Tony McCutcheon

When asked what he likes most about guiding Wilderness Travel trips, Tony McCutheon said, “I like the changes I see in people from the start of the trip when we first meet up and then how they are at the end, but mostly I like the friendships that develop during the trip with myself and between the group members.” After meeting Tony, it isn’t hard to see why he has even more friends than his many talents. Tony was born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand, and grew up with a love of nature. He spent his youth skiing in winter and catching waves around the coasts of the South Island in summer, and later became a professional skier turned ski guide to lead trips in the Swiss Alps, when he learned to speak German fluently (with a Kiwi accent). Those experiences led him back to the South Island of New Zealand, where he leads trip for us during the summer and continues to make more friends year after year. When he is not guiding our trips, you can find him chasing wind and waves, traveling locally and overseas, and being a ski guide in the winter months in Wanaka, New Zealand, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

New Zealand: South Island Adventure, January 6-18, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 3-15, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 3-15, 2013
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, January 5-17, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 2-14, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 2-14, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 22-April 3, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, October 14-26, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, November 9-21, 2014
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, January 4-16, 2015
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 1-13, 2015
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 1-13, 2015

Client Testimonials:


You have a gem in Tony. He made it the fun adventure it was and personified the friendly Kiwi spirit. He went above and beyond in many, many ways. Sandy R., Reno, NV
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony did it all with outstanding professionalism, fun, attention to detail, and interaction with clients. Tea at his home with his wife and children was a nice touch. Would travel with him anytime! Judi M., Snoqualmie, WA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was great—enthusiastic, personable, fun, and kept the whole show on track! Michael J., Reno, NV
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony is extraordinary and we'd now go anywhere with him that he wanted to take us! Not only knowledgeable but flexible, ineffably good-humored, sensitive to how each member of our diverse group was feeling and handling the trip. Smart, funny, so aware of the environment, including us.
Pam K., West Dennis, MA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
The trip far exceeded my expectations. I especially enjoyed the wonderful variety of activities on both land and water. Best of all was our terrific guide, Tony McCutcheon, who went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable experience for all. Wilderness Travel comes through again! Wally I., Honolulu, HI
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was a ‘spectacular’ guide (he used this word often to enthusiastically introduce us to his country!). His people management skills were superb, and he was organized, thorough, and a lot of fun. He has a great sense of humor and we did a lot of laughing on this trip. Cheryl N., Fort Bragg, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was a superb guide in every aspect of the guiding process; I feel like I made a new friend. Neil N., Fort Bragg, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
How wonderful to experience New Zealand with Tony! His enthusiasm, humor, energy, flexibility, knowledge, and love of his homeland made this an exceptional experience. He is a GEM! He truly wanted us to love NZ the way he does and we did. June S., San Anselmo, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was a great part of why our trip was so much fun! Very informed, concerned for everyone's enjoyment and safety and totally personable. Dee S., Okauchee, WI
New Zealand: South Island Adventure