beyond the blue creates specialised itineraries for international travellers to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. As an independent operator we don’t use a set formula. You get great value without having to deal with multitudes of suppliers and providers. We are your tenacious advocate – we advise transport options, the best time of year, touring routes, driving routes and stop over suggestions.
Our promise is a sincere planning process - where after agreement - we provide a handmade leather bound travel wallet (we like to be old fashioned in a fast paced world, but equally can send pdf files to store on your smart phone or device) with maps, directions, vouchers and accommodation details.
We don’t work a typical 9 to 5 working week and you will be able to reach us day or night, weekends included. We are available when it suits you and are happy to call and discuss your needs - no matter what your location!
Steven is the owner of beyond the blue. He will oversee the planning process and maintain contact with you. Steven loves the outdoors - taking his family all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, enjoying surfing, fishing and hiking. When not running mountain trails for fun he is heavily involved with the community and sporting endeavours of family members, often managing, coaching and refereeing sports teams. Steven has a wealth of travel experience in the region and understands that your needs vary - whether it be family travel, conferences, a short week away or the trip of a lifetime.
Only to be so lucky as to travel the world whist working; Tara has been and seen just about everywhere over many years abroad working as the Chief of Interiors upon luxury super yachts. In her spare time, she would take off to travel at leisure, eventually landing down under in her own backyard, Australia. After a brief stint in New Zealand working in Corporate Events and a quick stroke at the exclusive Tara Iti Golf Course, Tara’s path took her into the realm of luxury travel and beyond the blue. Now based in the beachside town of Noosa, Tara enjoys touring her homeland, be it by camper van or staying in boutique properties, all of which showcase the vast variety of wonders Australia has to offer.
After years spent travelling and working overseas Amanda has come back to New Zealand, a place which she feels very lucky to call home. Amanda has a background in the hospitality and travel industry, working in both Canada and the UK as well as locally in New Zealand. In winter she can be found cruising down the ski slopes of the South Island; in the summer she enjoys exploring New Zealand’s fantastic beaches and forests.
Jo has worked in the inbound travel industry for over a decade. Jo started her career with a large inbound operator selling New Zealand to agents in the UK, Europe and North America. She then joined a luxury inbound operator specialising in high end luxury itineraries, before taking maternity leave. Jo joined beyond the blue in 2010 and has expanded her destination knowledge of New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. She has travelled extensively around New Zealand. Jo’s amazing attention to detail and a positive attitude sets her apart! She has two daughters and a son and lives in the Waikato, New Zealand.
Jude has been with beyond the blue since 2010. Prior to joining the team, Jude spent over a decade in the hotel industry in 5-star hotels and smaller luxury boutique properties in New Zealand and London (having crossed the Atlantic from Antigua on a classic yacht). Jude has a strong background in food and beverage, event organising and guest services. Leaving England after 15 years, she returned to Auckland with her husband and sons, settling on the beautiful North Shore. Her interests now embrace travel, food and her male-dominated family - a mischievous border terrier being the welcome exception.
Penny has worked at beyond the blue since October 2014. Penny was an account manager in the managed funds industry prior to having children. Before joining the team at beyond the blue, Penny was involved in marketing and selling wine in her family's wine company. She now lives in Devonport with her husband and three boys and loves regular weekend summer surfing adventures with her family.
Kate was born and raised in Canada. She had her first taste of real travel when she arrived solo to Australia with a backpack many years ago. After a year of exploring, she returned to Canada to manage corporate events and plan luxury corporate incentive trips to destinations such as Hawaii and Mexico. Officially deciding to call Australia home in 2013, Kate worked for Tourism Queensland for two years and learned all the ins and outs of the Sunshine State. These days she lives in Queensland on the Sunshine Coast and spends her time wrangling her two cute (but cheeky) little ones, attempting to be a foodie and taking (way too many) sunset photos.
Sally is half Italian and half American, with a lifetime love for travelling. She was born in Rome and Italian is her native language. From the beginning, straight after her University degree in English Literature, Sally knew she wanted to travel around the world. That’s why she ended up on the road for 10 years working as a tour guide in Europe with groups from the USA. Then one day she visited New Zealand and finally decided to settle down in this beautiful country. Here she found her paradise, living by the beach and her perfect job, as a travel consultant designing New Zealand trips. She lives on the North Shore of Auckland with her husband and two children. Sally says that in New Zealand it always feels like being on holiday!
Lene is originally from a small town in Germany, where she grew up bilingual and has been travelling for as long as she can remember. In 2004 her travels brought her to New Zealand where she fell in love with the country straight away. Since then, she has lived and worked in different parts of both the North and the South Island, with a year on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia. Lene has held different roles within the tourism industry and has a strong focus on customer service. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and spending time on the beach.
Combining excellent financial skills with a great eye for detail, Lynette looks after all the ins and outs of the accounting processes for beyond the blue. Juggling multiple currencies, Lynette thoroughly enjoys making sure that all the numbers add up and the business books balance. A creative crafter in her spare time, Lynette lives in Devonport on Auckland's North Shore but takes advantage of every opportunity to travel the world. Favourite spots include Paris, San Francisco and London.
"We expected to have a great time and we were not disappointed at all. Everything worked 100%, right from drivers, to hotels, to flights, to tours, to the length of time in each location. There was not even the tiniest glitch."