“This is a great country and I have a great job – showing off New Zealand to people who appreciate it as much as I do. I get a real buzz out of making each tour an exceptional experience for each guest.”
Mark established Awesome Tours, after recognising that people valued having a personal, well-informed local guide, who could safely drive them around and – if they wanted – put together a tailor-made tour. Before Awesome Tours, Mark had a long and successful career in corporate sales and marketing management. He spent five years working and travelling in Australia, Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom, before the pull of home brought him back to New Zealand. He returned to Dunedin in 1997 and has spent fifteen years in the tourism industry – including five years as an account manager for AA Tourism. It was during this time that he saw the need for an informative and safe alternative to large coach and self-drive tours.
With his own extensive travel experiences behind him, Mark understands what is required in a guide – that some people want time to explore on their own, while others are looking for a fully-guided package.