After living in the city and working in the corporate world Ian and Yvette decided it was time to live the dream. In 2012 they relocated to Wanaka to start an accommodation business. Loving the stunning area where they live, they took the opportunity to create a tour business where they could get out and show off their beautiful backyard. Leveraging off their love for the outdoors and travel, their corporate experience enabled them to establish Wanaka Trike Tours in 2013.
Ian has a background in dairy farming, the dairy corporate world and the military. He has always had a keen interest in motorbikes and the outdoors. Buying his first motorcycle at the age of 15 he was able to experience the thrill of the ride, which he has continued through to the present day – being a partner in the owner-operated trike tour business, Wanaka Trike Tours.
Ian loves meeting people and sharing the amazing scenery and breath-taking views in and around Wanaka. He really enjoys sharing his knowledge of the history of the area, particularly the Maori history and talking about the early gold mining activities. Ian is a great believer in providing the guests with an experience they will talk about for some time.
Always wanting to connect with friends, Yvette craved an independent way to get around. At the age of 15 and still at school with her motorbike licence in hand, she took to borrowing her big sister’s Honda 50 step-through to get out into the countryside. Her love of travelling was just beginning.
Yvette’s career started in the corporate world and after a few years it was time to see the world. Basing herself in London for 7 years she set about travelling to all corners of the globe. From Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, Africa and Asia to Central & South America her experiences are vast from backpacking to luxury. Journeying by donkey, moped, bus, train, boat and plane, the adventure was never dull.
‘Trike’ didn’t make the list until 2013!
The trike is all about having fun. That might mean enjoying world class food and wine, exploring new places or just relaxing and taking in the view from the trike as we trip around some of New Zealand’s most admired countryside.
Come and join us at Wanaka Trike Tours. Come for the experience – not just the ride!
Ian & Yvette’s passion is to share this fantastic region with guests locally and from around the globe and to give visitors a memorable and fun experience.
Following the Tiaki Promise, they are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.
CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACE.
TRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALL.
RESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELLING WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND.