NewZeal® |  +64 21 7666 12 | Wanaka | South Island | New Zealand
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At the heart of NewZeal® is founder, Paul Nicholson: motivational speaker, instructor, facilitator, guide, and South Island travel guru.

Paul’s inspirational energy shines through every NewZeal® experience, a selection of which he still leads by special arrangement, with the infectious enthusiasm of a first-timer.

His commitment to creating a positive environment that encourages individuals to strive for their personal and professional best has greatly influenced his own journey, which can be found here.

Surrounding him is a core team of experienced professionals. Each member joining the NewZeal® family brings their unique character and expertise, though they all share a passion: to awaken the senses.

Paul Nicholson

Paul is a roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-involved kind of guy.


He's in his element when helping people to scale towering mountains, while empowering them to overcome the obstacles of their minds.

Bob Mclachlan

Bob McLachlan has spent his lifetime outdoors – guiding, exploring, and competing in various water sports at international level. In recent years, he has channeled that experience into adventure racing around the globe and is a new member of Team Seagate, the world’s leading adventure racing squad.

Dan Cullen

Daniel Cullen has had a love of the great outdoors since his childhood adventures on the family farm in Southland, New Zealand. He is passionate about experiential and adventure education and leadership, and focused on helping others gain the greatest possible benefits from time spent in nature.

Mike Kempt

Michael Kempt has ventured enthusiastically into New Zealand’s great outdoors for over 20 years. He loves inspiring others to explore all that the pristine backcountry has to offer and to challenge themselves in the process.

Braden Currie

Braden is Australasia’s most successful endurance athlete, holding national titles in Olympic distance, Long distance, off-road and Ultra Distance Triathlon. He is also the record holder for many of New Zealand’s most acclaimed trail runs and 3 times World Multisport Champion.

Joel Bouzaid

Joel has been actively contributing to the personal development industry for over 12 years and has facilitated leadership, team, and personal development programmes to tens of thousands of participants in New Zealand, Australia, and Italy.

Pete Simpson 

Pete is a Scotsman who's lived in Wanaka for 16 years. He first came to New Zealand in 1994 to kayak and enjoy New Zealand wilderness. After 10 years of working internationally as a professional kayaker, paddling remote and often unchartered class 5 white water, he chose to return to New Zealand and raise a family. 

Kate Nicholson

Kate is Paul's younger sister and she has recently started with NewZeal®  to take over the Sales, Marketing functions as well as strengthening relationships with key partners.