Our People

Of these criteria Nomad Safaris’ staff are seen as the single biggest contributors to the company’s ongoing success story. “Our employees are selected with a number of criteria in mind, but from a business point of view, maybe the most important of these is their personality.   They’re in close quarters with our customers for a number of hours, so their people skills are vitally important.   Their character is as much a memorable part of our tours as the tours themselves.   Lots of companies say their people are their best assets, with us it’s an absolute fact.”

Office Staff

Managing Director

David Gatward-Ferguson

Brave Leader. Grew up in the shadows of Old Trafford, 25 year kiwi. Still excited after twenty five years driving Nomad Safaris.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas A. Edison



Financial Director

Amanda Gatward-Ferguson

Rose garden origins, transplanted well.

Environmentalist, accountant, organiser.  Loves details and her children.

“There’s nothing to fear. Except maybe that weird guy over there.” ~Anonymous



Sales and Marketing

Hannah Yen

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” ~Anonymous



Finance & Admin Manager

Conor O’Boyle

From the Emerald Isle, best not requested to sing.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. “~Walt Disney



Accountant Ritu Sharma

Hindi to have a round

“The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music.”~Anonymous



Sales Liaison Giovana Mederios

Our Latin connection

“If I’m driving you crazy just remember to put on your seat belt.”~Anonymous



Digital Marketing Specialist

Grace Lin

From the wondrous Middle-kingdom

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. “~Nathaniel Hawthorne




General Sales Agent, UK & Europe

Alison Hampton


+447932 733498



Operation Manager Danny Maguire

The token Queenstowner, handy for language difficulties.

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” ~Ralph Nader



Operations Johanna Lundgren

Abba are missing an angel 

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” ~Diane Ackerman



Senior Driver Graeme Glass

Graeme, aka Grazza.

Mountaineer, skier, farmer, historian, leader.

“Graeme was an awesome guy, very informative and great fun. He had a lot of insider scoop and personal stories on the filming locations.” -Gerjomi


Senior Driver Tim Borrell

Tim, aka Skippers Boy

” Our driver Tim was fantastic. Great sense of humor, full of local knowledge ad put the vehicle through its paces when appropriate.”


Driver/Guide Michael Lane

“Bager was full of knowledge and there was barely a moment of silence the whole afternoon as he filled us in with all the interesting facts, inside stories and funny anecdotes about the crew, cast & making of the movies. Badger was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about his job and I challenge anyone to ask him a question he doesn’t know the answer to about LOTR!” – Kirst


Driver/Guide Jenny Brinsley

“Our driver, Jenny was just fantastic and her theatrical skills made narrating from Lord of the Rings so realistic. She was an extremely good driver and her knowledge of Skippers just terrific. Please pass on to her our thanks for making our Skippers trip the highlight of our Queenstown tour.” – Rowan and Penny, NZ



Driver/Guide Santiago Andora

“Santiago was an excellent guide and we learnt lots about New Zeland’s wildlife and the fight to maintain its stunning scenery. I would recommend it to all!” – Maggie


Driver/Guide Justin Chisholm

“We experienced an awesome 4WD half day trip with Justin as our delightful, respectful and humorous tour guide. Justin gave us his commentary of the historic gold mining in the area. His humor and respect of others made it a wonderful experience. We would recommend this trip to everyone who visits the Queenstown area. “- Glibert


Driver/Guide Laura Douglas

“Laura was absolutely brillant. As she had grown up in the area, she was able to pass on bits of information and made the tour a lot of fun for us. She was very kind, interesting and made the experience memorable. I would do the safaris again with her as the driver in a heartbeat!” – Chase


Driver/Guide Michelle Newsome

“Michelle took us to Skippers earlier this week. I just want to say we had a lovely tour with her. A good driver and very considerate to us two oldies.” – Ian and Sharon


Driver/Guide Hamish Try

“My husband and I had a wonderful guided tour by Hamish, one of the best guides we’ve had our entire trip in NZ! He was able to answer all of our tourist type questions and more. It was a really great experience. Thank you!” – Kelsey



Driver/Guide Gerard Saint

“Our guide Gerard was enthusiastic and a great teacher! 5/5 stars for Gerard and his Defender! We totally recommend him and the slef drive module:)” – Pippa


Driver/Guide Matt Bennell

“Quad biking with Matt was absolutely fantastic. He is professional, friendly and down to earth and made this adventure top notch. Awesome fun, spectacular views and exhilarating fun on the quads. Would do this again in a heartbeat.”


Driver/Guide Simon Tunnell

“Our guide Simon is knowledgeable about the area and gave us really considerate guidance. He is also enthusiastic and can paly the roles quite well. Highly recommend the tour and thank Simon!” – Oliver


Driver/Guide Andre Lima

“We wanted to tell you that we had a great half-day tour with Andre. He did a great job and helped us get some spectacular photos throughout our time together. We learned a lot from him too. ” – Cheryl and John


Driver/Guide Paul Child

“Did the afternoon tour to glenorchy with Paul – one huge movie-, nature- and of course LOTR expert. Many stops along the way in midst incredible scenery of Queenstown & Paradise.”


Driver/Guide Darryl Gunn

“The River crossings were really fun in the Land Rover, and the drive along Skippers Road was so scenic. Our Driver Daryl was excellent, he was so funny and very knowledgeable, due to his long family history in the area.”


Driver/Guide Vikram Singh


Shop Staff

Lord of the Rings shop Manager

Josh Mulvihill

A mother-country runaway

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” ~Dale Carnegie



Frontline Sales Lucy Lyall

Our Australian cultural ambassador

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. “~Albert Einstein


Frontline Sales Alisha Strand

An émigré from Trumpton

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.” ~Anonymous


Frontline Sales/Chinese relations Iris Zhang

Middle-earth liaison with the Middle-kingdom

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. “~Maya Angelou