Born in Motueka, Maree grew up on a tobacco farm in Riwaka spending much of her younger years exploring the Abel Tasman from their family bach in Stilwell Bay.
She left New Zealand at 18, travelling extensively overseas. On her return she joined the NZ Police. With husband Ken she now runs Riwaka Retreat, self contained accomodation just out of Motueka.
Very much an outdoors person, Maree set up Abel Tasman Tours & Guided Walks in late 1999 to share her love of the Tasman area and its beautiful national parks.
|Ken, Abel Tasman Tours Guide|
Ken has lived in the Abel Tasman area for over 35 years. A builder by trade, he now assists Maree with the guided walks and has a sound knowledge of both the Inland and Coastal Tracks of the Abel Tasman National Park.
He is an avid recreational fisherman with most of his leisure time spent at the family bach or off the coast of the Abel Tasman in his 4.9m stabicraft.
|Briar, Abel Tasman Tours Guide|
There is no doubt that we have lost Briar to the Department of Conservation.
She has taken up a new position in the North Island as a Biodiversity threats ranger working on systems for pest eradication.
Her return to the Mainland will not be in the near future.
We will miss her cheerful smile!
" We love this place. We enjoyed our visit and our guide Ken, and when we watched the seal! Thank you Ken. " David & Lidia, Spain, November 2013. Abel Tasman Paddle Me Home
" We had the privilege of being the first trampers of the summer season with our excellent guide Ken. We are much richer for having his companionship and knowledge, particularly when we only had a day. We learned some very interesting history, zoology, and botany. Many thanks. " Kurt, Suzie & Marilyn, USA, November 2012. Kiwi Bach to Anchorage
" A beautiful walk with a great guide and great stop at the unique bach. The weather even cooperated for most of the day. Highly recommended! Thank you! " Peter & Kristin, USA, March 2012. Abel Tasman Guided Walk & Sea Kayak Package
" A lovely relaxed day in the excellent company of Ken who identified flora and fauna along the way. A fantastic lunch at the bach thanks to Maree and the added bonus of an extra walk after lunch. A beautiful day that defied a grim weather forecast. Thank you!" John & Maggie, UK, February 2012. Kiwi Bach, Seals & Cruise
"The trip as such was exactly what we expected and a lot more. Great weather and even greater scenery. Very lovely treats like homemade muffins and an extra bag of kiwis created a familiar atmosphere(as well as taking us to your beautiful house at the beach). Thanks for 3 awesome days - our wonderful guide and Maree." J Simon, Irina, and Thomas, Germany, June 2011. Abel Tasman Guided Walks & Accommodation
"Enjoyed the ferry ride past the seals. Had the company of Ken and Briar who were terrific. Great place for lunch at Bark Bay. Really good walk, and home to Maree's whitebait patties. Couldn't ask for more." Julie & Carl, Australia, Oct 2010.
Abel Tasman Tours & Guided Walks holds Department of Conservation guided walk concessions in the Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks, and is proud to be a member of the Nelson-Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter.
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