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.
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/Tour Leader (Founder and Managing Director)
Hilary is at the helm of 'mission control', and is often the person who answers your call or email, although is now spending more time out and about on tours. 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 to form 'PureTrails'. Hilary enjoys photography, cycling, walking, gardening, 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 (since 2018)
John has had a long career in the NZ Police, with time spent in the Search & Rescue & Alpine Cliff Rescue teams. During this period John spent a lot of time rock climbing and caving all over the South Island, leading to an enduring love of the NZ outdoors.
Outside of work John enjoys getting out in the hills hiking and cycling as well as swimming. John played rugby and water polo and still enjoys following these sports. He looks forward to meeting lots of people and sharing his love of the outdoors with PureTrails.
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 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 2018)
Megan has a background in interior design and art tutoring as well as a restaurateur. She currently runs a design consultancy and an Air B&B by the beach in Christchurch, and is revelling in supporting, hosting and sometimes taking her guests out for adventures.
Megan has travelled extensively herself, both within NZ and abroad, and has just completed the Old Ghost Road (mountain bike trail) for the second time. Megan looks forward to the opportunity to show off NZ and share her experience, passion and love of the outdoors with PureTrails.
Tour Leader (since 2019)
Robin lives in the alpine Canterbury village of Hanmer Springs where he is kept busy trapping opossums (a significant pest here in NZ!) Previously Robin has worked in the motor trade industry and operated a rural Christchurch Press round for many years. His hobbies include golf, fishing, automotive restoration, gardening and road bike racing. Robin looks forward to sharing his stories on the Alps to Ocean Trail trips.
Tour Leader (since 2019 and previously 2006 - 2013)
Sue has recently rejoined the PureTrails team having guided many walking and cycling trips for PureTrails between 2006 - 2013. Now fully retired from the family farm on the Canterbury Plains, Sue is kept busy by two active grandkids. Sue along with husband Brian enjoy exploring the many South Island cycle trails with a large contingent of friends each year. Sue looks forward to hosting trips on the Otago Rail Trail once again.
Operations Support (Co-Founder and Director)
After retiring from a long career in nursing, 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 enjoys getting out on tramps around Canterbury, bike rides, as well as tending her garden and spending time with her grandkids.