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Vanessa Wards

Vanessa "Ness" Wards grew up on New Zealand's North Island and graduated with a bachelor of sport and recreation management from the Auckland University of Technology. As the daughter of a park ranger, Ness was introduced to New Zealand's flora and fauna from a young age and has been a part of different conservation efforts, including releasing kiwis bird into a nature preserve and planting trees in restoration areas. Ness has traveled through Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, and more recently a road trip through the USA, but her absolute favorite is leading travelers through her home country.

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Client Testimonials


Vanessa Wards is an amazing person and a wonderful tour leader. She answered all of our questions and kept her great sense of humor while she did everything—leading long and informative hikes, handling all of the luggage and room accommodations, making our breakfast and lunch at times when needed, excellent driver. She did everything we expected and more.
— Melanie F., Aptos, CA
New Zealand: Off the Beaten Path
With her local knowledge and just all around personality, she is the best.
— Fred A., reno, NV
New Zealand: Off the Beaten Path
Not enough good things can be said about Ness. She did everything for her little group. Anticipated the things we needed, and was just fabulous guide.
— Rose B., New York, NY
New Zealand: Off the Beaten Path