The Tour Leader Team

We are fortunate to have a number of wonderful tour leaders who have a shared love of exploring new places and meeting new people.

This incredible team loves travelling as much as you do, so are always in top form and high spirits as you experience the trip of a lifetime together.


Adrienne Williams

Adrienne Williams comes from a farming background and now lives in Napier. Following many years in local government and voluntary organisations she is now an Art Deco guide in Napier and really enjoys interaction with tourists and seeing that they get good value and a happy time.

Adrienne has led many tours for us now over the past 15 years to most corners of the world.


Andy Richards

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 from California, I knew travel would always be a special part of my life.

So when the opportunity to own Maher Tours came along over ten 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, to be with them as they have the experience of a life time, and meet the locals in every place we visit. 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.


Alison Hearn

It is a privilege for me to be involved with Maher Tours. I love being able to meet all the interesting and diverse Kiwis and Aussies that are part of the groups.  Having fun together is what makes the tours special.

I am a trained nurse who has specialised in aged care and in people with disabilities under 65. I have worked in the Ministry of Health and with providers of care as a senior manager. I have three lovely sons, and two grandchildren. Two of my sons live overseas. I love to travel and have been to many countries – my highlight was volunteering in Peru up by Machu Picchu, and working with the wonderful Inca children. I keep fit at the gym and jogging, love my Hurricanes rugby team, my beach at Whangamata, visiting my sons overseas and biking trips away with friends.


Annie Selander

Hi there. I have been a Tour Leader for 25 years, and I am very passionate about the travel and tourism industry. I love to take people to many exciting places in the world by ship or land. I must admit cruising is my passion and have taken about 90 groups over the years and know the cruise ships and lots of the crews very well. I place a great deal of importance on customer service and safety while on tour, and ensuring that there is lots of fun and laughter too. I have been very fortunate to make many special friendships over the years with people I have travelled with. Hope to see you on tour one day soon.

I am married, of 42 years to my husband who is the caretaker at the local school. At home, I always enjoy spending time with our cat called Mildred ( British Blue ) and Ruby, a young labradoodle. I was born in Greymouth a Westcoaster , and spent 20 years on the Railways as a train Hostess on the Southerner Train, before moving into further afield travel .


Annie Sale

With more than 25 years of travel industry experience, I am still as passionate about travel as the day I started! I’ve worked in both corporate and retail travel and also owned my own business. More recently I have developed a passion for tour guiding and am delighted to now be involved with Maher Tours.

I have been lucky enough to visit more than 70 different countries and have travelled to some amazing places including Africa and South America – I just love these beautiful and diverse continents. Europe is another favourite destination of mine and I have returned many times over the years, always making sure I take time to venture off the beaten track as well as revisiting old favourites to ensure my product knowledge is kept up to date… Other destinations I know well include Australia, Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu. I’ve lived and worked in the UK and also driven coast to coast across the USA on more than one occasion.

It will be a real privilege for me to get to know you on tour and my goal is to ensure you always feel safe, cared for, and that you have companionship unless you choose to be alone – ensuring you get the most enjoyment possible from your trip.       Annie Sale 


Barbara Bibby

25 years ago I led my first Maher Tour group to London and Europe. I have been privileged to visit so many of the world’s interesting and wonderful places, enjoying different cultures, wonders both man made and natural in the company of many friends made on these friendly inclusive Maher Tours.

So many highlights, so many places yet to enjoy. South America has become my specialty and what a wonderful diverse continent it is.  Some of my other favourites are India, Paris, Italy, safari in Kenya/Tanzania, Spain, the treasures in St Petersburg, The Met in New York and cruising. I always get much pleasure in greeting new travellers, as well as the company of past travelling friends and the fun we have on tour and look forward to your company.


Jacky Toepfer

Travel has always been a big part of my life. From living in Holland and France, to more recent family adventures, it is not only a passion, but has provided many work opportunities along the way. Following university and a stint in the industry I trained for (Physical Education), my career took a turn and I worked as a travel consultant for several years and later in Travel & Tourism education.

Living in Wanaka allows me to enjoy the myriad outdoor opportunities and you’ll often find me mountain biking or skiing with friends, tramping with family or recovering from these at the local hot yoga studio. When in need of a winter break, I enjoy scuba diving holidays with my husband and two teenage children.

I am excited to be a part of the Maher Tours team, and hope to help clients make the most of their travel experiences and learn a few things along the way. Tot ziens! A bientôt! Bis bald!



John Newland

I have enjoyed a range of travel experiences over the years, with my family and in relation to study and work. Now that I am semi-retired I am enjoying the association with Maher Tours and supporting others who enjoy travelling as a group. I think travel is great whatever the reason and to be able to share new experiences as a tour leader adds another dimension to this.


Jude Murray

As a passionate independent traveller since the age of 22, I have travelled to 40 countries (and counting).  Through this love of adventure, I became involved with the tourism industry 17 years ago leading to my first taste at guiding on the Greenstone and Routeburn tracks in the Southern Alps.  I then moved across the ditch to Central Australia where I was a driver/guide around Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa National Park.  Returning to NZ, I once again started guiding and have taken groups to the South Island of NZ and to Australia.  Throughout my earlier travels I became increasingly passionate about my photography to the point of holding my first ever photographic exhibitions in the Middle East in Oman. From there I held two more exhibitions in my home town of Mount Maunganui, another one in New York City (one of my favs), followed by Bologna in Italy.  I am now excited to be involved with Maher Tours and would love the opportunity of leading you somewhere adventurous in the near future.


Julie Maher

I enjoy the outdoors, walking, cycling, reading, movies and boating. I have a holiday home in the Wairarapa and enjoy visiting the local wineries tasting the local wines. I come from a close family and enjoy a regular get togethers. These are always special times particularly as our family has increased over the years.


Kerry Maher

Kerry Maher

I have been very fortunate to spend most of my working life in the travel and tour business. It was over 30 years ago following my return from my OE that I asked my father, Bill, if there was a job for me in the family business. How time flies if you’re having fun!
Family has played a huge part in my life, both at home and in business with father Bill and my late brother Kevin, and now with Andy and his family taking over. In recent years, with our children grown up, I have been fortunate to have my long-suffering wife, Mary Ann, join me on a number of tours, just reward for the many times I left her behind to cope with our young family.
Over the years, I have seen some wonderful sights and there have been many highlights but the most well-remembered ones involve people …. momentous birthdays in faraway places, 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries, even an engagement party for a couple who had met on a previous tour. Which goes to prove the adage that while we may remember the places we have visited, it is the people we shared the experience with that brings it all to life.
I look forward to sharing many more highlights “on the road” for a few years yet.

Julie Young

I live in Tauranga and am fortunate that I can combine my work as a nurse with travel opportunities – both as a tour leader for Maher Tours, and as an independent traveller. I have travelled to many parts of the world, and have also spent time working in some countries which are not on the usual tourist path. Travel for me is about meeting people, having fun, and learning about life somewhere else in the world.

I always feel privileged to accompany fellow travellers on a Maher Tour as they journey to explore different countries, and experience new cultures. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them and hope that every tour will be a special trip, for each person.

Along with travelling, I enjoy walking, cycling (most recently a week of cycling in Poland), photography (I am known to take many photos of sunsets!), reading, and writing.

Lee Ball

I’m really excited to be involved with Maher tours as I love travelling, adventures, connecting with people and having fun!

I live in Wanaka, New Zealand where I immerse myself in the beautiful environment doing things I love – biking, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, swimming.  It’s the most amazing place to live and I’m always happy to return here after my travels. As well as my role as a Tour Leader, I’m a mother of six grown children, a Public Speaking Coach, MC, Massage Therapist and Wellbeing Retreat Facilitator. I’m passionate about helping people have transformative life experiences, whether it be through coaching, on retreat or on an incredible overseas trip. I’m looking forward to sharing an adventure with you!


Marianne Whittington

I have been fortunate to be able to combine work & travel, having worked in a variety of “off the beaten track” places over the years as well as travelling independently. It is a privilege & pleasure to now escort tours for Maher’s, ensuring my fellow travellers have a stress free & fun adventure.

When not travelling I enjoy cycling, walking and hiking as well as books and film.

Raylee Austin

“There are two kinds of people in the world;
Those who stay at home, and those who do not.
The second are the most interesting.”
Rudyard Kipling

Raylee Austin, a former international flight attendant, has more than 30 years experience in the tourism industry. She has travelled extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, across Europe, throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. Raylee has the knowledge, skills and experience to help clients have a truly memorable and “hassle free” travel experience.

When not undertaking overseas travel, Raylee welcomes guests to her beautiful home “Treetops”, located on the glistening shores of Lake Taupo. She enjoys outdoor activities in that beautiful natural environment and her other interests include photography, golf, mah jong and charity work.

Raylee understands the needs and expectations of discerning travellers and is delighted to welcome guests to Maher Tours.



Tania Pearce

Travel and adventure have always been an important part of my life.

Most of it has been in Asia and South America and has often been self-propelled, whilst competing as a multi-sport athlete or cycle touring. I love the experience of meeting others, experiencing new cultures and observing different ways of life.

I have been a teacher, outdoor instructor and guide and am currently living in picturesque Wanaka with my husband and two children. We spend our time enjoying the myriad of outdoor activities Wanaka has to offer, as well as gardening and working.

Currently I am teaching and developing some ‘active travel’ experiences, in particular e-biking based journeys to add to the Maher Tour’s programme.

I’m looking forward to the Maher Tours travel experience and the opportunity to share some memorable and hassle free travel with you.

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