About Us

Wellington, Kāpiti & Wairarapa
Private Tours for the Discerning Traveller

Tom

I am the Director, Primary Travel Guide and your ‘Memory Creator’ at Kaewa Tours.

After having over 35 years in the Banking/Financial and IT sectors primarily in Account/Relationship Management roles it was time for a change.  So if you’re going to make a change you may as well make it one heck of a big change!

Since 2016 I have been a contract tour guide for two other tour companies and have absolutely loved doing this. In February 2021 we took the logical step to launch our own tour company – Kaewa Tours. Meeting new people and talking about our common love of travel, experiencing new cultures and countries is something Jill and I absolutely love.

My travel highlight was in 2015 where we went to Kenya and Tanzania on a 14 day safari. Witnessing lions, cheetahs and other spectacular wildlife within 3-5 metres is a memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I am a member of BNI Kāpiti Coast, Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, Skål Wellington and a very proud supporter/sponsor of the Kāpiti Kindness Trust.

A self confessed Foodie, lover of Fine Wine, Craft Beer, Test Cricket, Travel and everything about the greater Wellington region has to offer, I am well appointed to provide you with a fun filled day out leaving you with lasting memories.

Fun fact(s): I’ve appeared on TV in 1993 for 2 nights on the music game show ‘Face the Music’ hosted by Simon Barnett and was one of 8 finalists on The Voice (Of the Ocean) on board the cruise ship Ruby Princess, Mexico in 2017. By the way I didn’t win!

Jill

I operate my own business which I have owned since 2010.

My involvement with Kaewa Tours is to ensure your bookings and other administrative activities operates as smoothly as possible to ensure you have a great tour or homestay with Kaewa Tours.

Like Tom I have a genuine passion for travelling and meeting new people from New Zealand and around the world.

I am a member of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, BNI Kāpiti Coast and a proud sponsor of Youth and Community Fishing.

You may also get to meet me doing one of your tours one day. I look forward to meeting you one day soon.

We can also plan wider, bespoke tours throughout New Zealand where you will have your personal driver/guide for the duration of your tour. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

We also offer combo tours (2-3 days) of Wellington-Kāpiti, Wairarapa-Kāpiti or Wellington-Kāpiti-Wairarapa with a homestay which includes a continental breakfast.

“Tom was a highly knowledgeable and all-round amazing guide. The level of guest services was exceptional, right from before the tour started, throughout and after the tour ended. Bringing us along family owned wineries, we had the privilege to converse with the owners and wine makers, making the experience extremely special. Must also express the appreciation for sustainability, providing us with water bottles made out of plant matter. The experiences shared throughout the day will definitely be a great memory and one I will be sharing with others. Highly recommend and will book again in a heartbeat. Thank you again to Tom for such an amazing experience, and also Jill for baking beautiful orange muffins to enjoy on the ride back!”

Ling Y - Christchurch 
Ling Y - Christchurch

Friendly knowledgeable hosts who gave us good restaurant recommendations etc, and made us feel at home, we had the up stairs bedrooms with comfortable beds and a lovely bathroom, shared kitchen living area down stairs. Good value for money.

Kathy, NZ. January 2021 
Kathy, NZ. January 2021

“Great stay, HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It was such a nice cosy stay, Tom and Jill were great hosts and made us feel very welcome. They went above and beyond to give us the best possible stay. Comfy beds and great little additions to the room like bathrobes, bottled water, chocolates etc. Highly recommended anyone to stay here.”

 

The hosts were very lovely and helpful. The place is quiet and the house very nice with a beautiful garden for the barbecue. Thank you for the bikes and this lovely ride around the river.

Mary-Lou, New Zealand. March 2020. 
Mary-Lou, New Zealand. March 2020.

“Exceptional. Jill and Tom were the most accommodating couple. Just makes the visit special. They have added little touches in the room and the bathroom which helps make it even more special.”

 

Truly the most friendly, welcoming, hospitable people. All the facilities were impeccable and the bed so comfortable.

Jennifer, Australia. November 2020. 
Jennifer, Australia. November 2020.

Everything was absolutely perfect! Beautiful house and the location is close to the beach surrounded by garden and flowers everywhere, nice view from the balcony of our room, very comfortable bed and bathroom. The kindness of the owners Jill and Tom is wonderful. If you are traveling in Waikanae don’t miss this place!

Beatrice, Italy December 2019. 
Beatrice, Italy December 2019.

If you really want a memorable, fun and informative guide to help you experience New Zealand – use Tom Collier! My wife and I have been on two trips with Tom, and thoroughly enjoyed his expertise, passion and…sense of humour! Tom loves New Zealand, his pride evident as he explains his country’s history, traditions and culture – as only a true Kiwi can! When these Canucks return to New Zealand (and we will) Tom will be the first Kiwi we call. The best.

Jean and Al – Whitby, Ontario, Canada 
Jean and Al – Whitby, Ontario, Canada

“Quiet and thoughtful. Lovely hosts. The guest rooms are upstairs, away from the rest of the family. Excellent shower and thoughtful touches like flowers and toiletries. Great selection of coffee and hot chocolate in bedroom to use. Excellent recycling and composting.”

 

I had friends from Barcelona visit New Zealand and Tom very kindly made up a custom package to the Wairarapa. What a fantastic day it was. Tom is very knowledgeable with the area and has a wonderful sense of humour. We visited C’est Cheese in Featherston, lunch at Poppies winery which was certainly a highlight, two other wineries, finishing off with a delightful dinner at the Martinborough Hotel.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Tom’s Kaewa tours.  A first class tour.

Ali – Waikanae, New Zealand 
Ali – Waikanae, New Zealand
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