The Backyard Roadies Story
Jason has led tour groups 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’. Jason 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 in his own backyard.
The idea came up when Jason wanted to keep travelling, naturally as we do when we’re young, so tried to find a job as a tour guide in New Zealand. However, he found there were no companies offering the travel experiences he wanted to lead, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. His idea was 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 purpose 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?
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
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!
He uri au o te Maunga titohea o Taranaki, me te iwi o Te Atiawa. Born in Taranaki, and raised in Piha on Auckland’s west coast. Tunui is a keen surfer and has always loved spending time in Te Wao Nui a Tāne (the outdoors). Since finishing school in 2011 , Tunui has spent a season working at Whistler Ski Resort in Canada, travelled around Europe and Southeast Asia before gaining his pilots licence and working as a flight instructor for 3 years.
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!