Andy Richards – Owner & Director
I have been very fortunate to travel to, and live in, many parts of the world. As a result of these experiences, when I returned to NZ, I knew travel would always be a special part of my life.
So when the opportunity to own Maher Tours came along over 10 years ago, fair to say I was very excited, and that excitement has grown every day since.
The most enjoyable part of leading tours for me is getting to know the people who travel with us, and be with them as they have the experience of a life time. Ensuring the tour is stress free, relaxed and fun is my aim for all the tours we operate, but it is the lasting friendships that are made on tour that I consider the greatest success.
Emily Newrick – Business Manager
I joined the Maher Escorted Tours team in 2013 after 6 years in corporate travel and I absolutely love it! I feel very fortunate to work for a company that holds customer satisfaction above all else and I really enjoy hearing our travellers talk about what a fantastic time they had on tour and the wonderful memories that will stay with them forever. I have been lucky enough to partake in a few trips myself over the years and I would count India and Cambodia as my two top destinations so far – we have tours to both of these countries, as well as many other destinations, so I hope you will join us and see for yourself what a magnificent experience a Maher Tour is.
Sarah Newrick – Senior Consultant
I joined Maher Escorted Tours in 2015 after beginning my career in the hospitality industry and have not looked back since. Starting off with Maher Escorted Tours in Wellington, I relocated to Wanaka with the business in mid-2018 and love my new surroundings!
After catching the travel bug in my teenage years, my personal travels have spanned across the Pacific Islands to South America, Asia, Europe and beyond – however, I am always on the lookout for my next travel destination!
Not only do I enjoy organising such a variety of itineraries and applying my past travel experiences into my daily work, my role at Maher Tours offers me the reward of hearing your amazing travel stories & feedback and knowing I played a small part in all of this. I feel very lucky to be part of a team who work hard to bring together trip-of-a-lifetime travel experiences to our client base and I look forward to providing you with a hassle-free holiday.
Melissa Watkins – Marketing and Communications
I have been working with Maher Escorted Tours since 2020 to make sure you stay up to date with everything that is happening in this wonderful business. From managing the social media, writing and sending your email updates and anything communication-wise that needs that extra touch, I am often behind it.
I too caught the travel bug years ago, but for now am loving life in Wanaka which, in my very biased opinion, is one of the top spots in New Zealand (and also happens to be on many of our South Island Tours…)
When I am not working with Maher Tours, I run a little marketing agency and enjoy tackling marketing challenges with businesses across many industries – but the travel industry is certainly one of the most exciting.