About Us

Vladka and Richard are a unique blend of Czech and Kiwi and therefore bring you the best of international and local flavour.

Vladka was born and raised in the well-known spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, has a Diploma in Agriculture Management, a Bachelor Degree in Tourism Marketing & Management and for the last 14 years she has run her own travel consultancy business focused to the Middle Europe market.

In conjunction with this she has travelled and guided extensively through New Zealand and Australia. And - the other way round - during the NZ winter she organises top end guided trips to the Czech Republic for New Zealanders.

She is a member of the Wakatipu Search & Rescue Group as an avalanche and wilderness dog handler, is passionate about the outdoors, writing and photography and is a competent horse woman.

In 2013 Vladka was appointed Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in New Zealand with her office in Queenstown.

Richard is a born-and-bred Southern Man and Glenorchy (particularly Rees Valley) is his home through three past generations of the Kennetts - local high country farmers and miners.

He has dedicated his working life to conservation work in national parks as a ranger, and loves both heritage and natural history.

He has many years experience of backcountry Search & Rescue, and is still a Search & Rescue advisor for the Wakatipu region.

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