NZ Bush Tip No. 7

Bring the best pair of binoculars you can afford and have them with you at all times.

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Our Guides

We have the best

Whether you are on a fully guide safari or being looked after at one of the lodges, our guides and hosts are incredibly knowledgeable and hospitable.

A guide can make or break a safari, and we ensure that all our guides have been highly trained with a high degree of knowledge about history, culture, wildlife and the environment. They are all enthusiastic, keen to impart knowledge and easy to get on with.

We want your safari to be the trip of a lifetime, and our guides are here to make sure that happens.

Nigel Perks

Forty-two year old Nigel is originally from New Zealand, and has been running and guiding African safaris since 1987. He has led trips through Uganda, Kenya, Zaire, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. For the past six years, Nigel has also been offering safari-style travel in New Zealand.

His experience, gleaned over the last 20 years, is invaluable to the success and running of your adventure. A safari with Nigel is so memorable that over 80% of Nigel's clients return for several more trips. His enthusiasm is infectious and can't fail to hook you on the exciting experiences a safari has to offer.

“Nigel is the most enthusiastic and experienced guide I have ever spent time with.”
Claire Dicken, Destination Expert

Scott & Yvonne Bowater

Local lodge owners and hosts in Kaikoura

Both born and bred in New Zealand, Scott hails from Palmerston North and Yvonne from Christchurch.

Together they moved to Kaikoura in 2003 because of a joint love of the outdoors and the sea - and they've never looked back. Kaikoura is an amazing 'food basket' and they love to free dive for fish and crayfish as well as hunt for deer in the hills at every available opportunity.

Both sing in local band 4 Shore, which was formed by Scott in 2004. He is lead singer, guitarist and composer of the band's original music. Yvonne has worked as a professional photographer specialising in outdoor and nature shots for over a decade, and Scott also runs a local contracting business.

“We both welcome the opportunity to meet new people and help them have the most memorable stay in our great town,” say Scott and Yvonne.

“One of the highlights of our trip was undoubtedly our stay with you and in particular the wonderful crayfish, which Scott prepared for us.”
John & Diane Mellows, UK

Ainslie Wilson

Ainslie is a 42 year old Kiwi. In between teaching primary school for the last twenty years, she's been travelling round the round the world exploring Europe, the Middle East, Falkland Islands, Morocco and Tanzania. Most recently she has spent two seasons working on the South Atlantic sub Antarctic island of South Georgia working as an Observer on Cruise ships, guest speaker, shore guide and also Deputy Postmaster. This Antartic oasis provided an amazing experience living and working in an enviroment teeming with wildlife.

Ainslie is passionate about sharing her love of travel and love of New Zealand and is most excited about working for Nigel Perks Discovery.

“Our trip to the South Island was fantastic. Of course we had the best tour guide so we were able to see so many gems of beauty that would not normally be seen. When we ask the kids what was their favourite part of the holiday we get a list of everything we did!”
Maureen McCarthy, USA

Furhana Ahmad

Stewart Island

Furhana is so passionate about Stewart Island that she has made it her home.

With a Bsc Hons degree in Geography and first-hand experience of other countries and cultures, Furhana has developed a unique business providing highly professional and personal service.

Furhana was born in Kenya to Indian and Seychellian parents, was educated in England and has travelled and worked in a variety of countries. She began visiting Stewart Island in 1994, spending most of her time hiking and exploring the Island, before settling permanently in 1999. She guided for the Department of Conservation for a season before setting up Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience in 2000.

Furhana has personally guided several thousand visitors from over 35 different countries since 1999, and has assisted with wildlife filming for television in the UK, Australia and Japan. She is a member of the New Zealand Ornithological Society and the Southland Natural History Field Club. She now lives amid the native forest, enjoying wildlife at her doorstep, including kaka (parrot), kakariki (parakeet) and the occasional visiting kiwi.

“We felt privileged to be here at all and even more so to be able to visit Ulva Island in the company of someone who understood our needs and was brilliant at answering our questions, about birds, plants or anything. It was a great introduction to Stewart Island and gave us the confidence to get a lot more out of our stay here than we could have done otherwise...”
Joan & Dick Albright, Alison Berridge – UK

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