Tui and Mark are married and have been together 30+ years. Originally from Oratia, West Auckland, true “Westies”, they saw the light in the late 1990’s and moved north. First to Kaipara Flats just out of Warkworth but the big smoke followed them and 12 acres in the backblocks of Kaeo became their home for 5 years. They then moved to the Bay of Islands, which has been their base for the last 18 years, and have no intention of moving from this piece of paradise.
“I trained as an Architectural Draftsman and have been working on and off in the construction industry preparing drawings for housing and consulting engineers most of my working life. When we moved North to Kaeo I got a job working on the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson. Working there for 5 years doing both day sails and youth training voyages prepared us for life living aboard. My interests and passions are diverse, earth and sustainable building, motor racing (in Auckland participating in Clubsport events and helping with the WRC rally of NZ and Japan), boat building (ask me about building and racing bathtubs), sailing and astronomy to name a few. Having gone back to the building industry for a few years convinced me that I am allergic to paperwork so Rogue Pony was conceived.”
“Northland and in particular the Bay of Islands is where I feel most happy, settled and content. From the day we arrived up in the bay we were so warmly welcomed as locals that I never wish to leave the people or the land that feeds me and fuels my passion for life. I am a contemporary and conceptual artist, metalsmith and jeweller and my passion is forming and reconfiguring my metal into organic landscapes inspired by where we live. My “paintbrushes” are a 900 deg butane torch, an anvil and hammers.
As a local to be able to share with others what the Bay of Islands landscape, its people and what it means to us is just bliss.”
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
Whakataukī (Māori proverb).
A 2016 V8 GT New Zealand new convertible S550 Mustang. Fully licenced to carry three adult sized passengers plus our driver in comfort with leather bucket seats, top up or down, and your choice of music playing on the stereo.
Ford Performance Racing Products Stage 2 kit with upgraded induction, exhaust and dyno tune. 385kW (306kW factory) and 620 NM (530 NM factory) that’s 515 hp and 457 ft lbs in the old measure. That gets us up to highway speed with ease. With independent rear suspension and all the modern traction and brake assists the vehicle is safe and fun, and will put a smile on the face of any closet petrol head.
We have our beautiful Toyota Highlander SUV to take you on safari. Being 4WD it is in its element when we hit the rural gravel roads on your tour. You have a high seating position giving an excellent view and with multi zone air-conditioning available you will be cool and comfortable. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights.
It is a 2015 GLX model that translates to 4WD, 4-door, leather interior and backroad comfort.
There are two booster half seats available for our smaller trekkers.
Like the Mustang Rides, all of our SUV tours include your driver/guide so book a private SUV tour today.
Prior to COVID we had two Jeep Wranglers but they have been sold, so yes we did do Jeep tours, you have found the right tour company!
Refer to our T&C’s for further details.
Check out behind the scenes of Rogue Pony and find out what we are up to on our secondary Instagram @rogue_sheep_nz
(our pretty Instagram is @rogueponynz)