Sally Lilley

I met John (my partner) in 1999 and after 20 years in the Financial Services industry jumped at the chance to take 12 months off and travel around the world as a mature backpacker. Our first hotel was The Hilton in Boston but not every overnight was as glamorous as that! We had a wonderful 12 months visiting North and South America, New Zealand, Australia, Borneo, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. On informing my mother of our decision to travel, she announced ‘I don’t consider it a daughter lost but holiday destinations gained’.

On returning to the UK in 2001 I worked for a number of organisations in the charity and hospitality sector before deciding New Zealand was where we wanted to live for a period of time.

John and I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003 and entered the hospitality and tourism industry. Over the next 7 years we ran a number of remote Lodges on the South Island including Milford Sound, Lake Moeraki and Arthurs Pass and in 2010 we took over a small group guided tour company based in Christchurch.    

We spent the next four years guiding small groups around the South Island and ensuring they had a trip of a lifetime. In 2014 we moved back to the UK for family reasons and now I have the opportunity to send visitors to New Zealand to enjoy all my favourite places many of which you will not find in the guide books.

With John on the Kepler Track

With John on the Kepler Track

At the start of the Siberia Experience

At the start of the Siberia Experience

In front of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook

In front of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook