I love to share nature, wildlife and local history via 4wd, hiking or kayak. My wife Rose is also a fourth generation New Zealander and was raised on a remote farm in the Marlborough Sounds of the South Island.
My grandfather Freeborn Parsons worked and farmed in this area after sailing from England with his new wife. My grandfather on my mother's side was a trader of flowers and produce in Canterbury.
My father Jim flew in the second World War but tragically died of polio shorty after I was born, my mother Jan lives in Blenheim.
Rose's grandfathers both farmed sheep and cattle in the Marlborough Sounds and her parents farmed all their their working lives near the French Pass before also retiring to Blenheim.
Wills interests are photography, local history, geology, birding, food and exploring. We are both passionate about conservation and tailoring a tour that surprises and exceeds clients expectations. I have been guiding for over 15 years and really enjoy the company of individuals or small groups in pursuing their passions. I'm now a Pro Guide have a passenger endorsement license, qualified 1st Aider and DoC concessionaire.
I have traveled through the British Isles, South America, parts of Europe, the Mediterranean and the west coast of America and Hawaii. My wife and I particularly love Iceland.
A Recent Review of this guide
Will's tour was a GREAT way to see the Picton-Marlborough area & appreciate it from a tourist point of view AND a local's. A family of 5 with different interests but Will was able to engage all of us. We saw beautiful scenery with his knowledge of local lore, flora & fauna, and being especially personable. Climbing rocks, eating green-lipped muscles, & seeing Peter Jackson's WW1 museum at Omaka Heritage museum (which he added on when he found out my husband was interested). Highly recommend!!
Accredited a silver Qualmark ranking by Tourism New Zealand. A certified Pro Guide. Department of Conservation Concessionaire since 2004. Active member of local Ornithological Society of New Zealand and The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand. Passenger Endorsement license and current 1st Aid certification. Member of Marlborough Camera Club