About Us

Why we love what we do

Our Passion for Travel

From the moment we stepped off the airplane we fell in love with the stunning scenery and laid-back lifestyle of New Zealand. For us it was paradise on earth, so in 2003 we left the UK and moved here to live the dream!

We are Ben and Donna Smithies. We started Greenstone Travel so we could help you to experience those same beautiful landscapes and friendly people we encountered all those years ago.

Based just outside Nelson at the top of the South Island, we’re building our dream home. But our real passion is for travel and the outdoors.

Sharing in the Excitement

Your New Zealand vacation is unique to you, but we are as excited planning it for you as if it were our own.

We love talking to you about your dream vacation, and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail in developing a personalized itinerary to match your wish list.

We remember the highlights from our own travels – the special moments we shared with local people, and the unexpected discoveries as we ventured off the beaten track. Our goal is to help create those same experiences for you while you are here, and for you to go home with stories and memories that will last a lifetime.

Personal Experience

As well as our adventures through Europe, the Americas and Asia, we’ve driven, cycled and hiked our way around New Zealand.

We know it intimately, but we’re always researching new and exciting experiences and unique accommodation to make your vacation extra special. We recommend only those we’ve experienced personally.

Living the Dream

When we’re not planning your vacation you’ll find us:

  • Hiking in the mountains and forests
  • Enjoying good food, great coffee and fine wine
  • Relaxing on a deserted beach
  • Getting up close and personal with wildlife
  • Hunting & fishing, cycling & mountain-biking
  • Skiing & snowboarding
  • Living the lifestyle dream!

We’d love to help you plan your vacation and can’t wait to talk to you!