The Backyard Roadies Story


A smiling Jason (Roadies owner and operator) on a boat enjoying the views

Jason – Founder/Tour Leader

Jason has taken groups of people by bus, boat, bike, and plane to explore all around the Philippines and Thailand. He is a master in the art of the ‘road trip’. He has a passion for creating memorable experiences for people and has spent years doing just that in Southeast Asia. Now he is back in New Zealand, with the vision to do the same for people closer to home.

The idea came up when Jason wanted to keep travelling, like a lot of people in NZ and Australia, and he wanted to find a job as a tour guide again after the first lockdown but noticed there were no companies operating like that in his homeland so he decided to take things into his own hands. He then decided to create an experience for people who are looking to travel, discover new places, in need of a holiday but most importantly learn to connect with others, connect with the land, and learn more about our culture and history. Jason’s idea is for people to discover more about themselves and to do things out of their comfort zone.

These are just a handful of the reasons why we travel and explore new places so why not continue to experience all this but in the comfort of our own backyard? At the time of the business launch, it didn’t seem realistic due to no international visitors coming to New Zealand, but Jason was passionate to help other small tourism businesses around the country. The best way to do this is by spreading the wealth around the industry using our own domestic audience whilst building solid relationships with kiwis and other suppliers.


Our Roadie's Team

Ryan – Tour Leader

Born and raised in Te Awamutu, Ryan started seeking out world adventures at the age of 17. After graduating with a diploma in outdoor instructing and guiding, he moved into the sea kayak guiding world where he gained 3 seasons of experience in local and international waters (Abel, Tasman & Hong Kong). On top of that, he has instructed surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, and coasteering, to name a few.

Millie – Tour Leader

Originally from the UK. Millie has been living and loving life in New Zealand since she was 6 years old. From 18 Millie has have been exploring the world and seeking adventures both solo and with friends in the US, Europe, Borneo, Australia, Pacific Islands and NZ. When Millie’s not travelling she spends her time working as a travel agent, working with children and leading our backyard road trips!

Sammy – Tour Leader

Sammy is a proud born and raised ‘westie’ but has spent majority of the past 7 years overseas and travelling her own backyard. At 17 Sammy hopped on a plane to go to college in North Carolina, USA on a cycling scholarship, this led to many adventures, travels and making life long friendships. In more recent years Sammy has found a passion for photography, health and wellness coaching, snowboard instructing and exploring what NZ has to offer.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join Jason and the crew on our New Zealand group tours and explore our country like never before!

The Backyard Roadies Story

A smiling Jason (Roadies owner and operator) on a boat enjoying the views

Jason

Jason has taken groups of people by bus, boat, bike, and plane to explore all around the Philippines and Thailand. He is a master in the art of the ‘road trip’. He has a passion for creating memorable experiences for people and has spent years doing just that in Southeast Asia. Now he is back in New Zealand, with the vision to do the same for people closer to home.

The idea came up when Jason wanted to keep travelling, like a lot of people in NZ and Australia, and he wanted to find a job as a tour guide again after the first lockdown but noticed there were no companies operating like that in his homeland so he decided to take things into his own hands. He then decided to create an experience for people who are looking to travel, discover new places, in need of a holiday but most importantly learn to connect with others, connect with the land, and learn more about our culture and history. Jason’s idea is for people to discover more about themselves and to do things out of their comfort zone.

Ryan

Born and raised in Te Awamutu, who started seeking out world adventures at the age of 17. After graduating with a diploma in outdoor instructing and guiding, I have seen myself move into the sea kayak guiding world where I have gained 3 seasons of experience in local and international waters. (Abel Tasman & Hong Kong). On top of that, I have instructed surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, coasteering to name a few

Millie

Originally from the UK. Millie has been living and loving life in New Zealand since she was 6 years old. From 18 Millie has have been exploring the world and seeking adventures both solo and with friends in the US, Europe, Borneo, Australia, Pacific Islands and NZ. When Millie’s not travelling she spends her time working as a travel agent, working with children and leading our backyard road trips!

Sammy

Sammy is a proud born and raised ‘westie’ but has spent majority of the past 7 years overseas and travelling her own backyard. At 17 Sammy hopped on a plane to go to college in North Carolina, USA on a cycling scholarship, this led to many adventures, travels and making life long friendships. In more recent years Sammy has found a passion for photography, health and wellness coaching, snowboard instructing and exploring what NZ has to offer.

These are just a handful of the reasons why we travel and explore new places so why not continue to experience all this but in the comfort of our own backyard? At the time of the business launch, it didn’t seem realistic due to no international visitors coming to New Zealand, but Jason was passionate to help other small tourism businesses around the country. The best way to do this is by spreading the wealth around the industry using our own domestic audience whilst building solid relationships with kiwis and other suppliers.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join Jason and the crew on our New Zealand group tours and explore our country like never before!

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