We are here to help. In the office we are happy to answer all of your questions and help you work out your travel arrangements. Our guides are mature professionals experienced at leading our trips, and most have been working with us for many years. They have the knowledge and experience to adjust the daily schedule and route to better match the interests of your group. Our guides go out of their way to support you, whether it’s encouraging you to challenge yourself on the trail, giving you a lift in the van, helping with your luggage (and the odd bits and pieces that are inevitably left behind!), or planning a surprise birthday party for your spouse.
Personal contact. Personal service.
Tour Leader (since 2014)
Bob joins the team after retiring from 45 years in the NZ Police. Over the years Bob has been a competitive cyclist both in road and mountain biking, and is a former multi sporter, having completed in numerous 'Ironman', 'Coast to Coast', and other endurance events. Bob and with his partner Ginny have cycle toured extensively through Europe, USA, Australia as well as many parts of New Zealand. Bob has a keen interest in local history and looks forward to sharing his knowledge on his PureTrails tours.
Operations Support (since 2011)
Chris retired from her career as a Chartered Accountant so she could spend more time with husband Peter, travelling and enjoying the quiet life. Chris loves doing “anything outdoors” especially walking on the Port Hills and Canterbury foothills. Over the years Chris has completed many tramps and adventures throughout the South Island, spent time as hut warden at Mueller Hut in the Mt Cook National Park and also trekked in the Himalayas and USA. Other interests include cycling, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Depot Manager/Bike mechanic (since 2010)
Since PureTrails NZ's inception Dean has been behind the scenes in various roles from 'IT guy' to 'fix it man' to 'operations support', and most recently, our bike mechanic and Depot Manager. Dean is committed to ensuring our fleet of bicycles and vehicles remain in tip top shape for our tours. When he's not servicing bikes Dean is usually busy at home building something or being Dad to Josie & Sullivan. Dean enjoys riding his bike in Christchurch's bike parks, and dreams of one day turning his shed into a man cave.
Customer Service/Operations/Logistics (Founder and Managing Director)
Hilary is at the helm of 'mission control', and is the person who answers your call or email. After travelling the world for several years and working in tourism on her big 'OE', Hilary came home and fell in love with NZ once again and in particular, the South Island. With a love of the outdoors and marketing background she teamed up with her mother in the 'PureTrails'. Hilary enjoys photography, cycling, thai cooking, and being a mum to Josie & Sullivan.
Tour Leader (since 2011)
John has a background in human resources and has worked for mining companies in NZ, Australia & Papua New Guinea in the health and safety field, as well as a stint as a commissioned officer in the NZ territorial army. Nowadays John has semi retired to a lifestyle block near Rangiora where he aims to breed highland cattle with his wife Julie. Outside of work John has always been a bit of an adventurer, sportsman and philosopher, enjoying mountain biking, tramping, swimming and playing bagpipes.
Tour Leader/Operations Support (since 2008; Director)
John grew up in the town of Wanganui, where in his school days, he helped build the famed 'Wanganui High School Tramping Club Hut' on Mount Ruapehu. John retired from a career as a Property Valuer and Agricultural consultant where he practised for many years in Western Australia and Tauranga. John has travelled, walked and cycled extensively abroad and now enjoys introducing our visitors to favourite parts of NZ. Other hobbies include cycling, bridge, gardening & horse racing (don't get him started on the latter!)
Tour Leader (since 2008)
Joyce grew up in the tiny South Canterbury settlement of Burkes Pass. She worked in the beautiful alpine environment of the Mackenzie Basin in various pursuits, including in the post office as a Telephone Exchange Operator. It was here that Joyce was inspired to become a water colour artist. Nowadays Joyce is busy tending her garden, cycling around the quiet rural roads of Russells Flat in mid Canterbury, tutoring water colour, cooking, tramping, and travelling extensively abroad with husband John.
Tour Leader (since 2017)
Kevin has recently retired to Ohoka, Christchurch, after working 35 years as an IT manager in the Education and Local Government sectors. Both Kevin and wife Karen are passionate about the outdoors and have participated in most North and South Island cycling events. Kevin is a keen sportsperson, a doting grandfather (aka Pop) and has recently rekindled his love for acrylic landscape painting. Kevin joins the team after having completed two PureTrails tours with friends (as a customer!) and looks forward to introducing visitors to spectacular South Island vistas and rewarding cycling adventures.
Tour Leader (since 2011)
Peter grew up in Christchurch and early in his working life spent three years in Twizel during the construction of the Upper Waitaki power scheme. A career change led to 35 years in the New Zealand Police with time spent in Central Otago and Canterbury. Peter was active in Search and Rescue for much of his Police service and completed two overseas deployments to Thailand following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. He is a keen cyclist and an active, if not always successful, lawn bowler.
Operations Support (Co-Founder and Director)
Sue was instrumental in the launching of PureTrails back in 2003, and spent a lot of her time planning trips, researching walks, organising menus and catering arrangements, as well as establishing health and safety requirements for our guided walking tours. Sue lead the guided walking tour team until 2014, when the company stopped running guided walks. Sue currently works part time as a nurse at a charity hospital, and enjoys getting out on tramps around Canterbury, bike rides (is currently training for the Mototapu), as well as tending her garden.
Tour Leader (since 2014)
Terry joins Pure Trails with a wealth of bicycle knowhow driven by a lifelong passion of cycling. As Mountainbike Captain of the North Canterbury Cycling club, Terry is regularly out and about organising club rides for riders of all levels, and has competed in events across NZ and Australia. Terry has spent 30+ years as an Airport Firefighter with the Christchurch Airport Fire Service, and prior to that gained an apprenticeship as a Certified Automotive Machinist. When not out cycling Terry also enjoys tramping and the outdoors.