John and Alison Rains, John has been organising and guiding tours since 1987, making him not only the most experienced motorcycle guide in New Zealand but one of the most experienced in the world. He has found out that the only prerequisites needed for the job are mechanical skills, marketing skills, people skills, employer skills, a sense of humour, the occasional ‘blind eye’, and the ability to fix punctures in the rain. Widely travelled in Europe and North America on motorcycles. John enjoys meeting people and riding motorcycles – his personal favourite is a Laverda SFC1000, and he has also been seen on a Triumph Speed Triple. Happily married to Alison.
Peter & Kate Colwell
Retired farmers from inland NSW Australia, who now have over 30 tours in New Zealand under their belts. A sensible approach and sense of humour has made them favourites. Peter’s journalistic skills have seen his articles published in Australian and US motorcycle magazines. Widely travelled on motorcycles in Europe and North America, currently Peter and Kate ride a BMW R1200GS.
Gordon has been in the motorcycle industry most of his working life as a motorcycle dealer, tour guide and was a winner of New Zealand Tourism Awards when he owned and managed an outstanding tourism company. He has now teamed up with John Rains and having both been founders of the motorcycle rental and touring industry of New Zealand, contribute a wealth of experience to make our tours even better. Gordon’s favourite bikes are the latest liquid cooled BMW R1200RT and R1200GS.
A Dutchman born in Egypt who speaks as many languages as there are days in the year. One of our most popular guides, he has been coming to New Zealand for the last 17 years as a guide for the German speaking tours. Reini is a very experienced international traveller, spending only a short time at home each year. A fine connoisseur of New Zealand beer and a lover of old BMW motorcycles of which he has two, an R90S and R75/5, garaged in Rotterdam awaiting his arrival home.
Dual sport specialist Laurie is a New Zealander who resides in Queensland during the winter. His experience and enthusiasm have made our tours a real success. An eye for an interesting route and the ability to fix a problem, miles from anywhere make him an invaluable member of the team. He has a restored a Suzuki GS1000S as his transport of choice.
Perry is another of the all-rounders which are essential in meeting customer needs. An organised mind and a tenacious grip on details are vital with so many different things on the go. Some people call it multi-tasking, we just call it another day at work. A long history of motorcycles means he can turn a hand to helping out in the workshop and his former position of CEO at Britten Motorcycle Company means he is well travelled and comfortable with the needs of overseas clients. Perry spends his spare time fishing and out and about on his 6 Speed Triple.