Craig Wilson

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Craig has worked in tourism for over 15 years and is passionate about providing visitors with the best experiences possible while traveling in New Zealand.

He manages his own tourism consulting company advising other tourism operators around New Zealand, but loves to spend his summers in Nelson hosting visitors in the Nelson wilderness or around the wineries and art galleries of the region. Hosting visitors during the summer is a welcome change from writing strategies and making presentations to tourism businesses during other times of the year. It’s really refreshing to get out and enjoy a real interaction with visitors after writing a strategy for a region or talking to other businesses about how they can improve the quality of their visitor experience.

“I grew up in the South Island and have lived in Nelson for the last 3 years after living in the North Island and overseas for 14 years. Being back in the South Island has inspired me to get out of the city and mountain bike or hike in the mountains or go sailing in the Abel Tasman. Nelson has so much wilderness to explore. I’ve also discovered some fantastic local produce and wine so the Saturday market is a must-do along with keeping tabs on the new release wines (something to relax with after a day out exploring!).

I’ve been on some amazing expeditions/experiences including rafting the Nahanni River in Canada, driving through Australia’s outback, cycling around Denmark and attempting an Olympic bob sled run. Now I’m very happy to be discovering new parts of New Zealand and getting ready to start cycle touring on the new cycleways when they’re developed.”

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