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Hamish has been with Tuatara Tours since its inception.

When Tuatara Tours started there was one product – The Akaroa Walk. Now there are upwards of 45 products including 5 overseas tours to Bhutan, Japan and Australia.

Hamish’s background is varied, he has been involved in the nursery and garden centre trade, real estate, computer programming, and organising multi-day adventure races.

Away from work Hamish is involved in grafting and producing producing some new plant varieties and still retains his interests in everything outdoors.


Most of you will know Nicky as Tuatara Tours Tour Manager, but her starting role at Tuatara Tours was as a guide for the Akaroa Walk and West Coast Trail walking tours. For the last 6 years Nicky has also lead the Tuatara Tours walking tour program to Japan.

Nicky has a background in languages and 30 years industry experience in tourism. She is a fluent speaker of Japanese. Having lived in Japan for several years she relishes the opportunity to travel there each year with our tour groups, and to share her love of all things Japanese with our walkers.

When not walking the trails of the Nakasendo and Kumano, Nicky enjoys getting out on our local trails and having lived on the Port Hills of Christchurch since childhood, Banks Peninsula is her “backyard”. She is a keen tramper, and Nicky and her husband also enjoy getting ‘off the beaten track”, travelling around the South Island in their camper van.