The Tour Leader Team

Expert Tour Leaders for Customized Journeys Around The World

We are fortunate to have a number of wonderful tour leaders with extensive experience catering to the unique needs of senior travelers. Our dedicated team shares a deep passion for exploring new destinations and forging connections with people around the globe, and is committed to delivering unforgettable experiences. Explore the world with us and discover tailored adventures designed for mature explorers like you.

Andy Richards

Tour Leader

Lucky to have travelled worldwide, lived in different places and know that travel is special. Leading groups for Maher Tours, it’s about the people, the lifetime experiences, meeting locals. I aim for stress-free, relaxed, fun tours. The greatest success? The lasting friendships made on tour.

Alison Hearn

Tour Leader

I am privileged to be part of Maher Tours, connecting with diverse Kiwis and Aussies. The essence of our tours lies in shared fun, my joy lies in global travel, highlighted by volunteering near Machu Picchu, working with incredible Inca children. As a trained nurse specializing in aged care and supporting those under 65, my career spans roles in the Ministry of Health and senior management.

Annie Parkinson

Tour Leader

With over 25 years in the travel industry, my passion for travel remains unwavering. I’ve worked in corporate and retail travel, owned my business, and now find joy in tour guiding with Maher Tours. Having explored 70+ countries, Africa and South America captivate me, while Europe holds a special place. Regular off-the-beaten-track ventures and revisiting favourites keep my product knowledge current.

Annie Selander

Tour Leader

As a Tour Leader for 25 years, I’m deeply passionate about travel and tourism. Guiding groups to exciting global destinations by ship or land is my forte. With a special love for cruising, I’ve led around 90 groups, fostering familiarity with cruise ships and crews. Emphasizing customer service and safety, I prioritize ensuring tours are not just memorable but also filled with fun and laughter.

Jools Hall

Tour Leader

Passionate about travel, discovery, and new adventures! I started working in Switzerland at 18, launching me into a world trip at 21, exploring and working across continents. UK-born, I’ve called NZ home for over 30 years. Former Owner and Founder of a multi-award-winning tourism business for 20 years. I’m thrilled to join Maher Tours, leading and exploring our incredible planet.

John Newland

Tour Leader

Over the years, I’ve had diverse travel experiences with family, for study, and work. In my semi-retirement, I relish my connection with Maher Tours, supporting fellow group travellers. Travel is fantastic, and as a tour leader, sharing new experiences adds an extra dimension to this exciting journey.

Maree Fitzgerald

Tour Leader

I’ve been a keen traveller since I first went overseas at 18, on a one-way ticket. I’ve lost track of how many countries I’ve been to, but I’ve travelled to most of the continents. My travels have been as an independent traveller; however I’ve also enjoyed being a Tour Leader for Maher Escorted Tours and especially love connecting other travellers.

Rebecca Chapman-Cohen

Tour Leader

Joining Maher Tours is a privilege. I reside on a merino sheep and deer farm in Central Otago with my husband, specializing in growing fine wool for the global market. My journey in travel began with a transformative year on AFS in Chile, igniting a passion for the industry. Armed with a Tourism Diploma and a university degree in tourism and recreation management, I am eager to contribute to crafting memorable experiences for our travellers.

Lee Kelly

Tour Leader

Thrilled to be a Tour Leader for Maher Escorted Tours, I’m passionate about travel, adventures, connecting, and having fun! My joy lies in facilitating transformative life experiences—be it through coaching, retreats, or overseas trips. Excited to embark on an adventure with you soon!

Jude Murray

Tour Leader

As a passionate independent traveller since 22, I’ve explored 40 countries. Engaging in the tourism industry for 17 years, my guiding journey began on the Greenstone and Routeburn tracks. Now, thrilled to be with Maher Tours, I look forward to leading you on an adventurous journey soon.

Jacky Toepfer

Tour Leader

Travel is a vital part of my life—from living in Holland and France to recent family adventures. With a background in Physical Education, I transitioned to a career in travel consultancy and education. Thrilled to join Maher Tours, I look forward to enriching clients’ travel experiences and learning together. Tot ziens! A bientôt! Bis bald!

Joss Toomey

Tour Leader

Excited to join the Maher family, I anticipate ensuring your travel is stress-free. Wanaka residents, my husband and I relish mountain biking, skiing, paddleboarding, and boating. My diverse travel background includes consultancy, a year in Canada, and exploring Hawaii, Eastern Europe, Spain, USA, Fiji, Tonga, and Australia. Eager to meet fellow travel enthusiasts, I’m thrilled to share exciting experiences together.

Linzi Ebbage-Thomas

Tour Leader

My journey with travel began at one, when my family moved from England to Manhattan. Now calling Wānaka home, I immerse myself in its stunning landscapes. Married to Brian, a former Royal Air Force Officer turned ice cream entrepreneur, we explore the natural beauty. Thrilled to bring this spirit of exploration to Maher Tours, I’m eager to accompany you on stress-free, enjoyable travels.

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