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



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



Digital Marketing Manager

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





Trade Marketing and Relations

Yue Gong

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



General Sales Agent, UK & Europe

Alison Hampton


+447932 733498



Holly Hanson

“Whatever makes your soul happy, do that. ”





Steph Jones

Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile. 




Sonia Paris

“Man is a bird without wings, and a bird is a man without sorrows.” – Louis de Bernières


Resource Coordinator

Chloe Cooper

“ If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” – Roald Dahl


Marketing Communications Coordinator

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




Operation Manager Phil Wiel

The token Queenstowner, handy for language difficulties.

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



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


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 Fabian Wybrow

“Fabian was the best guide as it didn’t feel rehearsed and was just very genuine and easy to talk to. He was amazing and very knowledgeable. Thank you, Fabian, you have made my trip to Queenstown unforgettable.” – Ruby


Driver/Guide Jaimee Murphy

“Jamie was exceptional. She was an awesome guide, made sure we were safe and feeling comfortable the entire time. Thank you!” – Damo



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.”


Shop Staff

Lord of the Rings Shop Manager

Joe Wood

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



Front Line Sales Derek Olver

“Hakuna Matata”.



Frontline Sales Ruth Chen

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” ~ James M. Barrie


Frontline Sales Avery Antonio

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

― St. Francis Of Assisi