The Backyard Roadies Story
Jason – Founder / Tour Leader
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?
Ryan – Operations Manager / Tour Leader
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
Tunui – Tour Leader
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.
Ben – Tour Leader
Born and raised in Papamoa, Ben grew up surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, wakeboarding and mountain biking. Since moving to Christchurch 2 years ago he has made it his mission to explore as much of the beauty of South Island as possible. When he’s not climbing mountains or camping in the snow, He spends his time climbing in a local gym, skiing up at Mt Hutt and biking through the port hills.
Esther – Tour Leader
Esther was born and raised in Te Awakairangi. As soon as she could she started travelling. First steps were overseas exploring the world. Soon she realised the raw beauty of her homeland and that is where her passion for travelling New Zealand began. After touring top to bottom multiple times living the van life, she settled herself in Queenstown. To this day she travels and keeps the vibrant tourist ski town as her home base.
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 the crew on our New Zealand group tours and explore our country like never before!