The Team & History

 
 
 
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History

TRAIL JOURNEYS NELSON are proud to offer the same quality services established by Central Otago, and are centrally positioned to offer Day adventures from depots in Nelson, Mapua and Kaiteriteri.

Locally owned and 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 Bringing Trail Journeys to Nelson. He approached friend and fellow ex cricketer, Shayne O’Conner (Manager of the Central operation) with the idea and presented it to the Board.

In 2012 the Mapua Ferry service was purchased for taking passengers and their bikes from Mapua to Rabbit Island. Based on the Mapua Wharf Trail Journeys Nelson 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

Trail Journeys was a finalist in the Tourism Section of the 2006 & 2008 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Tourism Sector, and in 2007 the recipient of two Central Otago District Council Business Excellence Awards.

In 2008 NZ Tourism Online awarded Trail Journeys the Top Weekly Tourism Site throughout New Zealand.

In 2010 they were named "Supreme Tourism Business" Award Winner at the Otago Business Excellence Awards.

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 their annual review stipulates that we maintain standards in the following areas:

  • Occupational Health & Safety

  • Employment Processes

  • Maintenance of Customer Satisfaction

  • Responsible Tours

Trail journeys Nelson 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. 

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

 

The Team

 
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Andrew Schwass

Andrew a qualified joiner and former cricketer had the idea of starting Trail Journeys in Nelson and approached the team down in Central Otago. The rest is history and Andrew now manages the daily operations.

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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.

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Geoff Lovelock

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

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Clive Donnison

Also from the UK originally, Clive is just one of those all round good buggers! The second best skipper on the Mapua Ferry Clive has a great sense of humour and is a lot of fun to have around.