Paul's enthusiasm and fun loving exterior belies his 30+ years’ experience at sea; a global career that spans Master of Super Yachts (www.yachtcaptain.co.nz ), marine engineer, professional diver, and deep sea fisherman. With 3,500+ dive hours spent underwater and decades of sea time on the ocean Paul is happy to tell stories about his adventures... and yes he knows the billionaires' holiday secrets!
His passion as a kiwi has always been the Wildlife and providing a quality experience for customers. His heart was always set on Marlborough as the ideal location for New Zealand’s Premier Wildlife Experience. With its calm sheltered waters and diverse adventure options this is the perfect place to establish the BEST E-ko Tourism company in New Zealand . Pauls enthusiasm for sustainable tourism, fun and adventure guides the company forward.
Using his Global experience and focusing on quality experiences for all customers the Ek-o Brand is destined to become a benchmark for other New Zealand Tourism Operators.
Tristan is a marine zoologist with a vast array of wildlife knowledge and has extensive field research experience having participated in many conservation projects globally.
His portfolio includes working for the MPI as a fisheries observer, turtle conservation in the Caribbean and the south pacific and whale shark and Angolan colobus monkey conservation in Kenya. He is a keen diver with commercial and recreational diving qualifications who is driven by a passion to explore and protect the delicate marine and terrestrial eco-systems of our planet, aspires to understand and conserve precious environments so that they may be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations and has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge along with boundless enthusiasm.
Nathalie is our multi-lingual EKOffice Manager and keeps us all inline.
Following her Tourism Management Studies in England, Nathalie worked in Europe in the Tourism industry for over two decades and decided to travel the world to fall in Love with South Island. She is now settled in our beautiful Queen Charlotte Sounds with her Kiwi husband. Nathalie comes from a professional sailing family and loves sharing her life experience and knowledge with the general public especially with the young ones.
Ailie is a Zoologist and our Head Guide with a passion for all things wild, enthusiasm to spare and a laugh you can hear on the other side of Marlborough! Whether through study, career or leisure, her pursuits have been dedicated to wildlife, conservation and education.
After completing her tertiary and post-graduate studies in Zoology and Linguistics (Japanese), Ailie has spent the last 15 years involved in research, husbandry, care, rehabilitation and guiding in relation to a vast number of species in Australia, New Zealand and Iceland on both land and at sea.
Her focus is currently on in situ conservation which has led her to fall in love with New Zealand and the Marlborough Sounds. In addition to guiding with E-Ko, she is also involved with Rowi Kiwi conservation in the Sounds with the Department of Conservation. With extensive knowledge of the Sounds and the species held within, in addition to long-term experience in eco-tourism, there is no stopping her from sharing her love and passion for the myriad of species found within the Sounds and educating the public on ways in which we can all better protect life both locally and globally for a better future for all.
After spending a good part of his life at sea, Andy came ashore to live in Marlborough after meeting his wife Belle.
They have raised their family here and have no regrets choosing Picton as their home. The small seaport is rich in history, geography, walking tracks and scenery, with the bonus of the Marlborough Sounds, our big blue backyard, being where E-Ko tours venture out daily in search of wildlife. Natural history has been Andys passion for many years. He is an experienced skipper who loves his job, especially showing and sharing his knowledge of the wildlife to his passengers who come to this beautiful part of the world.
Rob Pine is our resident and multi-talented contract photographer and Facebook manager. His past is like reading a really adventurous novel, and there always is another amazing story to hear. The old saying do not judge a book by its cover applies to Rob as he has been barefoot for 40 years yet managed to be on NZ Skydive team for 10 years.
He was the first to do aerial Video and Photography of Skydiving teams and owned a very successful Auckland based skydiving business. Nowdays his Passion and Drive is focused on capturing incredible images of NZ Marine mammals and we are lucky he thinks this is the best place in NZ to do that .
Taking photos is easy for him and you will marvel at the results and if your lucky enough to get some of the great products he produces jump on them , one day they will be collectors’ items .