The Team

What makes Trail Journeys tick?

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TRAIL JOURNEYS was founded by Neville Grubb and Ritchie Bailey. Nev and Ritchie are two experienced locals who have been involved in outdoor activities in the Central Otago for numerous years, with multi-sport, kayak and cycling backgrounds. They had a passion for the local area and what it offers to the outdoor enthusiast.

Originally "Kayak & Outdoor" and operating from Alexandra, the business was renamed and relocated to the start of the Railtrail at Clyde in a new refurbished premises. The business also includes an "Information Centre" to give customers all the information needed and services required to have a successful experience on the Otago Central Railtrail. Trail Journeys offers merchandise, refreshments. Bookings for other activities in the Central Otago area can also be made through our new booking terminal. If you need accommodation, travel, guided trips, wine tour bookings or anything associated with the tourism industry in our area, Trail Journeys can supply it.

Is the founder and Managing Director of Trail Journeys who has lived all his life in Central Otago. After Ritchie retired and a re-think of where the business needed to go, Nev sold down some shares in the company to a group of local businessmen and remained on as Managing Director. Shayne, Nev's son in law, now manages the business, with Nev taking on a Marketing and Development role within the company and is always on the lookout for opportunities for Trail Journeys.


HANNAH RICHARDSON: Born, bred and remains in Central Otago due to her love of the climate, the close proximity of family and friends and says there is always plenty to do here. Hannah has had a stint overseas, plays netball and indoor basketball. Hannah has worked full time for Trail Journeys in administration and reception since 2007 and does itinerary planning and organising; she enjoys meeting the people and helping them to experience what her home region has to offer. Hannah is on maternity leave looking after a lovely bouncing baby boy. We look forward to her return in the future.

SNOW HAMILTON: A local who farmed in Becks most of his life until 2008 when he sold the farm and moved to Alexandra. Was lucky to find part time work for Trail Journeys and has passion for breeding and racing horses. Loves taking tours, meeting people and sharing his local knowledge. Has been involved in golf, rugby, tennis and squash and has been office bearer of a number of clubs over the years. Loves travelling, tramping and living in Central Otago.

ALAN JANMAN: Originally from the UK, Alan came to New Zealand in 1977 to take up an IT work role at Air New Zealand. An IT back ground has come in useful in a recent systems upgrade at Trail Journeys. He now enjoys driving buses, fixing bikes and meeting people in the Trail Journeys organisation and never gets bored with the drive through to Middlemarch and back. Alan loves the outdoors and now concentrates mainly on golf with constantly varying success!

NICOLE JOYCE: Has 3 beautiful children. Previously the Finance Manager for the Microbiology Department at Otago University Nicole now takes care of Trail Journeys accounts. B4K (Before kids) Nicole loved to cook, read, biking or walking, yoga and have her husband take her out to dinner. Nicole loves the climate, lifestyle and pace of life here in Central Otago.

JIM WILSON: Jim has had a career with AA service team and a small stint at the local Nissan agency. Jim joins us with a great mechanical knowledge and amongst other things is responsible for making sure the vehicles are kept up to scratch with WOF's and any repairs that need attended to.