Who are we?

Welcome to Kaikoura NZ Tourism and Queenstown to Kaikoura & Beyond.  Please explore our playground and follow us on Social Media. Working with many large social media travel bloggers, instagrammers, photographers and online groups allows us to showcase all the amazing places you would love to visit.  

KaikouraNewZealand.com and QueenstowntoKaikoura.com and Beyond profiles many amazing breathtaking and once in a lifetime stops to magical places on earth.  The drive between Kaikoura and Queenstown is one of the top wonders of the World many say.

Our Publications are online touring and lifestyle magazines and blogs featuring tours and accommodation options as well as real life stories of local operators and stories of the local people, its culture, history and Maori ancestry.  With new articles posted weekly, there is so much to find out about all the beautiful things New Zealand’s South Island has on offer.  The awesome thing about online magazines is they always stay alive.

We also run several annual Travel Showcase Social Media Education Training Days and Photography Workshops.

Using online technology and connecting all the dots that makes online work for tourists and businesses is what we do, our market is the global tourism reach we can create, using tools like www.newzealand.com to assist us.

We also work with many tourism partners in the industry and have some great relationships with our partners online that creates a greater reach to all our advertisers through Social Media.   Our philosophy is to also assist our tourism operators with a full online marketing strategy with all the things we have learned setting up our own magazine, we can share them with you to create your global online presence.

Editor Rachel Gillespie is local business woman, whom has lived in Kaikoura for many years and currently based out of Timaru so she can travel the round trip to visit clients on a regular basis.

Rachel Gillespie

 All that we do here cannot be done without our amazing team of experts.  We have several kiwi Photographers on board who are out working in the field and you will hear more about them as the weeks go by.   And our amazing crew make it all happen behind the scenes.

Meet some of the Photography Team

Mark Gee – Award Winning Photographer & Digital Visual Effects Artist 

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Based in Wellington, New Zealand Mark has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.

Wholly self-taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject. Since he began to seriously focus on developing his photography skills over a decade ago, Mark has continuously worked on improving his craft, thriving on setting the bar ever higher and challenging himself to do better yet every time he sets out to shoot.

While his images portray a wide variety of subjects, in the past few years astrophotography in particular has captured Mark’s imagination and interest. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand’s striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways. This has led to international success with Mark being short-listed in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year every year from 2012 onwards, a finalist in the 2012 World Open of Photography, and 4th place in the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Competition, as well as having images published in various books and magazines.

Marks short film, ‘Full Moon Silhouettes’ also gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and has been broadcast all over the world by the likes of CNN, The BBC, NASA and various other main stream media.

In 2013, Mark won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the Earth and Space category, and the People and Space category which had never been done before in the competitions history.  http://theartofnight.com

Mark Gee – International Astrophotographer & Digital Sequence Artist – The Art of Night – 420,000 Likes Facebook,  Vimeo channel  5,990,881 views – https://vimeo.com/markg – 30K followers Insta 

Neil Protheroe – Images Abound – South Island

Neil has been a key Mentor for us here at Kaikoura NZ.  You can see featured images by Neil in the print library 

Rob Pine – New Zealand Marine and Sport Photography – Our Project Guy

Rob works with us on staff as our project photographer, with many years experience in skydive, marine, sports and tourism photography he is available to help you with your image requirements (media@kaikouranewzealand.com)

Antony Hansen – Wanaka TV and Mountain Lightbox Photography  – Wanaka, Queenstown Region

You can see featured images by Antony in the print library 

David Hardy Photographer – Canterbury Region

You can see featured images by David in the print library 

 Marketing Team


From the left Jody Jelas, Allan Dixon, Jen Heuett, Talman Madsen, Mark Gee and Rachel Gillespie

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 Robyn Hargreaves – Business Manager 

Robyn has many years of Administration experience working in local council, and recently in Tourism with the Management rights to a 5 star tourism business.  Anything admin related please contact Robyn.

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Jody Jelas – Business Strategist & Guest Speaker

Jody is the Author of “LadyBalls” which hit best seller on the first day it hit Amazon.

She helps Coaches, Teachers & Entrepreneurs create an authentic online brand, through video, by being their 100% non-filter selves! She then helps them to extract their best knowledge and turn it into an online leveraged program with her proven BOOM! Formula system!

Over the last 16 years she has helped top business folk and online marketers grow their brand globally and develop online leveraged offers that bring in millions of dollars a year for her clients.

Jody harnesses the power of online presence, branding, product creation, social media and marketing.  She wants her clients and future business leaders to have more free time and automate their business, so they can spend their time doing what they really LOVE.

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Keith Keller – Twitter & Online Marketing Specialist – Melbourne, Australia

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Keith has been an integral part of helping create our online footprint.  Rachel and Keith have helped many clients globally with their social media and online marketing setup and ongoing strategy.  

 Shona Gillespie – Administration

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Shona has vast business experience background in sales and marketing and also in mountaineering, she has been a professional walking and biking guide as the owner of Walking and Biking Kaikoura.  


For more info on advertising with us email editor@kaikouranewzealand.com

 We also specialise in social media and online marketing setup and training