Mel Barker

Mel is based in our Nelson office and your first point of contact for bookings. She is a busy mum with three daughters and is passionate about riding and the region. Mel is very knowledgable and great at organising a fun itinerary, that fits your needs.

Brett Glass

Brett is our part time skipper on the Mapua Ferry. A former aircraft engineer and local, Brett does a fantastic job helping Paul on the Mapua Ferry.

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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!!

Lynnie Nevin

Lynnie is a fantastic addition to the Kiwi Journeys team, bringing her knowledge, marketing expertise and enthusiasm to the booking team, and as a guide. Lynnie is great value to have around and is living the dream, just ask her!

Ian Anderson

Ian was based at our Kaiteriteri depot last season and loves riding. A qualified podiatrist and is going to join the team again this coming Season. An all round good bloke from Australia that has a great outlook on life.

 

History

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.

In 2018 Kiwi Journeys added the West Coast Wilderness Trail to there portfolio, offering a multi-day tour on this amazing trail.

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).